Pat Buchanan has been going from bad to worse, suggesting that the war against Hitler was unnecessary, and now charging that “Israel and its Fifth Column in this city seek to stampede us into war with Iran.”
Fifth Column. The term comes from the Spanish Civil War. The Nationalist General Emilio Mola said he had four columns approaching the city, and a fifth column already inside the city. The Fifth Column, then, would undermine the enemy from within, by spying, sabotage, etc.
So Pat Buchanan is saying that Israel is actually trying to undermine and destroy the United States. He glosses over the real evidence of genocidal intentions among the mullahcracy, the reality of Iran’s nuclear program, and the obligations of the United States’ alliance with Israel.
And Pat Buchanan has had nothing whatsoever to say about a real Fifth Column that has stated its intentions quite clearly:
The Muslim Brotherhood “must understand that their work in America is a kind of grand Jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and “˜sabotaging” its miserable house by their hands and the hands of the believers so that it is eliminated and Allah’s religion is made victorious over all other religions.”
That’s from “An Explanatory Memorandum on the General Strategic Goal for the Brotherhood in North America,” a 1991 presentation by Muslim Brotherhood operative Mohamed Akram.
Of course, Pat Buchanan is not alone in ignoring this and pointing the finger at other, chimerical threats.