The Lunatic Fringe Goes Mainstream
By: John Perazzo
FrontPageMagazine.com | Wednesday, December 14, 2005
The World Can’t Wait (WCW), an organization that opposes President Bush’s decision to send U.S. troops to Iraq, ran a paid advertisement in The New York Times Monday denouncing the “fascists and religious fanatics” responsible for the ongoing unrest and carnage in the land formerly ruled by the iron fist of Saddam Hussein.
WCW was not talking about bin Laden, Zarqawi, Zawahiri, and al-Sadr, et. al. – the Islamists who have vowed to wage perpetual jihad against the West until the latter is eviscerated and ultimately replaced with an Islamic caliphate. Its condemnation was aimed exclusively at the United States. Members of the Bush administration in Washington are the “fascists and religious fanatics” who are “setting out to radically remake society very quickly, in a fascist way, and for generations to come.” (Did we mention they were fascist?) Bellowing that the U.S. government “is moving each day closer to a theocracy, where a narrow and hateful brand of Christian fundamentalism will rule,” WCW vows “to send Bush, Cheney and the rest of those fascists packing.” According to WCW, when people examine Bush’s policies, they “think of Hitler – and they are right to do so.”
The WCW ad in the Times continued:
YOUR GOVERNMENT, on the basis of outrageous lies, is waging a murderous and utterly illegitimate war in Iraq, with other countries in their sights. YOUR GOVERNMENT is openly torturing people, and justifying it. YOUR GOVERNMENT puts people in jail on the merest suspicion, refusing them lawyers, and either holding them indefinitely or deporting them in the dead of night…YOUR GOVERNMENT suppresses the science that doesn't fit its religious, political and economic agenda, forcing present and future generations to pay a terrible price. YOUR GOVERNMENT is moving to deny women here, and all over the world, the right to birth control and abortion. YOUR GOVERNMENT enforces a culture of greed, bigotry, intolerance and ignorance.
These are just a few of the threats posed by these “homegrown Christian fascists.” (There’s the f-word again.)
The WCW ad was the handiwork of C. Clark Kissinger, the Maoist radical who created WCW in June 2005. Kissinger is a longtime leader of the Revolutionary Communist Party, a Maoist vanguard dedicated to promoting civil unrest in the U.S., as evidenced by the organization’s key role in initiating the deadly Los Angeles Riots of 1992. RCP is so violent, it is considered extremist even by other Maoists. In 1987, Kissinger also created the rabidly anti-American group Refuse and Resist, which excoriates the U.S. for its alleged quest to achieve “global dominance and superiority over other people” – a goal with “raising the specter of a police state” and possessing “a distinctly fascist aura.” Moreover, in 2001 Kissinger initiated the Not In Our Name (NION) antiwar project, which condemns “the injustices done by our government” in its pursuit of “endless war”; its greed-driven “transfusions of blood for oil”; its determination to “erode [our] freedoms”; and its eagerness to “invade countries, bomb civilians, kill more children, [and annihilate] families on foreign soil.”
“The problem in this country,” says Kissinger, “[is] the oppressive system of capitalism that exploits people all over the world, that destroys our planet, that oppresses minority people, that sends people to the death chambers in droves.”
RCP protestors called David Horowitz a “Christian fascist” at Bowling Green State University and rushed the stage when he spoke at the Liberty Film Festival in late October.
Given Kissinger's radical, violent history, it is worth noting the names of those who chose to endorse and sign the WCW ad that was his brainchild. Below is a partial list of the more prominent signatories. Many of them are officially identified as WCW supporters on the organization’s website. They know well who Kissinger is, and they are familiar with his loathing of America. By signing the Times ad, these individuals (and organizations) make it clear that they share the founder’s fiery sentiments (as if the text of the ad wasn’t bad enough). Signatories include:
- Jane Fonda, infamous for her Vietnam War-era trip to Hanoi, where she lauded the Vietcong and accused American soldiers of acting as “war criminals.” “If you understood what communism was, you would hope, you would pray on your knees that we would some day become communist,” Fonda told Americans in the 1970s. She also co-founded (with her then-husband Tom Hayden) the Indochina Peace Campaign, which worked to cut American aid to the governments of Saigon and Phnom Penh. Her success in this effort helped the North Vietnamese Communists and the Cambodian Khmer Rouge take power and ultimately slaughter 2.5 million Indochinese peasants.
- Martin Sheen, current president on “The West Wing” and leftist actor with a long history of condemning American anti-Communist foreign policy – and a long arrest record. During the Cold War, he supported the Soviet-backed Marxist Sandinistas in Nicaragua.
- Ward Churchill, the Colorado professor who said the employees of the World Trade Center on 9/11 were “little Eichmanns.” His prescription for healing the world’s ills is to wipe the U.S. “off the planet.” He has fibbed about American genocide “unparalleled in the history of humanity” and may be guilty of plagiarism.
- Eve Ensler, the feminist playwright behind “The Vagina Monologues,” is a member of Refuse & Resist. While objecting to the use of the term “evil” in defining America’s Islamist foes, she had no problem using it about Americans.
- Cornel West, the Marxist professor who deems the U.S. a “racist patriarchal” nation where “white supremacy” reigns unabated.
- Cindy Sheehan, the vapid antiwar activist who has milked her son’s heroic death for all it’s worth. She famously quipped, “This country is not worth dying for.” Sheehan loathes what she calls America’s “morally repugnant system.” She has wondered aloud, “[W]e were not attacked by Iraq. We might not even have been attacked by Osama bin Laden…9/11 was their [the U.S. government’s] Pearl Harbor to get their neo-con agenda through.” Sheehan, who refers to the followers of al-Zarqawi, bin Laden, and Zawahiri as “freedom fighters,” has defended Lynne Stewart, whom she likens to Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird. “He did what he knew was right, but wasn’t popular, and that’s what Lynne is doing.”
