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-- 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.

"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."
 
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-- Steven Kates, 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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-- 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

Diana West masterfully reminds us of what history is for: to suggest action for the present. She paints for us the broad picture of our own long record of failing to recognize bullies and villains. She shows how American denial today reflects a pattern that held strongly in the period of the Soviet Union. She is the Michelangelo of Denial.

-- Amity Shlaes, author of Coolidge and The Forgotten Man: A New History of the Great Depression

American Betrayal is a monumental achievement. Brilliant and important.

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If the Soviet penetration of Washington, D.C., was so wide and so deep that it functioned like an occupation …
 
If, as a result of that occupation, American statecraft became an extension of Soviet strategy …
 
If the people who caught on – investigators, politicians, defectors – and tried to warn the American public were demonized, ridiculed and destroyed for the good of that occupation and to further that strategy …
 
And if the truth was suppressed by an increasingly complicit Uncle Sam …

Would you feel betrayed?

Now available from St. Martin's Press, American Betrayal: The Secret Assault on Our Nation’s Character

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Written by: Diana West
Monday, September 14, 2009 7:00 AM 

One of the most fascinating essays I've ever read about Islam in all these many years since 9/11 (when I first started reading essays about islam) is in the essential book, The Legacy of Jihad, by Andrew G. Bostom.

It is by the French theologian Jacques Ellul and it is called "The Influence of Islam." The essay discusses the influence of Islam on Christianity -- namely, what was "imported into Europe" from Islam that took root in Christianity.

Among other things, Elllul links the elevation of canonical law, the entrenchment of the divine right of kings, and the emergence of "holy war" as evidence of what he notes was a one-way cultural exchange propelled by contact, competition and war with Islam. Islamic influence was an import into Christendom, but there was no reciprical export of Christian influence into Islam.

Another aspect of this influence that I remember being quite struck by when I first read the essay some years ago had to do with the emergence of Christian notions of "providence," which, as Ellul writes "is never a biblical word" or concept, but was helped into Christian doctrine by the Islamic concept of  submission, particularly the Muslim formulation mektoub, "It was written." He writes:

From now on destiny and divine omniscience are conjoined. Believers can live in perfect peace because they know that everything was written in advance. The very formula "It was wriitten" could only come from a religion of the book. Yet the Hebrew Bible and the Gospels never use such a formula. Thanks to it, the idea of predestination that was already haunting philosophical and Christian thinking received confirmation, forcibly established itself, and came to include double predestination (in Calvin), which, whether we want it or not, transforms the biblical God into destiny, Anamke, etc. And this derives from Muslim thinking.

Pretty distressing, when you think about it. But that was as far as I got rereading the essay late last night when I decided lighter fare was in order, at least for the sake of pleasant dreams. Picking up "Green Thoughts: A Writer in the Garden" (soothing or what?) by Eleanor Perenyi, I began to read about tulips, only to discover they, too, were an Islamic import, brought to Holland in the 17th century by the Austrian ambassador to the court of Suleiman the Magnificent. Busman's holiday or not, I read on.

Turns out the name "tulip" itself "derives from the `vulgar Turk. pronounc. of Pers. dulban, "turban," which the expanded flower of the tulip was thought to resemble," or so says the OED, among other sources. Perenyi goes on to discuss Tulipmania, the speculative craze that seized Holland's financial markets of the day. What fueled the "tulip futures" frenzy that peaked in the years 1634-1637, she explains, was the prospect of a monochrome tulip producing what is known as a "break," a brand-new tulip of many colors. Broken tulips were the most prized. She writes:

They were also what turned tulip breeding into a game of chance. Anyone could buy a bulb, plant it, and gamble that he would get a new tulip that might bring him as much as $30,000, or the equivalent in wheat, oxen, a mortgage on a house.

The Dutch, of course, ended up turning this game of chance into a science, which continues to this day, producing fabulous new varieties. But, according to Perenyi, the literature indicates no "return of Europeanized tulips to Turkey..." Another one-way cultural "exchange." Plus ca change, it seems.

It was quite late by now, but all of this struck me as being tragically interconnected to another, more recent Islamic import into the West: Islamic law. Last week, Holland, which certainly has its Calvinist traditions, in effect, declared that the rule of Islamic law would become official across the land starting on January 20, 2010, when a Dutch judge brings a Dutch court to order to try Dutch parliamentarian Geert Wilders for an Islamic offense -- criticizing Islam.

It is written. Free speech out. Islamic law in. No amount of tulips, however beautiful, are worth this price.

 

   

 

 

 

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