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Onward Christian Soldiers, sang the rabbis (english)
27 Mar 2003
Modified: 28 Mar 2003
The Zionist Organization of America is all in favor of the War in Iraq, as is Paul Wolfowitz, Richard Perle, the Anti-Defamation League, and which has an article, "This War is For Us"
In Favor of the War, and Enjoying a Good Fight

OR 12 years, Morton A. Klein has been a one- or two-issue kind of man: brook no peace with the Palestinian leadership, ferret out anti-Semitism wherever it is.

Mr. Klein is president of the Zionist Organization of America, so such views come as no surprise. He took a slight detour on Sunday, heading to Times Square to take part in a rally supporting the war against Iraq. By itself, that may not be so surprising, given that Iraq is an enemy of Israel.

But his new role becomes more interesting when one realizes that Mr. Klein has emerged as one of the few people to take a lead in organizing public displays of pro-war sentiment in New York City, where some of the nation's largest antiwar demonstrations have been held. He is also one of the few Jewish leaders to take a prominent public stand on the war.

In an interview at his office near Herald Square, where he commutes three days a week from his home in a Philadelphia suburb, Mr. Klein sees nothing out of the ordinary.

"We are focused on issues relating to the Middle East," he said. "We have become very knowledgeable about the Arab world, the Arab war on Israel and terrorism. We are patriotic American citizens who believe this is a just and valid war."

As he speaks, his eyebrows perform a pas de deux above his glasses, and quick bursts of air sound from his nose — the products of a mild case of Tourette's syndrome, for which this owlish-looking former statistician begs pardon. He is disarmingly self-deprecating.

The demonstration drew about 1,000 people, a footnote to the more than 125,000 people who the police estimated marched against the war a day earlier. The pro-war rally's other main sponsor was the Christian Coalition of America. Mr. Klein, who addressed the pro-war demonstration, said he became involved when a politically conservative Web site, whose name he could not recall, contacted him. "We felt we should lend our name to this," he said. "This is not really a leap."

It is a leap not taken by many of the more mainstream Jewish groups, which have largely remained silent on the war. Jewish leaders have said the silence comes partly because their organizations are divided, and partly because they fear repercussions if the war goes badly.

In the backdrop has been much public discussion, at least in the weeks before military action began, about whether or not a group of prominent Jews in foreign-policy circles were responsible for pushing the administration to war, and whether even to raise the issue was anti-Semitic.

Mr. Klein said he found it troubling that Jewish leaders would have hesitation speaking out. But, he added, given so much persecution, "Jews understandably have a fear of making things worse."

Mr. Klein, who is married and the father of a grown daughter, was born in 1947 in Germany, at a displaced persons camp. His parents, both Holocaust survivors, met there.

The family came to the United States when he was 4, and he grew up in South Philadelphia. He studied math and economics at Temple University, where he also received his master's degree concentrating on biostatistics.

He actively protested the Vietnam War, grew his hair long and worked for George McGovern's presidential campaign in 1972. "I was young and idealistic," he said. "When you get older, you realize it doesn't work."

Mr. Klein became a health economist in the Nixon, Ford and Carter administrations. Around that time, he befriended the scientist Linus Pauling, and served as his research consultant for 15 years. In 1991, Mr. Klein became head of the Philadelphia chapter of the Zionist organization, and the group's national president two years later.

THERE is an iconoclastic strain to the life of a man whom Abraham H. Foxman, national director of the Anti-Defamation League, once called an "attack dog of the Jewish thought police."

Mr. Klein drew attention in the mid-1970's for research suggesting that cancer survival rates were not improving despite what were considered broad advances in treatment. In 1992, he was listed as a co-author of a major study suggesting the consumption of large quantities of vitamin C may lower death rates from heart disease.

His was a relatively rare voice from the outset in the American Jewish community against the Oslo peace accord.

A prolific speechmaker and Congressional lobbyist, he is the son of a rabbi who memorized the Torah as a youth. Mr. Klein absorbed some of that talent. In his youth, Mr. Klein said, he knew by heart the batting averages of virtually every major leaguer.

While criticizing others for comparing the plight of Palestinians in Israel with that of the Jews in Nazi Germany, Mr. Klein does not shrink from using the Nazi analogy himself. He said "militant Islamic terrorism is the greatest threat to a peaceful and free world since the Nazis," but quickly conceded that the Soviet Union could compete. He also said Arab culture promoted hatred and violence toward Jews in the same way that Nazi culture did.

Not surprisingly, Mr. Klein's critics fault him for seeing the world in black and white terms and for smearing his enemies. He denies the charges, but also indirectly responds with an anecdote about Dr. Pauling. He said he once asked Dr. Pauling how he felt about his critics.

