Jack Wheeler publisher of To The Point and “the originator of the Reagan Doctrine” argues that we should fight Islamofascism as we fought Communism and I fully agree.
THE CREATION OF AN ANTI-ISLAMOFASCISM MOVEMENT
Written by Jack Wheeler & Steve Baldwin, 24 November 2006
Anti-Communism: The Original Conservative Movement
One cannot write the history of the Cold War without acknowledging the key role played by the American Anti-Communist Movement. It was a broad movement involving many different organizations that, for four decades, kept its focus on the defeat of the Soviet Empire. And it succeeded.
Indeed, Anti-Communism was the defining issue that brought hundreds of thousands of people into the conservative movement from the 1950s through to the 1980s. There was a sense that this movement had to be successful if not only America but Western Civilization itself were to survive.
What did this Movement Accomplish?
The Anti-Communist Movement was formed after World War II when it was revealed that Soviet spies were operating throughout our government. This movement became one of the most successful political movements in our history.
It started out slowly due to liberal propaganda during WWII which convinced many Americans that Russia was our friend since they were aligned with us during the war. By the 1950’s, the Anti-Communist Movement had created a massive infrastructure which became a major educational and political force within America. This movement:
* Exposed pro-communist groups operating within our borders. The movement lobbied Congress to have hearings and even to create standing committees to carry out investigations (such as the House Un-American Activities Committee). This greatly limited the effectiveness of these pro-communist groups and educated an entire generation of Americans about the domestic subversive threat.
* Lobbied for bigger defense budgets, a bigger Navy, more nuclear missiles, SDI, and a more aggressive foreign policy to oppose the Soviet Empire.
* Generated a slew of newsletters, magazines, speaker bureaus, radio shows, etc. that educated generations of Americans as to what Communism stood for and how it endangered our freedom.
* Created a political force that affected the election of hundreds of Anti-Communist politicians and influenced how people voted for at least 2-3 generations. This movement eventually led to the election of Ronald Reagan, the person most responsible for our victory over the Soviet Empire.
The Infrastructure of Anti-Communism
This American Anti-Communist Movement also created an infrastructure by establishing smaller specialty groups that focused on individual issues. For example, the movement created groups that:
* Supported Anti-Soviet Freedom Fighter movements challenging communist regimes in Afghanistan, Nicaragua, Angola and other Soviet colonies. Some of these groups raised funds for these resistance movements and even delivered supplies.
* Developed and promoted the concept of missile defense as a viable strategic tactic.
* Worked on intelligence issues such as making sure our intelligence agencies had the resources to counter the Soviet threat.
* Worked on geo-strategic issues such as energy and how they affected the Soviet Empire.
* Encouraged and funded East Bloc dissidents and helped dissidents escape from Iron Curtain countries. Such groups would send these dissidents on speaking tours creating a flurry of articles about the horrors of the Gulag and the inhumanity of the Soviet system.
* Smuggled in Anti-Communist literature behind the Iron Curtain; Christian mission groups would smuggle in Bibles knowing that religious belief would help undermine the Soviet Communist system.
* Lobbied corporations and government entities to disinvest funds from the East Block or to cease trade.
* Lobbied to increase funding for the Defense budget and to educate Americans about massive Soviet military spending.
* Formed Anti-Communist youth groups domestically (Young Americans for Freedom) and worldwide (World Anti-Communist League) whose main goal was to educate youth about communism.
* Formed groups that pushed for alliances with other countries who were similarly threatened, such as NATO.
Forming a Similar Infrastructure to Combat Radical Islam