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"This explosive book is a long-needed answer to court histories that continue to obscure key facts about our backstage war with Moscow. Must-reading for serious students of security issues and Cold War deceptions, both foreign and domestic."
-- M. Stanton Evans, author of Stalin's Secret Agents and Blacklisted by History: The Untold Story of Senator Joe McCarthy and His Fight Against America's Enemies
"[West] only claims `to connect the dots,' which is a very modest description of the huge and brilliant work she has obviously done. ... It is not simply a good book about history. It is one of those books which makes history."
-- Vladimir Bukovsky, author of To Build a Castle and co-founder of the Soviet dissident movement, and Pavel Stroilov, author of Behind the Desert Storm.
"I have read it, and agree wholeheartedly."
-- Angelo Codevilla, Professor Emeritus of International Relations at Boston Unversity, and fellow of the Claremont Institute.
"As Diana West writes in her remarkable book, American Betrayal, we have `new totalitarians who look to Mecca instead of Moscow.' "
-- Newt Gingrich, former Speaker of the House of Representatives
"Every once in a while, something happens that turns a whole structure of preconceived ideas upside down, shattering tales and narratives long taken for granted, destroying prejudice, clearing space for new understanding to grow. Diana West's latest book, American Betrayal, is such an event."
-- Henrik Raeder Clausen, Europe News
"No book has ever frightened me as much as American Betrayal. ... It all adds up to a story so disturbing that it has changed my attitude to almost everything I think about how the world actually is."
-- Steven Kates, RMIT (Australia) Associate Professor of Economics, Quadrant
Her task is ambitious; her sweep of crucial but too-little-known facts of history is impressive; and her arguments are eloquent and witty. ... American Betrayal is one of those books that will change the way many of us see the world.
-- Susan Freis Falknor, Blue Ridge Forum
“What Diana West has done is to dynamite her way through several miles of bedrock. On the other side of the tunnel there is a vista of a new past. Of course folks are baffled. Few people have the capacity to take this in. Her book is among the most well documented I have ever read. It is written in an unusual style viewed from the perspective of the historian—but it probably couldn’t have been done any other way.”
-- Lars Hedegaard, historian, editor, Dispatch International
"Diana West's new book rewrites WWII and Cold War history not by disclosing secrets, but by illuminating facts that have been hidden in plain sight for decades. Furthermore, she integrates intelligence and political history in ways never done before."
-- Jeffrey Norwitz, former professor of counterterrorism, Naval War College
Diana West’s American Betrayal — a remarkable, novel-like work of sorely needed historical re-analysis — is punctuated by the Cassandra-like quality of “multi-temporal” awareness. ... But West, although passionate and direct, is able to convey her profoundly disturbing, multi-temporal narrative with cool brilliance, conjoining meticulous research, innovative assessment, evocative prose, and wit.
-- Andrew G. Bostom, PJ Media
Do not be dissuaded by the controversy that has erupted around this book which, if you insist on complete accuracy, would be characterized as a disinformation campaign.
-- Jed Babbin, The American Spectator
The most important anti-Communist book of our time.
-- J.R. Nyquist, contributor, And Reality Be Damned ... What Media Didn't Tell You about the End of the Cold War and the Fall of Communism in Europe
The polemics against your Betrayal have a familiar smell: The masters of the guild get angry when someone less worthy than they are ventures into the orchard in which only they are privileged to harvest. The harvest the outsider brought in, they ritually burn.
-- Hans Jansen, former professor of Islamic Thought, University of Utrecht
West's lesson to Americans: Reality can't be redacted, buried, fabricated, falsified, or omitted. Her book is eloquent proof of it.
-- Edward Cline, Family Security Matters
In American Betrayal, Ms. West's well-established reputation for attacking "sacred cows" remains intact. The resulting beneficiaries are the readers, especially those who can deal with the truth.
-- Wes Vernon, Renew America
After reading American Betrayal and much of the vituperation generated by neoconservative "consensus" historians, I conclude that we cannot ignore what West has demonstrated through evidence and cogent argument.
-- John Dale Dunn, M.D., J.D., Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons
Enlightening. I give American Betrayal five stars only because it is not possible to give it six.
-- John Dietrich, formerly of the Defense Intelligence Agency and author of The Morgenthau Plan: Soviet Influence on American Postwar Policy.
