Academic journal article Middle East Quarterly

United in Hate: The Left's Romance with Tyranny and Terror

Academic journal article Middle East Quarterly

United in Hate: The Left's Romance with Tyranny and Terror

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United in Hate: The Left's Romance with Tyranny and Terror. By Jamie Glazov. Los Angeles: WorldNetDaily Press, 2009. 248 pp. $25.90.

Glazov, editor of FrontPageMag.com, exposes the hypocrisy of leftists and liberals who claim to champion the principles of freedom, democracy, liberalism, and feminism yet support both communist and Islamist dictatorships, which implement none of these principles.

David Horowitz, Glazov's boss, also wrote a book in 2004, Unholy Alliance5 on this subject, but Glazov digs deeper. The author, who fled the Soviet Union as a child and earned a Ph.D. from the University of Toronto in Soviet studies, points in the first 100 pages of the book to a nucleus of American apologists in the 1930s who heaped praise on communist strongman Joseph Stalin, including Walter Duranty of The New York Times and author Upton Sinclair. In the generation that followed, intellectuals including novelist Normal Mailer and feminist activist Simone de Beauvoir continued to apologize for communist regimes in Cuba, China, Nicaragua, and Vietnam.

With the decline of communism, the Left began to support Islamism. Whereas journalists, novelists and activists led the charge in the first wave, Glazov explains in the second half of the book that the most vociferous defenders of Islamism now come from the Ivory Tower.

After the Iranian revolution in 1979, French philosopher Michel Foucault, who enjoyed stints at the University of Buffalo and University of California Berkeley, lauded Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini as a "saint." The late English professor Edward Said, famous for his antiWestern philosophy, Orientalism, became a popular apologist for Palestinian Islamist violence in the 1990s. …

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