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Diana West

Articles by Diana West

Piracy on the high seas and on U.S. soil

“What is up with Somalia?” I say this given the disjointed but unmistakable prominence of Somalis in recent news. Or, rather, in what would have been recent news, maybe, if the media weren't preoccupied with more weighty stories such as which Washington private school the Obama girls will attend next semester. Published November 23, 2008

WEST: Obama is a man, not a cultural judgment

If we really inhabited a "post-racial" world, the news of the week would be that a Democrat has won the White House. But since we don't inhabit such a world, there is much more to the news, even more than that an African-American, far-left Democrat has won the White House. Published November 9, 2008

WEST: Obama's Muslim outreach?

Colin Powell got all the airtime, sure, but his isn't the only Barack Obama endorsement worth talking about lately. There was Ali Larijani, for example, the Hezbollah- and Hamas-supporting speaker of Iran's parliament, who voiced Iran's preference for a “more flexible and rational” Obama over John McCain, not that he got what you could call a media roll-out. Nor did America's own anti-white, anti-Jewish Louis Farrakhan, who recently heralded an Obama presidency as the coming age of the “the Messiah.” There was a newsflash for fluffy-con endorsements at home and abroad, arcing and sputtering on a thin mix of elitism and naivete, but virtually no one seems to have noticed an Obama endorsement that came in from the National Association of Muslim American Women (NAMAW). Published October 26, 2008

We interrupt this election

We interrupt regular column writing to... imagine John McCain ahead in the polls. Published October 19, 2008

WEST: Real reasons ignored

The conventional wisdom is that the economic crisis is the reason Sen. Barack Obama is up in the polls. The conventional wisdom is wrong. Not about Obama being up in the polls, of course, but about why that is so. Published October 5, 2008

European 'democracy'

I have been all but transfixed by events unfolding in Cologne, Germany. With the unabashed fascination of the rubbernecker, I have watched in horror, combing online foreign press reports and a few favorite blogs (Brussels Journal, Gates of Vienna, Atlas Shrugs), as local authorities yielded their charge of freedom of speech and freedom of assembly indeed, yielded civic space and civic peace to a lawless band of violent leftists, who, in their weekend stint of mob rule, successfully prevented a political rally against the Islamization of Europe from taking place. Published September 28, 2008

WEST: Creeping Islamization in Europe

With Wall Street convulsing, and the White House race intensifying, the question “Who lost Europe” is on no one's lips, let alone minds. Indeed, the question begs another, "Is Europe lost?" The answer to the second question is, "No, not yet." And losing Europe, I would add, is by no means inevitable. Published September 21, 2008

WEST: Media wars

Alas, we have just passed another marker on the way down. That's "we" as in "We, the people," and that's "down" as in "glug, glug." This marker will stand as a testament to the savage zeal with which our mainstream media gentlemen (hah) and gentlewomen (double hah) of the Fourth Estate, cosseted darlings of the Free World standing ever-vigilant to ensure that truth will out (hah hah hah), have sunk their teeth into the Palin family. Published September 7, 2008

WEST: Obama the great

The star of the Democratic National Convention wasn't Michelle Obama, Hillary Clinton, Hillary's husband, certainly not Joe Biden or even Barack Obama. The single-most riveting presence at the Democratic gathering possibly the entire Democratic political season was that kooky-bizarro set with the faux-marble columns straddling the 50-yard line of Invesco Field in Denver. In this veritable neo-Graeco-Roman-Graceland temple, the Anointed One became the Nominated One. Published August 31, 2008

WEST: The wrong way to war

I hate to say it, but both John McCain and Barack Obama are wrong in their approaches to Iraq. On Aug. 18, Mr. McCain said, "The lasting advantage of a peaceful and democratic ally in the heart of the Middle East could still be squandered by hasty withdrawals and arbitrary timelines." A day later, Mr. Obama mused, "Iraqi inaction threatens the progress we've made and creates an opening for Iran and the `special groups' it supports." Before I explain, it's worth noting that the era in which the United States has the dubious luxury of focusing on one kind of war at a time, plus Afghanistan, plus too much face time in that so-called "peace process," is over. Published August 24, 2008

WEST: The media and Russia

Amazing how quickly the punditocracy switches maps, time zones and histories, simultaneously mastering new combinations of consonants and vowels, to report and react to a "surprise" conflict in Georgia. It's almost hard to recall that, just a few days ago, the most urgent questions confounding most of the media had to do with just how narcissistic John Edwards really is, or what the ramifications of Barack Obama's plans to announce his vice presidential pick via text message might finally be. Published August 18, 2008

WEST: Historic trek to Deutschland

I think it was the American Thinker blog that first went public with the suggestion that we may see post-convention "mass events" for Barack Obama "at least slightly reminiscent of the stagecraft of Leni Riefenstahl in 1934 Germany." Published July 17, 2008

WEST: The politics of intimidation

Having run the polite-but-grim gauntlet of Dutch government security to gain access to Geert Wilders, I finally understood what the 24-hour security requirements of the man's continued existence really mean. Published July 11, 2008