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  • My Column Ends, But the Questions Don't

    12/12/2014 7:29:06 AM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies ^ | December 12, 2014 | Diana West
    Dear Readers, This is a hard one to write. After more or less 15 years of continuous newspaper syndication, this column you are reading is the end of the line. I am not ceasing to write, of course. All of my content -- columns, essays, posts, and, of course, books -- will continue to appear at my website,, and elsewhere. But my weekly conversation with readers in good old-fashioned newsprint stops at the bottom of the page. In some ways, that's too bad. For one thing, there is a kind of journalistic romance to appearing on the pages of...
  • Islam Comes to the National Cathedral

    11/14/2014 10:48:23 AM PST · by Kaslin · 31 replies ^ | November 14, 2014 | Diana West
    There are several ways to see the National Cathedral's decision to host Islamic Friday prayers this week. First, the facts. The service is the brainchild of the Rev. Canon Gina Campbell, the Episcopal cathedral's director of liturgy, and South African Ambassador Ebrahim Rasool, a Muslim, who is delivering the sermon. Invitation-only guests include Masjid Muhammad of The Nation's Mosque, representatives of the All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS), the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) and the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC). That's some roster if playing "Spot the Muslim Brotherhood Front" is a...
  • Why Communism Dominates in the West

    11/03/2014 5:26:34 PM PST · by Enza Ferreri · 14 replies
    Enza Ferreri Blog ^ | 4 November 2014 | Enza Ferreri
    "Red Herrings" is a brilliant historical article by Andrew C. McCarthy that explains one of the most important reasons of the current dominance of the Left in the West (and more than that). It's a review and a defence of Diana West's book American Betrayal: The Secret Assault on Our Nation's Character (Amazon USA) (Amazon UK) , which was published last year and provoked much controversy, as you can gauge from the review itself. The way Joe McCarthy has been treated in America reminds me a bit of the way Enoch Powell has been treated in Britain: both were...
  • 9/11 the 13th: When Will Uncle Sam Pursue American, Not Islamic Interests?

    09/12/2014 12:34:05 PM PDT · by No One Special · 11 replies
    Diana West Website ^ | September 11, 2014 | Diana West
    It’s 9/11 the 13th, and these United States have never been closer to losing the last vestiges of their foundational identity. Long ago, our first president, George Washington, prophetically warned against “attachments and entanglements in foreign affairs.” In the last century, such sentiments, tragically (as I increasingly believe), fell into disrepute. In our time, Washington’s 21st-century successors, George W. Bush and Barack Hussein Obama, have no such compunction. On the contrary, their response to the Islamic assault of 9/11 and the aftermath of continuing jihad have been to link the fortunes of this great nation with those of warring tribes...
  • Content vs. Process [re controversy surrounding Diana West's book, "American Betrayal"]

    08/08/2014 10:36:59 PM PDT · by No One Special · 8 replies
    Gates of Vienna ^ | August 6, 2014 | Baron Bodissey
    Most of the discussion of the controversy over Diana West’s book American Betrayal centers around content rather than process.That is, people discussing the extreme reactions against her work — whether they agree with her or her critics — revisit the historical events themselves, and the inferences that may be drawn from them. Was Normandy really a better option for the Second Front than the Balkans or Italy? Could Britain and the United States have acted differently so that the Soviets would not have been able to overrun Central Europe? Was Eisenhower an inept commander? How many actual agents did Stalin...
  • A Nation’s Attempt to Survive Isn’t ‘Racism’

    03/28/2014 5:43:08 PM PDT · by Altura Ct. · 14 replies
    WND ^ | 3/27/2014
    It may surprise some to learn that almost one-quarter of the people living in Switzerland are foreigners. Even so, just over 50 percent voted last month to cap immigration, which, unchecked, could leave indigenous Swiss a minority in 50 years. Newsweek’s headline over the story was typical: “Switzerland’s Sudden Fear of Immigrants.” Fear. Immigrants. The German publication Spiegel Online wrote also about “scaremongering.” The enlightened reader’s thought-bubble is now supposed to register the word “racism.” But was it really “fear of immigrants” – read: “racism” – that drove sufficient numbers of Swiss to the polls to check their own demographic...
  • Red herrings - A review of American Betrayal: The Secret Assault on Our Nation's Character by...

