ChristopherHitchensMovingToTheRightAgainstIslamoFascism (ThoughtStorms)

Interesting interview discusses ChristopherHitchens MovingToTheRight due to disgust with the left tolerance of "IslamoFascism".

What's right about the Hitchens view

Yeah, he's right. There are too many on the left who are tempted to side with and sympathise with Arabic Nationalism and radical Islamic groups in the BazaarOfViolence. This is both a moral and a strategic mistake. These guys are not allies of the left.

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What's wrong with Hitchens view

: There are two dangers of the word "IslamoFascism". The practical danger is it makes you think that you are fighting something like Nazi Germany, and that "war", understood as conflict between NationStates, is the answer. The intellectual danger is that it helps you see everything in terms of a simplistic dichotomy between all repressive hierarchies, and all liberating networks / markets. The situation is so much more complex. AlQuaeda is a malign network rather than a malign hierarchy. Some networks create spontaneous imbalances of power and become oppressive (PowerLaws), some hierarchies are liberating. Good and bad are in the details, not the simplistic architectural classification.

: That's the pivot of contention : But can he see a time when this kind of jihadist fever will be as marginalised as, say, Nazism is now, confined to a few reactionary eccentrics? "Not without what that took - which is an absolutely convincing defeat and discrediting. Something unarguable. I wouldn't exclude any measure either. There's nothing I wouldn't do to stop this form of fascism."

: Having lost faith in words, all Hitchens can fall back on is brute force. There is nothing left in Hitchens' armory except Bush's bombs.


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