Terrorism and the Left

 “The best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity”

An outstanding and detailed reflection on the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 attack on America appears in the latest edition of Quadrant by an academic specialist in the history of terrorism.  Mervyn F Bendle’s essay, 9/11 and the Intelligentsia, Ten Years On, goes into chapter and verse of the thinking of the radical Left in Australia and the dangerous influence they have on government, academia and the media. I have to confess that it is discouraging, but well worth reading.

The radical orthodoxy seeks to invalidate the term [terrorism], as it views its use as an intolerable affront to its favoured groups. It resorts instead to moral relativism and simplistic clichés (“one person’s terrorist is another’s freedom fighter” and the like), so that concerns that the West is under terrorist attack can be rejected as attempts to negatively “label” these groups.

Bendle concludes on a sombre note.

Clearly, ten years after 9/11, the ideological struggle goes on. It is a clash of civilisations, but also a clash of wills. Is it sadly true, as W.B. Yeats observed, that “The best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity”? Do liberal democratic societies have the will and capacity to mobilise intellectual resistance to those forces that seek to destroy them and institute a new dark age of theocratic barbarity across the globe? Or will they succumb to their external and internal enemies, destroyed from within by those who snatch greedily at the benefits bestowed by their privileged position, while betraying the community that succours them? Time will tell

2 Responses to “Terrorism and the Left”

  1. FatherJon Says:

    I’ve also noticed a wilful reluctance in lefty circles and chatbacks to recognise the ongoing dangers of radical Islamic terrorism. There’s always some simplistic comparison they can come up with, such as ‘you have the same chance of being killed by lightning as by a terrorist bomb’ kind of stuff. They always have some statistic like that which refuses to see the difference between random happenings in nature and planned death and destruction by Moslem terrorists on a far larger scale. The same people then attempt to equate the IRA with al-Quaeda, pointing to the ‘other terrorists in our midsts’ without seeing the difference between Catholics struggling for economic equivalence within N.Ireland and a global war on our non-Moslem belief and cultural systems.

    I’d forgotten Yeats’ aphorism, very apt indeed.


  2. Anna Jones Says:

    Oh, it is wonderful at last to see the Left being challenged right down to its “progressive” roots after a dream run of so many, many years.
    We must thank the internet for freeing the rest of us, and those gifted, hard-working, educated lovers of honesty who have penned on our behalf.

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