From the Cold War to the Terror War

Dr. Paul Kengor is professor of political science at Grove City College and executive director of The Center for Vision & Values. His books include "The Crusader: Ronald Reagan and the Fall of Communism" and "Dupes: How America’s Adversaries Have Manipulated Progressives for a Century."


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Kengor: If you had a classroom of college seniors, and they could read only one or two of the interviews in this book, which would they be, and why?

Glazov: Buckley’s and Horowitz’s mentioned above. The interviews illuminate the lie that lies at the heart of the socialist fairy tale and illuminate why that lie engenders mass murder and misery wherever its earthly incarnation occurs.

Kengor: I’m partial to the interview with Harvey Klehr and John Earl Haynes, which I cited in my most recent book. Summarize what they told you, and especially their views on the scandalous neglect of vital Cold War history-neglected by our “scholars” in the academy.

Glazov: Harvey Klehr and John Earl Haynes have produced the evidence that proves, beyond reasonable doubt, the malicious and vicious nature of our communist enemy in the Cold War and the treacherous role that myriad progressives in the West played in it. These are the leftists in the West who reached their hand out in solidarity to aid and abet the Soviet evil. Klehr and Haynes, for instance, have proven the case of Alger Hiss and of many others, but the Left refuses to accept the empirical evidence and to issue any mea culpa. The Left remains, with shamelessness and shamefulness, as Klehr and Haynes title one of their priceless works, In Denial.

Kengor: There’s an anti-anti-communism at work here, is there not? What would your late father have thought about this “scholarly” negligence?

Glazov: Yes, it is an anti-anti-communism. For leftists, the commitment to socialism is the priority-and truth can and must be sacrificed on the altar of that commitment, just like the millions of human beings that socialism has extinguished can be as well. The top calling for leftists is to impose historical amnesia on the mass murder and misery that their ideas have produced. That way it is easier to repeat the mass murder and misery all over again.

Kengor: Anything else you’d like to add?

Glazov: Showdown With Evil will help readers crystallize the malicious impulses that rest in the hearts of not just jihadis, but in the hearts of the self-styled progressives in the West who purport to care for humanitarian and progressive values, when in fact their entire agenda is to destroy true humanitarian and progressive values. In arming themselves with this knowledge, readers will also be able to equip themselves with the intellectual weapons they need to take a stand for the freedoms our enemies are so relentlessly working on taking away from us.

Kengor: Dr. Jamie Glazov, you’re fearless. Thanks for fighting for truth and against totalitarianism.

Glazov: Thank you, I try to fight for the truth, for freedom, and for the real heroes of liberty that are persecuted by despots or are today imprisoned and tortured by them. The real fearless warriors in this world are individuals such as Vladimir Bukovsky and Armando Valladares, Hirsi Ali and Geert Wilders. I can only dream of being equipped with the courage and nobility that such titans possess. They are our examples. And they remind us that it is a lie if anyone ever says that this is a world without heroes.

- Dr. Jamie Glazov is an editor at FrontPageMagazine.com. His new book is Showdown With Evil: Our Struggle Against Terror and Terror. Dr. Paul Kengor is professor of political science at Grove City College and executive director of The Center for Vision & Values. His latest book is Dupes: How America’s Adversaries Have Manipulated Progressives for a Century.

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  • Chezwick_Mac

    Good stuff Jamie. We're all proud of the work you're doing.

    As for Bill Buckley, he certainly WAS a titanic figure in the public articulation of the conservative narrative, but there is something I'd like to share about the man…

    I once watched a symposium on the causes of the collapse of the Soviet Union and Buckley was one of the panelists. The consensus reached by the panel – and he fully concurred – was that the impetus for the collapse was entirely internal and that Reagan received undeserved credit. I was stunned.

    We all know the Soviet Union was rotting on the inside and – economically at least, it was a failed state. But the Soviets were in a position (militarily) to intimidate the West (particularly Germany) into loaning it sufficient sums to stave off economic collapse. At the time of the collapse, the Soviets owed German banks $40 billion, a tidy sum in 1991 and one that surely would have risen dramatically over ensuing years.

    Reagan's challenge to the Soviets was in three principle arenas: 1) ideological (the "evil empire", the "ash heap of history", "Mr Gorbachev, tear down this wall") ; 2) military (the MX, SDI, and an across-the-board defense build up); 3) geo-political (support for anti-Soviet guerrillas in Angola, Afghanistan, Cambodia and Nicaragua).

    These policies were – in my mind – instrumental in unraveling the Soviet empire. What was Bill Buckley thinking?

  • http://www.mysapce.com/freddawes1776/ Fred Dawes

    we have many enemies, mexico and china and the so called former USSR and we can do nothing but watch this evil inside our own nation; after all look at our so called government it will always sided with our enemies,and it is about the ideals of right against evil and it is about people who love evil and people who hate evil doers.