Most of us who lived in the West, what we called the Free World, during the cold war, were at least marginally aware that those nations and peoples under the sway of Communism suffered unbelievable agonies at the nands of those brutal regimes. Those living in those places were more than ‘aware’ of the inhuman cruelty of life in a society ruled by terror. What we, and they, largely missed is that these Terror States didn’t exist to much to advance the Communist ideology as to secure the supply of victims for the high priests of the theology of power, the Socialism was window dressing for the Dark Temple of Theft, Terror, Torture and Death.
Over at the Gatestone Institute Dr. Majid Rafizadeh has an important article about his experience growing up in Iran which clarifies in my mind the affinity that Marxism and Islamism have for each other in the West. He lays out the methods by which Islamism insinuates itself into societies and takes them over, and points out how that has been an ongoing project in America for decades.
- My father’s generation in Iran lived in an environment in which the Islamist party of the country’s clergy cunningly depicted themselves as intending no harm, supportive of the people, and not interested in power. So, before the revolution, many Iranians did not think that Khomeini’s party would be committing the atrocities that they are committing now or that they would have such an unrelenting hunger for power. Instead, during this time, the country thought it was on a smooth path towards democracy, with no expectation of ever returning to a barbaric era. Even the then-US President Jimmy Carter viewed Khomeini as a good religious holy man.
- Iranians did not just submit to these new laws; they rose up in protest. This uprising was met with torture, rape, and death. With the regime eager to wipe any who dared to resist, the people had no choice but to surrender. Everyone’s daily activities were now under the scrutiny of the Islamists.
- Many will still think it is impossible for something like this to happen in their country. What they fail to understand is that Iran is an example of exactly how successful this meticulous grab for power can be. Islamists in other countries including the West are pursuing the same techniques on the path to seizing power. It is a quiet, and subtle process, until the moment you wake up with no rights, a culture of fear, and no promise that you will live in freedom or even to see the next day.
Both Islam and Socialist Progressivism seek the destruction of Western Civilization, especially America, in order to build a terror society on the rubble. Once America and the West are down each believes they can then defeat the other and win positions of power exclusively for themselves and their adherents.
It has been said that Islam is a political philosophy masquerading as a religion and Communism is a religion masquerading as a political philosophy. Both are tyrannies far worse than was England in 1776 (King George was plenty bad enough, thank you!) against which the founders would have revolted. Americans are being led to believe that both of these evils are equivalent goods. It is our job to disabuse our fellow citizens and prevent America from being chained by either, for the sake of our own lives and the lives of our descendants. .