Friday, May 04, 2012
What is Left?
by Prof. Steven Plaut
It is impossible to understand politics in the world today without
grasping the fundamental fact that there exist two different Lefts. I
propose that the two be referred to by everyone as the Stupid Left and
the Satanic Left. The two are very different, although they work
together. People who are part of the first are simply stupid people.
People who are part of the second may in fact be quite shrewd, but are
evil and nefarious. There is no third type of leftist.
Over time, the Stupid Left has been losing its numbers, as many Stupid
Leftists either become smarter or morph into Satanic Leftists, and so
desist from being mere Stupid Leftists. So a process of selection is
occurring whereby the strength of the Satanic Left within the overall
Left grows. The "Occupy Wall Street" demonstrations and their kin in
Europe are attended by and contained both kinds of Leftists, although
they are increasingly organized by Satanic Leftists. Almost all the
BDS (boycott and divest from Israel) guttersnipes are Satanic
Both the Stupid Left and the Satanic Left demonstrate together against
the United States, in favor of Iran and Islamofascism, in favor of
destroying Israel and in favor of Palestinian terrorism. But for
different reasons. The Stupid Left really thinks that if the US leaves
Iran alone, it will refrain from developing weapons of mass
destruction. The Satanic Left supports Iran precisely because it knows
that it WILL develop them and use them!
The Stupid Left is anti-American because it thinks people in America
are oppressed, poor, mistreated and that America is an evil country.
The Satanic Left is anti-American precisely because it knows the
opposite is the case.
The Stupid Left hates America because it thinks America promotes evil
oppressive regimes around the world. The Satanic Left hates America
because America gets in the way of the evil oppressive regimes that
the Satanic Left promotes.
The Stupid Left denounces capitalism and globalization and supports
communism because it really believes that people are poor and
oppressed under capitalism but free and happy under socialism. The
Satanic Left denounces capitalism and supports communism precisely
BECAUSE it knows that the opposite is the case.
The Stupid Left does not know that communism produces gulags. The
Satanic Left supports communism precisely BECAUSE it produces gulags
and also because the Satanic Leftists presume they will be placed in
charge of the gulags.
The Stupid Left wants a Palestinian state because it thinks that such
a state will pursue peace alongside Israel. The Satanic Left wants a
Palestinian state precisely because it knows such a state will launch
a war of destruction against Israel and endless atrocities against the
The Stupid Left thinks that Israel mistreats Arabs. It does not know
that Arab regimes mistreat Arabs. The Satanic Left knows Israel does
not and the Arab regimes do. The reason it wants Israel destroyed is
not because it thinks Israel is unjust, but rather because it hates
The Stupid Left opposes Israeli armed force being used to suppress
terror because it thinks that terror can be resolved through dialogue
and negotiations. The Satanic Left opposes Israeli armed force being
used to suppress terror because it supports terror against Jews.
The Stupid Left is convinced that most Arabs seek peace, are moderate
and decent people, and have legitimate grievances against the West.
The Satanic Left supports Arab aggression and terror precisely because
it knows this is not true.
The Stupid Left thinks that Palestinian leaders and Arab nationalists
are progressive and liberal. The Satanic Left supports the same people
precisely because it knows they are fascists.
The Stupid Left is under the impression that Arab states have
elections and freedom and enlightenment. The Satanic Left supports
Arab regimes because they want to destroy Israel and murder Jews.
The Stupid Left thinks the West should not place its Arab residents
under surveillance because they are decent people and loyal to their
adopted countries. The Satanic Left opposes such surveillance because
it wants more Bin Ladens.
The Stupid Left thinks that Israeli settlements are an obstacle to
peace. The Satanic Left wants the settlers evicted or killed because
they are an obstacle to the Palestinian ambitions of destroying
The Stupid Left thinks the Middle East conflict is about Arab human
rights. The Satanic Left knows the Middle East conflict is about
suppressing Jewish human rights. They support this suppression.
The Stupid Left thinks the Middle East conflict is about land and
borders. The Satanic Left knows it is about Israel's existence.
The Stupid Left thinks Israel is a discriminatory apartheid country.
The Satanic Left wants Israel destroyed so that the Arabs can impose
an apartheid regime directed against the Jews and any other
The Stupid Left believes it is trying to reform and change America.
The Satanic Left wants to destroy America.
The Stupid Left thinks socialism works. The Satanic Left wants
socialism because it knows it does not.
The Stupid Left thinks it is opposing racism. The Satanic Left's
fundamental urge is to impose its own mode of racism and anti-Semitism
on the world.
The Stupid Left thinks Zionism is a form of racism. The Satanic Left
supports anti-Zionism precisely because IT is a form of anti-Semitism.
The Stupid Left chooses its political positions on the basis of the
desire by leftists to make their parents angry. So does the Satanic
Left, but they REALLY hate their parents.
The Stupid Left says it favors equality. The Satanic Left favors
transferring power to itself so that it can oppress others.
The Stupid Left supports Marxist groups all over the world because it
thinks these are non-violent and favor pluralism. The Satanic Left
supports them because they know these are violent and totalitarian.
2. This is one of those "only in Israel" stories.
Allow me to introduce you to Samir Shukri, one of the more popular
singers of "Oriental Music" in Israel.
Samir is a Moslem Arab from Acre. His father is a well-known music
teacher and song writer, who teaches in Acre and Haifa. Samir learned
violin and guitar from his father.
In "apartheid Israel" one can find oodles of Jewish singers who
perform and write songs and sing in Arabic, and also plenty of Arab
singers who perform and sing in Hebrew. The most popular of these
is, in my opinion, Samir Shukri. He studied at Queens College for a
while, married a Jewish woman (later divorced), and had two children,
the older named Rona. Later perhaps the most popular song in Samir's
repertoire is "Rona," which has been popularized by others as well.
His main residency these days is the US, where he sings. Among his
many albums is one where he performs the popular (and patriotic) songs
of the late Naomi Shemer.
The latest song on the charts written and performed by Samir is
called "Adon Olam." That is not a misprint. Samir peppers his speech
with Jewish religious images and expressions, such as "B'ezrat
Hashem." When asked about his use of Jewish imagery as a Muslim, he
says he sees no problem and feels no dissonance. There is but one
God, he says, so why should we not all use one another's descriptors
and images to describe Him?
One of the other interesting twists to this is that Samir's father
wrote a lovely song called Shukran, Ya Ami, meaning thank you mother.
It was later set to music (I am not sure by whom) to a very popular
Greek melody popularized by Trifanos, one of the great Greek singers
(and very popular in Israel). It was such a success that a Jewish
lyricist made Hebrew lyrics to the same melody, partly based on the
words of Samir's father, but changing the emphasis to be more of a
thank you song to God "for all that you have created."
My original idea for a posting was to post this Hebrew song in
youtube version alongside a youtube of the Arabic song as written by
Samir's father, set to the same melody. The parallels would be
haunting and amazing. However, I could not find the Arabic song on
Youtube or anywhere else as a clip. So the best I can do is direct
you to this youtube clip of the Hebrew parallel song:
It also shows the words, so you can read along if you wish.
You can see Samir performing Rona here:
If you are interested, youtube has lots of other clips of him.
The Stupid Left thinks animals should be treated like humans. The
Satanic Left thinks humans should be treated like animals.
The Stupid Left wants socialism because it thinks that people will not
have to work under socialism and because it thinks that leftists will
have a lot of friends under socialism. The Satanic Left wants
socialism because Satanic Leftists will not have to work under
socialism while they turn everyone else into slaves, and because they
get to shoot their friends.