Mr. Klein said the scientist answered, "If they weren't fighting against me, what fun would that be?"

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racist scum (english)
27 Mar 2003
"Stan Greenberg" appears to be a fascist masquerading as a Jew. Beat it "Stan". Your anti-Jewish racism won't play here. The blame for this war rests on the shoulders of the capitalist class and their racist supporters like yourself, not on any ethnic group.
right from the mouth of Jews (english)
27 Mar 2003
Vat, you don't believe it's a Jews War when itz right from zee Jewz mouth? Here itz is, right here:

This War is for Us
Ariel Natan Pasko
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Of course this war against Iraq and Saddam Hussein is for us. Even the anti-Semites, like Patrick J. Buchanan and Congressman Jim Moran know it. Pat Buchanan has been accusing the neo-conservatives, what he calls the War Party - i.e., the Jews and their followers in America - of pushing the United States into this war. He´s also blamed Prime Minister Sharon and Israel for wanting the war. That´s what he said in a recent article, "Whose War?" Rep. Moran recently came out of the closet saying, "If it were not for the strong support of the Jewish community for this war with Iraq, we would not be doing this." Other anti-Semites have also been saying it.

They´re both right, and dead wrong. True, most Jews in America and Israel want the US to capture Saddam Hussein and his gang, disarm Iraq of Weapons of Mass Destruction, institute some form of regime change, and introduce freedom and democracy. But so do most Americans, many Iraqis, and many other freedom-loving people in the region and around the world. Although it might be in Israel´s interest to see the ´neighborhood bully´ - Iraq - have its non-conventional weapons confiscated, it is also in America´s interest, it is also in Europe´s interest, it is even in Russia´s and China´s interest - they have both been plagued by Islamic terror in recent years. And, though they might not like to admit it publicly, it is even in the interest of Arab states in the region.

Nobody who thinks about it for a couple of seconds should want a dictator like Saddam Hussein - who has already used chemical weapons on his own citizens, the Kurds, and his neighbors, the Iranians - to have Weapons of Mass Destruction. Whether he uses them himself or passes them off to terror groups like al-Qaida, Abu Sayyaf in the Philippines, the Chechens, or Hamas and Islamic Jihad, who wants some nut cases releasing Small Pox, Anthrax, or VX Nerve Gas onto innocent civilian populations?

However, we already knew that this war is for us - i.e., the Jews and Israel. Chazal - our sages - throughout the ages have explained the Torah, telling us that everything that happens in the world is for the benefit of the Jewish People.

Simply put another way, if all the world is a stage, then the Jews - and especially those in the Land of Israel - are the lead actors on the stage of history, and the goyim - the nations, i.e. the gentiles - have supporting roles, while the evil-doers are props and background scenery. As our tradition states, G-D - the great playwright - created the world for the sake of the Jewish People, and it is our responsibility to implement the Torah - absolute morality and the blueprint of creation - in it.

Stop and think for a moment: the last Gulf War in 1991 ended erev - just before - Purim. This Gulf War began motzei - just after - Shushan Purim. Get the picture? In between, "The Jews had light, and gladness, and joy, and honor." (Book of Esther 8:16)

Read the Purim story in Megilat Esther again, it is a rags to riches story on a national scale. Haman, the proto-typical anti-Semite, plans mass murder of the Jews and in the end pays with his life, the life of his ten sons - all hanged - and the Jews kill 75, 800 members of the anti-Semitic - i.e. Nazi - party of the time.

This is not so different from the Nuremberg Trials after World War II, when 23 Nazi war criminals were tried. Originally 11 were to have the death penalty imposed if found guilty. Everybody in those days thought that they would be shot - as is customary in military executions - or get the electric chair - as was common in the United States. But when the judges announced the verdict of guilty, they also said that hanging would be the method of execution. Two hours before the execution, they found Hermann Goering dead in his cell. He had committed suicide. That left only 10 Nazis to execute.

There is more to this story than meets the eye. In Megilat Esther (9:7-9), when it describes the execution of Haman´s ten sons, their names are listed in a vertical column. If you look at the Hebrew closely, you´ll notice extra-small letters in three of the names. The first name, Parshandata, has a small tav. The seventh name, Parmashta, has a small shin. The tenth name, Vayzata, has a small zayn. Hebrew letters are also used as numbers, as well as for dates in the Jewish calendar. Tav, shin, zayn numerically means 707, corresponding to the year 5707, which began with Rosh HaShanah - the Jewish New Year - on September 25, 1946. On October 16, 1946, as foreshadowed in the names of Haman´s ten sons, ten Nazi leaders were hanged as war criminals. And if that doesn´t impress you, out of nowhere, with the rope around his neck, Julius Schtreicher - editor of Der Sturmer, the Nazi propaganda newspaper - shouted out with flaming hatred in his eyes, just as the trap door opened, "Purimfest 1946!" It was reported in the international press of the day.

