In a recent commentary, former New York Mayor Ed Koch — a Democrat with at least half his brain intact (which makes him the leading intellectual light of his party) — asked rhetorically, “Why do so many Americans refuse to face the fact that our country is at war with international terrorism?”
Because they’re liberals?
During the Spanish Civil War, as the climatic battle for Madrid approached, the nationalist leader Francisco Franco told a reporter: "I have four columns marching on Madrid and a fifth within the city ready to rise at my call.”
Franco’s comment gave rise to the World War II-era expression “fifth columnist” — a subversive, the enemy within who works covertly to sabotage a nation or cause. That pretty much describes the part liberals play in the war on terrorism — except many of them are open in their admiration for Muslim murderers.
If anything, liberals are even more dangerous than Islamacists. The terrorist attacks with bombs and bullets. The liberal saps our will to resist. He rationalizes evil. In the name of civil liberties, he constantly seeks to undermine national security and make it impossible to safeguard our people from another 9/11.
One of the nation’s foremost liberal institutions, Harvard has trained generations of the best and brightest to subvert our republican institutions, corrupt the culture and destroy representative government.
Is anyone shocked by the news that former Iranian President Mohammed Khatami will address Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government tonight? Khatami helped to create Hezbollah, and calls his handiwork “a shining sun that illuminates and warms the hearts of all Muslims.”
When challenged on this bizarre observance of the fifth anniversary of 9/11, David Elwood, dean of the Kennedy School, wrapped himself in the mantle of the free exchange of ideas. “Do we listen to those we disagree with and vigorously challenge them, or do we close our ears completely?” Elwood sniffed.
Good old Crimson — let every voice be heard and all that. Well, not quite every voice. When he dared to suggest that, regarding scientific aptitude, there may be inherent differences between men and women, the feminist jihad issued a fatwa on then-Harvard President Lawrence Summers, who was eventually driven from his post.
While terrorist honchos are welcome at Harvard, future military officers aren’t. Harvard banned ROTC a generation ago. Students who want to enroll in the Reserve Officer Training Corps have to take classes at MIT, for which they receive no credit at Harvard.
Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney had it right when he characterized Harvard’s invitation to Khatami as “It’s blame America.; it’s hate America.” Back in 1978, Harvard alum John Leboutiller wrote a book called “Harvard Hates America.” If he ever does another edition, the volume could be subtitled, “Now More Than Ever."
Our nation’s colleges and universities — the People’s Republic of Academia — are hotbeds of anti-Americanism. It’s hard to say if Osama bin Laden is more popular in Islamabad or New Haven. Yale has the former Taliban mouthpiece on its payroll.
Within months of the murder of 3,000 Americans, Nicholas De Genova, an assistant professor of anthropology and Latino studies at Columbia, told an anti-war rally that he prayed for “a million Mogadishus” (in reference to the 1993 ambush where 18 U.S. soldiers died). De Genova added, “The only true heroes are those who find ways that help defeat the U.S. military.”
Not all of the criminally insane are confined in East Coast institutions. Ward Churchill — the pseudo-Indian who was then a professor at the University of Colorado — called the Americans who died on September 11, 2001 “little Eichmanns” who were defeated by the “gallant sacrifices of the combat teams.”
The left was saturated in treason in the 1960s. Academia is occupied territory, which year after year indoctrinates the next generation of America-haters who will go forth to corrupt others through the mass media, publishing, education and non-profits.
All of the institutions liberalism controls are hotbeds of sedition. The New York Times works overtime to emasculate America’s response to Jihadism.
In June, The Times exposed a covert program to track the financial transactions of suspected terrorists. National security be damned! Don’t terrorists have a right to know who’s looking over their shoulder?
Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said he was deeply troubled by the success of terrorist groups in manipulating the U.S. media. It’s helpful to think of The New York Times as Al Jazeera’s infidel subsidiary.
Mike Wallace, that most useful of idiots, recently interviewed Iran’s lunatic-in-chief Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and reported the man who threatens to wipe Israel off the map is a helluva fellow. “He’s actually, in a strange way, he’s a rather attractive man, very smart, savvy, self-assured, good looking in a strange way,” Wallace babbled to the Hollywood Reporter. As the German playwright says in “The Producers,” “The Fuehrer was a great dancer!”
The liberal media specializes in sanitizing scum. The New York Times refuses to call Hamas a terrorist group, instead labeling it an “armed resistance” (and the Nazis were a social movement?). Says Reuters wire service, “One man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter” and one man’s crematorium is another man’s camp fire.
The judiciary has spent half a century legislating the liberal agenda. Now, it’s decided to oversee anti-terrorist operations, applying the same principles here that have given us the Miranda warning, the exclusionary rule and furloughs for lifers.
