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By Charles A. Morse
Retiring 60 Minutes journalist Mike Wallace, on Mike Barnicle's WTTK/Boston radio show, sounded a lot like an Yasser Arafat mouthpiece. After re-gurgitating the usual anti-Israel atrocity propaganda, Wallace, in a comment that sticks in my craw, drew a moral equivalence between Palestinian suicide/mass murderers and Zionist patriots who fought the British in the period leading up to Israeli independence. The British called these Israeli freedom fighters "terrorists," yet, unlike Arab mass murderers today, they did not deliberately target innocent British or Arab civilians for murder. Barnicle responded, perhaps unconsciously, by indirectly unmasking Wallace with a discreet and indirect reference to a "self-loathing Jew."
Wallace was bitterly referring to Jewish Irgun and Lehi fighters who, like their American Patriot counterparts at Lexington and Concord, fought against British tyranny. While the British rulers of Palestine were interning Jews in concentration camps in Cyprus and Kenya and sinking boats overflowing with Jewish refugees from Hitler's death camps, the ragtag Irgun and Lehi carried out brilliant military maneuvers to open up Palestinian ports.
An example of Irgun ingenuity was the blowing up of the British military headquarters at the King David Hotel in Jerusalem. The Irgun men entered the basement of the hotel disguised as Sudanese milkmen and planted time bombs disguised as milk cans. This was followed by the Irgun command phoning the British commander to inform him he had twenty minutes to evacuate before the explosion. When the British commander, Sir John Shaw was given the news by his chief adjutant, he arrogantly sniffed "I am here to give orders to the Jews, not to receive orders from them." While Shaw commanded his people to stay put, he and several others discreetly evacuated. Unfortunately, many stayed and 90 were killed, several injured. The British headquarters and archives were destroyed.
The Irgun deserve a large share of credit for the 1948-1949 victory in the Israel War of Independence. The secular socialist Zionist Haganah, headed by David Ben Gurion, distracted itself with an unnecessary war against the conservative, free market Irgun at a time when the Arab League was fielding divisions from 5 Arab states. An example of this was the sinking, by the Hagana, of the Irgun arms ship Altalena in June 1948, at the height of the Arab attack. The Altalena, with much needed munitions on board, was machine gunned and sunk by a Hagana division headed by a young officer named Yitzhak Rabin. Had the Hagana instead concentrated on fighting the Arabs in alliance with the Irgun, Israel would've stood a better chance of liberating all of British Palestine and there would be no discussion of a partition today.
Sir Winston Churchill, in a late 1940's conversation with Irgun supporter Billy Rose, in the home of Bernard Baruch, recounted by Ben Hecht in the book "Perfidy," told Rose, "If you were interested in the establishment of an Israeli Nation, you were involved with the right people. It was the Irgun that made the English quit Palestine. They did it by raising so much hell that we had to put eighty thousand soldiers into Palestine to cope with the situation. The military costs were too high for our economy. And it was the Irgun that ran them up."
The Jewish establishment in America today continues to march to the socialist philosophy of the Hagana founders of Israel before independence. They timidly cow tow to the idea of partitioning Israel into two Bantustans, one Jewish and one Arab, which they believe will miraculously give birth to "peace." Many of our establishment Jews, displaying a loathing for Jewish religious principles, see nothing wrong with the racist and apartied policy of uprooting and transferring 200,000 Jews, perceived as largely religious, from Judea and Samaria in accordance with Arab wishes. They are the spiritual descendants of establishment American Jews who did and said nothing during Hitler's Holocaust for fear of offending Roosevelt.
Their false socialist utopian ideas caused a weak Israel in the first place and now they advocate, in the name of "social justice" that Israel be reduced to an indefensible mini-state in exchange for "peace" alongside a newly created Arab state controlled by Arafat. Fortunately, good Christians such as Congressmen Dick Armey and Tom DeLay, more pro-Israel than the Jewish establishment, are picking up the cudgels with calls for Israel to formally annex Judea, Samaria and Gaza.
Chuck Morse is a talk
show host of Salem Radio/WROL in Boston.
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