    02/12/2014 10:20:46 PM PST · by neverdem · 8 replies
    The New Criterion ^ | December 3, 2013 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    Red herrings - A review of American Betrayal: The Secret Assault on Our Nation's Character by Diana West Stumbling into a barroom brawl was the last thing I’d intended. Lined up on one side: sculptors of a hagiography that is now conventional wisdom crow about a noble conquest over totalitarian dictators. The other side bellows: “Nonsense! In defeating one monster, your heroes merely helped create another, sullying us with their atrocities and burdening us for decades with a global security nightmare.” The first side spews that its critics are deranged, defamatory conspiracy-mongers. The critics fire back that these “court historians”...
  • 'McCarthyism' by the numbers

    01/21/2014 8:50:27 PM PST · by Viennacon · 25 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 1/21/2014 | M. Stanton Evans
    The orchestrated attack on Diana West’s important book, American Betrayal, has been brutal and unseemly, but in one respect at least it has served a useful purpose. This lone positive angle--counter-intuitive at first glance--is that her iconoclastic Cold War history has sparked a barrage of charges about “McCarthyism” and the senator from Wisconsin who gave his name to a decisive epoch in America’s long death struggle with the Kremlin. As is well-known, “McCarthyism” was an alleged focus of political evil in the 1950s: accusations of Communist taint, without any factual basis; bogus “lists” of supposed Communists who never existed; failure...
  • Secrets of Katyn Forest: What's Really Buried There?

    01/18/2014 11:54:07 AM PST · by WXRGina · 36 replies
    Diana West ^ | January 17, 2014 | Diana West
    The power of history to speak to us depends on our ability to hear it. When we are deaf to its secrets, or too confused or conditioned to decipher them, we miss the opportunity to be empowered by them. We thus fail to overcome the propaganda our own government, like the dictatorships we revile, has all too often deceived us with. I am struck by this aura of static around a sensational new discovery. Researcher and author Krystyna Piorkowska, the Associated Press reported this week, has unearthed a “lost” U.S. document, dating back to 1945, known as the Van Vliet...
  • A day that should live in infamy

    11/15/2013 12:03:35 PM PST · by Idaho_Cowboy · 20 replies
    Jewish ^ | November 15, 2013 | Diana West
    On Saturday, Nov. 16, the United States marks a milestone: the 80th anniversary of when President Franklin Delano Roosevelt recognized the Soviet Union and "normalized" U.S.-USSR relations. It is a day that should live in infamy. But it's a day that hardly anyone has ever heard of. I certainly hadn't before researching my book, "American Betrayal." As I studied the event, however, it became clear that it was on this day 80 years ago that what I call "American betrayal" began. It is the date on which the U.S. government institutionally learned to lie. After the Bolsheviks seized dictatorial powers...
  • "American Betrayal" Goes to the 36th Annual Pumpkin Papers Irregulars Dinner

    11/02/2013 2:09:45 PM PDT · by Fiji Hill · 3 replies
    Diana West ^ | November 1, 2013 | Diana West
    I am very happy to reveal that at this year's gathering of the Pumpkins Papers Irregulars, a deluxe dinner held in Washington by intelligence experts and interested observers to honor the memory of Whittaker Chambers and his triumph over the traitor Alger Hiss, I was given the annual honor of lighting the pumpkin and later addressing the assembly about American Betrayal. Highlights of the evening included warm tributes to fallen Cold Warriors: M. Stanton Evans on the late Herbert Romerstein (1931-2013), and Paul Kengor on the late Judge William P. Clark (1931-2013). This year's "coveted" Victor Navasky Award, presented by...
  • Defending Western history

    10/03/2013 7:56:56 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 29 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | October 2, 2013 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Diana West, author of American Betrayal: The Secret Assault on Our Nation’s Character— has been attacked, not from the Left but from prominent pundits who identify themselves as conservatives. “Why did the U.S. and Britain not prevent the totalitarian USSR from taking over Eastern Europe after it had defeated the totalitarian Nazis?” Ronald Radosh wrote on “It had nothing to do with the Rubik’s Cube of diplomatic and military considerations, a calculus that had to take into account the willingness of the American and British publics to continue to sacrifice and their soldiers to die. No, it was a...
  • In Defense of Diana West

    09/14/2013 10:30:57 PM PDT · by No One Special · 54 replies
    CNS News ^ | September 13, 2013 | M. Stanton Evans
    Out of the public eye and far from the daily headlines, a fierce verbal battle is currently being waged about the course of American policy in the long death struggle with Moscow that we call the Cold War. At ground zero of this new dispute is author Diana West, whose recent book, American Betrayal (St. Martin's), is a hard- hitting critique of the strategy toward the Soviet Union pursued in the 1940s by President Franklin Roosevelt, his top assistant Harry Hopkins, and various of their colleagues. Ms. West in particular stresses the infiltration of the government of that era by...
  • An Unthinkable 9/11: War in Support of al Qaeda

