The Islamist Destabilization of Our Universities

by Lorna Salzman

A coalition of Muslim, black and radical left groups has brought its toxic brand of fascistic anti-Semitism to the University of California/San Diego, by way of an Israel boycott/divestment resolution. Among the agitators is Communist faculty member Angela Davis, whose presence alone is evidence of a new stage of agitprop against Jews.

Some liberals still scoff at the notion that criticism of Israel does not indicate hatred of Jews. Nonsense. Double nonsense. We are witnessing a global conspiracy - yes, folks, that term is appropriate for the conjunction of the evil constellations of Maoists, Communists, Marxists, basement-variety revolutionaries, African-Americans and Muslim extremists - that has quadrupled its efforts to demonize Israel and elevate the Israel-Arab debate to top priority in the list of global conflicts.

It should be understood that aside from the terrorist organizations Hamas and Hezbollah, and their propaganda arms like Al Awda/Right of Return, the Israel-Arab conflict has been placed at the top of this agenda not by the leading Muslim terrorist groups themselves but by the AMERICAN AND WEST EUROPEAN LEFT, whose unholy alliance with anti-secular, left-hating Islamists has got to be one of the most naive in history, one justified by the left only because in their ignorance they view Islamism as a movement of "national liberation" (even as they continue to ignore secular left reformists in Iran and elsewhere).

Anyone who reads the radical Islamist blogs and statements of these terrorist groups, such as Lashkaar e Taiba and the Pakistani Taliban (both of which were behind the recent American bomb plots that failed and the Mumbai bombing) will see instantly that the word Israel is entirely absent. In fact these groups might sensibly fear that the focus on Israel is a handicap, not a positive development, for their own campaigns, which have far broader objectives than assisting a bunch of loose cannon groups in Gaza, Syria and Lebanon with their own narrow agenda.

If I were a leader of Lashkaar, I would be busy trying to recruit Palestinian terrorists to wreak havoc elsewhere than against Israel. Also, let us not misunderstand how Arabs outside of Gaza view those inside: as completely untrustworthy, dangerous, and threatening to countries like Jordan, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Yemen. Nobody wants these Arabs, hence their desperation to destroy and then occupy all of Israel. They have nowhere else to go.

But let's return to the American left. Not having had particular success in the mass media, handicapped by bad publicity about homegrown radicalized Muslims across the American heartland, and probably having exhausted the list of white liberals willing to support their aims, they have redoubled their efforts on American campuses, where liberal students who know nothing about Israel or radical Islam and were babes in the woods when 9/11 happened can be brainwashed with anti-Israel propaganda.

These students are receptive to these messages because they have just gotten through eight years of a White House nightmare, with phony excuses for unjustified wars abroad under the nightmare of Pres. Bush and VP Cheney, and because they have multiple reasons to distrust our government in the wake of the Wall St. rip-off of taxpayers, unemployment, the debacle of the health care debate, and the paralysis in energy policy and climate change legislation. These students are ripe for the plucking, and the Islamists and leftists have moved in with a vengeance.

A grassroots counter-campaign against this Islamist destabilization of our universities and against their campus efforts to stifle criticism of Islam needs to be initiated quickly. For too long have liberals been intimidated and prevented from speaking out against the authoritarian Islamists who have infiltrated and taken over naive peace and justice groups.

Above all, it is important to understand that the anti-Israel campaign matters to them not just because they want to destroy Israel and the Jews but because it offers, in their twisted minds, an opportunity to revive the fortunes of the left, to create new "struggles of liberation".

The left has had no success in influencing or redirecting American foreign policy since the year it was born. It hates Jews more than it loves the black Darfuri massacred by Sudanese Arab Muslims. What it does have is the ability to manipulate, terrorize, threaten and cause general political mayhem. To do this, they have moved onto American campuses. Thus, they have homed in on their best opportunity for mischief, exploiting not a major global issue but one of narrow concern that pales in comparison to the ethnic and religious conflicts elsewhere, conflicts which have taken millions of lives already but which do not fit into the ideology of the left.

They must be stopped.


Defending "Islamofascism"—It's a valid term. Here's Why, Christopher Hitchens, Oct 22, 2007.

"Both movements are based on a cult of murderous violence that exalts death and destruction and despises the life of the mind. ... Both are hostile to modernity (except when it comes to the pursuit of weapons), and both are bitterly nostalgic for past empires and lost glories. Both are obsessed with real and imagined "humiliations" and thirsty for revenge. Both are chronically infected with the toxin of anti-Jewish paranoia ... Both are inclined to leader worship and to the exclusive stress on the power of one great book. Both have a strong commitment to sexual repression ... Both despise art and literature as symptoms of degeneracy and decadence; both burn books and destroy museums and treasures. ... Technically, no form of Islam preaches racial superiority or proposes a master race. But in practice, Islamic fanatics operate a fascistic concept of the "pure" and the "exclusive" over the unclean and the kufar or profane. ... In the attitude to Jews, it is clear that an inferior or unclean race is being talked about (which is why many Muslim extremists like the grand mufti of Jerusalem gravitated to Hitler's side). ... And, of course, Bin Laden has threatened force against U.N. peacekeepers who might dare interrupt the race-murder campaign against African Muslims that is being carried out by his pious Sudanese friends in Darfur."

© 2002 Lorna Salzman. All rights reserved. Material may be quoted with permission.