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Monday, December 22, 2008 7:15 pm

Wiesenthal v. McCarthy

Time once again for another edition of Simple Answers to Simple Questions.

Today’s contestant, Mark Goldblatt at The Corner (run by the National Review, and boy howdy, has the level of common sense there dropped off since Buckley died) asks, “Why does an obsessive Nazi-hunter like Simon Wiesenthal get positive press while an obssessive Communist-hunter like Joe McCarthy is vilified?”

Wiesenthal hunted Nazis known to be guilty of crimes. McCarthy smeared a lot of innocent people as part of his quest.

This has been another edition of Simple Answers to Simple Questions.


  1. Simple is right !

    Liberal Lies

    “The McCarthy period is the Rosetta stone of all liberal lies. It is the textbook on how they rewrite history — the sound chamber of liberal denunciations, their phony victimhood as they demean and oppress their enemies, their false imputation of dishonesty to their opponents, their legalization of every policy dispute, their ability to engage in lock-step shouting campaigns, and the black motives concealed by their endless cacophony.

    The true story of Joe McCarthy, told in meticulous, irrefutable detail in “Blacklisted by History,” is that from 1938 to 1946, the Democratic Party acquiesced in a monstrous conspiracy being run through the State Department, the military establishment, and even the White House to advance the Soviet cause within the U.S. government.

    In the face of the Democrats’ absolute refusal to admit to their fecklessness, fatuity and recklessness in allowing known Soviet spies to penetrate the deepest levels of government, McCarthy demanded an accounting. ”

    But there is more.

    A Second Rate Film about a first rate dupe

    “As noted here previously, George Clooney’s movie “Good Night, and Good Luck,” about pious parson Edward R. Murrow and Sen. Joseph McCarthy, failed to produce one person unjustly accused by McCarthy. Since I described McCarthy as a great American patriot defamed by liberals in my 2003 book, “Treason,” liberals have had two more years to produce a person — just one person — falsely accused by McCarthy. They still can’t do it. ‘

    ‘I can prove that Murrow’s good friend Lawrence Duggan was a Soviet spy responsible for having innocent people murdered. The brilliant and perceptive journalist Murrow was not only unaware of the hundreds of Soviet spies running loose in the U.S. government, he was also unaware that his own dear friend Duggan was a Soviet spy — his friend on whose behalf corpses littered the Swiss landscape.

    Contrary to the image of the Black Night of Fascism (BNOF) under McCarthy leading to mass suicide with bodies constantly falling on the heads of pedestrians in Manhattan, Duggan was the only suicide. After being questioned by the FBI, Duggan leapt from a window. Of course, given the people he was doing business with, he may have been pushed.

    After Duggan’s death, Murrow, along with the rest of the howling establishment, angrily denounced the idea that Duggan could possibly have been disloyal to America.

    Well, now we know the truth. Decrypted Soviet cables and mountains of documents from Soviet archives prove beyond doubt that Lawrence Duggan was one of Stalin’s most important spies. “McCarthyism” didn’t kill him; his guilt did.

    During the height of the Soviet purges in the mid-’30s, as millions of innocents were being tortured, exiled and killed on Stalin’s orders, Murrow’s good pal Duggan was using his position at the State Department to pass important documents to the Soviets. The documents were so sensitive, Duggan had to return the originals to the State Department before the end of the day. Some were so important, they were sent directly to Stalin and Molotov.

    On at least one occasion, Murrow’s dear friend Duggan sat with his Soviet handler for an hour as the handler photographed 60 documents for the motherland. In other words, Duggan was the kind of disloyal, two-faced, back-stabbing weasel you rarely see outside of the entertainment industry. (He certainly was perceptive, that Murrow.)

    All this time, people Duggan knew personally were being falsely accused and executed back in the Soviet Union. Duggan expressed concern about Stalin’s purges with his Soviet handler, but he didn’t stop spying. As Allen Weinstein describes it in “The Haunted Wood,” Duggan was mostly concerned about being falsely accused by Stalin himself someday.

    Because of Murrow’s good buddy Duggan, innocent people were killed. Not just the millions murdered during the purges while Duggan was earning “employee of the month” awards from Stalin. At least one man was murdered solely to protect Duggan’s identity as a Soviet spy. ‘

    So much for simple !

    Comment by Fred Gregory — Tuesday, December 23, 2008 7:46 pm @ 7:46 pm

  2. No one’s claiming that there were no Communists, nor that McCarthy didn’t find some (note that I said “as PART of his quest”). But he also smeared a good many innocent people and ruined a lot of innocent lives, and he made a mockery of the oath he had sworn to uphold the Constitution.

    As for Murrow/Duggan, Coulter, as is her wont, attempts to turn the discussion from what it’s actually about — in this case, constitutional and legal errors committed during the hunt for Communists in America — to what she wants to talk about, the murderousness of the Soviet regime, which no one, with the same benefit of hindsight granted to McCarthy supporters, now disputes.

    That’s still pretty simple.

    Comment by Lex — Wednesday, December 24, 2008 10:51 am @ 10:51 am

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