    09/14/2013 9:05:50 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 101 replies ^ | September 13, 2013 | Diana West
    Back in 2004, when a NYFD chief reminded the 9/11 Commission that it was never in "anyone's consciousness" that the Twin Towers would fall, he underscored a terrible truth. After 9/11, we entered the Age of the Unthinkable. Seared into our collective consciousness is that the Twin Towers could and did fall. So could the U.S. Capitol, the Golden Gate Bridge and the Superdome. Our children know that which we as children never before imagined -- passenger planes may become guided missiles, and skyscrapers may turn into smoking, twisted rubble. This age of Islamic jihad against the West has indeed...
  • Did Communist Influence Lead to D-Day Invasion over Italy Strategy?

    08/08/2013 6:40:45 AM PDT · by cutty · 68 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 7 Aug 2013 | Diana West
    The two most ardent boosters of the Normandy invasion were Stalin and Harry Hopkins ... Churchill famously urged that the advance on Germany continue from already-won bases in Italy and elsewhere in south-central Europe. Stalin’s demand for the big U.S.-British push in northern France, however, prevailed. According to the tally of one peeved letter to the editor in the New York Times, this would put the Allies on track to open their ninth front. Of course, in order to gather sufficient forces for the June 1944 D-Day invasion, men and equipment, particularly landing craft, had to be withdrawn from the...
  • Truth, Snowden and the Surveillance State

    06/11/2013 12:00:03 PM PDT · by kreitzer · 14 replies
    The Death of the Grown-Up ^ | 6/11/2012 | Diana West
    On November 14, 2002, the late, great New York Times columnist William Safire wrote a column called "You Are a Suspect." It is posted below, an early signpost to our current state of dislocation and upset. It is dislocating and upsetting to be confronted with the Edward Snowden leaks: the leaked court order, the leaked logistical scope of what is being aptly labeled the Surveillance State. This what Safire predicted would be foisted on Us, the People. We are told it is The Only Means Possible to prevent "another 9/11." The mendacity of this rationale is as appalling as the...
  • Surveillance: Can We Take a Step Back?

    06/08/2013 6:54:17 PM PDT · by thouworm · 25 replies
    Diana West ^ | June 8, 2013 | Diana West
    Surveillance: Can We Take a Step Back? Written by:Diana West 6/8/2013 7:56:00 AM I'm taking a short break today from promoting "American Betrayal" to write about the latest stages of tyrannical development in these United States for Dispatch International. The assignment is the burgeoning Obama scandals -- IRS, Prism, whatever breaks next.This means two things: One, this assignment is really no break at all from promotion of American Betrayal, because American Betrayal is a history of tyrannical development in these United States, and why we can't see it. Two, partly because of the newspaper's mainly Euopean readership, I will be...
  • ‘A Conspiracy So Immense’ — Was FDR Aide Harry Hopkins a Soviet Agent?

    06/06/2013 10:33:11 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    The Other McCain ^ | June 6, 2013 | Robert Stacy McCain
    “A confidential message from FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover, reproduced in [Diana] West’s new book, told [White House aide Harry] Hopkins that a ‘continuing’ investigation had discovered that Russian diplomat (and Comintern agent) Vasily Zarubin had made a payment to U.S. Communist Party official Steve Nelson to help place espionage agents ‘in industries engaged in secret war production … so that information could be obtained for transmittal to the Soviet Union.’ This information had come from a ‘bug’ at Nelson’s home in Oakland, California, through which the FBI first learned of the Soviet effort (code-named ‘Enormous’) to obtain the atomic...
  • Agents of Influence (Some Cold War traitors in World War II and afterwards by Diana West)

    06/06/2013 5:46:02 PM PDT · by neverdem · 9 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 6.6.13 | ROBERT STACY MCCAIN
    <p>Diana West’s new book unravels the lies Americans have been told about Cold War history.</p> <p>There is no statue of Elizabeth Bentley at her alma mater, Vassar College, nor is there any memorial to her at Columbia University, where she received her master’s degree. Bentley’s career as a Communist spy could be the stuff of a Hollywood thriller, complete with a romantic interest in the form of her lover, Soviet intelligence agent Jacob Golos...</p>
  • Author Diana West on Benghazi: ‘It’s what happens when you switch sides openly’ [VIDEO]

