Spitting on Howard Zinn’s Grave?


The other day a reporter from NPR called me and asked me for my comments on the death of the lifelong Stalinist and propagandist Howard Zinn. I was a little reluctant because I knew that whatever I said, legions of unscrupulous myrmidons on the left would jump on it and say I had spit on Zinn’s grave. I also knew that while I was interviewed for ten minutes, out of what I said only a 20 second sound-bite would make it onto the air. I don’t begrudge NPR this selection. That’s what their obit was and would have to be, a collection of sound-bites.

Sure enough the bottom-feeders at FAIR pounced on my bite and accused me of spitting on Zinn’s grave. So here’s what I said that was cut from the interview. I’m not putting quotes around it because it’s from memory, but it’s pretty close to some of my remarks and captures the sense of others:  No one should celebrate the death of another human being unless they are child-molesters or murderers. Howard Zinn lived to a ripe old age (87), and bad human being that he was, I wouldn’t begrudge him an extra few years; he’s done about as much damage as he could.

Howard Zinn was a Stalinist in the years when the Marxist monster was slaughtering millions of innocent people and launching his own ‘final solution’ against the Jews. Put another way, Howard Zinn was helping Stalin to conduct those slaughters and to enslave  all those who had the misfortune to live behind the Iron Curtain.  Howard never had second thoughts about his commitment to leftwing totalitarians and never flagged in his political commitment to freedom’s enemies. In the years since Stalin’s death, Zinn supported every enemy of the United States in every war, and devoted his writing talents to every socialist tyrant including Mao Zedong who killed 70 million Chinese in peacetime because they got in the way of his progressive agendas.

When the Cold War was over and freedom had won — thanks to all the political forces and figures (e.g., Reagan and Thatcher) that Zinn opposed – Zinn continued his malignant course. He supported America’s enemies right to the end including the Islamic Nazis whose first agenda is to finish the job that Hitler started and then to impose a totalitarian theocracy on the infidel world.

Zinn’s wretched tract, A People’s History of the United States, is worthless as history, and it is a national tragedy that so many Americans have fallen under its spell. It is a political cartoon which even the socialist magazine Dissent described as an intellectual fraud, which it is. All Zinn’s writing was directed to one end: to indict his own country as an evil state and soften his countrymen up for the kill. Like his partner in crime, Noam Chomsky, Zinn’s life’s work was a pernicious influence on the young and ignorant, with destructive consequences for people everywhere.

Editor’s Note: Click here for more of NRB’s coverage of Howard Zinn’s death. Click here for a collection of NRB’s coverage of the recent Zinn-inspired documentary “The People Speak.”

UPDATE: David Horowitz has decided that he came down a bit too harshly on Zinn. The above text is revised to remove the description of Zinn as a “wicked man.” For an explanation click here.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/bubba4 bubba4

    Spit on Horowitz's grave? Of course not…I only said he was a anti-american, zionist who spent his life trying to destroy America with propaganda and red scare nonsense. So how could anyone take it that way?

    • cochavi1

      I just read the 'compilation' of your post. Your comments say all we need to know about you. BTW, Zinn was real, he was anti-American too. Jew-haters like you try to spin everything off into Israel, Zionism, etc. What you're saying is that Horowitz is unacceptable because, as a Jew, he cares about Israel.

      Again, the filth in your soul comes shouting out of your comments.

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/Rifleman Rifleman

      Red scare nonsense? The soviet archives and Venona made fools of you and zinn over a decade and a half ago and you still haven't figured it out.

  • Mark Gray

    I want to pour a bottle of Scotch over his grave, but first I'll strain it through my kidneys. This dirtbag and many like him worked very hard to discredit America, and everything it has stood for. This scumbag and his Ilk tried to defeat America in the Viet Nam War. We never lost a battle over there but this dirtbag got to the American people and through the government the Troops got the shaft.

    58,479 Soldiers preceeded this bastard in death just to give him the freedom to try to destroy this country. Spitting on his grave is too good for him.

    Any volunteers I will buy the Scotch.

    RVN: 66-67

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/Stephen_Brady Stephen_Brady

      Mark, I'll join you.

      RVN: 68-69

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/bubba4 bubba4

      You guys just love America like babies love their momma. When you can see and acknowledge everything America is and has done for good or for ill, then you might start loving America like an adult.

      Leave to you and FPM to start deciding who's free speech is worthy of the sacrifice of our military. And I would remind Horowitz…no one has bothered to build a "Discover the Network" page somewhere decrying your work because you're not important enough. You probably won't be remembered at all.

      • http://intensedebate.com/people/Stephen_Brady Stephen_Brady

        I love America because it is an exceptional nation. I love America because I have a stake in her, having defended her with my life. And, I love America because I've seen the rest of the world, and know the true beauty of what we have here.

        It might be worth noting, to you, that David has the right of free speech, also. Included in that right is the right to criticize the life's work of someone with you disagree.

        The rest of your post is simply an ad hominem against David, and not worth noting.

  • Karim

    Bubba,
    they dont love America.They love the feeling of loving something.Thats what unloved people generally do.

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/Rifleman Rifleman

      I can't weewy wuv her, tause I dwon't tawk twash abowt her.
      Awww I'm so wonwy.

      • karim

        Right now I am laughting at you,not because of you.

        • http://intensedebate.com/people/Rifleman Rifleman

          As if I really care. I doubt you're capable of laughing with me anyway. I just wish I could remember all the words to "I'm so wonwy."

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/Stephen_Brady Stephen_Brady

      My wife, my six children, and my four grandchildren might be surprised to find out that they don't have any love for me. As I stated earlier, I have a stake in this beautiful, exceptional country. These people are part of the triad of God, family, and country that I was willing to put my life on the line for, forty years ago in Vietnam.

      In May of 1969, in Delta Co/2cd Battalion/501st Parachute Infantry Rgt, I put it all on the line for everything that I believed in. No matter what anyone else was fighting for, I fought for the love of God, family, and country.

      Are you willing to die for what you believe in? Since your name is Karim, I assume that you are a Muslim. Would you die for Allah?

      Don't lecture us about "love" until you are willing to make the ultimate sacrifice.

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