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Nick Cohen introduserer en ny stemme i Standpoint, katalanske Pilar Rahola. Hun er fra en antifascistisk, republikansk familie i Barcelona. Stolte aner, og politisk aktiv. Raholas hjerte er på venstresiden, men hun kjenner seg ikke igjen i dagens venstreside: Den syntes kun opptatt av å bekjempe og kritisere Israel og USA. Man fremstår som palestinernes venn, men er de virkelig det? Kritiserer de noen gang Hamas? Hva med kvinnesynet?

Rahola vet hvor hun står. Hun har orienteringspunktene på plass. Hun vet at hvis noe skjer med Israel, er det goodbye for Europa. Det samme sa Carl I Hagen under sin Levende Ord-tale i Bergen, som ble sablet nord og ned.

Visse «fundamentals» er ikke på plass. Nick Cohens What’s Left? tar det på kornet. Når venstreliberale forsvarer bevegelser som undertrykker kvinner på det groveste, er noe galt. Det pleide å være omvendt. Hvordan har denne 180 graders dreiningen skjedd, uten at noen har reagert?

Why is it that apologies for a militant Islam which stands for everything the liberal-left is against come from the liberalleft?

Why will students hear a leftish post-modern theorist defend the exploitation of women in traditional cultures but not a crusty conservative don?

After the American and British wars in Bosnia and Kosovo against Slobodan Milosevic’s ethnic cleansers, why were men and women of the Left denying theexistence of Serb concentration camps?

As important, why did a European Union that daily announces its commitment to the liberal principles of human rights and international law do nothing as crimes against humanity took place just over its borders? Why is Palestine a cause for the liberal-left, but not China, Sudan, Zimbabwe, the Congo or North Korea? Why, even in the case of Palestine, can’t those who say they support the Palestinian cause tell you what type of Palestine they would like to see?

After the 9/11 attacks on New York and Washington why were you as likely to read that a sinister conspiracy of Jews controlled American or British foreign policy in a superior literary journal as in a neo-Nazi hate sheet?

And why after the 7/7 attacks on London did leftish rather than right-wing newspapers run pieces excusing suicide bombers who were inspired by a psychopathic theology from the ultra-right?

In short, why is the world upside down? In the past conservatives made excuses for fascism because they mistakenly saw it as a continuation of their democratic right-wing ideas. Now, overwhelmingly and everywhere, liberals and leftists are far more likely than conservatives to excuse fascistic governments and movements, with the exception of their native far-right parties. As long as local racists are white, they have no difficulty in opposing them in a manner that would have been recognizable to the traditional left. But give them a foreign far-right movement that is anti-Western and they treat it as at best a distraction and at worst an ally.

Homage to Pilar Rahola