RE: Theos-World To the Anti-War Demonstrators
Oct 01, 2001 08:25 PM
Patriotism...Nationalism.... The anti-thesis of theosophy.
Fortunately MOST of the youth see through MOST of it.
Are you for or against the War with China fought in Afghanistan?
Novus ordo seclorum
From: Michele Lidofsky [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Tuesday, 2 October 2001 6:28 AM
Subject: Theos-World To the Anti-War Demonstrators
Here's an interesting essay currently being run in campus
newspapers by former Marxist organizer David Horowitz:
An Open Letter to the "Anti-War" Demonstrators: Think Twice
Before You Bring The War Home By David Horowitz
FrontPageMagazine.com | September 27, 2001
I AM a former anti-war activist who helped to organize the
first campus demonstration against the war in Vietnam at the
University of California, Berkeley in 1962. I appeal to all
those young people who participated in "anti-war"
demonstrations on 150 college campuses this week, to think
again and not to join an "anti-war" effort against America’s
coming battle with international terrorism.
The hindsight of history has shown that our efforts in the
1960s to end the war in Vietnam had two practical effects. The
first was to prolong the war itself. Every testimony by North
Vietnamese generals in the postwar years has affirmed that they
knew they could not defeat the United States on the
battlefield, and that they counted on the division of our
people at home to win the war for them. The Vietcong forces we
were fighting in South Vietnam were destroyed in 1968. In other
words, most of the war and most of the casualties in the war
occurred because the dictatorship of North Vietnam counted on
the fact Americans would give up the battle rather than pay the
price necessary to win it. This is what happened. The blood of
hundreds of thousands of Vietnamese, and tens of thousands of
Americans, is on the hands of the anti-waractivists who
prolonged the struggle and gave victory to the Communists.
The second effect of the war was to surrender South Vietnam to
the forces of Communism. This resulted in the imposition of a
monstrous police state, the murder of hundreds of thousands of
innocent South Vietnamese, the incarceration in "re-education
camps" of hundreds of thousands more, and a quarter of a
century of abject poverty imposed by crackpot Marxist economic
plans, which continue to this day. This, too, is the
responsibility of the so-called anti-war movement of the 1960s.
I say "so-called anti-war movement," because while many
Americans were sincerely troubled by America’s war effort, the
organizers of this movement were Marxists and radicals who
supported a Communist victory and an American defeat. Today the
same people and their youthful followers are organizing the
campus demonstrations against America’s effort to defend its
citizens against the forces of international terrorism and
anti-American hatred, responsible for the September attacks.
I know, better than most, the importance of protecting freedom
of speech and the right of citizens to dissent. But I also know
better than most, that there is a difference between honest
dissent and malevolent hate, between criticism of national
policy, and sabotage of the nation’s defenses. In the 1960s and
1970s, the tolerance of anti-American hatreds was so high, that
the line between dissent and treason was eventually erased.
Along with thousands of other New Leftists, I was one who
crossed the line between dissent and actual treason. (I have
written an account of these matters in my autobiography,
Radical Son). I did so for what I thought were the noblest of
reasons: to advance the cause of "social justice" and "peace."
I have lived to see how wrong I was and how much damage we did
– especially to those whose cause we claimed to embrace, the
peasants of Indo-China who suffered grievously from our support
for the Communist enemy. I came to see how precious are the
freedoms and opportunities afforded by America to the poorest
and most humble of its citizens, and how rare its virtues are
in the world at large.
If I have one regret from my radical years, it is that this
country was too tolerant towards the treason of its enemies
within. If patriotic Americans had been more vigilant in the
defense of their country, if they had called things by their
right names, if they had confronted us with the seriousness of
our attacks, they might have caught the attention of those of
us who were well-meaning but utterly misguided. And they might
have stopped us in our tracks.
This appeal is for those of you who are out there today
attacking your country, full of your own self-righteousness,
but who one day might also live to regret what you have done.
David Horowitz is editor-in-chief of FrontPageMagazine.com and
president of the Center for the Study of Popular Culture.
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