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American Subversion: From Communism to Islam

A review of historian Diana West’s American Betrayal: The Secret Assault on America’s Character.

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Andrew G. Bostom

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June 12, 2013 - 12:00 am
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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. Cassandra, during her scene from Aeschylus’ Agamemnon, is possessed with the unique ability to visualize past and present, and even to augur future events, all as if they were happening in the present. There is a terrifying quality to Cassandra’s intensity, her peculiarly broad, profound, and temporally extended knowledge, and the directness with which it is conveyed. 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.

American Betrayal chronicles the nation’s original subversion by Communist totalitarianism — the ugly, watershed “Big Lie” event being U.S. recognition of the Soviet Union in November 1933 despite knowing the Ukrainian terror-famine (see Robert Conquest’s The Harvest of Sorrow) orchestrated by Stalin’s Communist regime had already killed four to six million souls. Having long since crossed that ignominious threshold, West argues, it is easy to fathom how we are currently being subverted by the contemporary “Big Islamic Lie,” which romanticizes totalitarian Islam.

FDR, in a blatant lie designed to justify massive Lend-Lease aid to the Soviets, praised the USSR (in 1941) for its “freedom of conscience, freedom of religion,” which he further claimed was comparable to “what the rule is in this country [i.e., the U.S.].” Six decades later, George W. Bush mendaciously bowdlerized the timeless, global aspirations of Islam to impose its universal totalitarian system, Sharia (Islamic law), via jihad when sanctioning the American response to the mass-murdering jihadist terror attacks of 9/11. Addressing the Islamic Center of Washington, D.C. on September 17, 2001, Bush opined:

The face of terror is not the true faith of Islam. That’s not what Islam is all about. Islam is peace.

By 2003, President Bush had fully embraced the delusive (and self-contradictory) Bernard Lewis Doctrine, which, squandering precious U.S. blood and enormous U.S. treasure, empowered the forces of Sharia to foster Islamic “democracy.” Similarly, FDR’s massive material and propagandistic support of Stalin’s Soviet transnational state abetted the metastasis of Communist “democracy” during the World War II era.

Despite its momentum, the grotesque transition to the acceptance (and at times blatant agitprop hagiography; see the 1943 film Mission to Moscow, aka “Submission to Moscow”) of Soviet Communism, which Diana West painstakingly details, was not seamless or uninterrupted. She also brings forth the countervailing efforts of a pantheon of brave, albeit isolated (and at times understandably shrill) truth tellers about Communism, Communist subversion, and Communist depredations: journalists and writers/educators (including ex-Communist apostates, or ex-fellow-travelers) such as Eugene Lyons, Gareth Jones, Malcolm Muggeridge, Fred Beal, William Wirt,  J.B. Matthews, Victor Kravchenko, Whittaker Chambers, Elizabeth Bentley, Louis Budenz, Arthur Koestler, George Orwell, Max Eastman, Hanson Baldwin, Edward Kennedy [the AP and Atlantic Magazine journalist], Vladimir Petrov, Albert Konrad Herling, David J. Dallin, Boris Nikolaevsky, Elinor Lipper, Julius Epstein, Robert Conquest, Claire Stirling, Joseph D. Douglass, Tim Tzouliadis, M. Stanon Evans, Herbert Romerstein, Yuri Besmenov, Vasili Mitrokhin, Vladimir Bukovsky, and of course Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn; military leaders, and intelligence officers and analysts including George Racey Jordan, Albert C. Wedemeyer, John Van Vliet, and Mark W. Clark; jurists Robert H. Jackson and Irving R. Kaufman; and politicians/staff lawyers, ambassadors, federal law enforcement, and even State Department officials, such as Martin Dies, Robert Stripling, Pat McCarran, Joseph McCarthy, Ronald Reagan, William Bullitt, George Earle, J. Edgar Hoover, Robert Kelley, Roy Atherton, Raymond Murphy, and Loy Henderson.

