Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Terrorism and the Left

Marc Schneider -- whose name will be familiar to my regular readers, given his many great contributions here at The Reaction -- has written an excellent post at Centerfield, where he, like me, is one of the group bloggers. He writes here on the Left's response to terrorism, and specifically to 7/7:

I have no great love for the way that our politicians spew forth with purple rhetoric everytime there is an attack, especially invoking evil and the threat to western civilization. We don't need politicians moralizing about evil. It seems counterproductive to rational thinking. But at the same time, we don't need people relativizing murder and equating blowing up subways with political activity. IMO, as long as the left cannot distinguish between murder and legitimate political activity, it has no call to govern civilized nations. Whatever the west has done or not done, it does not justify bombing subways or flying planes into buildings and our leftist politicians need to learn that.

I would add that Marc is referring to the radical Left, not the left-wing of the American or British mainstream. This radical Left, which seems to espouse enemy-of-my-enemy-is-my-friend anti-Americanism, has indeed apologized for terrorism by laying the blame for the world's ills squarely at the feet of the West. For example, terrorism is a justifiable response to U.S. policy towards Israel. That sort of nonsense. Yes, that Left has a lot to learn. Good stuff, Marc (by the way, I also recommend the excellent discussion in the comments section to his post).

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