Zgram - Where Truth is Destiny: Now more than ever!
June 29, 2004
Good Morning from the Zundelsite:
Kenneth Love served (see biographical sketch below) as The New York
Times' correspondent in the Middle East from 1953-1956, in London
until 1959, and at the United Nations in New York until 1962. In
these places he had access to the men who shook the world. He is the
author of the most definitive book on the Suez wars -- SUEZ: The
Twice-fought War--Published in 1969.
Apparently the talk below was given at a meeting featuring Author
David Irving in New York. It is one no-nonsense talk!
Read it, savor it, and pass it on to others:
A short talk by Kennett Love:
June 19, 2004 Ladies & gentlemen, David Irving, Michael Santomauro,
You don't have to be an anti-Semite to despise and fear Ariel
Sharon. You don't have to be an anti-Semite to perceive that the
United States of America has lost control of its politics to a
Jewish lobby that puts Israel's interests above our own American
interests. That loss would not be of paramount concern if Israel's
interests were the same as - or even vaguely similar to -- our
American interests. And you don't have to be an anti-Semite to
oppose and fear George W. Bush and the cruel war in Iraq into which
he and the neo-cons and the evangelical fundamentalist Christian
cults have led America with lies.
I cite the victory of Zionist Jewish money in the defeat of popular
congressional incumbents in the Alabama and Georgia primaries for the
national elections. Worse yet, and more recently, I cite the
Pavlovian pro-Israel foot-licking adherence of John Kerry to the
pro-forma platform vows of the Bush administrations -- father and
son -- and the cowardly, continuing congressional caucus touting
their grossly partisan support for Israel against nearly the entire
Muslim world and in defiance of public opinion in Europe and the rest
of the Americas.
Israel's character and policies are criticized and courageously
opposed by many of its Jewish citizens. But Israel's character and
policies are diametrically opposed to American principles.
1. Israel is racist. Its law of return applies only to Jews born
of Jewish mothers. It is not the only democracy in the middle east
because it is not a democracy. The Arabs and other non-Jews under
Israeli control are second class citizens at best. We have abated
our racism and we enforce severe laws against it.
2. Israel is terrorist. It was founded on terror. It applied
terror to make Arabs flee, across unfixed and non-legal borders,
and then declared them to have forfeited their property and homes.
Israel confiscated their possessions after their terrified flight
and shot many of them when they tried to retrieve family jewelry.
They were barred from return in favor of the influx of Jews. One of
Israel's most horrendous acts was the massacre of hundreds of
women, children, and old men at Deir Yasseen in the course of the war
of conquest which began to escalate in 1947. The bodies were thrown
down the village well. The young men were at work in the fields.
The UN mediator, Count Folke Bernadotte, was assassinated while
trying to establish borders in accord with the 1947 UN partition of
Palestine. The murder was never solved. Israel never seriously
investigated it. It was apparently an act of terror to get more
territory for Israel. Israel proclaimed itself an independent state
in 1948 on May 15, as part of Israel's permanent campaign to kill or
expel all non-Jews in Palestine, -- Armenians, Greek orthodox
Christians, and Roman Catholics among them -- Sharon led an invasion
into Lebanon in 1982 and personally shepherded the massacre of
nearly 1,000 Palestine refugees in the camps of Sabra and Shatilla
outside of Beirut. Only a few weeks ago a Sharon cabinet minister
told the New Yorker's Jeffrey Goldberg there were "innocent men
among the Palestinians, but they are collectively guilty; we will
have to kill them all."
This genocidal policy was born in 1897 in the mind of Theodore
Herzl, author of Der Judenstaat [the Jewish State] and the founder
of modern political Zionism. He used the term "transfer of
populations". That has been a constant Israeli policy, resembling
our own killings and forced relocations of native Americans.
3. Israel is theocratic. Our tradition is to separate church and
state. Let me insert here that our traditions and our principles
are often violated. Our president is a born-again evangelical who
claims god told him to attack Saddam Hussein. He did -- with
enormous bunker-busting bombs that inflicted incalculable
"collateral damage". An estimated 10,000 Iraqis died, but we have
4. Iraq was targeted at the prompting of the Jewish neo-cons
because Iraq, unlike Egypt, Jordan, and Lebanon is still officially
at war with Israel. Iraq fired missiles at Israel in the gulf war
of Bush the father. This war is pre-emptive, a war of choice, not
defense and now we are stuck with it.
5. Israel is a vigorous, anachronistic colonialist power. The world
sees our "special relationship" with Israel as a partnership in
crusading, conquering colonialism. We serve Israel as armorer,
banker, diplomatic protector, and relentless vetoer of UN efforts to
curb Israel's violations of international laws. The UN's founding
charter in 1945 prohibited using force or the threat of force to
acquire territory. Just two years later Israel began doing just
that in "liberating" Palestine from hundreds of thousands of
Palestinians in what it called its "war of liberation" in 1947 -
1948 and in its stunning pre-emptive wars and massacres against
Egypt, Jordan, and Syria in 1967 and Lebanon in 1982. It seized upon
its triumph in 1967 to occupy the West Bank and Gaza. They kill and
demolish homes and institutions with appalling heartlessness and
insultingly ignore our timid remonstrances. They run the special
alliance; we don't. Some alliance! They don't bother to make a
pretense of loyalty nor even compromise out of courtesy. They look
the other way when we oppose at nuclear programs in Syria, Nor th
Korea, China, India, and Pakistan. They made us look the other way
while they built a formidable nuclear and missile armory of their
own. They corrupted an American citizen named Pollard to steal our
secrets for years and scolded us bitterly for sending him to prison
for life instead of letting him "return" to the Jewish State.