If you're looking for something to read, this is the most dazzling, mind-warping book I have read in a long time. It has been criticized by the folks at Front Page, but they don't quite get what Ms. West has set out to do and accomplished. I have a whole library of books on communism, but -- "Witness" excepted -- this may be the best.
-- Jack Cashill, author of Deconstructing Obama: The Lives, Loves and Letters of America's First Postmodern President and First Strike: TWA Flight 800 and the Attack on America
Friday, March 30, 2012 1:45 AM
This week's syndicated column:
Is there any interest in discovering the facts about the killing of Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman? Facts, after all, can undermine ideology. They have the power to dispel fantasy. They can put the brakes on error. They lead, sometimes, to logical conclusions. All of which means, in this particular case, that when the facts come out, they might well undermine "the cause."
We simply don't know all of the facts yet. We can say with certainty, however, that the cause is not justice, no matter what the protesters, agitators and officials say. The cause is not truth, either. The cause is social strife, division, leverage, power and -- you never know -- violence and revolution, all of it drawn and driven by an outrage-stoked engine of racial grievance.
Even if the facts of this case were to prove that Zimmerman acted in self-defense when he killed Martin -- a scenario supported by a police report obtained by the Orlando Sentinel that says Zimmerman had a bloody or broken nose and a head wound, and that an eyewitness "unequivocally" identified Zimmerman as having been under assault by Martin -- that wouldn't change the cause.
The rationale for protests, sit-ins, outrage among far-left elected black officials and the mass donning of memorial "hoodies" would disappear, but that wouldn't change the cause, either. Seemingly, nothing could. This killing was initially depicted as a white-on-black crime of "racism"; square-peg-into-round-hole style, it must always be depicted thus.
Further, it must be seen as emblematic of the state of crime in America today -- American blacks living in fear of American whites. Who cares, as author and radio host Larry Elder recently wrote, citing 2010 Justice Department statistics, that "in murders involving a single black victim and a single offender, 90 percent of the time it is a black perpetrator who murders the black victim"? Who cares, as former Republican Rep. Virgil Goode of Virginia pointed out in a 2010 article in Human Events, that blacks commit crimes against whites at an exceedingly higher rate? "According to the FBI's latest National Crime Victimization Survey," Goode wrote, "blacks were over 50 times more likely to commit a crime against whites than vice versa."
It is the real-life fear and grief behind such alarming statistics, seldom reported, that can turn a hoodie into a cause for alarm for blacks and whites alike. As a costume for middle-aged black legislators in statehouses and the U.S. Congress, however, it's supposed to make a nation hang its head in shame.
Such is the point of political theater where the script has little to do with fact. News of Zimmerman's multiracial background (his mother is a native of Peru; his father is white; he has black relatives) hasn't dented the white-racism angle for agitators. Similarly, the unresolved questions about the fateful encounter that left Martin, 17, dead and Zimmerman, 28, reportedly with injuries haven't slowed the rush to the microphone by a bevy of officials and self-appointed spokesmen.
The shooting was a "hate crime" (Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters of California), an "assassination" (Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter). "Blacks are under attack," said Jesse Jackson. According to those Justice Department statistics cited above, that is true -- but overwhelmingly by other blacks.
What is under attack here is due process. It is an attack, I regret to say, carried forward even by the president of the United States, who, subtle as a club, ramped up the race narrative when he said: "If I had a son, he'd look like Trayvon."
Would he also look like Tyrone Woodfork? The black 20-year-old has been charged with first-degree murder and other crimes related to the invasion March 12 of the Oklahoma home of Bob and Nancy Strait (both white). Nancy, 85, was sexually assaulted and beaten to death. Bob, 90, a veteran of the invasion of Normandy and married to Nancy for 65 years, suffered a broken jaw and ribs.
Despite the violence and cruelty of this particular crime, it is strictly a local story. One distraught neighbor set up a Facebook page called "Justice for Bob and Nancy Strait." When I last looked, it had 60-some followers.
All of which means -- what? Victims of violent crime, both black and white, abound. Their undeserved suffering and grief are things that everyone wants to prevent. In the Trayvon Martin case, what also hurts is the cold, political calculation to divide us as a nation for nefarious ends. What hurts in the Bob and Nancy Strait case is the silence.
For the record, President Obama has not mentioned that Nancy Strait looks like his grandmother.