by Bill Korach
As we prepare to remember the 10th anniversary of the barbaric attack against America, American high school student are likely to read that America was to blame for the horror visited on innocent Americans. Howard Zinn, marxist author of A People’s History 0f the United States writes that the Trade Tower, Pentagon and the American Flight 93 highjacking were all America’s fault. We have all read that there are people, particularly on the secular left, that believe America was at fault for Islamic terrorism in general and 9/11 in particular. But A People’s History is just not any book. It has become a widely used history book in public high schools all around the country. Although the book was first published in 1980 by Harper Collins, the leftist actor Matt Damon ensured the book’s popularity by recording and distributing CD’s of the books. Kids don’t even have to read it. They can just sit back and listen.
Here’s what Zinn tells our kids in “A People’s History” about the 9/11 attacks:
…terrorism was routed in deep grievances against the United States., and that to stop terrorism, these must be addressed. The grievances were not hard to identify…stationing of US troops in Saudi Arabia, ten year sanctions against Iraq, that according to the United Nations, caused the dealths of hundreds of thousands of children, the continued support of Israel’s occupation of Palestinian land.
So, in Zinn;s view supporting an ally, stationing troops in a foreign country, and peaceful sanctions against a rogue nation were full justification for the attacks against America. But that quote is at the end of the stupefying 729 page marxist screed. A People’s History begins with Columbus and closes on the Bush Presidency. Zinn finds nothing good to say about America during her entire existence. America is racist, sexist, imperialist, capitalistic and above all, profoundly greedy. Land of Liberty? Forget it says Zinn, only for the rich, Freed the slaves for Christian liberty? For selfish business reasons says Zinn. Stopped the Nazis and ambitions of Imperial Japan? “Nein” says Zinn, it was all about powerful military/industrial interests.
You should know what your kids are learning, if they are reading A People’s History, so here are a few more tidbits from this tendentious tome. Zinn does not approve of the Founding Fathers:
Were the Founding Fathers wise and just men trying to achieve a good balance? In fact, they did not want a balance, except one which kept things as they were, a balance among dominant forces at that time. They certainly did not want an equal balance between slaves and masters, propertyless and property holders, Indians and white. …they were invisible in the new political democracy. They were the women of early America.
So, it doesn’t matter to Zinn that many of the Founding Fathers gave up their lives and fortunes for the hope of a free future, no to marxist Zinn, the Founding Fathers were just a bunch of landholding racists.
What about Abraham Lincoln, surely Zinn has a kind word for Father Abraham? No, in Zinn’s mind, Lincoln was just another double-talking white man out to take care of old number one:
It was Abraham Lincoln who combined perfectly the needs of business, the political ambition of the new Republican Party, and the rhetoric of humanitarianism. He would keep the abolition of slavery not at the top of his list…but close enough so it could be pushed there temporarily…by practical political advantage.
Wow, Abe, you old schemer you!
Hold on, did we not shed good American blood to rid the world of the Nazi and Imperil Japanese tyranny? Surely Zinn must approve of the “Greatest Generation.” Don’t hold your breath:
Hatred against the enemy, against the Japanese particularly, became widespread. Racism was clearly at work…..But if “peoples war” means a war of people against attack, …then tactics of all-out aerial assault against the populations of Germany and Japan destroy that notion….
Zinn believes the United States was wrong to drop the atomic bomb on Japan, even though many military commanders said at the time that over 1 American Million lives would have been lost in a sea born invasion of Japan. Zinn suggests that we dropped the bomb because we invested so much money in the project that we just had to use the bomb. Furthermore, Zinn suggests that we bombed Japan before the Russians entered the war against Japan so the Soviets would not gain Communist influence.
Zinn believes that the United States military industrial complex exaggerated the Soviet threat to gain money and power. He believes that it was the Soviet who sought peace because they wanted a better world. In his final chapter Zinn states “badly twisted was the teaching and writing of history by submersion of non white people.”
Anti-Americanism has long been a force at American institutions of higher education, but now it has become established in our public schools. A People’s History of the United States enjoys wide distribution and use at our high schools. There are many other such books that present America as the world’s problem, and not a source of freedom and liberty. If America’s young are taught with history that fails to discuss American Exceptionalism based upon Judeo-Christian principles and instead has a focus on America the wicked, we will have an America that we do not recognize in the next generation.