Wednesday, October 07, 2015
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After the US embraced its "noble ally,"  the Soviet dictatorship, in December 1941, Harper & Brothers' Cass Canfield (left) called back already distributed review copies of Trotsky's biography of Stalin. Canfield later withdrew My Year in the USSR by New York Times correspondent G. E. R. Gedye. Doubleday, Doran next canceled the spring 1942 publication of One Who Survived, the reminiscences of ex-Soviet diplomat and General Alexander Barmine. Random House's Bennett Cerf (right) takes the cake, though, for proposing that the entire U.S. publishing industry withdraw from sale all books critical of the Soviet Union. No more would be published until after World War II was over. 


It is curious feature of Banned Books Week, which...

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From the Guardian:

"Hospital moves RAF sergeant over fears his uniform would upset patients"

"Should older people downsize to solve the housing crisis?"

From Soeren Kern:

Germany: Migrants In, Germans Out, The Death of Property Rights.

From Reuters:

"Russian envoy withdraws assertion of Polish blame for Nazi invasion"

This last...

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Dear Glenn Kessler,

First of all, how come your "Fact Checker" column of 9/22 awarding Dr. Ben Carson "Four Pinnochios" for his statement regarding "taqiyya" is running for a second time? It first appeared last week, but there it is again in today's paper, 9/27, on p. A5.

Oh well, I missed it the first time. It's definitely worth revisiting. 

Dr. Carson said the following: "`Taqiyya' is a component of sharia that allows, and even encourages you to lie to achieve your goals."

You then write: "In other words, he appeared to be saying that this tenet of Islam offered some kind of loophole that would allow the Muslim to lie about his or her religious beliefs to pursue other objectives. Is this the case?" (Emphasis added.)


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This map really is a beauty.

It makes it easier to envision how it could be that some very senior U.S. generals favored an offensive against Nazi Germany not from Northern France (or Northern France exclusively) but from Southern Europe -- famously described by Winston Churchill, who agreed with them, as Europe's "soft underbelly."

As noted in American Betrayal, among them were Gen. Ira Eaker, commander of Allied air forces in the Mediterranean theater; Gen. Carl Spaatz, U.S. commander of strategic bombing in Europe; Gen. Mark W. Clark, commander of the U.S. 5th Army in Italy, and, not least, Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower, soon to become Supreme Allied Commander in Europe.


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A thought to hang onto as we sink deeper into the toxic mush: We are not imploding, we are converging. Which isn't to say that convergence doesn't cause implosion, but first things first. 

Below is a fleeting snapshot along the way to convergence (and implosion), a story about story about a map.

The story and map (above) both appeared in the New York Times on September 12, 1943, and, at least in cool, clear hindsight, have become a perfect indicator of just how successful the Marxist war of deception was and is. On the surface, the logic of the map -- underneath, the hidden war of deception. In the end, convergence. Or something.

From Chapter 9 in American Betrayal


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