In mid-July, U.S. District Court Judge Anna Diggs Taylor (a Carter appointee, naturally) declared that a government program to intercept overseas phone calls between persons in the U.S. and al-Qaeda operatives abroad was unconstitutional. The TPS (Terrorist Surveillance Program) had a chilling effect, Taylor Diggs ruled, in a suit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union (speaking of terrorist operatives).
If Harvard needs a Khatami-class commencement speaker, is it not a gross violation of his civil liberties to monitor Dean Elwood’s calls to some cave in Afghanistan?
In June, the Supreme Court’s Shiite majority — Stevens, Souter, Ginsberg, Breyer and Kennedy — blocked the trial of terrorist suspects by military tribunals. Presumably, this too has a chilling effect on Allah’s frequent flyers. If the Supreme Court had told FDR that using military courts to try spies and saboteurs was unconstitutional, he would have hauled them before a military tribunal.
Our courts are the third branch of the Iranian government.
If American voters give the Democrats control of Congress this year, they might as well make Sheik Hasan Nasrallah Speaker of the House and have done with it.
The Donkey Serenade is predictably monotone. Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid want us to begin withdrawing troops from Iraq at the end of the year, regardless of the situation on the ground. (Newsflash during the Battle of the Bulge: “Congressional Republicans Demand A Timetable For Withdrawal of US Forces From Europe”).
Prior to the U.S. sending in ground forces, former President Jimmy Carter (who was instrumental in the fall of the Shah of Iran) was convinced, “There is no current danger to the U.S. from Baghdad.” And if there was, little Jimmuh would have crashed a few helicopters in the desert to deal with it — or would have had his buddy Clinton bomb an aspirin factory.
Needless to say, Carter (who never met an anti-American thug he didn’t adore) is getting a tête-à-tête with Khatami. Perhaps they can discuss their mutual aversion to Israel. (Carter in an August 15 interview in Der Spiegel: “I don’t think that Israel has any legal or moral justification for their massive bombing of the entire nation of Lebanon. And I represent the vast majority of Democrats.”)
Lastly, Sen. Patty Murray (who actually helps to depress the combined IQ of other Congressional Democrats) explained that Osama bin Laden’s popularity in the Islamic world is due to his humanitarian achievements: “He’s been out in these countries for decades building schools, building infrastructure, building day care facilities, building health care facilities and people are extremely grateful. He’s made their lives better. We have not done that.” Guess America doesn’t have a foreign aid program.
Hitler built the Autobahn. Stalin gave Russia a swell public works program. Genghis Khan was into urban renewal and population planning.
Hey Patty, Osama is loved by his Muslim brothers because he kills Americans and Jews, not because he builds day care centers for black-clad career women.
As for that other bastion of brain-dead liberalism — Hollywood — there’s a fierce competition to see who can be the most hysterical in denouncing the president.
“The (impending) war with Iraq is unconstitutional, immoral and illegal” — Jessica Lang. “I beg you to help save America before yours is a legacy of shame and horror” — Sean Penn. Bush has “taken the events of 9/11 and has manipulated the grief of the country, and I think that’s reprehensible” — Dustin Hoffman. And my favorite Hollywood savant (and mistress of subtlety), “I hate Bush, I despise him and his entire administration” — Barbra Streisand.
From the ACLU to the Sierra Club, institutional liberalism is doing its best to assure an al-Qaeda victory. The Luddite left is still trying to block the development of oil reserves in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (estimated at 10.4 billion barrels) — presumably on the theory that it’s good for America to be energy dependent on the terrorist-subsidizing Saudis.
The public schools too are doing their part to undermine morale on the home front.
One school district in California requires children to role-play at being Muslims, to better appreciate the religion of peace. (“OK, kids, let’s pretend to strap explosives to our bodies and kill Zionists.”) The same federal courts that say “One Nation Under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance is an establishment of religion, have sanctioned indoctrination in the left’s favorite religion.
In Kentucky, a 7th-grade social studies teacher burned small American flags in two separate classes, supposedly to illustrate the right to dissent — the same flag that is draped over the coffins of U.S. servicemen coming back from Iraq.
What are smelly savages lurking in Baghdad’s back streets compared to the foregoing?
The only way America will ever be defeated by death-worshipping theocrats who’ve crawled out from under a Dark Ages rock is with the help of the mullahs’ fifth column — academia, the media, the judiciary, public education, Hollywood and the Democratic Party.
Of the two suicide cults America confronts, liberalism is by far the more lethal.
Reprinted with permission from GrasstopsUSA.com.