Attempts to Undermine Democracies by Present Day Fifth Columnists

Americans have always been uncomfortable with conspiracy theories.

At the start of the Cold War, Winston Churchill warned that Communist Fifth Columnists would seek to weaken democracies by sowing dissent among their citizens. Though widely discredited for his conduct and abuse of power, many of the charges made by Senator Joseph McCarthy concerning Communist infiltration of government would prove to be true when Kremlin files were released after the Soviet Union collapsed.

Political correctness prevails, and many Americans are wary of the term Fifth Columnists and its implications. It is the reason former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani was roundly attacked by critics when he questioned whether U.S. President Barack Obama actually loves his country. It raised for public debate what a number of our citizenry quietly wonder, which is not whether Obama loves America, but does he actually like who we are as a society and what are the origins of his agenda to profoundly change America through social engineering.

In 1941, author Ayn Rand wrote of “Innocent Fifth Columnists,” who, by their ignorance of the looming Nazi threat, were participating in the defeat of America as surely as those who would take up arms or plant explosives in the Capitol.

Presently, it is apparent that the fascist Fifth Columnists of Ayn Rand’s era have been replaced by the jihadists of today — as a steady stream of Islamic radicals holding American passports make their way to the bloody banner of ISIS.

Evidence would also suggest that we are in fact experiencing the “Clash of Civilizations,” written about by scholars Bernard Lewis and Samuel Huntington, who warned that religion would be the spark for future conflict in a post-Cold War era. Both scholars set out parallel trains of thought that noted economic models and political ideology would be replaced by religion as “fault lines” for conflict. Their prediction has not been refuted by the facts.

Of critical importance is our current inability or political unwillingness to adequately address the threat of radical Islam with nuclear arsenal capabilities — yet those who have sought to call attention to these threats are often criticized, or worse.

Today we face challenges from present day Fifth Columnists who seek to undermine our democracy. Our nation has endured many other challenges, and as history tends to repeat itself, let us look to the past.

Full article: Attempts to Undermine Democracies by Present Day Fifth Columnists (The Gatestone Institute)

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