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You Left Out One Important Point

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Submitted by Edward M. (United States), Mar 20, 2003 at 12:52

Mr. Pipes's assessment of why the left loves militant Islam is mostly correct. He leaves out one important point. Why would the left support regimes that suppress human rights? Because the extreme left is more concerned with overthrowing Capitalism than it is with human rights. Whether supporting Stalin or Saddam, the goal of moving away from Capitalism is paramount. These leftist extremists believe that the people, fed up with tyranny, will rise up against the militant regimes and start socialist governments.

The flaw in this theory is that such uprisings are brutally crushed (just ask any Kurd). If the movement itself isn't crushed, it's leaders have a tendency to disappear. This draconian practice, perfected by Stalin, is still in use in China, Iran, Iraq, North Korea, and several other nations. Supporting the Al Quedas and Talibans of the world to further this incorrect theory on socialism is not only warped; but it goes against some of the very Marxist beliefs these lefties claim to be supporting. For example, Marx said: "Religion is the opiate of the people." For Marx, religious doctrine suppresses socialism. In "The Grundrisse," Marx also says that the true Socialist state will rise out of the Capitalist state by a natural process. Yes, Marx says the workers will be poorer under Capitalism and revolt against it; however, it will happen when the people are ready for it. Marx also said the will of the people must be the driving force behind the Socialist state.

I ask these "Marxists" how they can support these regimes where the will of the people is crushed? Are these lefties so blinded by their hatred of Capitalism that they cannot see what they are supporting?

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