High Noon for America: The Coming Showdown

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


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Conservative books are not a rare commodity in an election season, but most such books tackle a single subject or area. Some can be very good but have a narrow focus that they follow through along its path. That is not the case with High Noon for America: The Coming Showdown from Jamie Glazov which brings together some of the symposia that he has overseen through the years into a collection that deals with many of the larger issues that confront our civilization.

Here deep thinkers like Richard Pipes, Robert Spencer, Michael Ledeen, Vladimir Bukowsky, Tawfik Hamid, Nonie Darwish and Nancy Kobrin discuss some of the really big ideas, many of which are too big for even a single book, and yet manage to fit neatly and compactly into this small volume.

The trick is the mechanism of the symposium which brings together different views from very different thinkers into a format which allows for the clash of ideas and the synthesis of conclusions. Rather than advocating a single thesis, High Noon for America just as often offers a variety of perspectives; angles of light out of a window overlooking the edge of time.

The contributors include historians and dissidents, activists and architects of foreign policy, bridging the gap between the grass roots and the ivory tower for lively and stimulating discussions on everything from Communism and Islamism to radical politics and the future of the United States. These are weighty issues and they come with weighty perspectives. In assembling this volume, Glazov did not simply zero in on the cutting edge issues, as it would have been very easy to do, but has assembled symposia with an eye to the widest perspective, rather than the most immediate trending topic.

In High Noon for America the sun is clearly setting and yet the slowness of its descent allows the reader to join the assembled personalities in an upholstered chair to ponder its bloody rays and the darkness that may follow in its wake. Casting a look back at the past, some of the men who helped define the 20th Century, including Natan Sharansky and Richard Pipes, sift through the history that brought us here, while the visionaries of the future, including Robert Spencer and Michael Ledeen, confront the perilous future with equal boldness and courage. And we, who dangle on the strings of the present moment between the past and the future, can only watch and learn.

We can only admire the foresight of Robert Spencer when, in a symposium taking place during the Libyan War, he says, “Obama has affirmed his support for ‘the universal rights of the Libyan people,’ including ‘the rights of peaceful assembly, free speech, and the ability of the Libyan people to determine their own destiny,’ but he has never specified who in Libya is working to uphold and defend those rights.” This would indeed prove to be the sticking point of this humanitarian intervention, as it has of so many other humanitarian interventions in the past.

Or how, when Kenneth Levin in a symposium on Geert Wilders discusses the Oslo Syndrome and mentions the process by which populations embrace “the indictments of their enemies, however bigoted or absurd or murderous those indictments” and “delude themselves that by doing so, and promoting concomitant self-reform and concessions, their enemies will be appeased and grant them peace”, so that a connection is formed between two wars on two battlefields of the soul against the same enemy.

There are moments that penetrate to the core of our social malaise, as when Dr. Hollander states, “The 60s left behind a huge subculture of mutually supportive people. Rather than interested in political soul searching, they have been determined to salvage or eulogize their youthful idealism.”

And there are moments that penetrate the mind of the enemy, as when Dr. Nancy Kobrin observes that, “Having grown up under a death threat, Albahri merely turns the tables to decree a death threat. She has identified with her aggressors by becoming one. She is a willing executioner in this tsunami of genocidal hatred,” and through her powerful words we can see the shape of the mind of the enemy in the war for tomorrow.

There are few easy answers to be found in High Noon for America, and the answers that can be found there require more of us than simple solutions would. There are barbed debates here and quiet discussions, but even when they end, they remain unfinished, acknowledging that the issues they delve into are too big for answers, only for the observations that we read and share in.

We may have defeated the Soviet Union, but even that victory has its ambiguities in the pages of “High Noon for America” and the battles of tomorrow that shift from the KGB agent to the Jihadist operative, from the fellow traveler and the useful idiot to the Professor of Islamic Studies and the campus activist, are the portents of an even more ambiguous and difficult future. And yet in these symposia that Jamie Glazov has moderated and now curated, the battle of ideas is a vivid reminder that the mind may be the ultimate weapon in any war.

Some of the participants of Glazov’s symposia are no longer with us, but their ideas and words still live on in the pages of High Noon for America, warning, cautioning and enlightening us on the road ahead and the road left behind in this moment when the sun hangs in the sky and the battle waits to be fought.

War has always been a part of human history and the organizing of conflicts by ideology has elevated war from a battlefield of blood and metal, to a debate over the merits of ideas and the place of man in the universe. It is this war that High Noon for America tackles, looking back to the past and forward to the future, lingering over the people and personalities whose ideas influenced our history and inspiring us to assemble our own ideas for the battles ahead.

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  • aspacia

    Good analysis Greenfield.

