Re-entry to email after a restful hiatus from all things electronic became much easier on coming across this extremely generous letter of August 5.
Dear Diana West:
As you so convincingly demonstrate, Marxism, metastasizing throughout the world as communism, is purely destructive in nature. It is like Mephistopheles, who says of himself in Goethe’s Faust, “I am the spirit that always negates! And rightly so, for, all that exists deserves to perish. Therefore it were better that nothing came into existence. So then all that you call sin, destruction—in short, evil—is my actual element.”
Our affinity with Marxism’s materialistic spirit, which first arose in the West and was exported into Russia through Lenin, makes us particularly vulnerable to the powerful stealth attack of communism, which continues today to destroy our best Western values, “our nation’s character.” Power in the hands of inhuman beings is the ultimate result.
Your intelligent, valiant efforts in this battle on behalf of our Judeo-Christian heritage remind me of Paul’s warrior: “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore, take up the full armor of God, that you may be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. Stand firm therefore, having girded your loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; in addition to all, taking up the shield of belief with which you will able able to extinguish all the flaming missiles of the evil one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” (Ephesians 6: 12-17)
David Horowitz, whom I formerly respected the most among your attackers, is not a believer in the something higher that imbues your two main books (which I rate up there with Witness). For example, he wrote, “that, alone among creatures, we know our fate, and learn sooner or later that the world has no interest in it. ... And so I am left to ponder the pointlessness of our striving on this earth ...” (From A Point in Time, which Ron voted as Book of the Year in 2011. In his review, Ron writes that David “paints a wide brush” and “His pages are Dostoyevsky are a tour d’force” among other gems)
Your positive spirit threatens and calls out the worst in the purveyors of political correctness, in whatever camp they may be. Please don’t let these people distract you— by overemphasizing the military aspects, for example—from the main themes of your books: “character,” maturity, human significance, truth (and our ability to know it), self-examination, regeneration, et al. Looking forward very much to your writing a book on Islam, which also, with clever viciousness, is attacking all that we hold dear.
With gratitude for your work, William L