September 21, 2008

SAD HOW BEING A LEFTIST REQUIRES ADHERENCE TO FICTION:

A Spy Confesses, and Still Some Weep for the Rosenbergs (SAM ROBERTS, 9/21/08, NY Times)

You could choose to ignore, or somehow explain away, the Hitler-Stalin pact, or be wedded to the original Port Huron Statement instead of the “compromised second draft,” but if you seriously considered yourself fiercely loyal to the far left, you believed that the Rosenbergs were not guilty of espionage. At least you said you did.

For more than 50 years, defending Julius and Ethel Rosenberg was an article of faith for most committed American leftists. That the couple was framed — by officials intent on stoking anti-Soviet fervor and embarrassed by counterespionage lapses that allowed Russian moles to infiltrate the government — was at the core of a worldview of Communism, the Korean War and the ensuing cold war, and an enduring cultural divide stoked by McCarthyism.


Communism was no more effective than witchcraft but the witches of both needed hunting.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 21, 2008 4:33 PM
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