An old friend sent me the Wall Street Journal article by Andrew Higgins on “Anti-Americans on the March: Inside the unlikely coalition of the U.S.’s sworn enemies, where Communists link up with Islamic radicals.” Here’s a useful quotation from one of the Communists profiled:
“We all have the same goals,” explains Dr. Sayid, who now works in a Hezbollah clinic. The first of these goals is “resistance” against Israel, which during the summer war battled Hezbollah militiamen just outside Dr. Sayid’s village. He says resistance also has a broader target: America, its allies in the Arab world and beyond, and global capitalism.
On my last night in Beirut, I did see more Lebanese Communist Party flags conjoined with Hezbollah flags.
But it’s not just the “hard left” that is supporting the radical Islamists. Some of the “soft left,” or “cultural left,” are also supporting them. I was struck by how the rally in Beirut attracted so many rowdy youths, some of whom were chanting during the evening for free dope. They seem not to have any idea that if Hezbollah got the power they seek, they’d be ruled by Iranian-backed mullahs with a very different idea of free-time recreation.
The rally is very much about stopping an inquiry into the murder of the former prime minister, because it would likely lead back to the rulers of Syria. So they’re marching on behalf of the interests of the Syrian state. The Syrian vice president the other day on television said that if Syria were still there, they would have cleared out the demonstration “in 30 minutes.” The culturally-left people attending the rally have little idea that, were they to get their way, they’d be the first people to be beaten or worse.