Wednesday, August 04, 2004

The Cult of Death

In one of the major Swedish newspapers of today, Svenska Dagbladet (I won't bother to link to it since it is in Swedish), journalist Thomas Gür writes about the trait shared by all totalitarian ideologies -- the cult of death.

He refers to Paul Berman's book Terror and Liberalism, which declares islamism to be the third totalitarian movement of our time. The other two being of course Nazism/Fascism and Communism.

All these ideologies shared a belief in, and a perverse admiration, of death. As Mr Gür points out, the parole of the Spanish Fascists was Viva la muerte! (long live death!). The terrorist's who carried out the bombings of Madrid said "we love death, and you love life".

Mr Gür goes on to say:

"What through history unites Japanese Kamikaze-pilots, secular Tamil or Kurdish terrorists, Iranian suicide-battalions and islamistic suicide-bombers, is what you could call an ideologically formulated glorification of an individual's death for a nobler purpose."
[My translation]

Now, many people don't seem to realize that this is what the fundamentalist islamism of today is all about. It surprises me that many people don't seem to realize that Islamofascism is just that. Fascism. That the suicide- and homicide-bombings which kill civilians by their hundreds and even thousands is the greatest totalitarian threat in recent history.

The anti-semitism and anti-Americanism which follows in its keel, should be taken more seriously than it at present is. Some people seem to think this is being overtly sensitive or melodramatic. It is not.

I am quite surprised at how quickly many people seem to have forgotten the 9/11-atrocities, the bombs in Istanbul and the Madrid bombs. These are not haphazard events. They may or may not be centrally co-ordinated in some way or other. However, that's not the point. The point is that it is happening now and it will probably happen again, and that these acts of large-scale terrorism are a part of something bigger: the desire to create a religious-clerical fascist empire. No more, no less.

People who downplay or ridicule this fact simply do not understand the seriousness of the matter. And I don't have to mention the Looney Left. I'm fed up with them .

I for one am glad that both Tony Blair and George W. Bush have understood the seriousness of this terrorist threat and are trying to do something about it.

I would also wish that people around me would face the facts and read the situation more accurately.

The thing is many people still say "oh, it's such a complicated issue". No, it's not. Either you oppose death-loving religious Fascism or you support an open, free and equal democratic society.

Tuesday, August 03, 2004

Involuntary Absence

I would just like to apologize for my absence for the past week or so. As most of you know, real life sometimes invades the blogosphere (also, blogging can get a bit intense and some fresh air will do you a lot of good...)

I'd like to thank all those who have checked out my blog and made comments to my posts.

I'm also glad to hear from democratically-minded people on the (centre-) Left who share my concerns about the, unfortunately, vociferous false Left and realize the threats coming from Islamofascism. There really is the need for an antitotalitarian strain of the Left.

Also, my thanks to Who Knew?, Michael Totten , Harry's Place and Norman Geras for mentioning this blog and/or linking to it.

Keep reading and keep commenting.

New stuff will be coming shortly.