These truth tellers endeavored valiantly to put the lie to the myth of Soviet Communism as a “democratic” bulwark against singularly evil and dictatorial Nazism/Fascism, let alone a just, “utopian” system unto itself. (Bitter “vindication” of the anti-Communist truth tellers was catalogued, if belatedly, in The Black Book of Communism, which demonstrated that the victims of Communist mass killings were at least four times more numerous than those slaughtered by the Nazis, i.e., ≥ 100 million, vs. 25 million.) Immediately after World War II, when America’s erstwhile Soviet Communist “allies” emerged as a global totalitarian scourge more menacing than the Nazis — events forcing this undeniable reality even upon U.S. policymakers in stubborn denial of the threat — another dangerous myth began to take shape: Islam as an alleged bulwark against Communism.

Once again, early on truth-tellers possessed of both keen understanding of Islam and intellectual honesty underscored the pitfalls of such a misbegotten geo-strategy.

Sir John Troutbeck (d. 1971) was head of the British Middle East Office in Cairo from 1947-50, and was ambassador to Iraq from 1951 until his retirement in 1954. He referred to a revived Caliphate (the trans-national Islamic state empires, extant in different incarnations, from 644 A.D. until the dissolution of the Ottoman Caliphate in 1924) as a potential buttress against Soviet Communism in an early September 1949 letter citing Pakistani advocates of a new “Pan Islamic bloc.” Troutbeck acknowledged the possible benefit of this phenomenon: “Islamic cooperation as a bulwark against the spread of Communism.”

But he was also very sober and forthright in expressing his concerns over such a development, arguing that should Caliphate advocates attain real power, they would be more inclined to “train their guns against Western imperialism” and also oppress indigenous non-Muslim minorities, especially Jews and Christians. Echoing Troutbeck’s trepidations, Orientalist Gustave von Grunebaum provided this pellucid and unapologetic warning of how the geostrategic paradigm of “Islam as a bulwark against Communism” would run amok in his 1955 review of writings by the immensely popular Muslim Brotherhood ideologue Muhammad al-Ghazzali:

We concern ourselves with the compatibility or otherwise of Islam with communism and regardless of the conclusion in which we acquiesce, we are apt to overlook the fact that the Muslim circles most emphatically opposed to communism are at the same time potentially if not actually the most formidable stronghold of hostility to the West. Ghazzali’s tirade against American Democracy with its warning “against the spreading American ways,” with its condemnation of “the domestic as well as foreign policy of America” as “actually a systematic violation of every virtue humanity has ever known” should make us aware that the Muslim “extremists” will be with the West not because of any recognized affinity but merely out of momentary political considerations. Ultimately, the self-conscious world of Islam would wish to consolidate into a power center strong enough to set itself up by the side of the Russian and the Western blocks, strong enough to determine for itself what its primary political concerns should be, and strong enough perhaps to be no longer compelled to westernize for the sake of survival. The hot-headed half-truths of Ghazzali must not delude us into considering absurd the aspiration of those who feel that for its revival Islam needs less rather than more gifts of the West.

American Betrayal opens with a striking juxtaposition of two men who passed through Union Station, Washington, D.C. in 1934 after disembarking from separate trains. One was Whittaker Chambers, then in his early thirties and working for Soviet military intelligence. Chambers sought to facilitate the transfer of “career Communists” from New Deal agencies (such as the Agricultural Adjustment Administration and the National Recovery Administration) to central government departments — notably, the State Department. The first member of Chambers’ new cell was Alger Hiss, who would go on to play a critical (and nefarious) role at the seminal 1945 Yalta Conference.

