August 19, 2005


United in hate (Douglas Davis, 8/20/05, The Spectator)

Politics makes strange bedfellows. Stranger still when the odd couple are fundamentalist Islam and the secular Left. The evolving Black–Red alliance is growing in France, Germany and Belgium. But, based on the successful British model, it is now going global to declare war on the war on terror.

No fewer than three international conferences have been convened in Cairo, presided over by the former president of Algeria, Ahmed Ben Bella, under the auspices of the International Campaign Against US and Zionist Occupations. One outcome is ‘The Cairo Declaration Against US Hegemony, War on Iraq and Solidarity with Palestine.’ British signatories included Tony Benn, Jeremy Corbyn and, of course, the indefatigable George Galloway, whose ‘fiery’ participation won honourable mention in Egypt’s semi-official newspaper, Al-Ahram.

If Iraq was the catalyst for the Black–Red alliance, the Stop the War coalition provided the cauldron in which the union was consummated. The result is a pure gestalt: the coalition allows its constituent parts to pack a far greater collective punch than they could have dreamt of on their own. Putting a million people on to the streets of London is not, after all, small potatoes. The steering committee of the Marxist–Islamist alliance consists of 33 members — 18 from myriad hard-Left groups, three from the radical wing of the Labour party, eight from the ranks of the radical Islamists and four leftist ecologists (also known as ‘Watermelons’ —green outside, red inside). The chairman is Andrew Murray, a leading light in the British Communist party; co-chair is Muhammad Aslam Ijaz, of the London Council of Mosques. Among the major players from the Left are Lindsey German, who resigned as editor of the Socialist Workers’ party newspaper to become convenor of the Stop the War coalition; John Rees, also of the SWP, and, of course, George Galloway. Indeed, the first proud progeny of the alliance is Galloway’s Respect party, which fought and won the London seat of Bethnal Green and Bow, with its substantial Muslim electorate.

Similarly Cindy Sheehan has won the support of everyone from Al-Jazeera to David Duke to to the Socialist Party USA--their hatred of the actual America is stronger than their discordant dystopian dreams for its future.

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 19, 2005 2:49 PM

I wonder why Pat Buchanan doesn't join.

Posted by: Robert Duquette at August 19, 2005 4:05 PM

Pat's a patriot.

Posted by: oj at August 19, 2005 4:15 PM

That, and Pat wants to continue in media.

Posted by: Brad S at August 19, 2005 4:56 PM

People will always be willing to team up their less powerful enemies against mutual more powerful enemies. It's why the US and UK allied with the USSR in WWII. And why it was not inconceivable that Saddam Hussein and Al Qaeda might help one another.

Posted by: Chris Durnell at August 19, 2005 6:09 PM

Putting a million people on to the streets of London is not, after all, small potatoes.

Although, since it had absolutely no political effect, it was only large potatoes to those selling refreshments.

Posted by: Michael Herdegen at August 19, 2005 6:35 PM

And the probable result of such a trend? It now becomes clearer, so clear that anyone, not just the pedantic cumudgeons and psycho klllers may see it, that so-called leftists are folk-enemies and culture-traitors.

Posted by: Lou Gots at August 20, 2005 2:02 AM