David Horowitz and Ben Johnson document the remarkable inability of the radical left to reevaluate their histories (May 4, 2005).
In contrast to Sheer and Jensen, Horowitz/Johnson know their history – you really have to read the whole thing to appreciate the contrast between sloppy and careful:
Robert Jensen vibrantly illustrated the mindset of Americaâ€™s fifth column Left when he wrote, â€œThe United States has lost the war in Iraq, and that’s a good thing.â€ Jensen and his fellow ideologues do not wish for â€œpeaceâ€ but the triumph of Americaâ€™s enemies. Yesterday, L.A. Times columnist Robert Scheer extended this animus 30 years into the past, exulting over Americaâ€™s lone military defeat in South Vietnam. â€œSometimes it is better to lose,â€ Scheer wrote in his latest broadside against reality and human decency, entitled, â€œOur Loss was Our Gain in Vietnam.â€
…How can a man so innocent of the history of his own era and so complicit in its crimes be a powerful columnist at one of Americaâ€™s most important newspapers, not to mention a professor at USCâ€™s Annenberg School of Communications? (And what does that tell you about the times we live in?)
Scheer began his career with a 1961 book defending Fidel Castro and was the Cuban dictatorâ€™s chosen publisher of ChÃ© Guevaraâ€™s diaries. Scheerâ€™s history of support for Communist revolutionaries (not nationalists or pragmatists) stretches back 40 years and began with his Cuban romance.
… So Scheer is well aware that Communism was a messianic creed and an imperialist enterprise and one that the North Vietnamese Communists shared. But acknowledging this would prevent him from writing yet another column (he has written them before) on how it would be good thing for America to lose its wars with totalitarian enemies. But this is the very column that Scheer has been writing for the last three years about Americaâ€™s war against the Islamic totalitarians in Iraq â€“ another nation in which French self-interest left the United States to take care of a murderous autocrat they kept in power. Plus Ã§a changeâ€¦.
I recently finished reading David Horowitz’s “Unholy Alliance : Radical Islam and the American Left”. I hope to write a review soon – this is an excellent analysis of how the radical left have evolved from supporting Soviet socialism to supporting Saddam Hussein and Islamic extremists.