It is amazing how consistent the left has been over almost a century now (since the rise of the Communist movement in Russia). Individual leftists die. The players on thw world stage change. It doesn't matter. The left is still stuck in the mind set of that girl who aked me (I was presenting a paper on East Germany), at New Mexico State University in 1968, if I did not believe that we could "learn" things from the POLITICAL SYSYSTEM (not even the economic system, although Russia itself has now rejected that) of the Soviet Union.
Leftists are still stuck in the idefensible position of making excues for LEFT WING dictatorships, while willing to support any measures against "RIGHT WING" dictatorships. Thus, Russia (and then the USSR) were nothing more than "agrarian reformers" trying to fight outside influences (the U.S. and West), while trying to make a better life for the peoole than they had under the corrupt, oppressive Czar. The left kept to this position even AFTER the Evil Empire of the Soviet Union appeared after Wrold War II--blaming all of the evil actions of the Soviet Union of the UNITED STATES--blaming the U.S. for the Cold War itself.
Cuba and Fidel Castro? The left has made excuses forever, and still does (Michael Moore, in an act of utter stupidity, tried to suggest that Cuba's Communist health care system is better than ours). Even when Che was trying to spread armed revolution through South America, it was leftist chic to regard him as a hero.
Thus, you have Brad Pitt, and other Hollywood leftists making, cozying up to Hugo Chavez in Venezuela. While Venezuela is supposedly a democracy, everyone with a brain knows that there is less freedom in Venezuela than in most "right wing dicatorships". Even American, leftist Democrat politicians have been reluctant to criticize Hugo Chavez.
There are two factors at work here. One is that letists do NOT really favor freedom. They faovor COERCION--government COERCION. If you doubt this, read again yesterday's entry setting forth the devastating analysis of Walter Williams of the leftist urge to take things from people at the point of a gun. You don't have to agree totally with Williams to realize that leftists are far too willing to trampleon FREEDOM in order to pursue a leftist agenda. Leftists are CENTRAL PLANNERS. Joseph Stalin was a central planner (as well as a monster). That is why leftists were never willing to look at the Soviet Union clearly.
The second thing fundamentally motivating leftists over almost a century (since the rise of Communism) has been ANII-AMERICANISM. Oh, I fully realize that leftist believe that they are "saving" this country from itself. But it is appropriate that Barack "World" Obama is the nominee of the Democratic Party as extreme leftists have pretty much taken over the party. Obam has announced himself a "citizen of the world" (in Berlin, of all places--where Hitler wanted to make EVERYONE the citizens of a Nazi world, and which was the symbol of the fight against a LEFTIST empire). That seems to mean that Obama is willing to criticize the U.S. just as enthusiastically as John McCain likes to criticize conservatives, while only paying lip service to the VIRTUES of the United States (as McCain only pays lip service to the virtues of conservatives).
That is why leftists were unwilling to criticize Reverend's Wright's view of America as the main source of evil in the world--a country that needs to be SAVED from itself (hence the "Messiah" complex that has gone to Obama's head). It is not just that Reverend Wright is black. He was expressing the world view that has attracted leftists for almost a century--the world view that an America which has not been willling to let leftists COERCIVELY run the country is a fundamentally flawed America which does not deserve all of the power and prosperity which we have.
Is IRAN a "right wing dictatorship" (forget the trappings of democracy, and ignore the Associated Press and mainstream media paying actual attention to Iranian "elections" as if they are real)? It is a FUNDAMENTALIST THEOCRACY. That used to be called a "right wing dictatorship". However, opposing the United States is the operative criterion for sympathy from many leftists. Thus, many leftists (Jimmy Carter, for example) have cozied up to Iran. All leftists, of course, are prey to the delustions of that girl in my class at New Mexico State University so long ago. This is the delustion that we just need to TALK to our enemies; to UNDERSTAND them: and even LEARN from them. It is that delustioin that caused Barack "World" Obama to first dismiss Iran as a threat, and then to say he would "talk" to Iranian leaders without preconditions, before political consierations caused him to start backing off.
We now come to the "Anti-American, Despicable Associated Press" and that truly disgraceful 1800 word article alleging WAR CRIMES by the U.S. and Harry Truman (oops!--I lied--the AP did not say that, but Harry Truman is the one who said: "The buck stops here"). See Simdayu's entry; Tuesday's entry; and Wednesday's entry--that is, see the THREE previous entries this week on that disgraceful AP story).