    06/06/2013 8:34:17 AM PDT · by don-o · 8 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | May 26, 2013 | Diana West
    Author Diana West says the Obama administration’s attempts to engage with the Islamic world are “very similar” to the “appeasement” policies pursued by Cold War-era presidents towards the Soviet Union. “[The Benghazi attack] is sort of the ideological anomaly, the thing that is not supposed to happen,” West, the author of “American Betrayal,” told The Daily Caller’s Ginni Thomas. “It threatens the whole strategic premise of supporting al Qaeda in Libya — This is what we did to over throw Gaddafi. This doesn’t really seem to have even registered with the Congressmen now investigating…It’s reality, it’s what happens when you...
  • Time to Rediscover America's Truth-Tellers

    05/31/2013 10:52:40 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies ^ | May 31, 2013 | Diana West
    A book called "American Betrayal: The Secret Assault on Our Nation's Character" (St. Martin's Press) shouldn't promise uplift and spiritual renewal. I know. I wrote it. That said, the story of "betrayal" that my new book lays out -- betrayal enabled by a de facto Communist occupation of Washington by American traitors loyal to Stalin, which would solidify in the 1930s under FDR and be covered up by successive U.S. administrations and elites -- is not without inspiration. I am talking about the inspiration of the truth-tellers. "American Betrayal" presents a rewrite of most of World War II and Cold...
  • Author: Soviet agents subverted US in 1930s

    05/26/2013 9:20:34 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 134 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | May 26, 2013 | Ginni Thomas
    Syndicated columnist Diana West says the ultimate conclusion of her new book shocked even her. “Americans have been betrayed … by our leaders going back to FDR’s administration in the 1930s because we were penetrated by Soviet agents to such an extent that our policies and, indeed I argue, our character as a nation was subverted,” she explained in an interview with The Daily Caller’s Ginni Thomas about her book, “American Betrayal: The Secret Assault on Our Nation’s Character.” “I don’t believe we won World War II,” West added. “I believe that we were actually carrying out Soviet strategy due...
  • Warning: You Are About to Read a "Forbidden" Column

    04/05/2013 11:44:55 AM PDT · by kreitzer · 23 replies
    The Death of the Grown-Up ^ | 4/4/2013 | Diana West
    Get ready for the last straw. First, though, I’d like to suggest that anyone reading this column in a local newspaper or news site pat the editor on the back for publishing what in our neo-medieval world of fear amounts to a “forbidden” column. Yup, I am about to say something about the Great Barack Obama Identity/Eligibility Scandal again. I know that this is one rich and urgent topic that doesn’t see the light of day in certain so-called news outlets – and I say that from the experience of watching my own syndicated columns fail to appear when covering...
  • Al Jazeera as Voice of Qatar (as Voice of muslim Brotherhood)

    01/08/2013 4:04:08 PM PST · by bayouranger · 2 replies ^ | 05JAN13 | Diana West
    Before we heard that Al Gore's Current TV had rejected Glenn Beck's The Blaze TV as a buyer for, as Beck put it, "legacy" reasons and selected Al Jazeera as its white knight instead, Fjordman passed along this December 25 Deutche Welle interview with Aktham Suliman, Al Jazeera's former Berlin correspondent. Suliman argues that Al Jazeera's coverage is a policy instrument of its owners the Qataris, who, as he puts it, "tend toward the Muslim Brotherhood." Saudi-investor-funded Al Arabiya TV, on the other hand, is more Salafist. Big difference? Hah -- not when it comes to extending sharia. "Generally speaking,...
  • The Mysterious Case of Obama’s Identity

    08/31/2012 12:18:19 AM PDT · by Kukai · 79 replies ^ | August 30, 2012 | Diana West
    Why has the President spent millions to suppress his ID and who is he really? As President Barack Obama completes four years in office and runs for re-election in November, a majority of Americans – 55% – believe he was born in the United States. However, 20% of Americans do not believe Obama was born in the US, while another 25% aren’t sure where he was born. Never before have so many Americans doubted the fundamental basis of their president’s identity. Why is this so? On one level, the answer is easy given the absence of verifiable bona fides attesting...
  • The Constitution Trumps Islamic Law (Great piece by Diana West)

