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Today's leftists are tomorrow's Islamists

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Submitted by Ianus (Poland), Jan 25, 2006 at 06:42

Dear Darwin Barrett, you wrote about the leftists :

>Do you think they will be surprised when they discover that Islam's only option for atheists is death? I'll bet there will be wailing and gnashing of teeth.

This isn't obvious to them, I surmise. And if it one day becomes clear they will know how to adapt themselves to the new realities. Rather than risking being beheaded they will convert en masse to Islam, a totalitarian ideology psychologically not so different from what they are longing for. And as they will be in constant fear of being reminded of their "godless" past they will have to become fanatic and extremist Muslims to prove the ummah may rely on them.

There are good precedents for that. In the former Soviet republics of Central Asia there are plenty of former communists now staunch Muslims living according to the sharia. In East Germany former nazists willingly joined the communist party (SED). Totalitarian ideologies seem interchangable. They evidently accomodate all fearing and hating freedom which they as misfits have no use for. They need a strong oppressive father-ideology to gratify their infantile longings and give some sense to their existence.

Jan
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