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"It is not simply a good book about history. It is one of those books which makes history. ... "
-- Vladimir Bukovsky, co-founder of the Soviet dissident movement and author of Judgment in Moscow, and Pavel Stroilov, author of Behind the Desert Storm.
"Diana West is distinguished from almost all political commentators because she seeks less to defend ideas and proposals than to investigate and understand what happens and what has happened. This gives her modest and unpretentious books and articles the status of true scientific inquiry, shifting the debate from the field of liking and disliking to being and non-being."
-- Olavo de Carvalho
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
"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
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
"I have read it, and agree wholeheartedly."
-- Angelo Codevilla, Professor Emeritus of International Relations at Boston Unversity, and fellow of the Claremont Institute.
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.
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
"A brilliantly researched and argued book."
-- Edward Jay Epstein, author of Deception: The Invisible War between the KGB and the CIA, The Annals 0f Unsolved Crime
"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
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
"American Betrayal is absolutely required reading. Essential. You're sleepwalking without it."
-- Chris Farrell, director of investigations research, Judicial Watch
"Diana West wrote a brilliant book called American Betrayal, which I recommend to everybody ... It is a seminal work that will grow in importance."
-- Newt Gingrich, former House Speaker
"This is a must read for any serious student of history and anyone working to understand the Marxist counter-state in America."
-- John Guandolo, president, Understanding the Threat, former FBI special agent
“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, journalist, founder, Danish Free Press Society
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
No book has ever frightened me as much as American Betrayal. ... [West] patiently builds a story outlining a network of subversion so bizarrely immense that to write it down will seem too fantastic to anyone without the book’s detailed breadth and depth. 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. ... By the time you put the book down, you have a very different view of America’s war aims and strategies. The core question is, did the USA follow a strategy that served its own best interests, or Stalin’s? And it’s not that it was Stalin’s that is so compelling, since you knew that had to be the answer, but the evidence in detail that West provides that makes this a book you cannot ignore.
-- Steven Kates, RMIT (Australia) Associate Professor of Economics, Quadrant
"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
[American Betrayal is] the most important anti-Communist book of our time ... a book that can open people's eyes to the historical roots of our present malaise ... full of insights, factual corroboration, and psychological nuance.
-- J.R. Nyquist, author, Origins of the Fourth World War
Although I know [Christopher] Andrew well, and have met [Oleg] Gordievsky twice, I now doubt their characterization of Hopkins -- also embraced by Radosh and the scholarly community. I now support West's conclusions after rereading KGB: The Inside Story account 23 years later [relevant passages cited in American Betrayal]. It does not ring true that Hopkins was an innocent dupe dedicated solely to defeating the Nazis. Hopkins comes over in history as crafty, secretive and no one's fool, hardly the personality traits of a naïve fellow traveler. And his fingerprints are on the large majority of pro-Soviet policies implemented by the Roosevelt administration. West deserves respect for cutting through the dross that obscures the evidence about Hopkins, and for screaming from the rooftops that the U.S. was the victim of a successful Soviet intelligence operation.
-- Bernie Reeves, founder of The Raleigh Spy Conference, American Thinker
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
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
Thursday, January 10, 2013 6:32 AM
While I researching this week's column (to come), I ran into some breaking news and published it at WorldNetDaily.com:
Gore deal follows Murdoch into Arab TV
Sale of Current to Al Jazeera highlights Fox owner's link to Muslim Brotherhood channel
The news that Al Gore chose to sell his Current TV to Al Jazeera, which some think of as Muslim Brotherhood TV, recently has raised eyebrows. But what few people realize is that Fox chief Rupert Murdoch already co-owns what amounts to a Muslim Brotherhood channel in the Middle East.
The channel is Al Risala, which translates into “the (Islamic) message.” It was launched in 2006 by Saudi prince Talal bin Alwaleed, the nephew of the King of Saudi Arabia and a Murdoch business associate who also owns a 7 percent stake in Murdoch’s News Corp., the parent company of Fox News and other U.S. media outlets.
Murdoch co-owns Al Risala through his acquisition of an 18.97 percent stake in Rotana, Al Risala’s Arabic media parent group, which is owned by Alwaleed.
Based in Kuwait, Al Risala is run by general director Tareq Al-Suwaidan, a popular “tele-Islamist,” who rails against Jews, Danish cartoonists and hosts a weekly “motivational” show – urging jihad against Israel (within 1948 borders), calling for a global Islamic caliphate, and other jihadist aims.
