Dear American Betrayal War Veterans,
The following email exchange offers a rare glimpse into the mental processes. It shows, first, how effective a whispering/disinformation campaign can be short of evidence; then, how devastating evidence can be to a whispering/disappearance campaign.
Note turning point: "I will order Diana's book."
Thanks to both anonymous interlocutors for permission to print their conversation. Special thanks to RRRR for having an open mind.
Sent: Sunday, January 22, 2017 5:40 PM
FYI attached link by Diana West is fascinating but also because it discusses David Horowitz’s role in the Communist Party.
On Jan 23, 2017, at 3:16 AM
I have read Horowitz’ work extensively. He and Peter Collier were editors of Ramparts … They were students at Columbia as I recall. They got caught up in the Black Panthers movement at the direction of the SDS. You may recall Angela Davis was representing one of their leaders as an attorney at the time. His name was Huey Newton as I recall.. They, Collier and Horowitz, came to realize the “black revolutionaries” were involved in drugs, serious crimes, murders and were using the Black Panthers as a gang. They abandoned the radical left and over time became conservatives. Their writings have helped people like me understand the New Left of the 60’s. I respect Horowitz and his work.
Diana West conflates the conspiracies of the WW II era with the Vietnam War era conspiracies. Horowitz attacks her work, which tells me I need to study the entire subject. I do not doubt Horowitz’ parents were involved in the same communist groups the Rosenberg’s were involved in as West maintains, but this doesn’t implicate Horowitz. He would have been a child at the time. ... He is also a respected historian and student of the communist movement.
Until I have had a chance to study the documents referenced in West’s article, I would refrain from commenting. She may not be too tightly wrapped. If Horowitz says her stuff is not respectable research, I would be inclined to believe him until I read her work and the Horowitz critique.
Sent: Monday, January 23, 2017 5:48 AM
I know them both fairly well and would trust Diana more!
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On Jan 23, 2017, at 10:07 AM
The case to be made for Horowitz is he is a great scholar, who has done excellent pioneering work exposing communism in the US. Horowitz’ work is original. Diana’s work is all secondary sources; i.e., none of it is original. He has actually been a communist revolutionary in America; i.e., he has the authenticity of Whittaker Chambers about him.
I don’t say Diana is wrong. She just doesn’t do scholarly research. Diana’s work is not well documented and has the whiff of emotional panic about it, which puts me on my guard. Her sources are also contested. So I support David based on scholarly research and value of original work. Reading between the lines it appears David blew the whistle on Diana’s questionable sources and jumping to conclusions. This doesn’t mean she is wrong, just that she needs to do some homework. Regrettably, she hit back calling into question David’s credibility as the son of communist parents. That was not a good move. Makes the thing personal as opposed to professional. (David has been very hard on his parents, by the way.)
I suspect Diana has David beat in the personality department. David is a bit of an angry old man, but so am I, so I cut him some slack.
Now I need a sabbatical to go back and study both of their works side by side to make an objective evaluation of the case. I will order Diana’s book.
Sent: Monday, January 23, 2017 4:57 PM
Let me know what you think of her book.
Date: Friday, January 27, 2017 at 3:45 PM
Received two books by Diana West. I am reading American Betrayal. Chapter One make sense to me. No doubt there has been a huge cover-up under Bush and Obama.
I will give you my assessment after reading her books.
Sent: Friday, January 27, 2017 10:08 PM
Very important to me and you to fully know.
Date: Saturday, January 28, 2017 at 12:10 AM
I am very impressed with the quality of Diana’s research. Her writing in clear and precise. I am impressed with her thesis as well as the evidence she presents. It is chilling.
The quality of Diana’s work makes me question Horowitz and Radosh’s motives. (They are both Jewish.) By attacking Diana’s work they may be taking a stand against religious intolerance. They could fear an attack on Islam could be a precursor to anti-Semitic attacks in America.
Interesting that Jews would make common cause with Muslims. Of course Jews often made common cause with communists in WW II. I am trying to make sense of a messy, complex situation.
I am a supporter of Israel and a member if the American Jewish Committee. I pray for Israel daily, but I am not blind to Islamic terrorism, nor Jewish collaboration in defense of Islamic penetration of America. Horowitz could be way off base on this. I must continue reading.
Note the trail that I left in how he moved from being a Horowitz fan until he got your books and read them at my request.
Thanks again, XXXX!