The “death to” slogan began in Iran in the days of the Shah. It wasn’t enough to depose the Shah. They wanted “death to” him.
After the Shah died, gleeful Iranians evidently concluded that it was their sloganeering that killed him. They weaponized this discovery with other slogans similar in hateful meaning but not in lethal effect. Think “death to America” and then “death to Israel.”
Other countries such as Yemen joined in the chorus and expanded it. Soon it was “death to America, death to Israel and damnation to the Jews.” That was off-putting to Israelis, and also to Americans who were little comforted by the slogan’s absence of damnation to them specifically.
Israel and America weren’t the only nations targeted by these voodoo death wishes. “Death to the Soviet Union” was popular until the Soviets bought them off. And “death to England” came and went.
Sometimes they chant “death to” whatever Iranian revolutionaries happen to be out of fashion. And indeed, sometimes those revolutionaries do mysteriously die.
Then there was “death to Soleimani.” Oops, never mind.
Israel holds a special place in the Iranian death cult because they hate Jews. But it’s America that represents what they hate most – science, reason, tolerance and power wielded by others. And so, it is America that they’ve uniquely christened “The Great Satan.”
If Satan didn’t exist, they’d have to invent him. “Death to the bad guys” doesn’t have much of a ring. For people who think of themselves as religiously and righteously pure, Satan and death seem to be on their minds a lot.
“The Great Satan” slogan sometimes copulates with the “death to America” slogan to spawn something like “Death to the Great Satan.”
I know these slogans are not great literature or even catchy. Shakespeare, the Iranians are not.
Nor is the American left. The left has always advocated dishonesty and violence to achieve its Utopia. Saul Alinsky candidly preached methods in Rules for Radicals that one might charitably summarize as “the ends justify the means.”
But recently the left has gone further. Like Iran, it preaches “death to” its opponents. Sometimes this death is a metaphorical one. They cancel people they don’t like for decades-old transgressions like saying something politically incorrect. Sometimes they cancel their political column, but more about that in my next piece.
But other times the left wishes for a more literal “death to” its opponents. This is seen starkly in its approach to President Trump.
Purported leaders of American culture such as leftish Hollywood types candidly hope for death to Trump. Sadly, I can write that sentence without the metaphor-marking quotation marks around the two operative words. They are not being metaphorical.
They even fantasize about the mechanism of death to Trump. There’s beheading, shooting, burning alive, burying alive, exploding his head and, well, you get the idea.
Until they can effectuate their fatal fetish, the left name-calls Trump’s son “autistic” (even if he were, is that something to ridicule him and his parents about?), name-calls his wife a “whore” and name-calls citizens who vote for him “deplorables.”
Even the Iranians don’t delightfully specify the mechanism for “death to” their enemies. In fact, Iranians now contend that their many “death to” slogans were not intended literally. And even the Iranians don’t generally name-call the wife and son of their opponents.
As for Trump himself, the Iranians do tend to name-call him but with semi-comical tropes like their recent “son of gambling halls.” (I want THAT nickname!)
The American left can therefore congratulate itself on being more barbaric than Iran – a country that stones women for adultery, amputates the hands of shoplifters, throws gays off high buildings and executes children. You know, the sort of things the American left would like to do to Trump and his family.
How long before the left through its proxies like Antifa chant “death to Melania” and “death to Baron” and “death to the deplorables” who make up half the country? How long before they chant “death to America” which stands in the way of their Utopian paradise?
The rest of what used to be called Western Civilization is trying hard to entice Iran into, oh, maybe the 17th century or the 18th if we’re lucky. The left is making this a lot harder by joining them in the 9th century.
Now if you’re on the left, don’t tell me it’s all Trump’s fault. Trump is crude, but not barbaric. You’re stewing in your dark hatred not because Trump put you there, but because you’ve switched off The Enlightenment.
Glenn K. Beaton