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December 18, 1981 - Image 27

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1981-12-18

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

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Analysis Scorns International Guarantees,
Willingness of the West to Sell Out Israel

By JOSEPH CHURBA

(Editor's note: Dr.
Joseph Churba is former
president of the Center
for International Secu-
rity, the publisher of this
new book, and former
senior adviser for U.S.
Air Force Intelligence.)
The godfathers of OPEC
(the most threatening
organization in the history
of the world) arrived by pri-
vate jet, limousine and
,helicopter at the secluded
mountain resort of Taif to
launch a revolution in world
power that is once again led
by the Arabs of Islam.
"They are about to sign a
secret report that outlines a
major new social contract
for the world and aims for
nothing less than a new al-
liance between the Arabs
and the peoples of the Third
World against their tradi-
tional exploiters, the indus-
trialized West. It is a warn-
ing, a challenge and finally
a demand for a massive
transfer of technology from
the United States, Europe
and Japan to the poor and
needy. It is not just a wish-
ful plea for it is backed up by
the most powerful of all new
weapons — oil.'
Despite the abundant
literary energies spent on
the energy problem, Merrill
Simon's new book, "Oil,
Money, Weapons . . . Middle
East at the Brink" (Centei=
for International Security),
adds heretofore neglected
dimensions to the glut of oil
politics literature; that of
Israel's extraordinary role
as the fulcrum upon which
East - West interests pre-
cariously balance.
Simon's book touches

DR. JOSEPH CHURBA

on a variety of subjects:
personal interviews with
government notables, di-
gressions of a more re-
flective nature, Judeo -
Christian dialogue and,
most significantly,
analysis of modern war-
fare and weaponry and
the repercussions of their
deployment for global
conflagration or re-
straint and survival.
It is when dealing with
this latter topic that the full
weight of Simon's expertise
is felt.
Putting the lie to the
State Department's conten-
tion that the sale of AWACS
to Saudi Arabia will be re-
ciprocated by a limited esca-
lation in oil prices, Simon
exposes this kind of fuzzy
thinking for the self-
delusion it is. "No quid pro
quo from Carter was neces-
sary to convince Saudi
Arabia and the Gulf states
to limit price increases. The
Saudi Arabian decision was
based upon pure self-
interest; magnanimity was
not part of the considera-

Leader of Neo Nazi Group
Surrenders in W. Germany

BONN (JTA) — The
leader of a neo-Nazi organ-
ization surrendered to
police last Tuesday after an
intensive manhunt that
began with the discovery of
30 arms caches used by
violence-prone neo-Nazi
and extreme rightwing
groups in the state of Lower
Saxony several weeks ago.
The object of the manhunt
was Volker Heidel, 27, de-
scribed by police as leader of
the Peoples Socialist
Movement which has been
agitating' for years against
Jews and foreign workers in
West Germany. Two mem-
bers of the group were killed
in a gun battle with police
near Munich last month
and several others were ar-
sted.
One of the latter had re-
ceived training in terrorist
tactics by El Fatah in Leba-
non. The gang was on its
way to rob a bank when
waylaid by the police.
Heidel went under-
ground. Police searched
his home in Lueneburg,
Lower Saxony in the
course of a crackdown on
neo-Nazi groups after the
arms caches were dis-
covered. A score of books
and pamphlets contain-

ing Nazi propaganda
material was confiscated.
Heidel, who publishes a
neo-Nazi newspaper, The
Observer of Lower Saxony,
has a long record of arrests
for violent acts. Most re-
cently he drew a 33-month
sentence for attacks on
court buildings in Han-
nover and Flensburg.

Canada to Act
on War Criminals

TORONTO (JTA) — Jus-
tice Minister Jean Chretien
said last week that the
Canadian government
would accept revests for
the extradition of Nazi war
criminals but would not put
such persons on trial in
Canada.
"We'd be delighted to ob-
lige an extradition re-
quest," he told the Par-
liamentary Justice Com-
mittee. "But I don't intend
to introduce legislation for
crimes committed 35 years
ago in other nations," Chre-
tien said. He added that a
few cases are under discus-
sion by his department, but
would not elaborate.

A fail-safe circuit will de-
stroy others.

tion."
Simon accepts the reality
of a practiced political non-
ethic, "A nation has no
friends — only interests."
His is, therefore, a clarion
call to Israel's doves that
they may be shot down,
olive branch in mouth, even
as they vainly seek elusive
friends in an international
arena that has expunged
the concept of ally from its
ideological lexicon.
Alas, Simon cautions,
the selling out of Israel
no more in the interest of
Western democracies
than the selling of
Czecheslovakia augured
well for the peace of
Europe. This comparison
he supports with irrefut-
able data and a heavy
bombardment of uncon-
tested political facts.
In this era of "here today,
gone tommorrow alliances"
international guarantees
and promises can only be
regarded as absurd. For any
threatened nation to trust
in them is at best folly, at
worse an invitation to de-
struction.
Jews, an endangered spe-
cies from pre-Inquisition
days, have a far greater
stake in hearkening to Si-
mon's admonitions than
anyone else. As Toynbee
grudgingly observed, "They
are history's most unique
survivors."
Having been shunted
from country to country
over the centuries, they re-
tained their peoplehood
through the phenomenon of
being physically, but not
spiritually, homeless. The
Jewish ethos eternally
bound to the land, divinely
ceded, has prevailed over
the trials of dispersion. This
fossil among nations, again
come to life, is faced anew
with extinction.

••••••••

Friday, December 18, 1981 21

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wisdom, listen. As for West-
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they shall have to relive his-
tory's bitter lesson for not
having taken it sufficiently
to heart.

J.

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