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The Right’s Schism on History
National Review, by Conrad Black

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Posted By:Judy W., 12/5/2013 9:39:49 AM

This is not a return to Diana West’s book. However, Andy McCarthy, a man for whom I have very great respect and whom I like very much, has written a review of it in The New Criterion that, because of its revisionist presentation of a number of historical events, is among the most discouraging political documents I have read in many years. (Snip) First is Andy McCarthy’s view that the scandalous, cowardly refusal of the mainstream elite of American culture and politics to recognize that America’s Islamist enemies are enemies can be traced to Soviet infiltration of the U.S. government

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This is a measured and factual criticism without name calling, and due credit given to Diana West for her important contributions.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Chuzzles, 12/5/2013 10:02:18 AM     (No. 9641253)

New truths can be hard to take and accept. I suspect that Moscow will be finding and releasing new documents off and on for the next 30 years or so.

Writers like Mrs. West are to be commended for taking these new docs and running the filter of ´accepted´ history through them to see what shakes out.

Unfortunately, we have already seen what can happen when new truths confront the accepted version of history.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: SpeedMaster, 12/5/2013 10:18:05 AM     (No. 9641281)

Completely wrong, ask the Poles if FDR gave them away. Please read the Venona Papers. McCarthy was right.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: MDMuskrat, 12/5/2013 12:06:21 PM     (No. 9641463)

Conrad Black proves himself the master of subtlety here. In his review of a review of a very thought-provoking book, he finds three things to be depressed about, foremost of which is:

"Andy McCarthy’s view that the scandalous, cowardly refusal of the mainstream elite of American culture and politics to recognize that America’s Islamist enemies are enemies can be traced to Soviet infiltration of the U.S. government in World War II."

Why, Conrad, would you believe that anti-Americans of one generation would behave differently from those of another?

Later in the piece, he shows that he´s not surprised: "...the bloodless assassins of Nixon have gradually worked, as a sequel, toward a policy of supine appeasement of America’s enemies, including militant Islam."

And thus the subtlety amongst Black´s florid prose. Go back and read McCarthy´s review in the New Criterion for a real treat.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: harper, 12/5/2013 3:12:40 PM     (No. 9641713)

A complex read, requiring close concentration to absorb but spot-on commentary on the traitorous media destruction of Nixon, proof being their mirror-image grovelling towards Obama.

We have seen the enemy and they is the media.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Observer177, 12/5/2013 4:58:24 PM     (No. 9641885)

Ever since West´s extremely well-documented book came out there has been an avalanche of criticism from all sides--and most has been in the form of ad hominem attacks, and attacks against her conclusions, not challenges to her facts.

The volume of the screaming and the viciousness of the personal attacks against her are a pretty good indication that she is dead on target, and that she has struck many major nerves.

People who--if what she says is true--would find that much that they have staked their reputations on to be invalid, people who would have to revise their entire world-view, and to admit that what they have been thinking, what they have been saying, and writing for years was wrong, will not willingly admit to being dupes, and to major error. Thus, the screaming, and the viciousness of the attacks against West.

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