Monday, October 26, 2009

Michael Ledeen Rides Again: Accomplice To Evil

I began my review of Dr. Michael Ledeen’s last book, The Iranian Time Bomb, by remembering that “On the eighteenth of April, in Seventy-five,” wrote Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Paul Revere rode to every Middlesex village and farm warning his countrymen that the British were coming.

I concluded my review with the poem below and the paragraph following it:

“In light of our leaders’ three-decade appeasement of the mad murderous mullahs of the Iranian fascist theocracy, and their continuing murder of Americans in Iraq, it would serve us well to remember the ‘the eighteenth of April, in Seventy-five . . . .’”

So through the night rode Paul Revere;
And so through the night went his cry of alarm
To every Middlesex village and farm,---
A cry of defiance, and not of fear,
A voice in the darkness, a knock at the door,
And a word that shall echo for evermore!
For, borne on the night-wind of the Past,
Through all our history, to the last,
In the hour of darkness and peril and need,
The people will waken and listen to hear
The hurrying hoof-beats of that steed,
And the midnight message of Paul Revere.

In The Iranian Time Bomb, The Mullah Zealots’ Quest for Destruction, Dr. Michael Ledeen has brought us a message no less important than Paul Revere’s. Our ancestors heeded that early American’s call to arms. If our leaders continue to ignore Dr. Ledeen's impassioned plea, they will be responsible for the destruction of the American Republic.”

In Michael Ledeen’s Accomplice to Evil (just published by St. Martin’s Press) he rides on shouting a further warning—this time not simply about the monstrous Iranian regime, but about the persons, institutions and governments around the world that have acted, and continue to act, as the mullahs’ accomplices.

As Ledeen amply demonstrates, in the Twentieth Century alone barbarians ran amok, torturing, enslaving and murdering tens of millions of human beings: Hitler, Mussolini, Stalin, Mao, Pol Pot, Castro. Rwanda, Congo, Darfur. The Turkish genocide of Armenians. The Bataan Death March. And on and on. They, too, like the Iranian regime of today, had accomplices—sycophants, psychotics, nationalists, reformers, peasants, intellectuals, elites, journalists, businessmen, politicians. And in places like Europe and the Middle East, as always, Jew-haters. And in the United States, self-hating Jews.

But why?

How can some human beings torture, enslave and murder others of their own kind?

Machiavelli, Ledeen and I come up with the same answer. Ledeen writes about the belief by too many in “the foolish notion that man is basically good, that all men are basically the same, and that all we need do is to permit history to take its preordained course. * * * This vision rests on a demonstrably false vision of man. We are naturally inclined to do good. Quite the contrary; left to our own devices, we produce Genocide in Europe, Asia, and Africa. The evil spreads, oblivious to race, religion, tribe, or nation. Ask the Georgians. Ask Middle Eastern Jews and Christians, or the Iranian, Iraqi, or Syrian peoples, or the Hutus and the Tutsis, or the victims of the Darfur massacres.”

Thanks to the unremitting work of those who understand the nature of the Iranian theocracy, there can no longer be any illusions about their oft-stated goal of Islamic domination.

Thanks to Accomplice to Evil, there should no longer by any illusions about those individuals, institutions and governments, especially our own, who aid and abet the murderous mad mullahs.