Last night there was a terrorist attack in St Petersburg in Russia. The killing of the innocents is a war crime. Christopher Hitchens said after 9 11 said there are worse forces than our liberal democracies. We can critic the present Russian government. But any ideology that seeks to ban democracy, attack women, religious minorities, lgbt people and non believers should be rejected and fought against by all people who uphold humane values. Those people who uphold secular principles like the Kurds in Syria should be supported. There are those on the left who see any opposition to the West as objectively anti imperialist. This is the view of an anti imperialism of fools. Reactionary terrorist like ISIS hate the values the left like about the West.
In the past we had the Hitler Stalin pact. Today we have some people who claim to be revolutionary socialists making common cause with Hamas and other reactionary groups. Secular values allows freedom for people to live peaceful lives. it allows equality between people. When a state favours a religion and its laws uphold religious laws as state laws freedom is lost.
The Hitchens and Browne society is on Facebook and Twitter. We seek to uphold principles that the French Revolution expressed as liberty, equality, fraternity and secularism.
John O Brien.