I’m awaiting the arrival of my copy of Diana West’s new Book American Betrayal: The Secret Assault On Our Nation’s Character. I’ve not commented on the work itself because I have yet to read it. I have, however, followed Diana’s literary work for years. I read and reviewed her first book, The Death of the Grownup: How America’s Arrested Development is Bringing Down Western Civilization.
As a retired law enforcement officer of twenty-plus years experience, followed by nearly two years as an investigator with the Colorado State Public Defender’s Office, detailed criminal investigations accounted for ten years of my career in the field. I investigated crimes for lawyers working on both sides of American courtrooms, including murders, sexual assaults, robberies, burglaries and white collar crimes.
From the first column I encountered by chance many years ago, shortly after the 9/11/01 attacks, I found Diana West to be meticulous and accurate in her fact-gathering methods. She would have been a marvelous detective. She is ethical and microscopically true to the smallest details in her presentation of evidence.
Come now neo-conservatives David Horowitz of www.FrontPageMag.com and Ronald Radosh, both former revolutionary communists. Their anti-American activities in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s were dedicated to the implementation of Karl Marx’s manifesto. Their support for that ideology endorsed Nikita Khruschev’s continuation of Josef Stalin’s gulags in the USSR. They provided de facto abetment for a regime responsible for the suffering and deaths of countless victims of Communist repression.
So, Horowitz and Radosh recanted their revolutionary ideas and recited their mea culpa. They switched sides. They made their fortunes writing books for patriotic American conservative interests. I’m not impressed with their sincerity, especially in light of the recent events. The two former Marxists, hiding behind their neo-con credentials, have launched a relentless attack on Diana West’s book in a manner that can only be seen as carefully designed to ridicule, marginalize and destroy her literary credentials. This is not scholarly debate. It’s annihilation and character assassination. Why would they do this?
Over at www.RuthfullyYours.com, Ruth King presents her hypothesis on why Horowitz and Radosh decided to start this malicious campaign, which to all appearances is designed to demolish West’s reputation as a scholar and author. I recommend that you take the time to read Ruth’s opinion and make your decision:
As soon as I’ve read American Betrayal, I’ll render my opinion on its value.
With thanks to Andrew Bostom for his time and advice.