The Enemy at Home: The Cultural Left and Its Responsibility for 9/11
by Dinesh D'Souza
Death to America
A review by Mark Warren
Just read your new book, The Enemy at Home: The Cultural Left and Its Responsibility for 9/11. Here's your blurb -- I think it works: "Dinesh D'Souza does for liberals what The Protocols of the Elders of Zion did for the Jews!" Put that one up high, D, because with your crowd, that's going to move some serious books. And you're going to need the help, my friend, what with being hospitalized for what would have been your book tour. Come on, Dinesh, let's fight.
That you have provoked violence from a lowly American such as myself (read: one lacking the sinecure of an endowed chair at the Hoover Institution, whatever that may be) should not come as a surprise to you, old girl, when you say in your spicy little tract that "without the cultural left" -- again, whatever that is -- "9/11 would not have happened," and that if only we had been more like the "traditional culture" maniacs who attacked us -- if only we stoned homosexuals to death, for instance, or enslaved our women, and didn't brook so much dissent or speak so freely or have so much sex -- then maybe we wouldn't have provoked their violence. Yessir, in the course of your tortured logic, in this utterly incoherent book, you do end up justifying their violence against our open society, an open society that you seem clearly to despise.
Here's the thing, D: We knew how much they hated America. We just didn't have a full grasp, until now, of how much you and your crazy cohort hate America. Because you have taken to heart the "Islamic critique of Western moral depravity," as you call it, and have come down on their side of things. You actually seek to blame your free-speaking moral inferiors here in America for giving bin Laden no choice but to kill us. And in nothing short of derangement, you imagine a "de facto alliance" between the American "cultural left" and Islamic fundamentalism. You blame Michael Moore, for instance, for establishing the atmosphere that made 9/11 possible. But Dinesh, every good foot soldier of the cultural left knows that Michael Moore wasn't really made el jefe of the movement until the release of Fahrenheit 9/11 in 2004, which was, you know, after 9/11. So what cues was bin Laden taking from Michael Moore? His caustic view of corporate detachment in Roger & Me? His zany John Candy vehicle Canadian Bacon? Are you crazy? Or are you just looking for a little of that Coulter cash?
Your unbearably prim, dishonest little book searches for culpability for 9/11 everywhere except where it actually lies. In 1998, bin Laden himself told American journalist John Miller that it was the American military presence on the Arabian Peninsula that was driving him batshit crazy and that he intended to do something about it. Something specific. He told Miller he was going to "bring the fight to America" ("Greetings, America. My Name Is Osama bin Laden," Esquire, February 1999). But there you sit at the Hoover Institution, looking for the bogeyman. I've got news for you, D. As President Bush says, We're right, they're wrong.
Dinesh, my wife and I live in Manhattan. This is our home. This is where we are raising our children. We were here on September 11, 2001. We had the taste of ash in our mouths, and we were so angry, we wanted to kill somebody. The enemy felt close at hand that day. Today, after reading your despicable book, the enemy again feels close at hand. And the enemy is you.
So come on, Dinesh, don't just stand there on the mass grave in lower Manhattan and spew your astringent hate at your own countrymen and -women. Defend your ideas with your blood. To be clear: Let's fight. You know where to find me. I'm in the book.
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