It is said that if you know your enemies and know yourself, you will not be imperiled in a hundred battles; if you do not know your enemies but do know yourself, you will win one and lose one; if you do not know your enemies nor yourself, you will be imperiled in every single battle. - Sun Tzu, The Art of War
The popular trope on the Right is that Leftists are suicidal dhimmi when it comes to the Jihad. While there may be some truth to that, I don't think it is the whole story. In a recent thread, Lydia and I were both making dire predictions which we fervently hope will not come to pass. In the course of that thread a metaphor came up which may be helpful in understanding how modern left-liberals think about the Jihad.
The metaphor is this: the modern Left views the Jihad in much the same way that the modern Right views global warming.
Now, it isn't my intention in this post to assert that global warming is truly the dire crisis that it is portrayed to be on the Left. I am highly sceptical not of the claim itself per se, but rather of the prerequisite claim that it is even possible for such claims to be well grounded. In fact my view on global warming is probably similar to the conventional conservative view: we don't really know what effects man has on the weather, if any. It isn't even possible for us to know, so the things being asserted as knowledge are in fact almost entirely guesswork, and self-serving guesswork grounded in a priori assumptions at that. I think global warming alarmists are for the most part sincere in their beliefs, but it is no accident that their beliefs coincide with the radical leftist idea that we have to remake society from the top down in a way that just happens to coincide perfectly with the radical leftist programme. Color me sceptical.
And that is precisely how the Left views the Jihad. 9-11 was an event with respect to the Jihad much like hurricane Katrina was an event with respect to global warming: right-wingers are simply taking advantage of it, exaggerating the threat and engaging in misdirection and speculative nonsense about causes as cover for their racist totalitarian agenda.
Viewed in this way it isn't enough to say that the Left is dhimmi when it comes to Islam, any more than it is enough to say that the Right is dhimmi when it comes to environmental threats. The putative massive environmental destruction caused (supposedly) by global warming is the political Left's ally, because it creates a political crisis which makes leftist solutions necessary. The threat of the Jihad simply cannot be real, because if it were then that would make racist xenophobic right wing solutions necessary.
But alliances of the unlike don't last forever. The Japanese were not Aryan supermen, and you can bet that if Emperor Hirohito had directly attacked Berlin the unlikely alliance between an old world empire and a radically modernist regime of free and equal supermen would have come to an end. The Left isn't dhimmi because of some innate desire to submit to Islam. The Left will act dhimmi for just as long as doing so is perceived to serve the purposes of the Left, and not a moment more.