  • Schlomotion

    You could read this book. Or you could read a sensible book like Strategic Vision: America and the Crisis of Global Power by Zbigniew Brzezinski, a guy who concocted a key element of the USSR's defeat, and who can actually analyze politics. On the one hand, you have a guy who performs live anti-Islamic infomercials in rental facilities, and on the other hand you have the former National Security Advisor of the United States.

    What are the Canadian Mr. Glazov's qualifications to lecture on the global import of Islam and the fictitious future confrontation with Muslims on American soil? None. So he has amassed a line-up of Israelis and a bunch of wannabe Cold-War analysts to do it. He has included the document forger and America disloyalist Michael Ledeen, a terrorist consultant who needs to manufacture the specter of terrorism in order to stay paid as an advisor.

    Mr. Glazov is a man with insufficient brain power, trying to make use of a bunch of crippled and sidelined neocons to rake in some of that Bernard Lewis money.

    • 0.57721

      "filth-in-motion"? An unimportant nobody – he writes silly screeds that affect no one to do anything – he makes too little money to meaningfully do anything other than uselessly bloviate – plus,he is an antisemitic pile of pig vomit … other than that he is ok ….

      well … not really …

    • H. Geschichtemann

      Part I of 2:

      I was reading Zbigniew Brzezinski before Jimmy Carter discovered him and used him as his answer to Henry Kissinger. At first I thought that he was a very prescient scholar. Over the years, however, I have decided that Z.B. is not, in fact, particularly open to having his opinions influenced by hard facts. Granted, it has been some years since I paid any attention to him, but the few comments I have heard from him do not suggest a significant change.

      As to his role in bringing down the Soviet Union, well … I clearly remember him thundering over every available airwave to the effect that Ronald Reagan was a war-mongering lunatic who was going to get us all killed and that what we really had to do was reconcile ourselves to the permanence of the USSR and adopt a more conciliatory position toward them. How is it, exactly, that he helped bring them down?

    • H. Geschichtemann

      Part 2 of 2:

      As to Jamie Glazov's qualifications …

      1) It sounds as if he is the compiler, not the author, of a book of well-recognized authorities.

      2) If you listen only to those with "credentials," you will deprive yourself of a great deal of valuable information. My dissertation professor (whose doctorate was from Harvard) once observed to me that most of the fools he had ever known had Harvard Ph.D.'s.

      3) Reliance on "credentials" is an admission that you lack the critical capabilities to sort through information to determine what is valid. Based on experience and corroboration of his information, I have developed considerable respect for Mr. Glazov.

      • Schlomotion

        3) I disagree, as any man might break out of an insane asylum and begin teaching a political science class.

  • Touchstone

    Brzezinski is a sharp-minded analyst, no doubt. I've been meaning to check out that book of his you mentioned. Unfortunately, he's also wickedly anti-Israel, which makes me wonder how tendentious the policy prescriptions in his book would be. I can't get it out of my mind that, when recently asked about the prospect of Israeli fighter jets crossing Iraq's airspace en route to Iran's nuclear sites, he gleefully recommended confronting them in the air and shooting them down, adding that Americans aren't "impotent little babies". I'm not aware of any other major pundit advocating the killing of Israelis to further U.S. security, all the while maintaining the pretense that Israel is an "ally". He obviously harbors enmity towards Israel, and possibly Jews, which doesn't mean he's not a brilliant thinker and an important voice, but it does make him come across as stone-cold and calculating, and calls into question his "strategic visions" and what they might portend for a certain faraway country and a particular domestic constituency. I've heard him say vaguely supportive things about Israel as well, but in light of that one harsh remark, I'm wondering whether I could read an entire book of his without suspecting him of ulterior motives, even if I found nothing objectionable in it.

    • Touchstone

      Sorry for the double posting.

    • Schlomotion

      "I'm wondering whether I could read an entire book of his without suspecting him of ulterior motives, even if I found nothing objectionable in it."

      I felt the same way about Liberty and Tyranny: A Conservative Manifesto by Mark Levin. I was sure that that book was going to be an intensely popular Neoconservative repackaging of American libertarianism. I was relieved, but disappointed to find that it was not a manifesto at all, but a dull treatise against Utopianism.

      • Touchstone

        Do you second Brzezinski's motion to shoot down Israeli fighter jets? If you answer in the affirmative, would you endorse doing the same if the country (and circumstances) in question were any other, even allies like Britain or Canada? How meaningful is the term "ally" if your answers to the above is yes?