    09/10/2010 8:47:41 AM PDT · by Mister Ghost · 8 replies
    Diana West ^ | Friday, September 10, 2010 3:57 AM | Diana West
    One answer is because people who do not believe in Allah, from Sarah Palin to Gen. David Petraeus to assorted ministers and rabbis, have succumbed to a specifically Islamic brand of blackmail (the "or else" of violence or other outbreaks of "extremism"), thus accommodating and even lobbying for the uniquely Islamic prohibitions against written, pictorial or symbolic criticism. In so doing, they have also succumbed to the Islamic narrative. That narrative, or rationale, tells us that burning a Quran causes murder and mayhem, putting our troops, our citizens, our cities and our interests at increased risk. In this narrative, the...
  • The "Big Ideas" of Gen. Petraeus (Diana West zings Petraeus of Arabia)

    05/10/2010 11:36:06 AM PDT · by Mister Ghost · 22 replies · 876+ views
    The Death of the Grown-Up ^ | Monday, May 10, 2010 | Diana West
    He did discuss COIN principles, which begin with "securing and serving the people." Not the American people, mind you; but local populations within and of the Islamic world. It is the disastrous vacuousness of COIN doctrine that it ignores the existence of Islamic culture, Islamic law, as I've written many, many times, but it is the disastrous vacuousness of COIN doctrine that now, by the general's telling, influences all US military thinking. Worse than thinking, however, is how COIN doctrine manifests itself in unconscionable rules of engagement predicated on "courageous restraint" as a means, COIN theory goes, to make them...
  • Diana West: Glad McCain didn't become president

    03/03/2010 10:44:15 AM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 106 replies · 1,271+ views
    My brother and I have a running conversation about whether it is a good thing that John McCain didn't become president. We both voted for him, but I decided early on, as much as I oppose every Marx-tinged thing President Obama stands for, I was glad Obama had won and McCain had lost. At least, I was glad McCain had lost. That's because only out of ashes may the phoenix be reborn. The liberal-lite frustrations of a McCain administration would have smoldered on the Right but lit few fires, dampening the possibility of real post-Bush regeneration. From Bush's "compassionate conservatism"...
  • "A Cartoon for a Cartoon" (Attempted Jihad Against Westergaard)

    01/04/2010 3:46:47 PM PST · by GOPGuide · 15 replies · 1,024+ views
    Death of the Grownup ^ | January 04, 2010 | Diana West
    Writing at Brussels Journal today, Thomas Landen brings the attempted assassination of Kurt Westergaard on Friday in Denmark into vivid focus by comparing the horrific moment of crisis -- Westergaard and his five-year-old granddaughter in his steel-reinforced secure room (the bathroom) as the Muslim would-be assassin struck at the door with an axe yelling "blood!" and "revenge!" -- to the well-known scene in "The Shining" when the wife and child of Jack Nicholson cower behind a door as Nicholson strikes at it with an axe yelling, "Heeeere's Johnny!" The piece is aptly titled "Heeeere's Mohammed!" Was this Somali man, dada-esquesly...
  • "Losing" Our Way to Victory (Diana West's Plan Against Jihad)

    01/02/2010 10:45:46 AM PST · by GOPGuide · 31 replies · 1,195+ views
    Death of the Grown Up ^ | October 02, 2009 | Diana West
    Today's column is for all hawkish Americans currently wrestling with looming doubts about the pointlessness of the U.S. mission in Afghanistan and clubbing those doubts down with the much-mentioned perils of leaving Afghanistan to "the terrorists." In short, it's about how to "lose" Afghanistan and win the war. And what war would that be? Since 9/11, the answer to this question has eluded our leaders, civilian and military, but it remains the missing link to a cogent U.S. foreign policy. It is not, as our presidents vaguely invoke, a war against "terrorism," "radicalism" or "extremism"; and it is not, as...
  • Our Iraq Strategy is Now a Tale of "Diminishing Returns"

    08/15/2009 7:02:22 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies · 495+ views ^ | August 14, 2009 | Diana West
    Question for Americans: How can we as a nation even consider using our military for another "surge" in Afghanistan when the "surge" in Iraq has left little more imprint on the sands of Mesopotamia than the receding tide? This, to clarify, is not the antiwar Left writing. I am writing from a pro-military, anti-jihad point of view that has long seen futility in the U.S. nation-building strategy in Iraq, and now sees futility in the rerun in Afghanistan. Problem is, the same blind spot afflicts both strategies: the failure to understand that an infidel nation cannot fight for the soul...
  • Obama's war for socialism. Yes, for socialism

