By Marge O'Brien
One of the most important articles to make the rounds last week was entitled "Who
Wants This War and Why." It was written by a Washington area journalist who
sometimes uses the pen name "Gilbert Blythe." Here's what he wrote: (1)
"In the October 29 issue of The Weekly Standard, a leading neoconservative magazine,
William Kristol and Robert Kagan write that 'when all is said and done, the conflict in
Afghanistan will be to the war on terrorism what the North Africa campaign was to World
War II--an essential beginning on the path to victory. ... a war that will 'spread and
engulf a number of countries' and that 'could well require the use of American military
power in multiple places simultaneously.'
"In the turmoil that would follow, Kristol and Kagan think it likely that Israel
could reoccupy the West Bank and depose Yasser Arafat; that several moderate Arab
governments could be overthrown; and that America's war against terrorism could
"resemble the clash of civilizations that everyone has hoped to avoid." They add
that in a conflict of such scale, some countries might use biological or chemical weapons.
Though they do not say so explicitly, they are telling us to prepare for World War
According to Mr. Blythe, Kristol and Kagan are not alone in urging us toward what they
call "The Right War" (2), but are joined by "Charles Krauthammer, Norman
Podhoretz, William Safire, Morton Kondracke, Don Feder, Ben Wattenberg, and Mona
Charen." He adds that "In the Bush administration, Paul Wolfowitz is the most
prominent advocate of a multi-front war."
And he points out that all of these people are Jewish.
Just as Kristol and Kagan are not alone in pushing for a war of catastrophic dimensions,
Gilbert Blythe is not alone in noting that the leaders of this effort are predominantly
"Israeli-firsters." Georgie Anne Geyer writes that a "smaller war of
interests, beliefs and realities is going on beneath the surface," consisting of a
"Get Iraq" campaign that originated with Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz
and adviser Richard Perle, and includes those neoconservatives, journalists and
congressmen who are known to "always put Israeli policy, or even their perception of
it, above anything else." She states that an important goal of this campaign is to
"diminish, or ruin, the United States' relations with any Arab states," and that
without proof of Iraqi involvement, "...it would be the worst kind of madness to
isolate America in this difficult, poisonous struggle." (3)
In other words, the people who are pressuring our government into entering a large-scale
war against Iraq and other Arab countries--a war that will certainly result in a high
number of American casualties--are not looking out for the interests of America or the
American people, but for the interests of Israel and the Jews.
In a September 18 memo to Henry Kissinger entitled The Prince of Darkness, Jude Wanniski,
a former Washington journalist and present president of Polyconomics, wrote this:
"There is no single American more responsible for inciting outrage among
Muslims globally than Richard [Perle], whose maniacal prescriptions led inexorably to last
week's cataclysm. It was no surprise to me to see Richard on CNN... on Sunday, calling for
all-out war against the Arab world with a coalition entirely composed of western
Europeans. If he were just an ordinary maniac, we could live with him, Henry, but he is
chairman of the Defense Policy Board, which advises the Pentagon, and which gives him
total access to all military secrets. Do you have any doubt that he is now in constant
communication with Ariel Sharon and Binjamin Netanyahu, the leaders of the coo-coo wing of
the Likud Party in Israel? Now I see you practically in lockstep with Perle, whom we have
always known as the Prince of Darkness, !
a master of disinformation ... who now wants to bring the Muslim world to its knees... In
case you did not know it, Secretary of State Colin Powell refers to Perle and his network
as "the bombers." They include the WSJournal editorial page, which Perle has in
his back pocket, The Weekly Standard, which he has in his front pocket, and Bill Safire,
his mouthpiece at the NYTimes." (4)
In a memo to Donald Rumsfeld, Wanniski writes, "Do you realize that Wolfowitz, and
his pal Richard Perle who chairs your Defense Policy Board, have been calling all their
friends in the press corps, urging them to beat the drums for war with Iraq?" in
order to "finish the war against Saddam Hussein." He reminds Rumsfeld that
"Iraq was the least radical of all the Islamic states, the most civilized and modern
and hospitable to Jews and multiculturalism....which is why the Iran/Iraq war was fought,
with Saddam doing our killing for us, at times with the chemical weapons the CIA supplied
him with.... Bin Laden DOES speak for the entire Islamic world in noting that at least a
million Iraqi civilians have died as a result of [U.S.] policy. There would have been no
attack on the WTC if we had dealt honestly and responsibly with Iraq. " (5)
The Jewish clamor for an invasion of Iraq is not new, and journalists who draw attention
to it pay a price. At the time of the 1991 Gulf War, which was carried out against
Iraq in spite of the fact that the U.S. had given tacit approval to Iraq's entering
Kuwait, Pat Buchanan was branded "anti-semite" for comments he had made which
were taken somewhat out of context by Norman Podhoretz in the Wall Street Journal.
