"The possible electoral defeat of President Bush by John Kerry raises the question of whether the Global War on Terror ultimately requires a war on the Left. That is to say whether a political defeat of the Left is a prerequisite for stamping out worldwide terrorism. Anecdotal evidence suggests that many in the Left, at least, believes that the GWOT is a war on them. America, not Osama Bin Laden is the putative enemy, and their fire is directed accordingly. Conversely, many conservatives are conditioned by the sight of a de facto alliance between the Left and Islamism to think that both parties are on the same side of the fence. But must it necessarily be so?"
An important, timely and very provocative question, especially given Armed Liberal's past posts re: "The War on Bad Philosophy." Wretchard continues:
"Answers in the affirmative normally rest on the presumption that the Left is engaged in a protracted Gramscian program of Western civilizational suicide in which Islam serves as a convenient means of attaining quietus.... Answers in the negative are predicated ironically on the malignity of the Left itself...."
Perhaps a better question is which Left will survive? The anti-fascist Left of Chris Hitchens, Michael Walzer, bloggers like Harry Hatchett and Norm Geras, et. al.? Or the self-hating, self-indulgent Chomskyite strain that now predominates in academia and many NGOs, apologizes for evil, drives people like my colleagues away from the movement, and finds itself increasingly converging with its neo-fascist and Islamofascist counterparts?
Back to Belmont Club:
"Yet in either case, the liquidation of conservatism, with its backward notions of natural law, national sovereignty and the like, is the first order of business.... Both [the Left and Islamists] are struggling for the space in which conservatism can never go and for the prize which no sane man ever covets: the dominion of souls. Without their mutual presence either could have occupied a kind of cultural sanctuary in which they would brood, proof against interference from people with simple day jobs. Together they guarantee that their places of safety, every media outlet, every school and every place of worship will be transformed into arenas of unparalleled ferocity -- to the possible benefit of the world. Is the Global War on Terror necessarily against the Left? We shall see. We shall see."
A thought provoking article. Worth reading entire.
UPDATE: As usual, there's some good debate going on in the Comments section. Thanks, AMac.