        • Touchstone

          oops… pardon my grammar…

        • Schlomotion

          Israel has no problem shooting up our intelligence vessels, though it maintains it was an accident. I am imagining a 7,725 ton Rachel Corrie flying an American flag that accidentally gets run over, here. But that is simply a moral backdrop. Intellectually speaking, in matters of war, if the US says "don't fly over our airspace" and a country does, then we may need to shoot it down. Israel likes to test our patience. They always hedge bet that they won't get wheeled on, because AIPAC does a really good job routing the bribes and the press is always telling them that there will be repercussions for going against Israel's wishes. In that sense, I think it was good to let them know that we would shoot them down if they pull a fast one. I imagine your average teenage IDF soldier makes these kinds of threats every day over matters not of national import. Israel provoking a counterattack on all of our military bases in the region is a more serious matter.

          There are a lot of things one can say an "ally" should not do. It is my opinion, not an uncommon one, that Israel does not act like a good ally to the United States, but rather as a bitter brinksman, a base-stealer, and a scuttler of peace deals. You have to know that that's a widely held held view. We can pretend it's a fringe view, but then what reassurance is the pretense? Yes I believe the same judgment should be in place if we do our favorite rhetorical thing and "replace Israel" with Canada or Britain.

  • Marty

    This title is on my reading list. We need similar books to remind those who value western civilization, human freedom, and democracy that we are in a relentless struggle with evil – islamic imperialism and the imposition of barbaric sharia law. The United States saved the world from a new dark age by defeating communism and fascism. It is the only country in the world that has the capability of blunting muslim savagery. Hopefully, more and more people will recognize that islam and the West have no room to compromise. This struggle is clearly between those who wish to enslave the human race and those who desire to preserve individual dignity.

    • WilliamJamesWard

      It will be a fight that will necessitate waking up our youth to the fact the World is not
      Sessamie Street and those who have not grown up and became Democrats, leftists, Marxists
      and fawns of Islam must be brought to a decision, America first or leave……………..Willam

  • pierce

    It is well past High Noon, closer to 5PM, and I am fairly sure Obama is thinking it is time for the gun fight at the Okay Coral, and it is. Americans wake up.
    It it is time to say bye bye Barack, he opened that door last night, let us close it.

    • dmw

      Let us push him thru — and then close it. The question is: How can we put a lock on it? Perhaps we can never immunize ourselves from Commandante Sub Zero types.

  • chowching259

    Membership in Alcoholic Anonymous is down; many of its members have found their cure by joining a Mosque. Females with a drinking problem are now marrying a radical Muslim; they get a beating if they even sniff a beer. Fat ladies have found the quickest way to lose weight is to accept Islam, their Wahhabi men friends only allow small portions of goat meat and a sip of camel’s milk. A bad beating for breaking Sharia Law has been found to cure all drug and alcohol addictions.

    • Daniel

      Singapore executes all persons trafficking and using illegal drugs. Why have our modern Leftists not embraced this draconian measure the way they have enabled the big stick of Sharia Law?

  • Daniel

    Jamie Glazov is the single most astute commentator in the US on the modern nihilistic movement that goes by the name of modern progessivism. Glazov is the son of a persecuted Soviet dissident who grew up in Canada. Glazov has an acute understanding of the nihilistic psychology that gave rise to the Communist century in Russia and as such is completely qualified to comment on this development in the West.
    Why would "progressive" liberals embrace Islam which is antithetical in a militant way to everything the progressive's stand for?
    Because they are about the suicide of a culture. Dostoevsky, the great literary prophet, understood this 130 years ago. Solzhenitsyn also warned us. Glazov knows all of this because he comes from their tradition.
    If you have ears to hear…..then hear it.

  • Omar

    The United States of America is the beacon of democracy and freedom for the world. In America's 200+ years, it has created a Constitution and Bill of Rights (and subsequent amendments) that has promoted democracy and freedom among the citizens (as well as inspired other freedom-loving countries to create something similar to the constitution), led a movement to abolish slavery in the country, expanded westward to give people new opportunities, welcomed immigrants from different places around the world, campaigned for full civil rights and voting rights (suffrage) for all of its citizens (regardless of characteristics), fought in every war and major conflict against injustice, tyranny and despotic regimes (from King George III's Britain to Santa Ana's Mexico to our own Civil War against the Confederacy and slavery to colonial Spain to the Central Powers in World War I to the fascist Axis Powers in World War II to the Communists in the Cold War and to the Islamists in the War on Terror). In virtually all of those conflicts, the United States and democracy emerged victorious Like any society, America is not perfect. But America has always supported freedom in the country and around the world. We need to defend America and its democratic freedom-loving values against the totalitarian, imperialist forces that are trying to destroy our democratic system. It is time for America and its allies (Britain, Israel and the rest of the free world) to confront and defeat the unholy alliance of radical leftists and the Islamists. God Bless America!