George Szamuely wrote in the New York Press that Buchanan had actually written in
one column, "'The civilized world must win this fight,' the editors [of The
Economist] thunder. But, if it comes to war, it will not be the 'civilized world'
humping up that bloody road to Baghdad; it will be American kids with names like
McAllister, Murphy, Gonzales and Leroy Brown," while in another column, Buchanan had
"upbraided A.M. Rosenthal, Charles Krauthammer, Richard Perle and Henry
Kissinger...for their enthusiasm for war on Iraq," without suggesting that their
as due to their being Jewish. Although both of the Buchanan remarks were statements
of fact, Podhoretz condemned them as anti-semitic. (6)
In statements made last week, Congressman Ron Paul urged that Americans Keep Your Eye on
the Target. (7)
"The drumbeat for attacking Baghdad grows louder every day, with Paul Wolfowitz, Bill
Kristol, Richard Perle, and Bill Bennett leading the charge. In a recent interview, U.S.
Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz, made it clear: "We are going to
continue pursuing the entire al Qaeda network which is in 60 countries, not just
Afghanistan." Fortunately, President Bush and Colin Powell so far have resisted the
pressure to expand the war into other countries. Let us hope and pray that they do not
yield to the clamor of the special interests that want us to take on Iraq. The
argument that we need to do so because Hussein is producing weapons of mass destruction is
the reddest of all herrings."
He urged that we not interfere with other nations' governments:
"The President, in the 2000 presidential campaign, argued against nation building,
and he was right to do so. He also said, "If we're an arrogant nation, they'll resent
us." He wisely argued for humility and a policy that promotes peace. Attacking
Baghdad or declaring war against Saddam Hussein, or even continuing the illegal bombing of
Iraq, is hardly a policy of humility designed to promote peace.
"As we continue our bombing of Afghanistan, plans are made to install a new
government sympathetic to the West and under UN control. The persuasive argument as always
And he raises the question of oil as a motivating factor in the drive to get Iraq:
"Rumsfeld's plan, as reported in Turkey's Hurriyet newspaper, lays out the plan for
the next Iraqi government. Turkey's support is crucial, so the plan is to give Turkey oil
from the northern Iraq Karkuk field. The United States has also promised a pipeline
running from Iraq through Turkey. How can the Turks resist such a generous offer? Since we
subsidize Turkey and they bomb the Kurds, while we punish the Iraqis for the same, this
plan to divvy up wealth in the land of the Kurds is hardly a surprise."
Gilbert Blythe wrote that "The struggle of good against evil that many American Jews
are promoting just happens to be a war against Israel's enemies. Kristol and Kagan
want us to destroy the military capacity of Iraq, Syria, and perhaps Iran, and forcibly
install pliant governments in Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and Jordan. They want us to fight a
major, multi-front war that would root out conservative Islam and smash every nation that
has ever threatened Israel. Maybe that would be good for Israel, but what about us?
President Bush calls this a war against terrorism--Presidents always cite lofty causes to
justify wars. But "terrorism" is a hazy, moving target, and it's usually
only after many years that the public learns the real reasons behind the wars in which so
many loved ones lost their lives. Now is the time to pay close attention to what
special interest lobbies are pressuring our government to do, and to figure out who stands
to gain land or power or wealth from a major war. One thing is certain-it won't be
the taxpayers or the men and women who fight it.
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