Cliff May

He notes that the novelist Norman Mailer called the 9/11 hijackers "brilliant," their terrorism "understandable" because "everything wrong with America led to the point where the country built that tower of Babel which consequently had to be destroyed."

Dario Fo, the Italian Marxist who won the 1997 Nobel Prize for literature, said that Wall Street speculators "wallow in an economy that every year kills tens of millions of people with poverty, so what is twenty thousand dead in New York?" Similarly, media mogul Ted Turner called the 9/11 terrorists "brave," adding that "the reason that the World Trade Center got hit is because there are a lot of people living in poverty out there who don't have any hope for a better life." The German composer Karlheinz Stockhausen called 9/11 "the greatest work of art for the whole cosmos."

And then there is Ilich Ramirez Sanchez, A.K.A. Carlos the Jackal, who in 2003, from his prison cell, published a book called "Revolutionary Islam" which urged "all revolutionaries, including those of the left, even atheists," to accept the leadership of militant jihadists, Osama bin Laden key among them. His reasoning: "Only a coalition of Marxists and Islamists can destroy the United States."

Glazov quotes the British lawmaker, George Galloway, elaborating on the rationale for this coalition. "Not only do I think [a Muslim-leftist alliance is] possible, but I think it is vitally necessary and I think it is happening already," Galloway said. "It is possible because the progressive movement around the world and the Muslims have the same enemies. Their enemies are the Zionist occupation, American occupation, British occupation of poor countries, mainly Muslim countries. They have the same interest in opposing savage capitalist globalization, which is intent upon homogenizing the entire world, turning us basically into factory chickens which can be force-fed the American diet of everything from food to Coca-Cola to movies and TV culture and whose only role in life is to consume the things produced endlessly by the multinational corporations."

There also is an older tradition to build on. In the 1970s, the Red Army Faction -- West German Marxist terrorists also known as the Baader-Meinhof gang - went to Jordan to train with the Palestine Liberation Organization. And in 1979, the success of the Islamist Revolution in Iran depended, in large measure, on the support given by the Iranian Left to the Ayatollah Khomeini. Once firmly in power, the clerical regime repaid its leftist enablers with executions, assassinations and prison sentences. Evidently, no lessons were learned.

Glazov concludes that the Left's "romance with Islamism is just a logical continuation of the long leftist tradition of worshipping America's foes. ... The Left clearly continues to be inspired by its undying Marxist conviction that capitalism is evil and that forces of revolution are rising to overthrow it - and must be supported." On that basis, militant Islamism is regarded as a "valiant form of ‘resistance' against American imperialism and oppression."

If such values as equality, tolerance and human rights are crushed in the process, that's a price many on the Left are willing to pay. Those on the Left who disagree should perhaps speak up more loudly and more often.

Cliff May

Clifford D. May is the President of the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies.