Marten Gantelius is a regular reader and commenter at Gates of Vienna. He was prompted by our reports on the controversy over American Betrayal to buy the book and read it, and now sends this review.
American Betrayal: A Swedish Perspective
by Marten Gantelius
I have finished reading Diana West’s American Betrayal, a book that proved to be very important even for me, as a Swede. I am far from competent to review the book, but there are a few things I’d like to say after presenting a little personal background (If anybody wants a closer look, see my website thecart.se).
In college at the ancient school Katedralskolan in Lund I was a student of mathematics, but my joy was the lessons in French and History — of course because of the exceptionally good teachers. My history teacher was Arne “Laban” Lindström, a legend at the handball club LUGI in Lund. His classes had very little about kings and battles, but were more about how people lived. I’ve never forgotten what he once said to me: “Marten”, he said, “never ever believe a scholar of history!”
After college, I was forced to do 15 months military service in the Swedish Artillery. In 1969, the “modern” Swedish Artillery Defense mainly consisted of German haubitzes m/39. During the service, I read Catch-22. It helped.
As a University student, I read 1984 at a time when the universities were dominated by the “Red Wine Socialists”. I reread the book two years ago because it coincided with my work on “Daily Life Language of Violence”.
I am definitely no littérateur. Since my youth I have used the following strategy: If an author cannot catch my attention in the first ten pages of the book, I put it aside. Several Nobel Prize winners are among the rejected authors. I didn’t treat American Betrayal any differently. But after page 10, I went on reading.
Reading American Betrayal, you might get the impression that Harry Hopkins was the evil snake that manipulated Franklin D. Roosevelt. I don’t buy it. Methinks that FDR already had been a full-blooded Communist for many years when he entered the White House. And that he was in a pact with Stalin from Day One in 1933. Hopkins only did what he was told to do by the two “Uncles”. The rest was theatre. For example, I cannot conclude otherwise than that FDR had full knowledge of the famine in the Ukraine and of the Katyn massacre, etc. And that he fully approved of the murdering. To me, this makes sense, and the actions of Hopkins and many others logical. Did FDR ever make one single vital decision that wasn’t in the interest of Stalin and Communism?
My conclusion: Franklin Delano Roosevelt is the biggest traitor in the history of the United States of America. Furthermore, he was responsible of the “unnecessary” deaths of several hundred thousand American and British soldiers. He was also responsible for the massacre of millions of people behind the Iron Curtain for 45 years. And he knew exactly what he did.
Both FDR and HH died “conveniently” in April 1945 and January 1946, respectively. I won’t say it was planned, but the timing was definitely convenient for Stalin — “Uncle Joe”.
In Western culture there is a reluctance to criticize dead people — especially the newly dead. Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme is one example. Before he was assassinated in Stockholm in 1986, he was highly criticized for his politics and generally arrogant behaviour. After the murder, any criticism was absolutely taboo. The media presented OP as a “saint”, when he was anything but.
This sort of “psychology” certainly did support the massive denial of facts in the postwar hearings in the USA. In my opinion, this cover-up is an important part of the betrayal of the American people.
It is very difficult for a person to say: “I have been a complete fool to have allowed myself to be double-crossed for so many years. Let’s get to the bottom of the facts and make them accessible to the people.” It is much easier — and less hazardous — to keep silent or “follow the stream”. Fortunately, many brave persons didn’t do that. And it is thanks to them that American Betrayal could be written.
I quote Victor Kravchenko from his book I Chose Freedom from 1946 (American Betrayal, pages 73 and 240):
“Even the most gigantic lie, by dint of infinite repetition, takes root; Stalin knew this before Hitler discovered it.”
“The greatest Soviet triumph, it was borne in upon me, was in the domain of foreign propaganda.”
I am inclined to agree with Mr. Kravchenko. Almost seventy years of massive Communist infiltration and propaganda — everywhere — has moved the minds of the whole Western population from individualist thinking to collectivist thinking. Today, it is risky to present facts in any area of Western societies if they don’t coincide with the “Official Map”.
The three collectivist ideologies National Socialism, Communism and Islam have very much in common. Their common aim is global domination, and many of their choices of methods are also the same. National Socialism lasted for fifteen years, Communism for seventy years, while Islam is thriving after 1400 years on stage.
In my opinion, Communist propaganda today, especially in Western countries, has facilitated the implementation by Muslims of their eternal aim: a global Caliphate (and I judge the countries behind the former Iron Curtain to have the best ability to defend themselves).
During WW2 The Swedish government chose to make the country “neutral”. In reality, that meant that they cooperated with both the Germans and the Soviets. Undoubtedly, the majority of the Swedish elite — Raoul Wallenberg excepted — were pro-Nazi. But the people were not. And those were the ones who rescued and gave shelter to thousands of Jewish refugees.
The actions of the Swedish government during the war were anything but “clean”. But if a “Swedish Betrayal” were to be written today, nobody would publish it. And if, against all odds, anybody were to do so, nobody would write any reviews.
I can only conclude with this: Kravchenko was right.
For links to previous articles about the controversy over American Betrayal, see the Diana West Archives.