And long before she was a blogger, she was writing columns for The Washington Times. Back in the Stone Age of the internet, before blogs existed, I used to buy actual dead-tree newspapers, mostly the WashTimes. Both Diana West and Michelle Malkin drew my attention, as well as other columnists who never made the transition to the blog world. Later I found her column online at the Jewish World Review.
But today she sent us a brief note about her blog, drawing particular attention to a post from earlier this week about Gaza, cultural relativism, and Gen. George S. Patton. First she quotes from the columnist Isi Liebler, who talks about Israel’s greatest failure:
…its reluctance to expose to the world the criminal nature of our Palestinian neighbor, the PA no less than Hamas. To this day, we continue understating the barbaric culture of death and the ongoing anti-Semitic incitement which permeates every sector of society under the jurisdiction of our Palestinian neighbor: mothers joyfully dispatching their own children to Paradise as suicide bombers; schools (even kindergartens), mosques and media inciting to kill Jews; Mahmoud Abbas, our peace partner, providing pensions for families of terrorists; spontaneous street celebrations erupting whenever terrorists succeed in killing Israelis in restaurants or shopping malls. The failure by our government to internationally expose such barbaric behavior reflects its slavish denial of reality.
To which she adds her own thoughts:
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I feel the United States has played and plays a similar role in the denial of reality when it comes not only to the depredations of jihadis, but to the vast differences in Western and Islamic culture.
The other thing the video reminded me of were some unvarnished cultural observations Gen. George Patton made in his journal in 1943 — a long way away from politically correct speech codes, self-censorship, fears of “giving offense,” and, in Europe today, indictment and possible jail time for the “crime” of violating “hate speech” codes even in private writings.
Go over to Ms. West’s post to read what Gen. Patton had to say.
She also has a new book, The Death of the Grown-up. I’ve read the reviews, but I haven’t read the book itself. When I find the time…