Magazine article Insight on the News

Like Soviets, Mullahs Export Ideology

Magazine article Insight on the News

Like Soviets, Mullahs Export Ideology

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One of the principal objections to Soviet communism in its heyday was that V.I. Lenin, Josef Stalin and Nikita Khrushchev sought to "export" the Bolshevik Revolution to the democracies and to the colonial world by conspiring against and subverting existing noncommunist governments. The export of revolution was an indispensable staple of communism because it pseudolegitimized the Bolshevik demand for sacrifices from the proletariat in order to fulfill Marx's misplaced prophecies.

That is why Lenin and Stalin established the Comintern and then the Cominform as "transmission belts" to export revolution. Later when it became clear that a communist world was not quite over the horizon, these Moscow-controlled organizations were assigned the task of organizing support for Soviet foreign policy.

Today, the Islamic fundamentalist terror campaign against secular Middle Eastern governments is a theocratic version of Bolshevism. I will argue from purely circumstantial evidence that Muslim fundamentalism has become an international politico-religious movement for "export" with trained agents worldwide. In the United States, there was the bombing of the World Trade Center; in Buenos Aires and London, the destruction of Israeli and Jewish buildings; and in Lebanon, Egypt and Algeria, the murdering of foreigners to discourage tourism (and of Muslim moderates to discourage dissent).

Then there were the assassinations of Salman Rushdie's translators. Effective? What Western publisher would now dare print a book (assuming that a writer could be found who would undertake such an assignment) displeasing to the Islamic clergy? Today, the mullahs exercise an insidious and unprecedented veto power over Western free speech.

Some years ago I interviewed in Damascus the late Michel Aflaq, the Sorbonne-educated cofounder of the Ba'ath Party. …

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