    07/17/2009 5:12:46 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 37 replies · 895+ views
    Jewish World Review ^ | July 17, 2009 | Diana West
    At some point of embittering clarity, Americans will open their eyes to the glaring significance of the Obama era and see the Power Grab Years for what they are. Whether this realization comes in time to stave off the eradication of the United States as we thought we knew it, or whether it comes too late, I predict it will surely come. If it comes in time, the realization that the nation dodged history's bullet will produce massive waves of relief. If it comes too late, the understanding of our fallen state will live on as the lost lore, not...
  • Take a Breath on Iran

    06/21/2009 5:22:09 PM PDT · by ventanax5 · 75 replies · 1,929+ views
    Having been in transit during the start of the Iranian election protests, I've taken a little time to come up to speed on the issue. Scanning English-language (UK) papers in airports, I will say that my initial reaction to the euphoria I saw breaking out all over the West -- especially the US? -- to the obtusely labeled "green" revolution was, Why should we be so happy about Mousavi? When I learned that Mousavi was Mullah Rafsanjani's boy, that A-jad was Mullah Khameini's boy, my wonder deepened, as in: What's the diff? When I read John Bolton's piece at Politico...
  • Rush Limbaugh Is Not the Problem

    03/13/2009 10:19:17 AM PDT · by rmlew · 8 replies · 517+ views ^ | March 13, 2009 | Diana West
    Forced to the ramparts to defend Rush Limbaugh against spurious, low-down attacks from the Obama White House and assorted Obamedia, conservatives, in their understandable zeal to defend a salient voice of conservatism, are letting the real enemy slip away unnamed. Who would that be? The answer is George W. Bush, whose stealthy political legacy stands as taking what is popularly known as "conservatism" on a disastrously leftward lurch. A shocking statement, maybe. But I came to believe long ago -- at some point after the insipid limpness of former President Bush's theories of world democracy, delivered in his second inaugural...
  • What If McCain Had Been Palling Around With a Terrorist? [MUST READ!]

    10/16/2008 11:34:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies · 1,180+ views
    Townhall ^ | October 16, 2008 | Diana West
    We interrupt regular column writing to ... imagine John McCain ahead in the polls. Imagine that McCain had spent the last 20 years in the pews of a white supremacist church that supported an apartheid-like separationism from black people, and also that, until a few months ago, McCain had proudly claimed the church's white racist pastor as his "friend, mentor and pastor" -- even taking the title of his best-selling 2006 memoir from one of this man's sermons. Imagine further that, in the 1990s, McCain had directed foundation funding toward a white-separatist educational program supported by this same pastor. Now...
  • A Day That Will Live In... Accommodating Islam

    09/11/2008 5:17:34 PM PDT · by rmlew · 16 replies · 425+ views ^ | September 11, 2008 | Diana West
    A high school sophomore asked me this week whether Sept. 11 would always be remembered. Would it always be, as she put it, "somber"? Lacking a crystal ball, I have no answer. And, frankly, looking back seven years to that cataclysmic jihadist atrocity, I realize I'm probably not the most dependable prognosticator because never would I have imagined back in 2001 how successful that heinous strike would be in utterly changing us and our world. Blame ignorance, blame cowardice: The strangest effect of 9/11 has been, on balance, an accelerated campaign of accommodation of Islam's law in the West, a...
  • We’re All Children Now?: An adolescent culture (Interview with Diana West)

    07/07/2008 11:24:23 AM PDT · by mojito · 34 replies · 115+ views
    National Review Online ^ | 7/2/2008 | Diana West and Kathryn Jean Lopez
    ‘Once upon a time, in the not too distant past, childhood was a phase, adolescence did not exist and adulthood was the fulfillment of youth’s promise. No more,” Diana West writes in her book, The Death of the Grown-up: How America’s Arrested Development Is Bringing Down Western Civilization. West is worried that “eternal youth” is “fatal” and recently took questions from National Review Online editor Kathryn Lopez. Kathryn Jean Lopez: You note that more adults watch the Cartoon Network than CNN. Surely, you’ve seen Jack Cafferty. Is this really a problem? Diana West: Not if that were the only statistic...
  • We Have a Lot to Learn From 'Over There'

