December 8, 2001
Special Edition

Witch-hunter answers Raimondo – whines about 'character assassination'

Editorial note: We reprint below a letter posted on David Horowitz's Frontpage site, Horowitz's crazed answer, and Justin Raimondo's rejoinder.


I used to think David Horowitz was the cat's pajamas for taking on the Left, but now am having "second thoughts" on account of a very illuminating analysis here: "Horowitz Goes Haywire"

What say you?

– Emily Creo, New York, NY 12/6/01

Horowitz responds:

Raimondo is a deranged individual with a pathological obssession [sic] for me because of a conflict we had over Martin Luther King (whom he despises) almost ten years ago. According to Freedom House Qatar has "no human rights". Al Jeezera [sic] TV daily incites 35 million Muslims to think of the United States as a mass murderer. Its rulers have as much integrity as the Saudi dynasty, which is also our "ally". [University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill Chancellor James] Moeser attacked me as despicable and shameful while he pretended to defend my free speech rights. He made no such critical judgment of his own professors for putting on [a] teach in to promote the idea that the United States deserved the World Trade Center attack. Why should I have been nice to him when I was there? I have read a couple of Raimondo's attacks on me. People can have honest differences. I try answer those who do. Raimondo probably has such differences with me, but he prefers character assassination as a method of argument instead.

Justin Raimondo's rejoinder:

Your nutty idea that I have an "obsession" with you, David, is laughable: is everything really all about you? I don't think so. It really doesn't behoove someone who is so vocal about his opinions to whine about how people are attacking him – when you are constantly on the attack yourself. Your idea that I "despise" Martin Luther King is typical of your hopped-up hyperbolic state: while I disagree with King's ideas (as a libertarian, I oppose anti-discrimination laws) this hardly amounts to "despising" him.

Your curious obsession with Qatar – of all places! – is what is truly deranged. Here is a faithful US ally, which one would think would get your imprimatur on account of its cravenly pro-US foreign policy – and instead you are conducting a one-man "divestment" movement, in parodic imitation of your former comrades on the Left. Al Jazeera may not have a program of which you approve, but neither does its editorial policy coincide with that of the pro-US Qatari government – a point that underscores Qatar's relatively free media. Nothing you have written supports the idea that Qatar is a "radical Islamic state," as you put it.

Furthermore, your diatribe nowhere cites an actual reference to anyone saying that "the US deserved the WTC attack": who said this at UNC-Chapel Hill, and when?

Finally, for you, of all people, to complain that I have engaged in a campaign of "character assassination" is disingenuous, to say the least. This from someone who screeches that I am "deranged" and, in an answer to another letter, claims that I am the reason for his having to travel with bodyguards! Look, David, don't blame me if people hate you: you've made enough enemies on your own, without any help from me.

If you choose not to answer any polemics directed at you written by me, I suppose you have your reasons. But please quit the victimological whining: if you can't stand the heat, then get out of the kitchen.

– Justin Raimondo, San Francisco, California, 12/06/01

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Justin Raimondo is the editorial director of He is also the author of Reclaiming the American Right: The Lost Legacy of the Conservative Movement (with an Introduction by Patrick J. Buchanan), (1993), and Into the Bosnian Quagmire: The Case Against US Intervention in the Balkans (1996). He is an Adjunct Scholar with the Ludwig von Mises Institute, in Auburn, Alabama, a Senior Fellow at the Center for Libertarian Studies, and writes frequently for Chronicles: A Magazine of American Culture. He is the author of An Enemy of the State: The Life of Murray N. Rothbard.



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