Al-Suwaidan widely is reported to be a leader of the Muslim Brotherhood in Kuwait. He also is an unindicted co-conspirator in the terrorism financing trial of the Holy Land Foundation, five of whose leaders were convicted of supporting Hamas, a wing of the Muslim Brotherhood.
With earnings reported to be over $1 million annually as a host and speaker, and with his CD “Lives of the Prophet” having sold over two million copies, Al-Suwaidan counts as one of Rupert Murdoch’s more unusual cable personalities.
But Alwaleed’s and Murdoch’s Al Risala television is more than Tareq Al-Suwaidan.
The 24-hour religious channel broadcasts all manner of shows of Islamic interest. In May 2012, Al Risala launched a new weekly show, Masra Al Habeeb, hosted by Salah Sultan, the Hamas cleric, as freelance reporter Patrick Poole has documented, closely tied to Muslim Brotherhood “spiritual guide” Yusef al-Qaradawi and the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood.
In 2011, Sultan called on Egyptians to kill every Israeli – “tourist or other” – who enters Egypt. As if to further Qaradawi’s 2011 Tahrir Square exhortations to Muslims to conquer Jerusalem, Sultan sees his show, according to an account by the Anti-Defamation League, as providing “practical steps on how to liberate Al Aqsa.”
Sure enough, the ADL reports that a promotional video shows Sultan reciting a poem about returning to Jerusalem with his rocket launcher, and, in his first episode, Sultan discusses wanting to go to Jerusalem “as liberators and not as visitors under the shadow of occupation.”
“We will raise our young chil¬dren, the seven year old ones, the five year old ones, and the four years old to fight the Jews and have war with the Jews,” a caller to the show said. Sul¬tan’s response? “Allah willing.”
Other Al Risala shows feature Islamic legal advice and opinions, such as a fatwa from a Saudi cleric, reported in February 2012 by the ADL, permitting Muslims to exploit identity information obtained by hacking Israeli credit cards.
A random sampling of translations of Al Risala programming by the Middle East Media Research Institute yields: on May 26, 2006, guidelines for wife-beating (permissible in Islamic lands, not in the West); on Sept. 3, 2008, the supposed benefits to the Islamic hudud punishment of chopping off hands for stealing (only four thefts in 100 years of Islamic rule); and on Oct. 8, 2011, a fatwa ruling it is “forbidden” to pray to Allah to place Steve Jobs in paradise (but Islamic law doesn’t rule out being sad about Jobs’ death).
Appearing on Al Risala on March 16, 2012, the former dean of Islamic law at Muhammad Bin Saud Islamic University in Saudi Arabia discussed the “freedoms” enjoyed in slavery under Shariah (Islamic law).
“Allah permitted the purchase and sale of slaves,” explained Saud Al-Fanisan. “Slaves are the property of their owners. This is slavery in the Shariah, yet a slave enjoys a great deal of freedom. The only thing he is deprived of is the right to own [himself]. That’s it. He enjoys freedom of thought, freedom of belief, the freedom to work, the right to deny [Islam], and the right to command good and forbid evil. A slave enjoys all these liberties, so how can it be claimed that there is no freedom [in Islam].”
Wadah Khanfar, director general of the Al Jazeera network until stepping down in Sept. 2012, is a member of the Muslim Brotherhood, according to Zvi Mazel, a former Israeli ambassador to Egypt. Tareq Al-Suwaidan, managing director of Al Risala, is a leader of the Kuwaiti Muslim Brotherhood.
Among the members of Al Risala’s “Supreme Advisory Committee” is Hamed Al Refaie, president of the International Islamic Forum for Dialogue, an organization that the Global Muslim Brotherhood Daily Report links to the global Muslim Brotherhood, and to which Alwaleed has donated money. It advocates interfaith “dialogue” – only not with Jews. In an interview posted on the IIFD’s website, Al Refaie argues “there is only one dialogue language that the Jews understand and insist on adopting as a code of life, i. e. the language of rifles, rocket launchers and any means that could help them perpetrate tyranny and mischief in the land and help them impose their influence on human societies.”
Another member of the Al Risala advisory committee is Abdullah Omar Naseef, whom former federal prosecutor Andrew C. McCarthy has described as “a major Muslim Brotherhood figure involved in the financing of al-Qaida.”
It was reported just days ago Al Jazeera, the Arab broadcaster, bought the “low-rated channel” Current, which was co-founded by Gore. Al Jazeera said it would shutter Current and create a New York-based network.
Current had struggled to find viewers. But there are reports that whatever viewers it did have might not automatically translate to an Al Jazeera audience. Time Warner Cable immediately moved to drop Current when the deal was announced.
“We will not longer be carrying the service,” the company’s statement said.
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