Ben Shapiro

Wisconsin union protesters have taken center stage in our nation's debate about fiscal responsibility. These protesters are pushing for the right to milk the American taxpayers to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars; they want to be able to "collectively bargain" with legislators, although they generate precisely zero profit. President Obama supports them wholeheartedly.

On the other side of the globe, Muslim protesters lash out at tyrannical governments in Egypt, Libya, Jordan and Tunisia. These protesters are pushing for the right to vote -- but more importantly, they're pushing for more benefits, less American regional influence, and a resurgence of genocidal anti-Semitism. President Obama supports them wholeheartedly.

Traditionally, liberal foreign policy theorists have buttonholed America's ideological enemies into separate camps: Islamists, communists, fascists. Each group, say the theorists, must be treated separately from the others. We can always work with fascists against communists or communists against fascists, they argue -- we can always peel away the Islamists from the communists, or vice versa, say the liberal theorists.

There's only one problem: historically, this has been untrue. The history of the 20th century -- and now the history of the 21st century -- is plagued by an inconvenient truth for such liberal thinkers: communists, fascists and Islamists work in tandem all the time. Their relationship with each other is surprisingly enduring and resilient. From World War I, when the Ottoman Empire sided with the Austro-Hungarian and German empires, to World War II, when virtually the entire Muslim world joined forces with the Nazis and initially the communists, to the Cold War, when the Soviet Union cultivated allies in Middle East, the ties that bind socialists, fascists, and Islamists have weathered the storms of time.

Today, that relationship remains in place.

The protesters in Wisconsin protest for the same socialist principles that those in the Middle East want. Communists and socialist labor unions have worked with Muslim Brotherhood front groups on a routine basis, as Glenn Beck has repeatedly exposed. The Muslim Brotherhood is not merely Islamist, but it is socialist in orientation, as are their offshoot terrorist groups. Osama bin Laden himself constantly preaches on behalf of wealth redistribution. "You should liberate yourselves from the deception, shackles and attrition of the capitalist system," he preached in 2007. It is no wonder that socialist megafunder George Soros supports the Muslim Brotherhood wholeheartedly.


Ben Shapiro

Ben Shapiro is an attorney, a writer and a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center. He is editor-at-large of Breitbart and author of the best-selling book "Primetime Propaganda: The True Hollywood Story of How the Left Took Over Your TV."
 
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