Saturday, July 26, 2014

American Betrayal


"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.

"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, 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, fabrictaed, 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 lacking "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 neconservative "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

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.

-- Monica Crowley, Fox News analyst, radio host and author of What the Bleep Just Happened: The Happy Warriors Guide to the Great American Comeback

"If you haven't read Diana West's "American Betrayal" yet, you're missing out on a terrific, real-life thriller."

-- Brad Thor, author of the New York Times bestsellers Hidden Order, Black List and The Last Patriot.

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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Oct 1

Written by: Diana West
Thursday, October 01, 2009 11:13 AM 

This past June, I had the honor of meeting Kurt Westergaard at his sunny, art-filled home in Denmark -- make that, his sunny, art-filled, state-security-services-hardened home in Denmark. In addition to being an unbowed advocate for free speech, Kurt, along with his wife, are gracious hosts, and they served my IFPS colleagues and me a traditional Danish feast. We spoke, among other things, about Kurt's then upcoming trip to the United States, now in full swing. Indeed, he should have just about arrived at Yale now to give a talk, after appeances yesterday in Manhattan and at Princeton. 

In today's Daily Princetonian, Kurt has an op-ed called "Why I Drew the Cartoon," explaining how an assignment from his editor at Jyllands-Posten to draw his impression of Mohammed turned into a world-shaking event that revealed the extent to which Western society is in thrall to Islamic law. It ends with a line we should all learn to needlepoint onto pillows: "I would draw it again given the chance."

From the Daily Princetonian account of yesterday's appearance:


“You have the right to speak. You have the right to vote. You have the right to demonstrate,” Westergaard told the audience. “But there is one right you do not have, and this is the right not to be offended.”

Though the cartoons were published four years ago, Westergaard said his home is still an “electronic fortress” and that he is still escorted to work by police. Public Safety, the Mercer County sheriff’s office and the Princeton Township police department were all involved in providing security at Wednesday’s panel.

The 74-year-old Westergaard said the cartoons “have been the catalyst in a necessary process,” forcing people around the world to confront the issue of free speech. He also compared Islamic extremism to other ideologies such as fascism and communism, calling all three ideologies forms of fanaticism.
“Like communism had its commissars, Islam has its imams,” he said.

Westergaard also explained that, initially, he did not foresee the international crisis that his cartoon would spark. 

“It took about two hours [to draw],” he said. “For me, it was nothing very special. It was just another day at the office.”

Lars Hedegaard, president of the International Free Press Society, spoke before Westergaard and emphasized the importance of free speech both in Denmark and in the rest of the world, calling the right to criticize religion “fundamental.”

Hedegaard praised the refusal of Westergaard and then-Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen to apologize for the cartoons, saying that doing so “would be tantamount to accepting that Islam is a sort of uber-religion, something that holds sway over everything else in our society.”

Coordinator for Muslim Life Sohaib Sultan followed Westergaard’s remarks.

Like communism had its commisars, Islam also has its Coordinators for Muslim Life.

Sultan criticized Westergaard’s depiction of Muhammad as an abuse of free speech akin to Holocaust denial.

Look how Sultan trots out Holocaust denial (which, moronic and malevolent as it is, should not be outlawed) to suppress any and all criticism of Islam and/or Mohammed, whose depictiion by Westergaard, by the way, perfectly illustrates super-imam Sheik Qaradawi's description of Mohammed as "an epitome for religious warriors."

The full Qaradawi quotation is: "Allah has also made the Prophet Muhammad into an epitome for religious warriors [Mujahideen] since he ordered Muhammed to fight for religion."

The story continues:


“[Westergaard] said that he is angry because, one, he felt threatened, and two, he was wrongly depicted,” Sultan said. “But the irony of this is that this is what he has done to the Muslim community with his cartoons.”

Sorry, bub. Death threats, boycotts, assassination plots, embassy, car and flag burnings, security-for-life, etc., do not equal a sketch on a sheet of newsprint. But look where we are: The artist's pen has not proved to be mightier than the death threats, boycotts, assassination plots, embassy, car and flag burnings, security-for-life, as least as far as influencing the course of events in the four years since Kurt Westergaard's and the other artists' cartoons first appeared. This week I have been contacted to answer questions about Kurt's trip by reporters from the New York Times, the Associated Press, Fox News, and others and when I have asked reporters whether they wll be illustrating their stories with a picture of Kurt's cartoon, I hear a pause, nervous laughter and a pass-the-buck "I'll have to ask my editor." So where does that leave us?

Four years ago, it was a few Danish journalists who shined a light on the conflict between sharia and free speech. And today it is a few Danish journalists who shine a light on the conflict between sharia and free speech. Will any American journalists do more than pass the buck?





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