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[David Horowitz] 11/16/04
just returned from our (Center for the Study
of Popular Culture) Restoration Weekend at the Boca Resort
in Boca Raton, which we held from Thursday to Sunday. We
will be posting the speeches and commentaries from the Weekend
on FrontpageMag.com over the next two weeks.
of the event was the Saturday night banquet where we gave our
Annie Taylor Award to the men who defeated the party of defeatism
and the saboteurs of the war on terror in this last election.
Annie Taylor is the first woman to go over Niagara Falls in
a barrel and survive. It was a fitting award to American heroes
who were slandered and defamed while they were being tortured
in Communist prisons by an American traitor who almost became
President, and who were defamed and slandered again by a leftwing
American media which has done what it could to undermine America's
commander-in-chief in the middle of the battle and defeat us
in the war on terror.
were introduced by my friend Wally Nunn, a helicopter gunner
in Vietnam who told me twenty years ago when we first met that
even though "anti-war" activists like myself stabbed him and
his comrades in the back while they were on the frontlines
he bore no grudge because the reason he was in Vietnam was
to defend the freedoms that included our right to dissent.
Wally introduced Carleton Sherwood, the Pulitzer Prize-winning
journalist who made Stolen Honor and who was wounded
three times in Vietnam. Sherwood recounted his dismay at the
way the leftwing media the AP, the New York Times, the Washington
Post etc. -- ran
interference for the traitor and liar Kerry, obscured what
he had done and repeated their own criminal assault on the
American heroes who died for their freedom in Vietnam.
The next two
awards were presented by Col. Jack Jacobs, MSNBC commentator
and a Congressional Medal of Honor winner in Vietnam. Jack
is five feet four. Unlike Kerry, he didn't write his own citation
and so he couldn't fake the record of what he had done. While
shot in the head, Jack Jacobs carried 22 wounded soldiers to
safety across a fire zone. Every life he saved was that of
a Vietnamese. Jack was the leader of a platoon of South Vietnamese
soldiers fighting to protect themselves and their families
from the horrors that followed the Communist victory that Kerry
and his patron Ted Kennedy and Jane Fonda and other leftists
worked so hard to accomplish.
of Jack Jacobs was in itself an indictment of the traitor Kerry
and the leftwingers in the AP, at the New York Times and
the Washington Post who aided and abetted him. For
he was one of the hundreds of thousands of Vietnam soldiers
who risked and gave their lives for the freedom of us and the
Vietnamese and whom Kerry and the left slandered as "war criminals."
Jim Warner, who was shot down near the DMZ with his co-pilot
who broke his leg in their fall. Warner was forced by the Communists
to carry his comrade 700 miles to the prison in North Vietnam
where the Communists tortured him for 5 years before he was
released. While Warner was being tortured John Kerry and his
fellow traitors manipulated Warner's mother to testify before
Jane Fonda's Winter Soldier Investigation, a collective perjury
organized to help the enemy win the war. In Stolen Honor there
is actual footage, retrieved by Carlton Sherwood which shows
the leftists who staged the Winter Soldier Investigation making
up their tales. The Winter Soldier Investigation was designed
to produce the anti-American propaganda that Jim Warner and
his fellow POWS braved torture because they refused to do the
the Restoration Weekend audience that with the defeat of the
traitor Kerry at the polls the last mission of the Vietnam
war had been completed.
followed by John O'Neill, the man who pursued Kerry for thirty
years until justice was done. O'Neill pointed out that not
a single one of the vets involved in the truth campaign was
political in any sense of the word. The extent of their political
activities was in 1971 to try to expose Kerry's lies and save
the Vietnamese and the Cambodians from the mass slaughter that
Kerry and Kennedy and Fonda were working so hard to make possible,
and then to prevent him from becoming President, a position
from which he could facilitate more defeats at the hands of
our enemies in the war on terror.
I was riveted
to the screen when C-Span replayed the O'Neill-Kerry debate
of 1971. One moment in particular was seared into my consciousness.
It was when the subject of a possible "bloodbath" came up if
America left the war as Kerry wanted. Kerry dismissed the idea.
Only a few thousand might be killed and those would be Vietnamese
guilty of war crimes he insinuated. John O'Neill knew better.
There would be a bloodbath of tens of thousands of innocents
he said (in fact it turned out to be millions). How did O'Neill
know this? Because he knew that the Communists were Communists
and their deeds at Hue and elsewhere showed exactly what they
would do. In contrast, Kerry portrayed them as Vietnamese patriots,
exactly the way Michael Moore portrays the Zarqawi
terrorists in Iraq today. These are the voices of treason.
If listened to they will get many more tens of thousands --
both Iraqis and Americans -- killed. This is the treacherous
voice that the so-called liberals in Hollywood and in the press
have done everything they could to support and abet.
These are dangerous
and immoral times. The Swift Boat vets have gone to battle
for us once again, and have prevailed. But at great personal
cost. John O'Neill is a lawyer. One the members of my board
of directors who was present at the Weekend told me how he
first heard of John O'Neill when one of the companies
on whose boards he sits (he is an investor) was looking for
a corporate lawyer in Houston to represent them. John O'Neill
was recommended as the most honest, straight shooter in Houston,
someone with an impeccable reputation for integrity. By leaving
the private sector and entering the political arena for the
first time in thirty years to challenge a traitor and a liar
in this last mission of the Vietnam War, John O'Neill has had
to brave a free fire zone of slander and libel such as few
have had to endure. He has been defamed and abused by every
major media institution (with the exception of Fox) in this
country. Michael Parks, former editor of the LA Times and
now the Dean of the Journalism School at UCLA -- a man of the
left whom I used to respect and who reported from Moscow during
the height of the Cold War, wrote a character assassination
posing as a review for the LA Times about John's book
that was worthy of Pravda in the days of Stalin. I
worry for my country when a Michael Parks can descend this
low. But my confidence is instantly restored when I consider
the moral courage of men like John O'Neill.
On the last
day of the conference I had a breakfast coffee with John and
asked him to come on the board of the Center for the Study
of Popular Culture and help me fight to restore academic freedom
to our college campuses and to combat the allies of the terrorists
her in the United States. I am honored and proud to report
that he said yes. CRO
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