During late 1938, overwhelmed by the horrific actions of the Soviet Communist Party, in particular the Stalinist purges and forced starvation of Ukrainian peasants, and having rejected Communism’s militant atheism, Chambers left the Communist movement. The Nazi-Soviet Pact of 1939 was a seminal event for Chambers, who feared that much of the confidential informa­tion about the United States that he had forwarded to the Soviet Union might be passed to Germany. Thus Chambers, now an ex-Communist apostate, decided to divulge his prior activities for the Communist underground to the federal government. Shortly thereafter, Chambers was able to meet with the head of security at the State Department, A. A. Berle. However, it was not until 1948 — nine years later — that the information he provided to Berle was acted upon by the government.

Chambers was subpoenaed at that time by the House Committee on Un-American Activities (HUAC) to corroborate the testi­mony of Elizabeth Bentley — the so-called blonde spy queen — who alleged that Soviet espionage was occurring within the U.S. government. Chambers corrobo­rated Bentley’s allegations, supplemented them with his own, and confronted Alger Hiss on the first day of his testimony. (Eventually all twenty-one names that Chambers provided to HUAC were confirmed by subsequent Soviet archival research). In 1950, Hiss was convicted for perjury after two federal trials.

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Once our guns are gone the islamists will be more in a position to push the sharia and practice the dawa. The attempt to disarm us is just as much rooted in a purpose for islam as it is for the left, if not more. Muslims have a DUTY to bring islam everywhere they migrate to (doctrine of dawa)....for that is the purpose of migrating (doctrine of hijrah). Obama CERTAINLY has the ear of the wealthy Saudi wahabbi movement. As loose as things are in D.C. and knowing that islam makes infiltration it's mission in the west (that's the only way they can do it) ...it all fits together nicely like a puzzle to pave the way for islam once the guns are done away with.
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Public Schools & Guns
From a friend.....

Today a recently retired public school teacher that I’d not seen in several years, visited. All I ever knew of her politics was she despised Bush. We got on the subject of the grammar school boy who chewed a pop tart in the form of a gun and was expelled. I mentioned that this silliness seems to be constantly in the news all around the country. Here’s a shocker.

The lady was a member of TEA & NEA. She said that the reason this is being done is to create a generation of future voters who consider guns evil and would be more inclined to amend and remove the 2d Amendment.

If you want to change a nation’s culture, control the education of their children. In my day all education was exclusively a state operation; no federal money, no federal control, and each state’s teachers’ union was more in keeping with the politics and views of the majority voters in their state.

The first compulsory public education was in Germany long before anyone heard of the Nazis. Once the structure is set in place at the central level, it will be used by those who “know best.” If we got back to a 50 independent states school system it would defeat the attempt to make everyone think alike.

Orwell was way to early with “1984.”
43 weeks ago
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Currently, there are a lot of subversion tactics that a lot on the right are attributing to communism that should be attributed to islam. I have done 10 years of near full-time research on islam and there is a lot more than people would ever dream.
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This book is vital. Part of our susceptibility to encroaching fascism today is the lack of understanding of history, as well as the true nature and intellectual affinity between communism-fascism-Islam and the Leftist establishment elite that currently has almost absolute sway over academia, pop culture, the media and the State. As Prof. Boston states in this fine article, the common ground is relativism. relativism is the source of all our modern malaise - the inexplicable stupor of the American people as they stand by while their institutions and nation are destroyed. Relativism, how is it is forgotten or purposefully ignored, begins with relativism:

“If relativism signifies contempt for fixed categories and those who claim to be the bearers of objective immortal truth, then there is nothing more relativistic than Fascist attitudes and activity. From the fact that all ideologies are of equal value, we Fascists conclude that we have the right to create our own ideology and to enforce it with all the energy of which we are capable.” ― Benito Mussolini
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Further commentary by Abraham Miller in his profound analysis of revolution adding to the sagacity of the author on March 25,2013 and can be read at
http://pjmedia.com/blog/the-eighteenth-brumaire-of-barack-obama/
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This cursory exposé of the Communo-sharia underpinnings of our current national malaise is fine as far as it goes. Unfortunately, it inexplicably ignores many of the main historical enemies of America who are every bit as engaged in the satanic attack on our nation. Why is the international Homosexualist Conspiracy and their unholy alliance with the pro-abortion feminazis (a "marriage" of convenience obviously intended to subvert our national breeding stock) not exposed? Why are the Masonic and Illuminati roots of Communism not exposed to scrutiny? And does anyone truly believe that such phenomenal, anti-human evil could thrive without support from beings of a higher order?

