Perhaps the perfect microcosm to demonstrate the left-right-Islam dynamic. A right-wing / anti-Islamist movement in Germany gathered for a protest at which Muhammad cartoons would be displayed. Apparently, some Salafists became so enraged that they began beating the leftists.
Hundreds of assorted Muslims and far-left extremists turned up to harass and intimidate them. Two of these “antifascists” found themselves in the midst of a horde of Salafist Muslims, who promptly started beating them up with bits of wood. Even after they were lying helpless and passive on the ground, the Muslims kept laying into them. One was bad;y hurt in the head; the other in the arm. Both required hospital treatment.
Apparently it wasn’t a failure of recognition either. The Muslims knew that these were leftist anti-fascists who had come to protest against the “islamophobes”. They beat them up anyway.
The left has a sordid history that involves aligning with Islamists against common enemies. Invariably, however, once those common enemies are defeated, the Islamists turn on the leftists.
It happens every time but the left is inherently so dense, that it never seems to learn. Look at Iran. The left aligned with the Islamists to overthrow the Shah. Once the Shah was gone, so were the leftists; they were executed by the Ayatollah’s minions.
Wael Ghoneim, the man identified by western’s mainstream media as the guy who used social media to spark the Egyptian revolution last year, is another case in point. Upon taking the stage to address the hundreds of thousands of people in Tahrir Square, he was booted so that Muslim Brotherhood cleric Yusuf al-Qaradawi could speak.
For some reason, the left is drawn to Islamists and never seems to learn.
Ben Barrack is a talk show host and author of the upcoming book, Unsung Davids