Reflex affinities such as Obama's have a long, bloody history, and anyone wishing to understand the threat posed by the Obama administration to the fabric of America is well advised to place its policies and rhetoric in a comprehensive historical perspective.(full story "Loving The Enemy" at americanthinker.com)
How is it that an educated person can be attracted to totalitarian ideologies and predisposed to reject the freedoms of the western world? This was, arguably, the central question of the twentieth century, and it has assumed a renewed urgency since 9/11, a time when Leftists have applauded terror attacks on the United States and claimed that America's enemies are in fact righteous victims.
What is one to make of their seemingly sophisticated arguments justifying atrocity? Can such people really believe, to cite only a few examples, that the 9/11 hijackers were motivated by a longing for social justice? That the Palestinian leadership is committed to peace with Israel? That people are better off in Cuba, with the highest per capita imprisonment rate in the world, than in the United States?
Jamie Glazov responds to such questions in United in Hate: The Left's Romance with Tyranny and Terror (2009), a brilliant investigation that not only extensively documents Leftists' support for brutal regimes, but also diagnoses their worldview as a psycho-social syndrome of pathological dimensions.
United in Hate analyzes The Left's contemporary romance with militant Islam as a continuation of The Left's love affair with communist totalitarianism in the twentieth century.(from amazon.com)
Just as The Left was drawn to the communist killing machines of Lenin, Stalin, Mao, Pol Pot, and Castro, so too it is now attracted to radical Islam.
Both the radical Left and radical Islam possess a profound hatred for Western culture, for a capitalist economic structure that recognizes individual achievement, and for the Judeo-Christian heritage of the United States. Both seek to establish a new world order: Leftists in the form of a classless communist society, and Islamists in the form of a caliphate ruled by sharia law.
To achieve these goals, both are willing to "wipe the slate clean" by means of limitless carnage, with the ultimate goal of erecting their utopia upon the ruins of the system they have destroyed.