Tonight on PoliticKING: Political Author David Horowitz

David Horowitz is the bestselling author of numerous political books. He joins Larry King on PoliticKING to discuss his latest book, The Black Book of the American Left Volume 4: Islamo-Fascism and the War Against the Jews.

Jihadists are on American college campuses? Could there really be a war against Jewish people and America itself, aided by higher education? Tonight's PoliticKING guest today says yes there is. 

New York Times best seller David Horowitz's The Black Book of the American Left Volume 4: Islamo-Fascism and the War Against the Jews, focuses on two interlocked issues. 

The First is the Islamic totalitarianism in America, particularly as it manifests itself on our college campuses. 

The Second part of this volume takes up the war waged against the U.S. and Israel and Jews in general by Hamas, Hezbollah and other groups. 

In addition to analyzing their bloodthirsty ideology, Horowitz shows how the genocidal cause of these groups has been taken up by campus radicals. In describing his own confrontations with radical Muslims on our campuses, Horowitz gives a sobering insight into how Islamists have become an increasingly powerful within.

Here's a brief excerpt from the first chapter


(with Robert Spencer)

In George Orwell’s futuristic nightmare, 1984, citizens are targeted by a secret police for “thought-crimes” committed against the totalitarian state. Thought-crimes are simply attitudes and ideas the authorities regard as politically incorrect. Orwell wrote 1984 during the height of the Cold War and its vision reflected an all-too-present reality. The Soviet police state had spread its tentacles over the lives of hundreds of millions of captive people. Tens of millions of them were sent to labor camps and firing squads for ideas that failed to conform to the prescriptions of the totalitarian state. Their offense was to be “anti-Soviet”—to have criticized Communism or the Soviet rulers, or not to have parroted the views and opinions approved by the regime as politically correct.

During the Cold War, the United States led a coalition of democracies opposed to the Communist bloc because America’s founders had made the principle of individual liberty the corner- stone of their republic. The very first article of the Bill of Rights restricts the power of the state to control individual speech. This First Amendment freedom guarantees citizens the right to dissent from orthodoxy, to criticize the powerful, and to tell the truth as they see it without fear of reprisal. This freedom is the absolute and indispensable basis of every other freedom that the citizens of a democracy enjoy, since, without the right to dissent from the opinions of the state, every other freedom can be taken away. Every dissent from the policies and practices of the state would be a thought-crime.

“Islamophobia” is the name that has been given to a modern-day thought-crime. The purpose of inserting the term “phobia” is to suggest that any fear associated with Islam is irrational— whether that fear stems from the fact that Islam’s prophet and its current-day imams call on the faithful to kill infidels, or because the attacks of 9/11 were carried out to implement those calls. Worse, it is to suggest that such a response to those attacks reflects a bigotry that itself should be feared. Those with an historical perspective, however, will have a different view, given that Islam’s attitude of hostility toward the infidel world has been unchanging since its beginnings.

In the fall of 2005, Muslim riots resulted in the deaths of more than 100 people in Europe and Asia. The riots were incited by imams and triggered by the publication of cartoons in Denmark depicting Islam’s prophet Muhammad. The intimidation was so great that when Yale University Press published a scholarly book about the Muhammad cartoons, it refused to print the cartoons themselves in the text, despite the protests of the author.

Responding to these acts of violence, a group of internationally respected writers published a manifesto called “Together Facing the New Totalitarianism.” Salman Rushdie, a member of the group, had been the target of a previous attack resulting from a novel he had written that Iran’s Ayatollah Khomeini considered “insulting to the prophet.” Khomeini issued a fatwa calling on all Muslims to kill Rushdie, who was forced to go into hiding for several years. Every year, the Islamic Republic of Iran renews the sentence. The writers’ manifesto said: “After having overcome fascism, Nazism, and Stalinism, the world now faces a new global totalitarian threat: Islamism. . . . We, writers, journalists, intellectuals, call for resistance to religious totalitarianism and for the pro- motion of freedom, equal opportunity and secular values for all. We refuse to renounce our critical spirit out of fear of being accused of ‘Islamophobia,’ a wretched concept that confuses criticism of Islam as a religion and stigmatization of those who believe in it. We defend the universality of the freedom of expression, so that a critical spirit can exist in every continent, towards each and every maltreatment and dogma.”

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