Wednesday, August 11, 2010

The Liberal Dupes of Howard Zinn

By Paul Kengor
August 11, 2010

After years of digging into countless pages of FBI files, KGB documents, Soviet media archives, dusty old copies of the Daily Worker, declassified Comintern Archives on Communist Party USA, and much more, my book was finally going to press, exposing how the communist movement, from Moscow to New York, cynically manipulated -- read: duped -- liberals/progressives for nearly a century.
I could say much more, but I'll finish with this word of caution to liberal Democrats enraged at me, the messenger, rather than at their beloved court historian: As I've intimated, bear in mind that the presidents and presidential administrations savaged by their so-called "friends" at the extreme left were Democratic Party icons: Wilson, FDR, Truman, JFK. In fact, in the latter half of Zinn's FBI files, moving into the 1960s, we find Zinn steadfastly against the Kennedys -- JFK and RFK -- and for Fidel and Che. (See screen 101.) He is listed among those who protested Kennedy's blockade of Cuba during the Cuban Missile Crisis.

I urge Democrats to understand: These guys from the far left were not your friends.

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