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Bennett: Israel's $8 million man exposed
by William Hughes
[The writer, a veteran human rights activist in
Baltimore, has written before
for New Trend.]
Last year, between his endless playing of slot
machines, William Bennett
found time to write a puff piece that appeared in
the Jerusalem Post, on May
7, 2002, and also on the web site of "Empower
America," a think tank. It
was entitled, "Why I stand with Israel."
Well, reading it was enough to make me want to
throw up! It should have had
this warning label: "This Trash May Cause an
Bennett would have been better off just hanging
out in his favorite gambling
dens or working on his next dubious book about
was so bad, it could have been ghost-written by
himself, a/k/a Benjamin Netanyahu, an
ex-Commissar in Chief of the Israelis.
Even Netanyahu, however, wouldn't have dared to
scribble this silly line:
"Israel has shown the way in the Middle East, it
has shown the way for
freedom, democracy..." Sure, it has shown the
way all right, but with
endemic bulldozing, hellish detention camps,
torture centers, by building an
apartheid wall across the country, creating
Bantusan-like enclaves and
running death squads in the occupied West Bank
and Gaza. Israel's serial
invasions, too, are another horror story.
Some "way" it has shown
to the world!
As for big bucks Bennett's moral compass, it is
surely broken. His $ 8
million gambling habit has overloaded the poor
fellow's system. I can't
believe, too, that he made $50,000 per appearance
on the lecture circuit. I
wouldn't pay $ 2 bucks to hear him preach,
especially about Israel.
Bennett continued with his rant, no doubt
suffering from the insidious
effects of his high-rolling life style. The moral
crusader opined, "The
state of Israel is a hero to many of us." Now,
here is a double insult! Not
only is this statement offensive to the
people, living under the
fascist regime of Ariel Sharon, but it also
should be to every patriotic
concerned about our national security.
(Some will find Victor
Ostrovsky's insightful "By Way of Deception"
and James Bamford's riveting
"Body of Secrets," instructive on the latter
Here we are living in America, a Republic, that
has been blessed with great
heroes over the years, like Washington, Jefferson
and Adams; Jackson, Grant
and Lincoln; Patton, MacArthur, Eisenhower and
Marshall. And, what does the
pompous Bennett want us to do? He wants us to
hold up Israel as a "hero"
model for our children. Talk about distorting
history and dumbing down the
culture. (See Kevin MacDonald's "Critique of
Culture" for more egregious
examples of this practice.)
In pondering over the
insisted that many Israelis had
said, "We are all Americans now." He added,
"The truth is, after September
11, we all became Israelis." Wrong! Speak for
yourself Bennett. If you want
to be a Zionist lackey; fine, that's your
business. I'm sure it will help
fund your notorious gambling addiction. But count
Unfortunately, we have too many examples, like
Bennett. Some are sitting
today in the U.S. Congress. However, there are
others of us, mostly unheard
at the moment, who don't give a good hoot for
Sharon, the Likud Party, or
the Israeli state. We don't identify with
Israel. We see it, and militant
Zionism, as impediments to real peace and justice
in the Middle East, and as
a drain on our treasury. Try $ 1.7 trillion since
Like an aging boxer who had taken too many hits
to the head, Bennett punched
on in his phony-sounding ode to Zionism. He
claimed that Israel is a country
"that has done more, for more people, with fewer
resources..." Oh, please!
Get the violin out! Stop this man before he pens
another outrageous bit of
rank nonsense such as this one.
It is impossible for me to understand how Bennett
could have praised Israel,
whose forces deliberately attacked the USS
Liberty, on June 8, 1967, and
killed 34 Americans, wounding 171 others. He
might also want to explain how
his "hero" state had hired Jonathan Pollard, a
Zionist zealot, to steal
some of our most valuable military secrets.
Bennett wasn't finished, he roared on in his
tract. The aficionado of the
gambling emporiums of Atlantic City and Las Vegas
declared this to the
all-too-trusting masses: "To vindicate our own
virtues and cherished
beliefs, we should stand four square with
Israel..." Now, that we know more
about Bennett's gambling addiction, thanks to
expose, it should
be easier for everyone to say "no" to his
lunatic-like political ravings.
You would think, too, that after Israeli
operatives took the lives of
documentary maker, James Miller,
in such a cavalier fashion, that Bennett would
have recanted his fulsome
tribute to Israel. No, this wasn't in the cards
of that betting fool.
Questions: Now, that Bennett has fallen off his
moral pedestal and landed on
his own slots-filled petard, will Israel stand by
him? Or, will it get out
one of its bulldozers and shove this boring
merchant of Zionist propaganda
onto the garbage heap of history?
İİ William Hughes 2003
2003-05-16 Fri 20:54ct