In their 1967 war they ambushed our electronic surveillance ship,
the "Liberty", in broad daylight with aircraft guns and bombs, motor
torpedo boats, even a submarine, crippling the ship and killing some
35 of its crew and wounding dozens more. Israel pressed the
day-long attack in the face of oversize American flags and radio
identifications and may-days. Israel has given no explanation or
expression of and has balked inquiry into the incident. And so have
we. President Johnson called off a rescue sortie by the sixth
fleet. Survivors of the "liberty" attack have stubbornly sought to
learn the reasons why. It is time we ended the "special
relationship". It hasn't even a name or agreement to govern its
President George Washington warned against such a special alliance
in his farewell address, saying:
"the nation which indulges toward another an habitual hatred or an
habitual fondness is in some degree a slave. ... sympathy for the
favorite nation, facilitating the illusion of an imaginary common
interest in cases where no real common interest exists, and infusing
into one the enmities of the other, betrays the former into a
participation in the quarrels and wars of the latter without
adequate inducement or justification."
..."in innumerable ways, such attachments are particularly alarming
to the truly enlightened and independent patriot. How many
opportunities do they afford to tamper with domestic factions, to
practice the arts of seduction, to mislead public opinion, to
influence or awe the public councils! ... real patriots who may
resist the intrigues of the favorite are liable to become suspected
and odious, while its tools and dupes usurp the applause and
confidence of the people to surrender their interests."
President Truman in 1947 broke the 150-year-old spell of president
Washington's warning against entangling alliances by launching the
Marshall plan of aid for Western Europe and the Truman Doctrine to
block communist influence in Greece and Turkey.
Israel is touchy about its "legitimate right to exist", citing most
frequently the story of god's covenant with Abram, later Abraham,
made before Abram had departed from Ur of the Chaldees, his
ancestral birthplace in what is now Iraq. The story begins with
god's promise of his favor for Abram and his descendants (genesis 12
"now the lord had said to Abram, get thee out of thy country, ...
unto a land that I will shew thee: and I will make of thee a great
nation, ..." when Abram had reached Canaan, north of Palestine, god
appeared to him again and said: "unto thy seed will I give this
land." There was no mention of a covenant until genesis 15:18, when
the lord said to Abram: "unto thy seed have I given this land, from
the river of Egypt unto the great river, the River Euphrates."
The story has god giving land and other promises to Abram right and
left. The details differed widely from promise to promise. Years
later Joshua, the first conqueror of Palestine, quoted a
surprisingly frank admission from god:
"I have given you a land for which ye did not labor, and cities
which ye built not, and ye dwell in them; of the vineyards and olive
yards which ye planted not do ye eat."
I suggest that these stories came down in recitations from the days
of mythology, all of it folklore, through centuries when Zeus and
Venus and Athena were as real as Jehovah and Noah or Abraham or
Moses - "an ancient time" as E.l. Doctorow put it, "when no
distinction was possible between fact and fiction, ... as in Homer.
As in Genesis."
Both parties to a covenant must be alive at the signing. When I
covenanted to buy an apartment in New York while I was in Egypt
covering the 1973 war for ABC, my lawyer told me later that the deal
was delayed until he thought to listen to a radio to hear my live
The Muslims, although abraham appears as Ibrahim in the qur'an,
reject the idea that the covenant has any legal standing, giving the
Jews any right to trespass on the land of the Canaanites or the
Palestinians or the Lebanese or the Syrians and the Egyptians.
There is no independent evidence that Abraham ever existed, ever
crossed the line between mythology and history. So the Abrahamic
covenant has no firm basis in law. Perhaps in tradition.
And the brutal colonialist conduct of Israel is certainly not an
acceptable underpinning for a "legitimate right to exist". Our
reputation in the world has been tarred and feathered by our total
and uncomplaining support of Israel's illegal occupation of nearly
all of Palestine.
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Kennett Love was born on August 17, 1924 in St. Louis, Missouri. He
served from 1943-1946 as a United States Navy pilot during World War
II. Like many GIs, Love returned to school after the war and
received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Columbia College in 1948. He
began his career as a writer and a journalist in 1948 by working as
a reporter for the Hudson Dispatch, in Union City, New Jersey. Love
served as foreign correspondent for the New York Times, between 1948
and 1962. His assignments included coverage of activities in the
Middle East, East Africa, West Africa and Europe. Love was an
eight-time winner of the Publisher's Writing Prize. He served in
Ethiopia, Morocco, Tunisia and training centers in the United States
as a Planner Evaluator for the Peace Corps between 1963 and 1964.
Love was an associate professor at Princeton University's School of
Oriental Studies from 1964 to 1968. Between 1971-1973 he was a
professor of journalism at the American University in Cairo, and
served as a Cairo correspondent for ABC News. In 1974 Love began to
pursue a career as a free lance writer, editor and photographer. For
the past two years he has engaged in research and interviews for a
history of the 1953 coup in Iran. Love's major published work is the
'Suez: The Twice Fought War. He has produced many articles, reviews,
broadcasts and taken photographs which have appeared nationally and
See Kennett Love Papers: