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The Black Book of the American Left:
Volume 3: The Great Betrayal 

David Horowitz

The third volume of David Horowitz's collected writings begins with the 2001 terrorist attacks and covers the War on Terror.

Horowitz doesn't miss the irony that the cover story in the Arts section of the New York Times on Sept. 11, 2001 featured Bill Ayers and Bernadette Dohrn, leaders of America's "first terrorist cult," the Weather Underground. The couple were pictured in the article titled, "No Regrets for a Love of Explosives." Their organization planted bombs at the Pentagon in the 1960s.

While the Times celebrated unrepentant terrorists, the Clinton administration did nothing to stop Islamic terrorists. Even though extremists made a previous attempt on the World Trade Center in 1993, "It was more important for the liberals in the Clinton administration to be sensitive to the utopian progressive elites, and of the one world kleptocrats at the UN, than to protect the American people." Indeed, Palestinian terrorist Yasser Arafat was Clinton's most frequent White House guest," among all foreign leaders.

Horowitz points out that "everything necessary to prevent Sept. 11, 2001 had been proposed in private and in public, for eight long years."

"The faulty methods used in teaching children to read can physically impair their brains," according to the authors. They quote a neuroscientist who writes, "We now know that the whole-language approach is inefficient: all children regardless of socioeconomic backgrounds benefit from explicit and early teaching of the correspondence between letters and speech sounds."

Terrorism aims to "penetrate our borders" in order to strike us at home. This enemy doesn't have the intent to "change our policies or to force our withdrawal from some foreign land, but to obliterate us and destroy our civilization." Yet, there are still those who will not identify the enemy and choose to "fight in the dark," according to Horowitz. This includes the current administration that refuses to say we are at war with radical Islam and "their allies, the international radical left."

Although Congress agreed to the Bush Doctrine, the anti-war left in America, including the press, quickly and thoroughly lost sight of who the enemy was (and is.) Horowitz wrote in 2008, "In the last five years, the Democratic Party has crossed the line from criticism of war policy to sabotage of the war, a position no major political party has taken until now."

Horowitz points out, "Every Democratic senator who voted for the war had on his or her desk before the vote a 100-page report" that "summarized all America's intelligence on Iraq that was used to justify the war." For self-serving reasons, many chose to turn against the war and hinder victory.

For everything currently wrong in the Middle East, Americans can thank those who refuse to speak the truth and fail to take decisive and steadfast action.

(Second Thoughts Books, 2014, 359 pp., $27.99)