Reading through the letter one is struck at how in tune Ahmadinejad is with today's left. Basically he makes all the key points that they have been screaming about since Bush was elected president. For example:
1. Questioning the motives of the Iraqi invasion and implying that "Bush lied" etc.
2. Guantanamo prisoners
3. Secret prisons in Europe
4. Support of Israel and their oppression of the Palestinians
5. Too much money spent on the Iraqi war while people in the world suffer
6. Conspiracy theory about September 11
7. "The increasing gap between the haves and the have-nots and the rich
and poor countries."
8. Some good words thrown in for "Latin-American" countries" for which we are supporting coups (guess which ones?)
In fact, through the long, rambling discourse, what is most apparent is that the President of Iran could easily, and without too much ideological trauma transition to the job of the director of International A.N.S.W.E.R. if he ever tired of oppressing his own people.
The piece is sprinkled with religious affirmation and dogma (which the left will most certainly forgive, since it is not GWB using the "G" word).
Of particular interest to me is this quote from it:
"Liberalism and Western-style democracy have not been able to help realize the ideals of humanity. Today these two concepts have failed. Those with insight can already hear the sounds of the shattering and fall of the ideology and thoughts of the liberal democratic systems."
Clearly, Ahmadinejad has hired the
As Cliff May notes:
At this critical moment in history, a time of global conflict, Ramsey Clark, Gore Vidal, Howard Zinn, Michael Ratner, Lynne Stewart, Mumia Abu-Jamal, and other luminaries of the left have joined together to fight what they call “our common oppressor,” the United States government.
They contend:The house is on fire and we are all living in it. The United States government and its dependent organizations, such as the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), have responded to the fire... by pouring more oil on it. They call it "democratic nation building"—a fancy name for the perpetual wars, theft of the commons, exploding economic inequalities, weakening civil liberties (including the introduction of torture), and the intensifying degradation and outright destruction of our natural environment that lie hidden behind "free" trade and the promise (seldom fulfilled) of a "free" election. Billions of people outside America want this madness to stop, but what can they do? Our new and independent organization, the International Endowment for Democracy (I.E.D.), believes it will only stop if democratic nation building (the real thing, not the oil) is applied to the U.S., which is the country most responsible for these frightening global developments, and that people everywhere can play a role in bringing it about.
I will have more to say about this in detail in a future post. But for right now, simply consider the fact that the solidarity and ideological concordance that exists between today's leftist totalitarians and the totalitarians of the Islamic religious right is quite stunning.
Their common enemy is classical liberalism and its values which are the foundation of political and economic freedom, democracy, individuality.
For the last 200 years and more there has been a struggle between the totalitarians of the right and the left for the soul of socialism. All the major conflicts of the last century were when one or the other tried to take control over the world. The Marxist left bases its claim for socialist leadership on "scientific principles" --including technology--which they assert "proves" that socialism works; except of course, that it doesn't. Which is why the left has adopted the "new" quasi-science rhetoric of postmodernism. Meanwhile the Islamic right bases its claim on the word of Allah, where science and mysticism are fused and undebatable. Notable is Ahmadinejad's invocation of "science" and technology throughout his ramble.
In an historical first, these two sides have come together to engage their common enemy--and this time, they intend to win at all costs. Their very minor differences can be worked out in bloody detail later, after they get rid of Western liberalism.
Read Ahmadinejad's declaration and see what you think. I believe he represents the "perfect" fusion of totalitarian left and right. Anyone who truly believes in liberal values should be very concerned at this unholy alliance.