Politics, in the bigger sense of the term, is confusing to me. I am still a ten year old trying to figure out the ways of the adult world. Why do people do what they do? For instance, why do Jewish people support Leftist causes? Why do Jewish people support Anti-Semites? Why do gay people support Islamic terrorists? Why do feminists support Islamic terrorists? Maybe some grownup will tell me the truth about the stork and the pumpkin patch.
It is in this spirit of inquiry that I read David Horowitz's "Unholy Alliance: Radical Islam And The American Left." The book was written in 2006. It's not exactly dated but things have gotten even worse since then and the Leftist-Islamoterrorist bond has strengthened.
Even though I feel edified at the completion of the book I still have no idea why Leftists' hearts bleed for Taliban types. Horowitz is an intellectual and he tries to put sympathies in cerebral terms. Yes, the verbiage and professed oppression of radical Islam might sometimes sound like the verbiage and professed oppression of the Communists and the Neo-Communists and the New Left, et al. This is probably due as much to intellectual impoverishment as to a continuum of ideology.
Horowitz focuses on 9/11, the War in Afghanistan and Iraq and the so-called anti-war movement that sprung up to resist America defending herself. Horowitz reminds us that Afghanistan was more than George Bush's bloodlust and he lays out a compelling case for liberating Iraq as well. If you had forgotten the blood for oil nonsense or the Neo-Con genocide silliness, it might be good to remind yourself just how vicious the Left happens to be.
Leftists and Islamoterrorists are united by a hatred of all things American. The enemy of my enemy...What is frightening is just how vast the Vast Left Wing Conspiracy happens to be. For every Christopher Hitchens or Bill Maher who acknowledge the threat of Radical Islam, there are hundreds who parrot Howard Zinn and who take Noam Chomsky at face value. We sometimes forget that in some parts of America, college towns and major cities and places like Martha's Vineyard, Anti-Americanism is the norm.
Horowitz also pulls the mask off of groups like MoveOn.org and Code Pink. The Left is adept at forming ad hoc organizations that can seem ever so innocent to the casual observer. They are also great at camouflaging their stated objectives. Horowitz jumps into the slime and pulls out some monsters for all to see. It's not always pretty.
This is my first go around with David Horowitz. I have seen him on TV and have seen his website but this is the first of his books I have read. His red diaper baby perspective gives him insight a Rush Limbaugh will never have. After reading "Unholy Alliance..." I want to read everything Horowitz has written.
I recommend this book.