Monday, August 30, 2004

'Useful Idiots': Alive & Well and Protesting the GOP Convention

'Useful Idiot': The term coined by Lenin (Vladimir, not John) to describe Western artists, politicians and academia who advocated and agitated on behalf of the Bolshevic ideology.

When I tuned in to the news this weekend, I expected to see coverage of the Republican Convention. What I saw was more like coverage of the peace protest. Actually, it was an anti-Bush protest. ‘Peace’ was merely a pretext. The signs, shirts and attitudes said it all.

In order to get an understanding for these 'protesters', I took a look at their organizers. The main organizers are A.N.S.W.E.R., United For Peace and Justice and Not In Our Name. One might assume that ‘peace’ would be the common link between the three groups, but the truth is a quite a bit more sinister. The common link is... now, hold on to your hammer & sickle... communism, Marxism and socialism. It just so happens that A.N.S.W.E.R is a subsidiary of the Workers World Party (WWP), a communist organization that supports North Korea's Kim Jong Il. WWP also supported the Soviet interventions in Hungary, Czechoslovakia and Afghanistan. Sickeningly, the WWP supported Deng Xiaoping's decision to mass murder Chinese students in Tienanmen Square. United For Peace and Justice is run by Leslie Cagan, a self-avowed communist radical who fancies herself an associate of Fidel Castro. Not In Our Name is headed by C. Clark Kissinger, a Maoist and card-carrying member of the Revolutionary Communist Party. To sum up, the 'Peace Movement' has more reds in it than the Italian wine section of your local Buy-Rite.

Aside from being chock-full-O'commies, the anti-war movement has a history of supporting America's enemies. During Vietnam, their activities on America's streets and campuses provided aid and comfort to the North Vietnamese and Vietcong, thereby prolonging the conflict and indirectly causing an indeterminate number of additional American casualties. Don't believe it? Just ask the North Vietnamese. NVA General Vo Nguyen Giap has acknowledged the value of the American anti-war movement to the communist North and has even gone so far as to publicly thank them for their efforts. In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, NVA Colonel Bui Tin credited the leaders of the American anti-war movement as being “essential to our strategy”. In his book 'Following Ho Chi Minh: Memoirs of a North Vietnamese Colonel', Tin recounts, "Every day our leadership would listen to world news over the radio at 9AM to follow the growth of the antiwar movement. Visits to Hanoi by Jane Fonda and former Attorney General Ramsey Clark and ministers gave us confidence that we should hold on in the face of battlefield reverses. We were elated when Jane Fonda, wearing a red Vietnamese dress, said at a press conference that she was ashamed of American actions in the war and would struggle along with us .... those people represented the conscience of America .... part of it's war- making capability, and we turning that power in our favor." As if that isn’t bad enough, Vietnam War protester extraordinaire John Kerry himself is honored with a permanent display in Hanoi’s War Remnants Museum (only two Americans have this distinction, Jane Fonda being the other).

The anti-war movement was strangely silent after Vietnam. They are also strangely silent when it comes to the military activities of other nations (especially communist ones). Leslie Cagan had nothing to say when the Soviets invaded Afghanistan. Kissinger didn't coordinate any demonstrations when the Peoples Liberation Army machine-gunned students in Tienanmen Square. Today, the useful idiots of the anti-war left are back with a vengeance. The new goal is to undermine the war against terrorism. The starting point? George Bush, the GOP and the war in Iraq. Instead of the VC and NVA, now they're giving aid and comfort to al-Qaida. Of course, the average rank-and-file protester is probably not even aware of the political persuasion of their organizers. They're probably not aware that the social system Cagan and Kissinger advocate is responsible for the deaths of at least 100 million people. Of course, attending a peace protest organized by hard-core communists is no different than going to a civil rights rally organized by the KKK - but is your average, garden variety protestor aware of that? Maybe they are. After all, a useful idiot is still an idiot.