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April 1, 2007

Left in the Middle East Has Reason to Support the USA

The reason is that the US is a powerful ally against Islamofascism. In a 31 March article in the Arab News Amir Taheri cites a number of examples in the region of this ideological trend. For example he quotes Iranian communist Reza Khosravi:

Reza Khosravi, a veteran of Iran's Communist movement, cites history as justification for the left's rejection of "banal anti-Americanism."

"During World War II all movements of the left supported an alliance with the Western democracies led by the United States because the common enemy was Fascism," he says. "Today, we are in a similar position. Progressive forces in the Middle East are threatened by an Islamist version of Fascism. An alliance with Western democracies is not only desirable but necessary."

In a similar vein, he quotes Samir Qassir:

Samir Qassir, the Lebanese center-left leader, often spoke of anti-Americanism as "the last refuge of the scoundrel" in the Middle East.

"Politics is always a question of choice," Qassir said in one of the articles before he was killed in a car bomb in Beirut on June 2, 2005. "Here in the Middle East we face a choice between democracy and alliance with the US on one hand and surrender to religious fanatics and terrorists on the other."

Read the article.

Crossposted to Satellite News (Iran)

Posted by John at April 1, 2007 2:50 PM

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