As I said earlier, of course this war is for the Jews and Israel, and instead of hiding from the accusation, or crying, "anti-Semitic slur", we should gratefully acknowledge what the Master of the Universe is doing to our enemies for us. Saddam Hussein, Yasser Arafat, Bashar Assad, Osama Bin-Laden, and the other dictators, terrorists and mullahs of the region, are the modern day Hamans and Hitlers.

Great things are yet to come. The Hebrew month of Adar is a time for ´increasing joy´. Purim is a time for celebrating our salvation from enemies who plot our destruction. Adar falls at the end of the calendar for months and the end of the winter. And after Adar comes Nisan - or Aviv, meaning springtime. Springtime is a time of rebirth and regeneration after a long dark winter. Pesach - Passover - Z´man Cherutainu - the time of our freedom - falls in Nisan. In Nisan, we were redeemed from slavery in Egypt, and the future redemption will be in Nisan.

Rabbi Avraham Yitzhak HaCohen Kook taught that we were liberated from Egyptian bondage in order to bring liberation to the entire world. The Torah repeats three times that we departed Egypt in the springtime (Exodus 13:4, 26:15, and Deuteronomy 16:1), because our freedom is not only the spring of our people, but also the spring of the entire world and its inhabitants. The objective of our liberation is to perfect the world under the reign of the Almighty, as G-d promised Abraham, "and through you all the families of the earth will be blessed." (Genesis 12:3)

Yes, the war is for the Jews. But it is also for all decent, peace-loving and freedom-loving people. Just as when the Jews were saved from Egyptian slavery, liberated, given the Torah at Mt. Sinai, and brought into the Holy Land, the world now has a great opportunity to rid itself of the Hamans, Hitlers, and Pharaohs who want to kill or enslave them today.

In the Purim story, Mordechai told Queen Esther, when she seemed apprehensive about approaching the king to ask for help to avert Haman´s plan of genocide, "If you remain silent at this time, then relief and deliverance will come to the Jews from elsewhere, but you and your father´s house will perish." (Book of Esther 4:14) That is what we should tell the Pat Buchanans, the Jim Morans, and all those in America and around the world who say that the Jews are behind America´s war in Iraq. That is what we should tell all those in the ‘Anti-War Movement’ who are against America.

Pat Buchanan really is Anti-American, though he hides it well. Who could imagine an isolationist America, disengaged from the world, as he advocates? Terrorists and terrorist states would multiply. It would end up bringing more tragedies like September 11th to America. Rather than blame America´s support for Israel for September 11th, as he and Jihadist Muslims have done, Israel, America, and their allies will lessen the threat of mass murder, through war on Iraq, on other terror-regimes, and on terrorist groups.

Great things are coming, for the Jewish People, for the State of Israel, for America, for the Western democratic world, and for all those who aspire to be like them. And why should we apologize for that?
Ariel Natan Pasko, an independent analyst and consultant, has a Master´s Degree in International Relations and Policy Analysis. His articles appear regularly on numerous news/views and think-tank websites, in newspapers, and can be read at
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no war for israel? (english)
28 Mar 2003
New group 'No War For Israel" is a David Duke Sham'; plans to join Mar. 15 rally
By One People's Project
NEW ORLEANS, LA, Mar. 8-Recently convicted felon David Duke is encouraging his supporters to go against his fellow Republicans and participate in the next anti-war rally in Washington DC on March 15. His group, the European-American Unity and Rights Organization (EURO) announced in a press release that it plans to join efforts with International ANSWER and is also planning a series of similar protests around the country in conjunction with a group called No War For Israel, a group and website started by EURO.

This is the latest attempt by white supremacists to angle themselves in an anti-war movement they feel they can use to further their hatemongering against Jewish persons. The No War For Israel website was started just over a month ago, and does not feature anything that would suggest a connection to the white supremacist group. It is registered to Duke's newsletter The Duke Report, and longtime Duke Associate Vincent Breeding is listed as the administrative contact.

International ANSWER and participants of the anti-war movement have routinely denounced the fascists whenever they appeared, and have routed them out of more than one rally in the past. It is a concern that this latest attempt may dupe some into accidentally associating themselves with Duke. Warnings from the DC Anti-Fascist Network have gone out warning fellow progressives of this, particularly the benign-sounding No War With Israel.

David Duke is scheduled to begin a 15-month sentence this month after pleading guilty to mail fraud in December. He was in Europe when federal agents raided his home in Louisiana and he stayed overseas for two years before deciding to return. While abroad, he garnered some attention after speaking before an Islamic organization in the Middle East.