One hates to think that the author has succumbed to either intellectual laziness or fear of CIA/Mossad/Bilderberg reprisal (entirely justified, of course), and it may be that these critical lacunae will be addressed in future volumes. But do not be deceived by the relatively rosy picture this book paints: the hour is late and the storm clouds are gathering.
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Dude: unfortunately you are "unwise." The all-out frontal assault on everything dystopian that you suggest is a recipe for defeat, like Pickett's Charge. Your suggestions will only help cast the real truths back into the darkness. Using trigger phrases like "CIA/Mossad/Bilderberg" is like having a glass jaw in a fistfight. West wrote about Communism and Islam. You are welcome to go and write your own book about the "others." Have a nice day.
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One cannot do battle with an octopus by lopping off a single tentacle, my friend. One must find the heart and strike firm and deep.
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Unfortunately, all the insight in the world isn't much help when the wrong people are in office. Our current crop of buffoons are doing much more to enable the Islamists than to combat them.

There's certainly some benefit to finding a thoughtful analysis and using it to help frame the search for our next candidates but it seems likely to be a while yet before we can actually shape policy. More's the pity....
44 weeks ago
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American Betrayal will be my next book purchase. Regarding moral relativism, it seems preposterous to me that progressive parents would allow their children to wallow in it's societal muck. Optimist that I am, I've waited for the progressives to open their eyes and observe what their juvenile attachment to a concept that allows them to behave any way they wish without consequence has done to their children, and now their grandchildren, as well. Are they so dense that they don't see the damage or so beholden to the sense of superiority given to them by socialism? Do they believe that their lack of morality will leave their own children untouched by the decay? I simply can't understand it.
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I agree with most of the things listed in the book, save for a few things: 1. Regarding FDR pushing the lie about the Soviet Union being a democracy, that's actually untrue, at least about it being democracy being a lie: All its actions in the Soviet Union, the purges and the Ukranian starvations, the Gulags and the like, are EXACTLY what democracy is all about. The French Revolution and the Reign of Terror that occurred as a result of implementing democracy taught me that. Keep in mind that the French Revolution occurred long before Karl Marx was even born. It's not simply they failed to practice democracy, they succeeded. That's one reason why I hate democracy. My religion, Christianity, has been persecuted because of "democracy." 2. Morality is indeed a rule book. God's ten commandments, which imposed morality on us, made us submissive to him. The only ones between the two groups who don't practice any morality is the Communists/Atheists, as they reject God's teachings, period. Gabriel pretty much ensured Islam existed under God's command. Honestly, if God honestly felt Ishmael and Hagar's descendants were going to be asses of men, he should have taken care of the problem right then and there by blowing them up to smithereens via a beam from the sky. I know he has that ability.
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"Gabriel pretty much ensured Islam existed under God's command."
Are you seriously taking mohammad's word for it that he was actually visited by Gabriel?
"Ishmael and Hagar"
Again, are you seriously taking mohammad's word for it that Arabs are descendants of Hagar? The ONLY source for this crap is found in the quran, nowhere else.
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Actually, the part about Hagar and Ishmael being the ancestors of Islam was hinted at in the Old Testament. Specifically, after Sarah had Hagar and Ishmael exiled shortly after the former got pregnant (apparently because the latter bragged about her pregnancy a bit too much), God basically said something along the lines of Ishmael and his descendents being asses of men to Abraham. So no, the Quran is not the only one that hints at this.
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Elias Canetti, the Bulgarian Jew who wrote Crowds and Power (1960) and won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1981, said that Islam is "a religion of war." Could he have won the prize today?
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