    06/27/2008 6:33:08 PM PDT · by rmlew · 4 replies · 156+ views ^ | June 26, 2008 | Diana West
    As a dutiful American columnist, I should probably be pondering the half-baked presumption behind Barack Obama's bizarre "presidential" seal. Or shaking my head at John McCain's hair-trigger panic over an aide's answer to a question about terrorism's political impact. Or clucking over the irresponsibly childish $300 billion goodie bag -- I mean, mortgage bailout bill -- that just passed in the U.S. Senate. But I can't stop thinking about Europe. No surprise there. I just returned from a swift-moving, fact-finding journey through six European countries. And that tally doesn't even include two side-trips: one to Luxemburg just to buy cheaper...
  • Iraq War Architects Shrug Off Truth

    05/02/2008 5:54:41 PM PDT · by rmlew · 23 replies · 186+ views ^ | May 2, 2008 | Diana West
    So there I was, listening to a few of the major "architects" of the war in Iraq -- Paul Wolfowitz, formerly No. 2 man at the Pentagon under Donald Rumsfeld; Douglas J. Feith, formerly No. 3 man at the Pentagon under Rumsfeld; Peter Rodman, another former senior adviser to Rumsfeld; and Dan Senor, former senior adviser to Paul Bremer of the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA). They had assembled at the Hudson Institute in Washington, D.C., for a discussion of Feith's new book, "War and Decision: Inside the Pentagon at the Dawn of the War on Terrorism," but what they were...
  • Diana West : "The Death of the Grown-Up" (CSPAN2 at 10PM EST Tonight)

    12/01/2007 12:20:03 PM PST · by fkabuckeyesrule · 5 replies · 183+ views
    cspan web site ^ | December 1, 2007 | n/a
    Speech...The Death of the Grown-Up...Heritage Foundation This is one book I'd like to buy. I had trouble finding it at the bookstore. For all you insomniaks (sp?) Ann Coulter is on CSPAN at 1:18 AM.
  • The Death of the Grown-up: How America’s Arrested Development Is Bringing Down Western Civilization

    09/29/2007 7:20:26 AM PDT · by Jimmy Valentine's brother · 71 replies · 274+ views
    Hot Air ^ | 9-28-07 | Michelle Malkin
    Diana West, syndicated colunist for The Washington Times, has written a booke entitled, The Death of the Grown-up: How America’s Arrested Development Is Bringing Down Western Civilization. Hot Air has posted a two part interview of the author by Michelle Malkin. I believe that the interview is worthy of your attention and time and gives us all something to ponder.Michell Malkin Part 1 Interview of Diana West about Death of of the Grown-Up The Death of the Grown-Up, Part 2,
  • Train of thought: A letter to Sen. Arlen Specter (The RINO Way of War)

    07/29/2007 5:35:33 AM PDT · by Virginia Ridgerunner · 16 replies · 774+ views
    Jewish World Review ^ | July 23, 2007 | Diana West
    Dear Sen. Specter: I'm writing today because I didn't get a chance to respond to your parting comment as you left the train last week in Philadelphia. (snip)I introduced myself and offered you that day's column for your reading pleasure. (snip) After you accepted my column on Iraq — an op-ed lamenting the futility of "surge" and "withdrawal" plans in Iraq that fail to address the menace in Iran (and elsewhere) — you read it. (snip) I sat up a little, hoping for a senatorial reaction, but didn't get one. Then again, maybe I did: You turned to another newspaper....
  • West: Why is Bloody Reality Messing up our Fake Peace?

    02/02/2007 1:49:38 PM PST · by cgk · 6 replies · 557+ views ^ | 2-2-07 | Diana West
    Why is bloody reality messing up our fake peace?By Diana WestFriday, February 2, 2007 I've finally discovered what they call "linkage" between the war in Iraq and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. But, instead of seeing any connection between what goes on inside Iraq and that fraudulent "peace process" -- by which the one party wanting "peace" (Israel) is gradually destroyed by the other party using "process" (the Palestinians) -- I see linkage in the overall American approach to the two war zones. Our strategy is identical. In both cases, it is based on a complete and willful suspension of disbelief. It...
  • Connecting the dots on Islam [TROP MY ARSE ALERT]

    07/16/2006 5:28:01 AM PDT · by conservativecorner · 10 replies · 677+ views
    TownHall ^ | July 14, 2006 | Diana West
    I was supposed to go to New York City this week, and found myself making travel arrangements on 7/11, the latest blood-red letter day of jihadist infamy. That was when bombers struck in Bombay, killing more than 200 and wounding more than 700 rush-hour commuters just trying to get home for dinner. I decided to fly. But was that the best (read: safest) way to go? The plot to blow up Manhattan's Holland Tunnel had this same week been "disrupted," as they say, so maybe driving a car before another plot was cooked up was the better bet. But since...
  • Diana West: Appeasing jihadists [anniversary of 7/7]

