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For years Communism was the opiate of the secular materialists, an apocalyptic creed which filled the chosen withassurance of their righteousness and election. So too with anti-Americanism today.
Lenin called them "useful idiots," those people living in liberal democracies who by giving moral and material supportto a totalitarian ideology in effect were braiding the rope that would hang them. Why people who enjoyed freedomand prosperity worked passionately to destroy both is a fascinating question, one still with us today. Now the usefulidiots can be found in the chorus of appeasement, reflexive anti-Americanism, and sentimental idealism trying toinhibit the necessary responses to another freedom-hating ideology, radical Islam.Sheer ignorance is a tempting explanation for the persistent willingness of the free to attack the foundations of their own freedom and to ignore or rationalize the forces that would destroy them. Totalitarian societies are masters of disinformation, propaganda, and outright lies, the bigger the better. How many generations of starry-eyed leftists made pilgrimages to the old Soviet Union to gawk at any number of Potemkin villages and other cardboard-and-tinsel stage-sets for the socialist paradise?So too today ignorance of Middle Eastern history and the true nature of Islamic society and values makes it easier for many to misinterpret the motives of Islamic terrorists and thugs like Hussein. Nowhere is this more obvious than inmany people's interpretation of the conflict in Israel. All we hear about is a "Palestinian homeland," that simplesolution that will bring peace to Israel and end the terrorist slaughter. A brilliant propaganda campaign since 1967 hassold the whole world on this specious explanation for the murder of Israelis.Yet the history of the conflict and the words of most Middle Easterners themselves tell us that the real issue is not thePalestinians, but simply the existence of Israel itself. Long before the so-called "occupation" of the West Bank andGaza, Israelis were subjected to incessant guerilla and terrorist assault, not to mention two full-scale military attacks.Or look at the maps adorning textbooks, insignia, and web-sites from all over the Middle East. You will not find Israelanywhere, the whole state having been erased as thoroughly as Trotsky from an old Soviet May Day photograph.Some argue persuasively that even Arafat's keffiyeh or head-dress is carefully arranged to hang in the shape of anenvisioned state of Palestine that occupies all the territory now part of Israel. Israel in any shape or form isunacceptable to many in Islam, for it is an outpost of the infidel West and an intruder on lands conquered with thehelp of God to further his designs.But ignorance alone can't explain "useful idiocy." As early as the twenties the true nature of Soviet communism, alongwith its penchant for terror, assassination, show trials, and gulags, was known in the West, and that didn't cut down onCommunism's admirers. Today anyone with a computer can go to the Middle East Research Institute web site andread the vicious anti-Semitic and anti-Western drivel produced by state-run presses in the Middle East. Or those witha satellite dish perhaps can tune in Egyptian state-controlled television's miniseries dramatizing the absurd slanders of the "Protocols of the Elders of Zion."The facts are there, and the facts tell us that a sizable number of Islamic people see the West and its proxy Israel asits ancient enemy whose destiny is to be conquered by a s piritually superior Islamic civilization. That struggle may bewaged by a secular maniac like Hussein, a homicide-bomber in Israel, or a terrorist in Manhattan, but they all arefighting the same fight, a struggle that began in the 7th century AD and whose ebb and flow must be understood fromthe perspective of God's time and purposes, not ours.More factual information, then, will not help people whose beliefs are based not on reason but on a debased religiousimpulse. The decline of religion does not mean that the "need" for religion disappears. Most of us still crave ameaningful picture of the world and our place in it, an identification of the good and the evil, and an assurance that inthe end the good (i.e. people like ourselves) will triumph. For years Communism was the opiate of the secular