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No. 3 March 1992nPOLEMICS & EXCHANGESnOn ‘America First’nConcerning Thomas Fleming’s DecembernPerspective about the AmericanFirst Committee, anti-interventionistsnmight have taken heart from the statementnattributed to Winston Churchillnin August 1936 by William GrifFen,neditor of the New York Enquirer:n”America should have minded hernown business and stayed out of thenWorid War. If you hadn’t entered thenwar the Allies would have made peacenwith Cermany in the Spring of 1917.nHad we made peace then there wouldnhave been no collapse in Russia followednby Fascism, and Germany wouldnnot have signed the Versailles Treaty,nwhich has enthroned Nazism in Cermany.nIf America had stayed out of thenwar, all these ‘isms’ wouldn’t today bensweeping the continent in Europe andnbreaking down padiamentary government,nand if England had made peaceneady in 1917, it would have saved overnone million Bridsh, French, American,nand other lives.”n—Kenneth McDonaldnWillowdale, Ontario, CanadanOn ‘Environmentalism’nI enjoyed Jigs Gardner’s “Letter FromnCape Breton Island” (January 1992) onnthe subject of “The New Utopians.”nHe correctly states that environmentalistsnare openly Utopian, and as such arenfull of “cocksure ignorance” in supportnof Utopian views. A true Utopian hasnboundless faith in his dream worid, andnany challenge to that dream is regardednas an example of the unworthiness ofnmankind to even exist. “We must putncivilization in reverse, before it is toonlate! All we have to do is take our ordersnand control our every action to be inn’harmony’ with the latest fad — populationnreduction, primitive hardship, and anshort, ugly, starving, disease-ridden,npreyed-upon ‘existence.'” Of course,nthe Greens would have said it better.nAs to Mr. Gardner’s liberal arts education,nhe should not apologize. Hisnletter shows he is way ahead of the mobnand has the basics of an inquiring mind,nwhich is the foundation of all liberal artsncurricula.n— John A. FletchernSt. Paul, MNnCULTURAL REVOLUTIONSnWILLIAM F. BUCKLEY, JR.ndidn’t have a spy novel or a yachtingnsaga in him one recent week, and thenskiing season in Gstaad hadn’t startednyet. So he sat himself down and tinklednout a 40,000-word tome tided “InnSearch of Anti-Semitism.” The articlen— or book, or monster — consumesnthe entire issue of the December 30,n1991, National Review. The majornwork of the conservative luminary’sndeclining years goes on — and on andnon — for no less than 42 doublecolumnnpages of Buckleyesque bloviation.nMr. Buckley’s ostensible purpose isnto ponder whether certain ostensiblenfriends on the right and one ostensiblenfoe on the left are or are not guilty ofnanti-Semitism. The unusual suspectsninclude his “close friend,” protege andnnncolleague at National Review, JoenSobran; former columnist and presentnpresidential candidate Patrick J. Buchanan;nthe Nation and its contributor,nnovelist Gore Vidal; and the DartmouthnReview, an undergraduate conservativenpublication chiefly notable fornsophomoric pranks and the ideologicalnequivalent of swallowing goldfish.nNo one much cares what Mr.nBuckley says about the Nation or thenDartmouth fratty-baggers, but his reflectionsnabout Mr. Sobran and Mr.nBuchanan have stimulated dismay andnoutright anger among his and theirnfriends on the right. After wending antortuous path strewn with misappliednlogic and overstuffed sentences, Mr.nBuckley puffs to a dubious and equivocalnconclusion. While he refrains fromnsaying that either suspect is an anti-n