Tuesday, February 01, 2005

Whittaker Chambers and Abu Musab al-Zarqawi

National Review Online recently republished Whittaker Chambers's scurrilous 1957 attack on Ayn Rand, in which his central complaint was that "Randian Man...is made the center of a godless world." (See my comments.) Now that complaint has been echoed—by Iraqi al-Qaeda leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, in his screed against "democracy," translated by the Middle East Media Research Institute. It is revealing indication of whose side the religious right is really on.

"Zarqawi and Other Islamists to the Iraqi People: Elections and Democracy are Heresy," MEMRI.org, 2/1/05

"Democracy is based on the principle that the people are the source of all authority, including the legislative [authority]. This is carried out by choosing representatives who act as proxies for the people in the task of legislating and making laws. In other words, the legislator who must be obeyed in a democracy is man, and not Allah. That means that the one who is worshiped and obeyed and deified, from the point of view of legislating and prohibiting, is man, the created, and not Allah. That is the very essence of heresy and polytheism and error, as it contradicts the bases of the faith [of Islam] and monotheism, and because it makes the weak, ignorant man Allah's partner in His most central divine prerogative—namely, ruling and legislating. Allah said: 'Sovereignty is Allah's alone. He has commanded you to worship none but Him' [Koran 12:40]. 'He allows none to share His sovereignty' [Koran 18:26]...."