While islamo-fascism is a powerful phrase that has brought focus on the underlying ideology of islamic extremists in the Middle East and elsewhere, the connection between islamic extremism and marxism is also all too clear.

Consider Julio Pino, a Cuban-born professor of Latin American studies at Kent State in Ohio. Marxist liberation theory burns and seethes in this Ohio state employee – that may be stretching the definition a little but not by much – to a frightening extent. But hardly illogical, in terms of classic marxist thought.

Consider these remarks:

I apologize for not considering earlier that there is but one path to liberation – daily blows against the empire.

Or that his colleagues:

Study Latin America for the same reason Eichmann studied Hebrew – to better serve a rapacious, ravenous empire.

The UCLA PhD could be dismissed as a clown, but he is far more disturbing than a silly throwback to student protests nearly 50 years ago. By bolting islamic terrorism onto marxist liberation theory – and by implication guerilla tactics – you open up the possibility (the certainty) that drugs, violence and still-surviving marxist terror groups in Latin America like FARC could be co-opted into the islamic terrorist movement. Or at least provide weaponry, drug money, and support. To say nothing of America’s southern border and the destabilizing effect of drug cartels in Mexico. With or without El Chapo behind bars.

So while Islamo-fascism serves to strip the self-justifying crazed leftist rhetoric away from the terrorists – and more importantly from those who apologize for and justify their actions – the lure of using Bin Laden and Che Guevara as brothers in arms is real. Especially in Latin America, who have never run out of reasons to resent and attack America.

Latin America is not the Middle East. But for a significant number of latinos – especially in the Southern Cone – 9/11 provoked a revolting Schadenfreude in response to the terrorist attack on the towers. But not a crazed urge to join with groups like ISIL. There is a small minority, however, who already have made that connection. In places like the former government of Cristina Kirchner and her shadowy connections with Iran. Julio Pino would be – will be? has been? – listened to with devotion on the steps of the law faculty at the University of Buenos Aires, or in Uruguay, Brazil, Bolivia and elsewhere.

And in places where these sorts of perversions are also protected and incubated: North American universities.

Julio Pino has a a right to spew his venom from the safety of a well-paid professorship in an Ohio university. But the government and law enforcement agencies have – and are fulfilling apparently – a duty to monitor Assad Jibril Pino – his Muslim name seeing Julio converted to Islam – at least as closely as the IRS monitors conservative non-profit groups, for example.