ROCHESTER, N.Y., June 22, 2013 ― There is no good reason that the infiltration of political Islam into the West cannot be discussed in a reasonable way. Like a cuckoo in a cuckoo clock, we instinctively duck and cover from words like racism, Islamophobia and extremism that pop out reliably, like that annoying little bird, every hour on the hour.
Courtesy of a leaker named Ed Snowden, America has spent the past week or two trying to countenance the possibility of some crazy new alliances. Have John Boehner and Bruce Springsteen found common ground? What about Roseanne Barr and Roseanne Cash? Will Ban Ki Moon and Richard Armitage still play poker? Just what is the New Normal?
There is a precedent for this creepy Left/Right/One-party madness. Meet Robert Dreyfuss, currently listed in “The Nation’s” masthead (“Reading Between the Lies since 1865”) as a Contributing Editor. According to the World Socialist Web Site, Dreyfuss currently serves as “The Nation’s” man in Tehran, also writing for Britain’s left-leaning “Guardian” newspaper and the reliably left-wing American periodical “Rolling Stone”.
In 1981, Dreyfuss wrote a small paperback entitled “Hostage to Khomeini”. The fantastic claims festooned on its original cover: “The real story of the Iran revolution for the first time in print.” “How the Carter administration set up the taking of the 53 hostages in Tehran.” And: “How the secret terrorist society the Muslim Brotherhood brought Khomeini to power.”
The book was commissioned by none other than Lyndon LaRouche, whose political positions have tacked from left to right and back again for decades. If you don’t remember LaRouche, just think “NSA scandal-whisperer Glenn Greenwald meets David Duke.”
In his book, Dreyfuss draws straight, bright lines connecting a British Intelligence agent named Jamaleddin Al-Afghani, the Muslim Brotherhood, and the Ayatollah Khomeini himself. Al-Afghani, the father of the Pan-Islamic movement according to Dreyfuss, sat at the epicenter of the U.K.’s geopolitical alliance with fundamentalist Islamists.
Why did the U.K. avoid taking a stand against creeping sharia for all these years? Dreyfuss allegedly fills in some blanks for us, further connecting the dots to Islamophiliac British aristocrats and Scottish Rite Freemasons.
In order for the Iranian Revolution to succeed, Dreyfuss reasons, Iranian youth first needed strong doses of anti-materialist propaganda spoon-fed to them. The solution? The public at large took to this kind of propaganda better when they were high. “There was hardly any opium in the country before the revolution, now it is everywhere,” one Iranian told Dreyfuss. “It reminds me of what the British did in China in the last century. You look at that population, they just sat there and watched the country being destroyed and they became politically passive. That is what is happening in Iran.”
The anti-materialism puzzle piece fell to a Professor named Ali Shariati, an originator of so-called Islamic Marxism. He was called upon to “disguise the Sufi doctrines in a radical, almost Marxist cloak.” Also helping out was none other than Catherine Bateson, daughter of Margaret Mead, currently a TED star who was at that time a professor at Damavand College in Tehran.
The book launches Dreyfuss’ fantastic, interlocking theses with a series of wild presumptions. A sampling of Dreyfuss’ mind-blowing j’accuse: “Not until Jimmy Carter, Zbigniew Brzezinski, Henry Kissinger, Ramsey Clark and Cyrus Vance are in prison will this volume have served its purpose. And not until the Muslim Brotherhood worldwide, from its underground terrorist cells in the Middle East to its exile headquarters in London, Geneva, and Malta to its backers at prestigious universities like Georgetown University in Washington, DC is hunted down and destroyed will the countries of the Muslim world be safe from the Khomeini disease.” That’s a lot to parse.
According to Dreyfuss, it was 1978 when Jimmy Carter began protecting a group called the Muslim Student Association (MSA), then headquartered in Plainfield, Indiana. MSA came complete with a terrorist training center and 300 Iranian students secretly filtered there via phony visas. Did Jimmy Carter really install former Attorney General Ramsey Clark as official envoy to Iran just months after Clark was marching under Death to America banners in the streets of Tehran? Did an Amnesty International report trumpeting torture serve as the spark needed for the revolution to begin? If even half of what Dreyfuss writes about Jimmy Carter, Zbigniew Brzezinski, Ramsey Clark, Cyrus Vance, and Warren Christopher (No. 2 at Ramsey Clark’s Department of Justice under LBJ) is true, the sad story of the rotting of America’s core will someday have their names attached.
Then there is the matter of Princeton Professor Richard Falk, a Khomeini supporter and Ramsey Clark’s chief associate at Amnesty International. Falk now serves as the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories under President Obama. Falk frequently makes news for his anti-Israel rants. Recently he was quoted as saying Boston got what it deserved. Professor Falk is featured prominently in “Hostage for Khomeini.” Someone over at UN Watch may want to phone the Nation and get a copy of Dreyfuss. The folks at the Aspen Institute may want to burn any remaining copies.
Is the American Left, as characterized by Dreyfuss, really this out of its mind? Will Kardashianism become 21st century America’s poppy crop? Can the tea party wake up the hipsters? Will the hipsters ever care about anything unless it’s game-ified? Can the suits ever clean up their act? Will “The Nation” ever report on its reporter’s reporting? Stay tuned. The worst is yet to come.
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