David Clark's Guardian warning against progressives about becoming involved in the Henry Jackson Society is a timely one, as the warmongers league holds it UK launch tonight.
But it's not the anti-war left, as Clark claims who ‘often fail to remain sufficiently critical in the face of reactionary and illiberal opinion- but the neo-conservatives themselves. The very people who are so quick to throw the label ‘Islamofascist’ around today, championed the cause of the mujahidin in Afghanistan in the 1980s and were enthusiastic cheerleaders for the Bosnian separatist leader Alija Izetbegovic a decade later. Izetbegovic wrote ‘The first and most important conclusion from the Koran is the impossibility of any connection between Islamic and non-Islamic systems’ and recruited for the SS in World War Two. How much more ‘reactionary’ and ‘illiberal’ can you get than that?