Friday, January 06, 2006

Immigration and Terrorism

The United States of America has had numerous waves of immigration bringing those seeking a better life to a place where their own hard work and a laissez faire system can make them happen.

As in all things in life not everyone's efforts are successful and in many cases these are the individuals who turn to expressing their disaffection and lack of success outwardly as terrorism. This has been seen of late in the United States of America with the September 11th 2001 attacks; on July 7th 2005 with the UK’s Subway bombings, the bombings in Spain from which they began cowering in fear, the Western nationals caught attempting terrorist acts in Iraq and Afghanistan and many more.

This is not a new phenomenon.

The United States of America and the world was wracked by another such wave of terrorism as we have seen in the late twentieth century and early 21st century during the mid- nineteenth to early twentieth centuries. Rather than claiming to be fueled by hate filled religious rhetoric these individuals worshipped at the humanist altar of Communism (Socialism being only Communism wearing a Happy Face mask) and Anarchy.

As these philosophies spread throughout the world including the our own country, the unassimilated immigrants and homegrown disaffected elements, largely left out of the economic success story of the United States of America, were drawn to the fiery rhetoric and were perhaps given an ogre to blame their lack of success upon; those in the world who did not follow their philosophical bent. The unsuccessful elements left outside the American dream finding philosophies that not only allowed but encouraged them to strike out against their imagined oppressors were those that initiated a whirlwind of assassinations and terrorist incidents.

Notable among these were assassinations of heads of state; President McKinley , Umberto I, King of Italy, Alexander II and Alexander III (plot foiled) Czar of Russia among others.

Reader note I have no soft spot in my heart for despots that wear a crown any more than I do those that cloak themselves in their philosophical rhetoric of hate, oppression and distrust.

Riots and strikes went hand in hand including the Haymarket Riot where, although provoked by police corruption and violence, anarchists lobbed bombs into the police officers’ lines killing eighteen. The famous case of Sacco and Venzetti, two anarchists in the U.S.A. who were poster children for the Left and defended by socialist Upton Sinclair despite his knowing their guilt as he would later admit, is another indication of the left and their Anarchist roots, then lately largely discredited by the success of the Bolshevik Revolution and absolute absence of success for their particular flavor of despotism.

Add to these activities the addition of state sponsorship of terrorism after the founding of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. Not only did the Soviet Union implement a deliberate campaign of terror on their own people including the use of concentration camps, legions of informers and a state security apparatus whose various names will be infamous for centures if not millennia, it exported its revolution to other countries supporting leftist’s causes, the proverbial “useful idiots”, like those operating in the Spanish Civil War, Korean War, Vietnam War, the various Bush Wars in Africa where the forces of oppression sparred with remnants of colonial civilization . While I have no support for any system other than one that allows one vote per citizen in a universal suffrage environment the “People’s Revolutions” so popular to the left in the 1950’s, 1960’s and 1970’s were notably worse than those they fought against.

This trend was also followed in the U.S. and Europe where the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s Nuclear Freeze movements were largely bankrolled by the KGB in addition to their funding and training of various terrorist groups. Examples of these were the disaffected children of “well off” middle class as seen in the Bader Meinhof Gang (then W. Germany), the Red Brigade (Italy) and the Weather Underground (USA).

In all a striking parallel is drawn through the ages of those unsuccessful in the society in which they must operate becoming disaffected and being taken in by hate filled rhetoric, whether that be leftist political ideology or religious in nature, and striking out at the society at large. The message to walk away with is the crazies will always be with us only their claimed motivation varies.

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