- Rabbi Michael Lerner, the Tikkun magazine founder who ascribes the 9/11 attacks to the worldwide anger aroused by the U.S. for “turn[ing] its back on global agreements to preserve the environment, unilaterally cancel[ing] its treaties to not build a missile defense, accelerat[ing] the processes by which a global economy has made some people in the third world richer but many poorer, show[ing] that it cares nothing for the fate of refugees who have been homeless for decades, and otherwise turn[ing] its back on ethical norms.” Apparently, the jihadists were leftists outraged by an issue of the Utne Reader.
- Michael Ratner, the current president of the Center for Constitutional Rights and former president of the National Lawyers Guild, who constantly accuses American soldiers of highly imaginative barbarities. Viewing the Iraq War as immoral and illegal, Ratner believes that the U.S. should “treat the attacks on September 11 as a crime against humanity, establish a UN tribunal, extradite the suspects, or if that fails, capture them with a UN force, and try them.” He also named his hero since boyhood: Cuban Communist murderer Che Guevara.
- Harold Pinter, the Nobel Prize laureate who views America as “a truly monstrous force in the world,” and as the moral equivalent of Hitler, Stalin, and Mao.
- Gore Vidal, the author, playwright, and Castro supporter, who says that 9/11 was brought about by America’s “actions all over the world” and that the U.S. military response is nothing more than “an imperial grab for energy resources.”
- Ed Asner, the well-known actor, enthusiastic supporter of Fidel Castro, and proud member of the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA). Lauding socialism as a necessary measure to“ curb the excesses of capitalism,” Asner has supported the 9/11 Visibility Project, which promotes the idea that the U.S. government had foreknowledge of the September 11th attacks yet did nothing to prevent them.
- Progressive Democrats of America (PDA) maintains close ties to the Democratic Socialists of America, Tom Hayden (its co-founder), Jodie Evans, and radical Congresswoman Barbara Lee, D-CA, whose anti-American hatred is legendary.
- Mumia Abu-Jamal, the convicted cop-killer and alleged “political prisoner” who has become an idol of the Left. He is passionately supported by many of the co-signers listed in this article.
- Lynne Stewart, the attorney convicted of aiding and abetting the “blind sheikh,” Omar Abdel Rahman, who masterminded the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. Stewart violated prison rules to pass on messages from Rahman to his terrorist followers in the Islamic Group.
- Howard Zinn, the Marxist professor and author of the tendentious A People’s History of the United States, who believes that socialism and Communism are systems that advance the cause of humanity, and that America is a reactionary, terrorist state.
- Jodie Evans, a hardcore Marxist who founded the antiwar group Code Pink for Peace.
- National Lawyers Guild, a pro-Communist organization that spearheads the open borders movement and whitewashed the North Korean regime of Kim Jong-il.
- Professor Michael Eric Dyson, a member of the Democratic Socialists of America, who said that the 9/11 attacks were “predictable to a degree, due to America’s past imperialistic practices and how it is viewed by other countries.”
- Aris Anagnos, the billionaire creator of the Humanitarian Law Project, admirer of Fidel Castro, and funder of Marxist causes worldwide.
- Professor Bill Ayers, a former leader of the Weather Underground, a left-wing domestic terrorist group responsible for dozens of bombings aimed at destroying the defense and security infrastructures of the U.S., including the Pentagon. “I don’t regret setting bombs,” an unrepentant Ayers has said. “I feel we didn’t do enough.”
- Bob Bossie, the Catholic priest and antiwar activist who founded Voices In The Wilderness and condemns the United States for its purportedly endemic “racism, sexism, [and] classism.”
- Carl Dix, a co-founder of, and spokesman for, the Revolutionary Communist Party. Dix views the United States as an oppressive, racist nation that is “aiming for nothing less than unchallenged control of the world.” “As long as U.S. imperialism stays in power,” says Dix, “the horrors that come from their system will continue.”
- Leonard Weinglass, the former co-chairman of the international committee of the National Lawyers Guild; he has legally represented numerous communists, terrorists, and cop-killers, and has traveled to Cuba as a guest of Fidel Castro.
- Professor Armando Navarro, a Castro supporter who spent the 1970s and 1980s teaching and working with the group La Raza Unida, which, like Navarro, contends that the mythical land of “Aztlan” was stolen from Mexico by the United States. A proponent of open borders and increased rights for illegal immigrants, Navarro is a member of Mexico’s Socialist Party.
- Alice Walker, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author and longtime admirer of Fidel Castro and Mumia Abu Jamal; she believes that America should try to neutralize Osama bin Laden by responding to 9/11 with contrition and “love.”
C. Clark Kissinger’s overheated hate rhetoric cannot be masked by such left-wing euphemisms as “peace,” “civil liberties,” and “women’s rights.” These useful idiots’ condemnation of America has been invariable and unwavering for decades; and the objectives they support require, if they are to be fulfilled, the destruction of American society from the ground up. They have, after all, willingly lent their names to publications crafted by the Revolutionary Communist Party. That anyone would condemn Americans in such vociferous, over-the-top ways in the middle of a war demonstrates the mindset of the Left: Zawahiri is a hero, or at least a “people’s leader”; the real evil is President Bush, David Horowitz, capitalists, churchgoers, and normal Americans who love a country the undersigned thoroughly despise.
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