Leftists and the Islamic State, Two Sides of the Same Coin

Rod Dreher, over at The American Conservative (article here):

Right now, the City of New Orleans, which has been removing statues of Confederate generals, will is taking down the last one: a statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee that has stood over Lee Circle, near the French Quarter, since 1884.

As a general rule, I am against taking down monuments. To me, it’s about erasing history, and that is not something we should do, even if the history is painful. I believe we should look upon our monuments, and contemplate their meaning. Why did people once revere this man, or this event? Why was this monument built? Were the people wrong to build it? What does it say about our collective history? How have we changed? Who are we, anyway?

Taking down the monuments in New Orleans will help erase cultural memory of the Confederacy. But it will not change history. For better or worse.

But I do not have a lot of emotion about these particular monuments. The city of New Orleans began by removing a monument to a white supremacist rebellion, and that was an unambiguously good thing, in my estimation. Then they took down a statue of Jefferson Davis, and one of Gen. P.G.T. Beauregard. I would not have done that. Davis and Beauregard fought for the wrong cause, but that doesn’t make them non-persons. Still, I can live with their exile from public view.

The removal of the Lee statue, though, strikes me as a serious and unnecessary wound. I think it a blessing that the Confederacy lost the war. Lee fought for a bad cause. But Lee, for all his sins, was a complex figure, one worthy of honor — again, despite his sins. Very few men we honor with statuary are saints. I would have left the Lee statue alone, had it been up to me. He is a tragic figure who represents an unforgettable part of American history. For over 100 years, the statue of Lee, and his name, have been part of the city’s fabric. Until today. This is all on Mayor Mitch Landrieu.

My comment to this:

Liberal Leftists remove/bury historical statues, monuments, and artifacts that they don’t like and don’t agree with. Members of the Islamic State remove/bury religious and historical statues, monuments, and artifacts that they don’t like and don’t agree with. The former does their removal “clinically” and with “class”, whereas the latter does not.

But don’t fool yourself: when it comes to this particular matter, both groups are the same in intention and desire and ultimate outcome (ie – the removal of these statues from the cultural and public eye). They may differ in their approach to the removal, but they are the same in spirit.


Furthermore, note the fact that in our current cultural climate, ever statue might be offensive or insensitive or emotionally disturbing to someone. Should we therefore contemplate removing them all?! Now, of course, leftists, being fond of double-standards, would never allow the removal of statues that they like simply because members of the right-wing might find those statues offensive. But the point is, if these people were consistent, then their reasoning could be used to argue for the removal of any statue or monument. And that is insane.


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