The U.S. political journalist Jon Bodenet, prominent during the last presidential election campaign, sent me the following informative e-mail dated Nov. 8:
The question deserves my elaborate answer. The conquest of the democratic West, including the United States, has been and may be the only way for the totalitarian rulers of China to stop the local (Chinese) opposition from the Chinese people when the totalitarian owners cannot cut off their human property from the rest of the world due to world trade and traffic, the Internet, and all the other world communications.
About 100,000 mini-Tiananmen-Square-like incidents are said to occur annually in China, invisibly for Westerners.
On the other hand, the totalitarian rulers of China have all the possibilities to become militarily stronger than the United States:The United States has freedom, making it possible for everyone to live freely, with the exception of those convicted with a due legal procedure, for their crimes.
The last point requires comment. Since freedom is the greatest treasure of a free country, it is often assumed that a country’s greatest treasure makes it only stronger, never weaker.
Yet history does not confirm such a pleasant conclusion. In the 20th century, France was a free country. In World War I, France defeated Germany. In 1940, Hitler’s Germany occupied France in little over a month.
The British troops escaped encirclement by beginning to retreat earlier than did the French troops. What was a major factor in the war? In 1940, Hitler’s Germany was a totalitarian war machine, while France remained a free France.
Freedom may be power, as was nuclear physics in those countries before World War II where it had been developed by certain gifted individuals on their own initiatives and then used in the United States — and in Germany, where its development slowed down because Hitler had started the war with Stalin’s Russia and did not have enough resources for both the war with Russia late in 1941 and his atomic project.
In today’s democracy, such as in the United States, a thinker or a scholar is no longer described as being mediocre, talented, or as a genius. What is important for many free Americans is to receive a title like “director,” or “professor,” or “doctor” of a certain scientific field, and a salary to comfortably live on.
The nuclear Manhattan Project got under way partly because Einstein, a genius who had emigrated to the United States because of Hitler’s anti-Semitism, supported the project through Roosevelt. Thus, in his Aug. 2, 1939, letter to President Roosevelt, Einstein said he believed it was his duty to bring to the president’s attention certain facts and recommendations in this field.
The new phenomenon would also lead to the construction of bombs, and it is conceivable — though much less certain — that extremely powerful bombs of a new type may thus be constructed. A single bomb of this type, carried by boat and exploded in a port, might very well destroy the whole port together with some of the surrounding territory.
Such is my answer to Jon Bodenet’s informative response to my column.
A no-less friendly e-mail response to the same column of mine came from the Rev. Al Miles in Florida, who begins, “First of all, I wish to compliment on your most informative articles” and ends, “Thanks again for your articles.”
Al Miles discusses the American buying of Chinese goods because they are, understandably, cheap, since the pay to those who make them in China is so low. “To me it doesn’t make sense to feed someone who will end up attacking us some day,” Al Miles concludes.
The only negative response to my column came from Dean DeGennaro, who signed his uniquely violent outburst as “Dean.” Is he a Dean; that is, “a secondary school administrator in charge of disciplining school”? This is how he begins his e-mail fit of wrath, signed “Dean.”
I have long suspected you to be a complete fraud with a totally distorted view of history. Normally, I read your columns for a good laugh. I mean come on, they never really say anything! But your latest installment of revisionist history has forced me to consider mounting an email campaign to ask Newsmax to sever all ties with you for the sake of their credibility.
Here is just one example:
You wrote, “Hitler’s Germany did not produce a single new weapon (while Stalin’s Russia, considered by the West hopelessly backward, terrified the German troops very early in the war with Katyusha rocket launchers).
Have you ever heard of the V2 rocket! The list of German weapon innovations during this time period is staggering.
I know you relish the role of the ‘shadowy spy master in the know’ but it’s time for you to blog in kookville with the rest of the nuts and leave Newsmax to the professionals.
Do us all (and yourself) a favor and forward this email to your editor. You’re beginning to embarrass yourself and a great news site.
The German V2 rocket appeared only in September 1943. Hitler had actually already lost the war, and he thought he needed this propaganda hoax as a “wonder weapon” to keep up the sinking German morale (see Roy Irons, “Hitler’s Terror Weapons”). It was a hoax: over 3,000 V2s were launched, resulting in 7,250 deaths. That is, a V2 caused about two deaths, mostly of civilians, since, as far as I know, they were used not against the Soviet troops, but against British and other Western civilian sites, to start Hitler’s “wonder weapon” panic.
One V2 cost about 100,000 Reichsmarks; that is, as much as the production of a high-performance fighter, but killed about two civilians on the average. It has also been calculated that for the cost of the V2 program, Hitler could have produced as many as 48,000 tanks.
What’s the moral? As I have already argued repeatedly, Hitler was a fool — a German foot soldier, who imagined himself the greatest military commander in history.
Had he not been a fool, he could have become the owner of the world, given the weaknesses of the democracies I have mentioned above. Today, the “opus” of the national-socialist Germany is being repeated by the Marxist-Leninist China, except that the China “top leader” may prove to be by no means a fool as Hitler was, while mediocrities will not dominate the culture of the free West, owing to their aggressive insolence, taking advantage of freedom.
“Dean” is an example of this aggressive insolence. I have been writing in high-quality U.S. periodicals since our arrival from Russia to the United States in 1972 (see, for example, Commentary magazine from October 1972 onward).
My article, “What the CIA Knows about Russia,” in the September 1978 issue of Commentary, was reprinted or retold in about 500 periodicals all over the West.
In the 1980s, I became a staff columnist of a New York daily whose editor-in-chief, Robert Morton, publishes today World Tribune. In the 2000s, I have been writing a weekly column for Newsmax and World Tribune.
Today I have received an e-mail from the head of a show in Las Vegas, Nev., informing me that he has been reading my columns and reporting my “warnings” on his show for over a year. He invites me to appear on his show.
But Dean declares that I am “one of the nuts” and “do us all [who are “us all”?] a favor and forward this email to your editor.”
Dean is too important to inform anyone that I am “one of the nuts” and belong to “kookville with the rest of the nuts.” I have to do so on my own, not to waste the time and energy of “Dean.” Now, imagine millions of such “Deans” abusing freedom in a democracy and creating its fatal ignorance.
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