Accomplices– Western Intellectuals

Excellent piece by Suzanne Fields at Real Clear Politics detailing how Western Intellectuals who see as morally equivalent Islamo-fascism and Western (take your pick) “capitalism, decadence, social inequality”.  But there is no equivalence and the naivete of these individuals is only exceeded by their foolishness. Read the whole article and start with the excerpts below:


…The intellectual elites of the left, both here and in Britain and Europe, are resuscitating moral equivalence, this time promoting the idea that the values of the West are no better than the nostrums of the Islamists. Bernard Lewis, the distinguished scholar of the history of the Middle East, doesn’t like the terms “left” and “right,” but he applies them to Europeans of the left who encourage radical Muslims who spout anti-American slogans and the Europeans on the right who encourage Muslims who vow to destroy the Jews: “In Europe, their hatreds outweigh their loyalties.”

Bruce Bawer makes this point in his book, “While Europe Slept: How Radicalism Is Destroying the West from Within.” One of the most disgraceful developments of our time, he writes, “is that many Western intellectuals who pride themselves on being liberals have effectively aligned themselves with an outrageously illiberal movement that rejects equal rights for women, that believes gays and Jews should be executed, that supports the cold-blooded murder of one’s own children in the name of honor.” Young Europeans who wear Che Guevara T-shirts and Palestinian scarves, to identify with a “glamorous” revolution that exists only in their naive imaginations, are dangerously out of touch with the authentic peril in the world.

When his book was nominated for the prestigious National Book Critics Circle award, an angry author accused him of “Islamophobia.” Mr. Bawer does not suffer these fools. He draws parallels with Germany of the ’30s, observing that the European elites are experiencing “a Weimar moment,” a refusal to recognize the threat in their midst. Blaming America and Israel is more convenient. Safer, too. Neither Christian nor Jew is likely to go after them with a beheading knife….


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