Where simpletons never fear to tread: “Let’s keep repeating the same failed policies over and over and over again, because at some point along the way, we know that they’re bound to succeed.” That’s how dim witted died-in-the-wool socialists think, and it’s something we rationally minded folk correctly label as insanity. KGS
The “Trusting Khomeini” Syndrome, Redux?
Falk’s imaginary Ayatollah, circa February, 1979:
“Having created a new model of popular revolution based, for the most part, on non-violent tactics. Iran may yet provide us with a desperately-needed model of humane governance for a third-world country. If this is true, then indeed the exotic Ayatollah may yet convince the world that “politics is the opiate of the people.”
The “exotic” Khomeini in his own words, from 1942:
Those who study jihad will understand why Islam wants to conquer the whole world. All the countries conquered by Islam or to be conquered in the future will be marked for everlasting salvation. For they shall live under Allah’s law (Sharia). … Islam says: ‘Kill [the non-Muslims], put them to the sword and scatter their armies.’ Islam says: ‘Whatever good there is exists thanks to the sword and in the shadow of the sword! People cannot be made obedient except with the sword! The sword is the key to paradise, which can be opened only for holy warriors (jihadists)!’ There are hundreds of other Koranic psalms and hadiths (sayings of the prophet) urging Muslims to value war and to fight. Does all that mean that Islam is a religion that prevents men from waging war? I spit upon those foolish souls who make such a claim.
…Those who know nothing of Islam pretend that Islam counsels against war. Those [who say this] are witless.
International Law Professor Richard Falk has become infamous for his calumnies against Israel, based upon deliberately (and transparently) deceitful “investigations.”
An eternal written testament to Falk’s sheer, triumphal idiocy—and a harbinger, perhaps, of his moral cretinism as well—was published in the New York Times February 16, 1979. The very title of Falk’s opinion editorial, “Trusting Khomeini,” is pathognomonic of two devastating Western maladies—cultural self-loathing, and jihad denial. Indeed these trends have worsened over the intervening three decades, as the civilizational war waged by Shiite and Sunni jihadists —consistent with Islam’s classical jihad theory—has intensified.
Distressingly ignorant appraisals of the contemporary Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood (MB), which have accompanied analyses of the current unrest in Egypt, may represent the apotheosis of these trends. (For an accurate appraisal of the Egyptian MB’s current views and goals in its own Arabic words, carefully translated from the original, see this report.)