Which is always unpleasant, I know.
But I get a kick out of the "conservative" movement's Crusade against the inane concept "Islamo-fascism." I'll tell you why ...
It's always been my contention that the best "conservatives" (that'd be the "red tories" in Canada for instance) are just people frightened of change who need other people to allow things to happen for a few decades, so that they can be certain that the sky won't fall in on them, before they're willing to embrace these changes.
[The worst "conservatives" are just insane asswipes with emotional problems galore. Fuck 'em.]
Case in point is the right-wing's belated turning against anti-Semitism and fascism.
In the past, conservative ruling elites were rank with anti-Semitism. To the extent that peasants and the working classes were anti-semitic there were economic reasons for this, and, furthermore, they weren't exactly being "progressive" when they were being anti-Semites.
T'was the socialist movement where you found the most cosmopolitan attitudes towards the Jews. That's why so many socialist activists and leaders were Jewish.
And fascism, however much intellectual porridge-heads like Jonah Goldberg attempt to link it with liberalism in their deranged scribblings, was very much a "conservative" movement, appealing to victims real and self-perceived of urban-industrial-capitalist society, and brought into power in both Italy and Germany and Spain by threatened conservative elites who thought they could control them.
But decades have gone by, and the evils of Nazism have been ingrained too deeply into the psyche of Western Civilization. And so, many of today's "conservatives" naturally, genuinely feel that fascism was a bad thing. Even when they practice it themselves under the guise of "supporting the troops," and even when their even more loopy "conservative" brethren slap on swastika arm-bands.
And Israel, having shown itself to be a useful tool of US foreign policy, has received tens of billions of dollars in assistance, and is threatened by people that we've all been trained to despise, so Israel, the home of the Jewish people (the victims of fascism) are also to be supported. (Even if a lot of this "support" is based on the notion that Israel must provoke a war with the Arabs, get slaughtered, with the tiny survivors converting to Christianity.)
But here's the kicker: While imagining that they line up against anti-Semitism and fascism, these dim-wits revere the writings of Mark Steyn. Who himself is one the most strident alarmists about the incoherent concept of "Islamo-fascism." And the fact of the matter is, Steyn adheres to the same racist theories that were so much an important part of the Nazi's whole shtick (much more so than Hitler's vegetarianism or environmentalism) this being the racist pseudo-science of eugenics.
In his piece-of-shit book America Alone, Steyn pisses in his pants about the dangers of the high birthrates of Muslims in Europe and the simultaneously low birthrates of traditional white, Christian Europeans. He is mirroring the fascist-era yammering about the propagation of the unfit, and the declining birthrates of the superior classes, and he obviously isn't even aware of the irony of it all.
Mark Steyn is a propagator of racist, eugenic, fascist drivel, yet he's an opponent of a mythical "Islamo-fascism."
This is the intellectual level of the opposition people. Go out and kick their asses. (Don't let reality have all the fun.)