Dinesh D'Souza is a conservative intellectual competing in an increasingly crowded but clearly shrinking market for wingnut denunications of liberal America. In his 2006 The Enemy at Home he accuses liberal America of responsibility for 9/11. In the end this will be no more effective than the other attempts to deflect public recognition of conservative, largely Republican responsibility for the blowback from support for Sunni Islamists during the Soviet-Afghan War.
D'Souza's argument in The Enemy at Home is that Osama bin Laden and fellow Sunni Salafi islamists used evil tactics but that their basic critique of America is legitimate. What D'Souza admits then is that his neo-conservative values parallel those of America's enemies.
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- "But what I`m saying is five years after 9/11, it`s not a bad idea to take a cold, critical look and see what are the roots of 9/11. Take a simple example. The radical Muslims have been around since the 1920s. They first got a major stake when they captured Iran. Khomeini was the first guy to cal America the great Satan, who instigated Muslims to have martyrdom and jihad against us. And how did we get Khomeini? Because Jimmy Carter came into office. He said, "I`m a virtuous man. I believe in human rights. We support the shah. The shah is a tyrant." So America pulls the Persian rug out from under the shah. And in trying to get rid of the bad guy, we get the worst guy. So here`s a concrete way in which we put a major state into the hands of radical Islam." Appearance on CNN's Glenn Beck. January 18, 2007. CNN Transcript
- Jerry Adler. "America's Most Wanted." Newsweek. February 5, 2007. page 46