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The Berlin Wall's Revenge

by Paul C / February 18, 2005 6:09 AM PST

Nelson Ascher is a Brazilian-born poet, author and social critic who left the Left when it started getting squirrily. This commentary seems to me to be a wonderful explanation of much of the contemporary malaise that afflicts the Left, especially in Europe:

But there were probably, no, not probably, but surely, those who felt utterly defeated at the time. They just didn?t think it was advisable to go public with their anger and frustration. Also, in the late 80s and early 90s, Western Europe was at the top of its economic and social performance. Western Europeans were then almost as affluent as the Americans and, so, some could console themselves with the appearance that the whole thing wasn?t basically an American victory, but rather a Western one - and that Europe would anyway soon eclipse the USA.

For Western Europe however, the next 15 years were a unidirectional stroll down the slope. It became less and less competitive compared to the US and both high levels of unemployment and low growth rates came to stay. And the growing, alienated, Muslim minorities didn?t become any more assimilated in the meanwhile. But, on the other hand, Bill Clinton asking non-stop the world to forgive his country?s sins and his reluctance to take decisive action after many terrorist attacks projected a re-comforting image of a repentant, humbled and weakened America...

And so, spontaneously up to a point, anti-Americanism became the alternative ideology that came to fill in the vacuum left by the failure of traditional, USSR-based communism and its Maoist or Trotskyite satellites...

Now, whatever they wanted to defend or protect doesn?t exist anymore. They have only things to destroy, and all those things are personified in the US, in its very existence. They may, outwardly, fight for some positive cause: save the whales, rescue the world from global heating and so on. But let?s not be deceived by this: they choose as their so-called positive causes only the ones that have both the potential of conferring some kind of innocent legitimacy on themselves and, much more important, that of doing most harm to their enemy, whether physically or to its image...

This newly ever-growing Western left, not only in Europe, but in Latin America and even in the US itself, has a clear goal: the destruction of the country and society that vanquished its dreams fifteen years ago. But it does not have, as in the old days of the Soviet Union, the hard power to accomplish this by itself. Thanks to this, all our leftist friends? bets are now on radical Islam. What can they do to help it? Answer: tie down America?s superior strength with a million Liliputian ropes: legal ones, political ones, with propaganda and disinformation etc. Anything and everything will do.

In the same way as the murderers of 911 used the West?s technology against itself, the contemporary left will do its best to turn democracy into a suicidal pact. This is already being done, obviously. The fight for Guantanamo Bay is, in many ways, as important as that for Baghdad. And, whenever a British born terrorist is released and sent back to the UK, to be joyfully acclaimed by the pages of ?The Guardian?, ?The Independent? or through the waves of the BBC, that fight is being lost. Radical Islam is being given one more tactical victory and the left?s strategy is being vindicated.


The truly amazing thing is that, just as in the event of a Soviet-dominated world, these people will be every bit as dead or as oppressed in a Islamofascist-dominated one. Once again it seems that the Left has cast its fate with those who will use them as what Lenin called "useful idiots" - and then destroy them for their (literal) lack of True Believers credentials...

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