The American Interest

Aid and Comfort to the Enemy, Part II

In last month’s American Proscenium, I focused on the news that Washington is reaching out to various Islamist activists opposed to the secularist regime of Bashir Assad, and notably to the supposedly “moderate” elements of the Muslim Brotherhood in Syria.  The editorial, entitled “Aid and Comfort to the Enemy,” concluded that such policies reflect either the inanity of those pursuing them or else their disdain for the values and legacy of our own society.

Within weeks, two events provided the domestic mirror image of aid and comfort to the enemy abroad.  The first was an attempt by a prominent “conservative” institution in the United States to censor me under Muslim pressure.  The second was a major new Hollywood movie dealing with the Crusades.

Stalin’s purged comrades were routinely airbrushed from photographs and replaced with vases, chairs, or shrubs.  Last April, I had an inkling of how that feels, when a flattering review of my book The Sword of the Prophet was abruptly removed from the National Review Online bookstore, under pressure from the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).  This was the result of a campaign against National Review by CAIR, seeking the removal of my book and The Life and Religion of Mohammed by the late Fr. J.L. Menezes, a Roman Catholic priest, from sale by the...

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