    07/11/2006 8:49:31 AM PDT · by Tolik · 17 replies · 927+ views
    Washington Times ^ | July 7, 2006 | Diana West
    Just in time for the one-year anniversary of 7/7, a poll conducted for The Times of London indicates that 13 percent of British Muslims believe that the four Islamic suicide bombers who murdered 52 people in London last July should be regarded as "martyrs."With a Muslim population in Britain estimated at 1.6 million, this means that some 208,000 British Muslims regard these killers with what can only be described as a worshipful attitude, which is despicable. But Mother England, it seems, is home to an awful lot of despicable people. One of them, surely, is Anjem Choudary, who made related...
  • A war that isn't (Great Read)

    06/18/2006 6:25:08 PM PDT · by white trash redneck · 39 replies · 1,378+ views
    Washington Times ^ | June 16, 2006 | Diana West
    Discussing the war on "terror" has been endlessly awkward ... never defining the enemy ... don't describe him as an Islamic jihadist in the age-old tradition of Islamic jihadists going back to Muhammad.... without understanding the religious nature of jihad ... there can be no triumph over jihad and ... dhimmitude. There can also be no understanding of the religiously rooted attitudes toward jihad movements ... from tacit ambivalence to wild adulation...... the United States exhausts itself trying to disclaim a connection between Islam and jihad, opening Islamic centers on U.S. military bases ...; treating those same holy texts reverentially...
  • Creeping amnesty

    04/10/2006 11:11:39 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 28 replies · 809+ views ^ | 10 Apr 06 | Diana West
    So there I was, thinking that the only "imminent" threat was the Islamization of the Western world, a historic shift well underway in Europe. Yes, it remained clear that out-of-control immigration in the United States jeopardized the future of our nationhood. But after Sept. 11, the present danger had become creeping sharia: the gradual -- and not so gradual -- acceptance of Islamic law by Western and, therefore, non-Islamic societies. But then came last month's massive, mainly Mexican street protests against border control and in favor of amnesty for illegal aliens, mainly Mexican, who have crossed into this country since...
  • Submission is all in your dhimmitude

    02/13/2006 1:36:12 PM PST · by avile · 11 replies · 541+ views
    jwr ^ | Diana West
    Submission is all in your dhimmitude By Diana West | We need to learn a new word: dhimmitude. I've written about dhimmitude periodically, lo, these many years since Sept. 11, but it takes time to sink in. Dhimmitude is the coinage of a brilliant historian, Bat Ye'or, whose pioneering studies of the dhimmi, populations of Jews and Christians vanquished by Islamic jihad, have led her to conclude that a common culture has existed through the centuries among the varied dhimmi populations. From Egypt and Palestine to Iraq and Syria, from Morocco and Algeria to Spain, Sicily and Greece, from...
  • Submission is all in your dhimmitude

    02/13/2006 5:53:14 AM PST · by Esther Ruth · 13 replies · 532+ views
    :// ^ | Feb. 13, 2006 / 15 Shevat, 5766 | Diana West
    Jewish World Review Feb. 13, 2006 / 15 Shevat, 5766 Submission is all in your dhimmitude By Diana West | We need to learn a new word: dhimmitude. I've written about dhimmitude periodically, lo, these many years since Sept. 11, but it takes time to sink in. Dhimmitude is the coinage of a brilliant historian, Bat Ye'or, whose pioneering studies of the dhimmi, populations of Jews and Christians vanquished by Islamic jihad, have led her to conclude that a common culture has existed through the centuries among the varied dhimmi populations. From Egypt and Palestine to Iraq and Syria,...
  • The Pope's Unexploded Bombshell

    01/23/2006 2:55:55 AM PST · by Tom D. · 42 replies · 2,268+ views ^ | January 23, 2006 | Diana West
    The Pope's Unexploded BombshellJan 23, 2006by Diana West Remember when word came down from the Vatican that Pope John Paul II had watched Mel Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ" and liked it? The anonymously sourced story sparked a media firestorm around the globe as reporters sought confirmation of the papal equivalent of two thumbs up. "It is as it was," we later learned the pope supposedly said. Which sounded like the perfect biblical movie blurb; but did the pontiff actually utter the words? After some non-clarifying retractions from the Vatican, it was ultimately hard to say for sure --...