Hello. Before this get's modded into "Foreign Affairs" I would like to say that this is very much not about the recent Israeli incursion into Gaza. (It is perhaps worth mentioning that I regret the fact that it couldn't be so classified). And, given the recent noise, please take that to mean an open invitation not to bring Israel into this.
No, it’s not about any particular incident but rather about the strange alliance that appears to exist between Islamists and the radical left. The kind of association I am talking about is perhaps best exemplified (in the UK) by Ken Livingstone and George Galloway.
In a thesis, popularised by Nick Cohen the left seem to be following "the enemy of my enemy..." notion such that, "What is new is that since the death of socialism, they are prepared to indulge the extreme religious right as long as it is anti-American. The reflex is essentially the same, as is the delusion that these are in some way 'progressive' forces."
Please, I don't for a moment want to suggest that a great majority of people who protested in Dublin did so for any other reasons other than expressing dismay at the killing of innocents.
That said, given a) the propensity for the far left to associate themselves heavily with the recent anti-war demonstrations (e.g. Sinn Fein) and b) the propensity of these same demonstrations to take on overtly religious and islamist overtones (Cries of Allahu Akbar!) is the same thing happening in Ireland?
If this is hogwash, doesn't the overt presence of Islamist (read: Racist, misogynist, homophobic, totalitarian, inquisitional, imperialist, and genocidal) sentiment at these rallies give pause for thought? If it doesn't why not? Doesn't Islamism overtly stand for everything the Left doesn't?
Particularly interested in mainstream/centre left point of view. Please forgive the temerity of this first (almost*) time poster but I am particularly not interested in debating semantics with people who delight in deconstructing sentences and avoiding the main thrust of the argumnet.
*I was on the site a couple of years back with the same name but lost the log in