Diana West

But just as documentation attesting to a sustained assault of Kremlin-loyal agents on the U.S. government fails to debunk the mythology of "witch hunts," MAGIC evidence of Japanese networks does nothing to the snuff the fires of victimology. They burn to this day. The question is, do we see today an invigorated coalition coming together on the Left to bask in their glow? Recalling their own history "Japanese-Americans reach out to Muslims," reports the Washington Post. Meanwhile, the NAACP, mismatching skin color with doctrinal allegiance, weighed in to urge King to reconsider holding the "reckless" hearings altogether.

Certainly, an old template has been revived. Where yesteryear's anti-anti-communists toed the Party line that "McCarthyism" was more dangerous than Communism, today's anti-anti-jihadists are taking the position, as, for example, recently expressed by James Zogby in The Nation, "Islamophobia and those who promote it are a greater threat to the United States of America than Anwar al-Awlaqi and his ragtag team of terrorists." I would respond by saying:

3) Holding hearings into Islamic "radicalization" is not "Islamophobia" -- another nonsense word. Looking into the Islamic connections to Islamic terrorism and related jihadist activities is totally rational (would that King or someone would actually do so). Not holding hearings is pure Islamophobia-phobia -- a condition far more dangerous than any mere jihadist, and one we've been suffering from since 9/11.

Of course, not holding hearings at all would have quickly absolved Peter King of his true "crime," the transgression he's been pilloried for like Red-hunters of an earlier generation. That is the "crime" of exposure, which, to the Left, "un-American" or "anti-American," is the greatest offense of all. Front groups, boring from within, subversion -- all require undisturbed cover, not questions, not discussion, not sunshine. The New York lawmaker might not know it, but he's been caught in the act.

And that's why he's getting crucified.


Diana West

Diana West is the author of American Betrayal: The Secret Assault on Our Nation's Character (St. Martin's Press, 2013), and The Death of the Grown-Up: How America's Arrested Development Is Bringing Down Western Civilization (St. Martin's Press, 2007).