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From ‘Anti-Communist’ to ‘Counterjihadist’

July 30th, 2013 - 6:22 am

Bawer reminds his readers that it was Susan Sontag, the repellent pseudo-intellectual doyenne of all-things-Left, who made it possible for Leftists to admit that Communism might just be a tad incompatible with liberty. Bawer quotes my late colleague Hilton Kramer on this metanoia:

As a result of “the collapse of the intellectual Left in France,” he wrote, anti-Communism, which had long been out of fashion among “those American intellectuals who habitually take their political cues from Paris,” was now, suddenly, chic. Still, it was crucial for the likes of Sontag to communicate to their confrères that their anti-Communism was “somehow different, more cosmopolitan perhaps, maybe even sexier, and certainly more refined,” than that of the crude mouth-breathers who’d been anti-Communists for decades and whom Sontag & co. would come to deride as (no kidding) “premature anti-Communists.”

“Premature anti-Communists,” eh? What manner of beast is that? It’s someone who speaks the truth before the beautiful people have ears to hear it.

You can, as Bawer mournfully notes, expect a repetition of that dialectic with respect to Islam — always assuming that we have the wit to come to our senses about that toxic ideology before it is too late. “What,” Bawer asks, “is the best we counterjihadists can hope for?”

Could it be this: that the winds of intellectual fashion will shift someday (sooner, one hopes, rather than later) in such a way as to make it attractive for today’s opportunistic left-wing counterparts of Susan Sontag to snatch the banner from our hands and take counterjihadism mainstream — acting all the while, naturally, as if they’d invented it themselves, or rescued it from the philistines? Might such a development, moreover, actually help turn the tide in the struggle against jihadist Islam? If it did, to be sure, those of us who were here first would, unquestionably, be smeared even in the moment of victory (should it ever come) as “premature counterjihadists” — oafs and barbarians who’d held down the fort until the real heroes came along.

Bawer is right that it would be a small price to pay. But, like him, I’m not holding my breath.

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Daniel Pipes (πύξ, λάξ, δάξ) has an interesting related piece here:

http://www.danielpipes.org/blog/2013/08/on-closed-embassies-the-worldwide-travel-alert
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It's already too late. There's no way America can withstand the Islamo/Jihadist onslaught. It first began way before 9/11 in the prisons, then it moved into the universities and is now slowly becoming mainstream. It's really a by-product of the 60s "revolution".

Islamic "exceptionalism" is becoming a fait accompli - you can do and get away with nearly anything just by donning the Islamic mantle.

Among some circles that I frequent, having an Islamic or at least an Arabic tattoo is now considered a sign of solidarity and sophistication. The Palestinian "kaffiyeh" or scarf is now de rigueur in even the most elegant and sissified houses of haute couture (I don't know why all this French is coming out today) in Milano and Paris.

9/11 was not "wake up call" for Americans. Instead, in a way, you could say it was the last nail on the coffin. Americans can hardly "save" for their retirement, their horizons are limited to their latest credit card statement, their credit score, Halloween and wide-screen TV sets. With this mental acumen, the Jihadists are having a field day......the last stand of the Dodo birds.
1 year ago
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I'd like to submit an example of left wing language abuse which is happening right now. I'm referring to Obama and Co.'s controversially endless repetition of the phrase "phony scandals". It's clear that they made the decision to use this phrase to diminish that fact that these are really not scandals at all, but abuses of power born of the systematic corruption throughout this administration. In using the word "scandal" these outrages become something rather petty, just naughty episodes of the eyebrow-raising sort. They would have used the word "flap" but the Clintons beat them to it back in the Lewinsky days. Obama and Co. were very clever because now politicians and the media are repeating the word "scandal" and the actual "corruption" has been able to slither off into the darkness.
1 year ago
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Both leftists and muslims are simply criminals; I won't hold my breath that any on the left will wake up, look in the mirror, and curse the jihadi staring back.
1 year ago
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Just a note, the term Counter-Jihad was propagated by Anti-Islam voices. The play is on the term counter-terrorism which is a euphamism for the real enemy....Islamic Jihad. Instead of Anti-Jihadist or Anti-Islamist or Anti-Islam or Anti-Islamification and so on and so forth.

It isnt a word that people hostile to the Counter-Jihad created to smear them with. It's a meme which forces the recognition of Islamic Jihad in it's mere utterance. That doesnt stop people intent on ignoring Islamic Jihad from ignoring it. But for those without an agenda, it puts Jihad squarely on the table as the enemy and that the movement is a reaction to aggression by Muslims.

Hope that helps.

1 year ago
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I agree. Great stuff from Bruce Bawer.

This recent Bruce Bawer article is not to misssed either.

If You Can’t Beat ‘Em, Join ‘Em?

http://frontpagemag.com/2013/bruce-bawer/if-you-cant-beat-em-join-em/#comment-939926576
1 year ago
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Maybe the Left should remember what the Ayatollah did to the commies in Iran after the 1979 revolution.
1 year ago
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Once the "right" people get their heads sawed off then the left will begin to think that "maybe" there is something to this jihad stuff.
1 year ago
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shhh. SHHhh. you're upsetting people.

You can call it phobia, but I would rather my head roll than submit to their silly death-cult moon-god law.
1 year ago
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There's an interesting subtext to the Hilton Kramer quote in your article. It mentions that individuals who disliked Communism back before it was stylish to do so were referred to as "(no kidding) 'premature anti-Communists'". You quote this without noting the irony.

Back during the McCarthy era, one of the ways the FBI decided someone was suspect, supposedly, was whether they opposed Hitler and the Nazis prior to Pearl Harbor and Hitler's declaration of war. The logic was that in the '30s, the center of opposition to Nazi Germany was Soviet Communism: if you opposed the Nazis, you were probably at least at a few cocktail parties with various Communist operatives here in the States. Such individuals were designated...wait for it..."premature anti-Fascists". Both the people calling others "premature anti-Communists, and the writer of the article, must have known about this earlier McCarthy-era designation, and used a version of it themselves...
1 year ago
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Actually it was whether someone who opposed Hitler prior to the USSR's signing of the secret Molotov-Ribbentrop "non-aggression" pact in August 1939, suddenly dropped that opposition in accordance with the new Comintern line, and then became anti-Hitler again in June 1941 after the Nazis invaded the USSR. That was actually a pretty good metric, given that it is pretty hard to square those zig-zags with independent, rational thought, let alone principled opposition to fascism.
1 year ago
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PAF was actually the basis for draft exemption. These guys, Lincoln Brigade vets and others, were just about the only ones in America with combat experience against a major modern power and the US, rightly I think, refused to let them in the US military.

No doubt Sontag at all thought they were pulling a cute word play on the rubes. Sorta like a Muslim married to a Jew who, if she takes and uses her husband's name is Humma Wiener; any 9th Grade boy can figure that one out, but the smart lefties and Muslim moles think it is beyond the ken of the rubes.
1 year ago
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Actually, it was my impression some of them fought. Lo these many years ago, the main character of the book "The Dirty Dozen" was a veteran of the Lincoln Brigade.
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I've done enough historical research to well know you can't ever say anything with absolute certainty. Try researching the authorized ranks of Confederate officers from late '64 on! Anyway, some might have gotten in, but Premature anti-Fascist (PAF) was a draft exemption.
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