Friday, September 24, 2004

The Red-Green Alliance

Barcepundit's Franco Aleman must have recovered from reading this profile of Spanish Prime Minister Zapatero in Time Magazine (go on, read it and pity us here! Quote: "I don't want to be a great leader"), because he has a post up on which I had some thoughts, too.

He notes that after the Madrid attacks on March 11 of this year, imprisoned ETA terrorists celebrated together with Algerian (GIA, GSPC) terrorists also in prison.

Very disturbing, but hardly surprising. Former Prime Minister José Maria Aznar to this date does not want to discard a possible link between Spain's Marxist-Separatist ETA and Al Qaeda. There are proven contacts between ETA and Algerian terrorists and ETA members attending their training camps in Algeria, going back to the early nineties.

Of course, most Western intellectuals and governments refuse to believe links exist between classical Marxist terrorist groups and the Islamist kind. Samizdata once pointed me to an article by Waller R. Newell, titled: "Postmodern Jihad: What Osama bin Laden learned from the Left." It's an eye-opener:

THE RELATIONSHIP between postmodernist European leftism and Islamic radicalism is a two-way street: Not only have Islamists drawn on the legacy of the European Left, but European Marxists have taken heart from Islamic terrorists who seemed close to achieving the longed-for revolution against American hegemony. Consider Michel Foucault and Jacques Derrida, two leading avatars of postmodernism. Foucault was sent by the Italian daily Corriere della Sera to observe the Iranian revolution and the rise of the Ayatollah Khomeini. Like Sartre, who had rhapsodized over the Algerian revolution, Foucault was enthralled, pronouncing Khomeini "a kind of mystic saint." The Frenchman welcomed "Islamic government" as a new form of "political spirituality" that could inspire Western radicals to combat capitalist hegemony.
Samizdata comments:
Derrida reacted to the collapse of the Soviet Union by calling for a "new international." Whereas the old international was made up of the economically oppressed, a new alliance of “the dispossessed and the marginalized" would unite to combat American led globalization.

Newell notes that Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri in their recent potboiler Empire depict an American dominated global order as the contemporary version of the bourgeoisie, with Islamist terrorism the spearhead of "the post-modern revolution" against "the new imperial order." Why? Because of "its refusal of modernity as a weapon of Euro-American hegemony."

What the terrorists have in common with that strand of European nihilism, whose consequences in Europe in the C20th were millions of deaths, is belief in the primacy of the radical will, unrestrained by any existing moral teachings. This is the reason why Al Qaeda finds it easy to ignore the teachings of mainstream Islam, which prohibits the deliberate killing of non-combatants; they not only hate their [former] selves, they not only hate the [contemporary] world, their religion is based upon hatred of God.
Read them both, and José Maria Aznar's assumption of a possible cooperation between Red and Green in the March 11 attacks on Madrid will not seem so out of this world anymore.