Joe Sobran: Martyr for truth

Joe Sobran: Martyr for truth

Wednesday, October 13, 2010 7:07 PM
From: “Stephen Sniegoski”


The following is my tribute to the noted columnist Joe Sobran who passed
away on September 30.
Joe Sobran: Martyr for truth

By Stephen J. Sniegoski
The conservative columnist and former assistant editor of National Review,
Joe Sobran, passed away September 30 at age 64 from complications of
diabetes, a disease that had seriously afflicted him for years. Much can be
said about Sobran. He was an extremely talented writer and political
commentator who dissected the politically correct cant of the day in a prose
style that sparkled with witticisms encapsulating trenchant, and usually
taboo, truths. He was a conservative who became increasingly more
anti-government, ultimately declaring himself an anarchist. He was a
faithful Catholic who staunchly opposed abortion. He was an expert on
Shakespeare who supported the unorthodox thesis that the works traditionally
attributed to “the Stratford man” were actually authored by Edward de Vere,
the Earl of Oxford.

Living in the Washington, D.C., area, I got to know Joe Sobran in the 1990s
and continued to see him off and on until recent years when his health
precluded much travel. I always found him to be extremely personable, a
raconteur nonpareil who treated insignificant people such as myself as
equals. Everyone enjoyed immensely the chance to be with him. The monthly
Catholic-oriented dinner that I attend in suburban Virginia is called the
Sobran Dinner, and Sobran himself, in better days, had often attended. I
went to his wake and funeral, joining many other friends and admirers of Joe
in offering our respects to him and his family.

What was especially noteworthy about him, however, was his penchant for
intellectual honesty. Joe Sobran sought to pursue truth, even when it would
lead to the destruction of his brilliant career and ultimately contribute to
his early death. Specifically, it was his violation of the taboo pertaining
to Jewish power and the U.S. Israelocentric foreign policy that led to his
fall. In the 1980s, Sobran was the rising senior editor at William Buckley’s
National Review, and he seemed to be destined for a brilliant future. But
owing to pressure from powerful pro-Zionist Jews such as Norman Podhoretz,
that future never materialized, and Buckley ultimately fired Sobran in
October 1993. Despite Buckley’s close relationship with Sobran, who had
served 21 years with National Review – 18 as senior editor – Buckley caved
in to pro-Zionist Jewish pressure.
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Stephen Sniegoski

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