Thursday, December 08, 2016

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.

"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

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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Dec 7

Written by: Diana West
Sunday, December 07, 2008 5:11 PM 

Photo: Lars Hedegaard interviewed by Swedish Radio

As Western obeisance to Islam deepens, dhimmitude--or, as Islam now  begins to exert control over the rap world, I should say, DimE-2d--increasingly seems to be our lot.

But there is resistance.

There are stalwarts clanging bells and ringing alarms in a yeoman effort to preserve liberty in the West--an effort, it should be understood, that is complicated and obstructed at least as much by the cultural relativism that afflicts Western elites as by the expansion of Islam.

One such stalwart is Lars Hedegaard of Denmark, who, on the occasion of the publication of a new book, illustrated by Kurt Westergaard, is now drawing jihadist death threats. I first met Lars last summer in Copenhagen, where he took me on a walking tour of that serenely beautiful city. A historian as well as a noted journalist, Lars knew exactly where to find two spots I especially wanted to see in addition to the local tourist splendors.  

At the end of  A Man Called Intrepid, the biography of WWII spymaster  William Stevenson, there is an unforgettable description of a late-war Allied bombing raid on downtown Copenhagen, then under Nazi occupation. The Allied target was a Gestapo prison where key members of the Danish underground movement were being tortured. The fear was that the Danes, under duress, might reveal information that would lead to the destruction of the entire underground network as well as to the diversion of 200,000 German troops to fight American forces. The Allies decided to send in British bombers to destroy that jail along with everyone in it, Danish underground members and Nazis alike.

I've written about the stunning success and terrible tragedy of that raid before, and very much wanted to see both the site of the Gestapo prison and the school that was also destoyed in the raid, killing 87 children and 27 teachers and wounding many others.

On the site of the prison today stands a modern office building.

Near the entrance the names of the Danes killed in the raid are etched in stone.

And here is Lars translating the inscriptions.

Later, we made our way to the site of the school, now an apartment building on a tree-lined street.

This is what I wrote last year, comparing Gen. Petraeus' misguided directive  to win "hearts and minds" in Iraq with the existing state of "hearts and minds" in Denmark during World War II:

The battlefields then and now have few parallels, but imagine, for a moment, that 87 children were killed in an important air raid in terror-riddled Baghdad, not Nazi-occupied Copenhagen. Imagine, also, the ensuing mayhem and media amplification of an "irreparable blow to the battle for Iraqi `hearts and minds.'"

Now, back to the historical account: One of the [Copenhagen] raid's planners, Ted Sismore, later returned to the bombed school in Copenhagen to offer an explanation. "The parents of the dead children, to his astonishment, gave him comfort. 'They wanted me to know the raid was necessary.'"

The Danes knew his heart, and were of one mind. This could hardly be more different from Iraq for many reasons, including cultural ones separating Islamic and Western cultures. Gen. Petraeus decrees Iraqis "must understand that we -- not our enemies -- occupy the moral high ground." But does their political-religious culture even permit such an understanding? We must face up to this question if we ever want a winning war plan.

As the Danish example shows, you either understand or you don't. There is no "must understand" possible between diametrically opposed ideologies. But the cultural relativism that holds Western elites in thrall hides the essential markers that both separate Western and Islamic culture, and unite Westerners, all in the absurd effort to pretend there can be no "clash of civilizations." (I explore both this effort and its impact at  great length in The Death of the Grown-Up.)

All of the above is a round-about way of introducing a very important interview with Lars Hedegaard that was recently conducted in Sweden (and even more recently translated into English courtesy the invaluable Gates of Vienna). In Part 2, he discusses having been fired, in effect, for writing too frankly and too much about Islam--half his columns, he says. "Why," his interviewer asks, "is Islam so interesting?"

Lars: Well, let’s phrase another question. Why was the Nazism interesting in the 1930s? What kind of trust should one have in a writer in the 1930s who didn’t devote half of his writings to Nazism? It seems to me to be the most dangerous threat to our civilization, against our children’s future. I consider Islam an even greater threat to democracy, liberty and freedom of speech, than the Nazism was. So then.

Swedish Radio: Why?

Lars: Because Nazism could be fought by military means. Germany and its armies could be laid in ruins, and one could then proclaim that now Nazism was dead and no longer a present threat. One cannot do the same with Islam. Islam is a “world-view” [Almost impossible to translate to English, the German Weltanschauung is probably the closest thing — See Wikipedia for details — translator], which embeds itself in individuals. With Islam, you cannot fight a state. Islam is an ideology that enters everywhere there is a crack. How to fight it, I don’t know, no one has succeeded yet for 1400 years in conquering it.


Swedish Radio: That leads us to the question… You say that you were fired because of Islam. Which is controversial; we have the entire Mohammed-cartoon debate in Denmark, which had such large consequences… What can one say about Islam, and what cannot be said? Where is the limit of the freedom of speech?

Lars: Are you thinking whether it is a question of what one can do or what one ought to do?

SR: What one can say?

Lars: Well, in Denmark we can say what we will. It is most likely the only place in the world where we are still able to say what we will. Thus, I do it, and the members of my organization, and many others say what the want about it. We appear completely open about it — anybody can come through my door — and we intend to continue this way.

One has to differentiate between Islam as an ideology and Muslims. Islam as an ideology must be criticized ruthlessly, consequently, and radically. Muslims, as we must remember, are born into their role as Muslims. That means that they cannot do anything about their role as Muslims. Many of them, including some who are my friends — We also have Muslim members of the Free Press Society, considers themselves are cultural Muslims — thus they don’t take the ideology seriously. And I respect that, and thus I’m not saying — I don’t speak about all Muslims, I’m speaking about the ideology — in the same way that I wouldn’t talk about all Nazis, because some were more or less forced into being members of Hitlerjugend and Bund Deutscher Mädel and other such groups. Nazism as an ideology must be criticized mercilessly; Communism, Stalinism as an ideology must be criticized mercilessly, as Islam as an ideology must be. Muslims can have an equally large need for protection of their interests and their rights as the rest of us.

SR: And what ought to be said?

Lars: One might say that I’ve said it. Islam is a particularly dangerous ideology, which aims to force its believers to fight for Allah’s cause. Which means global conquest and to enthrall people who don’t voluntarily bow to Allah’s yoke, as prescribed in e.g. the Sharia — the holy Muslim law — this is what one ought to say. And with this ‘world-view’, this utopia there is no peace. There is no compromise.

SR: In 2004 you were a co-founder of Free Press Society. Why was it formed?

Lars: We did it because in 2003, after being recommended by a member, I had sought membership of Danish Pen and was refused membership with the stated reason that I participated in ‘hate speech’. Such as encouragement to murder and persecution of others. I didn’t follow up on it at first, or rather I was told that my request would be considered at the general assembly in Danish Pen, without me being present at all. When I then learned that it was a rather unusual procedure, I withdrew my request. Then a couple of months passed by and I got some requests from people who encouraged me to head a new organization, which should be dedicated to the protection of freedom of speech. I didn’t have the greatest enthusiasm for this as I knew how much work it would entail — I had other things to do with my time. But in the end I succumbed and at the end of November 2004, I accepted the task, and we created the organization and had our first founding assembly in March 2005, and since then we had a great success.

SR: So the organization, which was supposed to protect freedom of speech, didn’t accept a member who made use of it

Lars: No, they didn't.


Funny how elites are.

Here, for the record, are a few more snaps from Copenhagen. You know, the palace, the harbor, the Arabic market...Copenhagen.

Travel displays are telling. Below is an airline office in the Muslim neighborhood specializing in Balkan travel.









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