In the deepest recesses of their souls, they admire successful cruelty and despotism; they are control freaks and sado-masochists.
This does much to explain their support (they're the Minutemen, and they will win!) of insurgents in Iraq, of the nutcases running Iran, of Hamas and the Palestinian Authority, of Dear Leader in Korea, and now of Hezbollah in its fight against Israel.
Update, 8/8/06: Just for fun, I'll post these two links and ask lefties to come up with similar stories about conservatives who do such things. (Hint: I won't hold my breath).