Author Diana West delivered an address at the Center for Security Policy's National Security Action Summit, the core assertion of which has been largely ignored in the media and academia since Sept. 11, 2001.
West argued, consistent with her bombshell "American Betrayal," that America's whitewashing of Islamic supremacism -- reflected in George W. Bush's calling Islam a "religion of peace" in the aftermath of Sept. 11, the Obama administration line that the Islamic State "is not Islamic" and the official public separation of Islam from jihad and sharia law -- parallels what occurred during and after World War II in America's treatment of Communism and the Soviet Union.
Just as today's opinion makers seek to divorce Islam from its impact -- for example brutal conquest, forced conversion, religiously-sanctioned sex slavery, beheadings -- past opinion makers worked equally hard to divorce communism from its impact -- for example, brutal conquest, forced collectivization, concentration camps or gulags, mass murder.
And this worked.
...Unlike Nazism, Communism has never been judged guilty or even held responsible for the carnage and suffering it has caused. On the contrary, it remains a source of liberal, statist ideas, such as Obamacare.
She continued [link ours]:
This double standard [of rejecting Nazism but not repudiating Communism in toto] not only enables collectivist policies to strangle our remnant republic, but also explains why American college students can find a drink called 'Leninade' emblazoned with a hammer and sickle for sale...at the University of Maryland.
It's also why very expensive silk screens of Warhol's "Chairman Mao," history's top mass murderer, are sought after items in the homes of the wealthy. There are no such trendy portraits of Hitler, and who would want one? Who would want to swing a bottle of 'Hitler Pop' emblazoned with a swastika?
...Not only does the stench of death not follow the Communist murder cult, the brand lives.
Barring a tsunami of common sense, I'm predicting that Islam, the brand, will remain separate in the public mind from the violence and repression it causes and has caused for more than a millennium. That's certainly the direction that leaders from both political parties have been relentlessly herding us in for over a decade -- insisting against all reason, insisting against all sacred Islamic texts, that Islam is peace.
[sharequote align="center"]"Islam...will remain separate in the public mind from the violence and repression it causes"[/sharequote]
Thus, while contending with this cycle of expansionist jihad -- a recurrence that should be familiar to us from Islamic history, were it too not subject to whitewash -- we must simultaneously withstand a campaign of lies designed to subvert our understanding of how Islam in fact has everything to do with beheadings, and other violence, both in the Islamic world, and now in the West; and, why more than a decade of nation-building counterinsurgencies in Afghanistan and Iraq were doomed from the start.
Noting the parallels in the official public treatment of Communism during World War II:
[S]uch whitewashing has happened before...Americans were introduced to "Uncle Joe" Stalin. We were told that Communism had changed; that Moscow wanted only secure borders. We were told you might say, "Communism is peace."
...At the end of World War II, yes, Hitler's 12-year reich was destroyed, but Stalin's evil empire had engorged fully half of Europe. "Communism is peace" brainwashed people were stunned. But the American people were told we won the good war of liberty over tyranny and we have celebrated ever since.
Whitewashing follows whitewashing so also obscured was the transformation Communism wrought here at home, where agents of influence, fellow travelers and dupes worked to advance Moscow's will just as Soviet tanks and agents too imposed it abroad.
West goes on to recount the numerous examples of Soviet infiltration in the highest levels of the federal government that were largely overshadowed in the history books, or neglected altogether, in favor of focus on the "Red Scare," which she views as analogous to the focus today on "Islamophobes" over Islamic supremacists themselves. The counterjihadist author noted:
Islam's prophet Muhammad is exempt from criticism, a key point of Islamic law, just as Joseph Stalin used to be, a rule of the Communist police state. Islam's history of repression too is off limits to strategic planners, just as Communism's once was as well. "Mustn't offend the Russians," went the World War II era mantra against red-baiting. "Mustn't offend Muslims," is the mantra against Islamophobia, so-called, today.
In this way, these belief systems, both hostile to our Constitutional liberties remain protected by silence. This silence has already cost hundreds of thousands of American lives in our time. It started right after 9/11 as soon as President Bush declared Islam was a "religion of peace," officially delinking Islam from specifically Islamic jihad. Official policy to this day absolves Islam of jihad, and most recently absolves Islam of the jihadists known as the Islamic State.
...This "see-no-Islam" policy has also been the deeply flawed basis of 13 years of nation-building failure in Iraq and Afghanistan under the sorry banner of counterinsurgency or COIN doctrine.
West argues that America would have avoided these foreign policy failings had it dealt with the world openly, honestly and truthfully -- had America not remained silent [link ours]:
I maintain it would have been widely seen as utter nonsense, had Islam and its law, Islam and jihad, Islam and dhimmitude, been under open consideration, rather than tightly under wraps. Instead, the last two presidents sent Americans to die for nations whose Constitutions, written with America support, enshrined sharia: Islamic law.
You can watch Diana West's speech in full below beginning at around 2:16:
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