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CANDLELIGHTING AT 8:53 P.M.
VOL. LXXXVII, NO. 17
Beyond Tough Talk
"We cannot allow ourselves to become the Hamlet of nations,
worrying endlessly over whether and how to respond. A great nation with
global responsibilities cannot afford to be hamstrung by confusion and
indecisiveness. Fighting terrorism will not be a clean or pleasant contest,
but we have no choice but to play it."
Sensible words, and timely. But Secretary of State George Shultz
spoke them almost 18 months ago, in response to a terrorist attack in
Lebanon that left hundreds of U.S. Marines dead. The Secretary of State
outlined an anti-terrorist policy calling for "active prevention,
pre-emption and retaliation." But the policy never took hold. No U.S.
action was taken at the time against the terrorists, the very same group
now suspected of hijacking TWA Flight 847.
As these words are written, the latest crisis remains unresolved.
What is certain, though, is that Americans once again are experiencing
the anguish, frustration and impotence we have come to know as victims
of terrorism. And- equally certain is the knowledge that we as a nation
require a better response — indeed, any response — to the increasing
threat of international terror.
Rhetoric is not enough. Five years ago Ronald Reagan enhanced his
candidacy for President by chiding Jimmy Carter for his inability to take
decisive action during the long hostage crisis in Lebanon. But Ronald
Reagan's track record, tough talk aside, is even more humiliating.
Hundreds of American soldiers have been killed in several terrorist
attacks, and though Washington promised swift retaliation, none was
forthcoming. Leading, inevitably, to more brazen terrorist acts. Like the
The U.S. must learn that being civil and humane ultimately costs
more innocent lives. Washington knows that these Lebanese terrorists
are aided and trained by Iran and Syria. Why not bomb their strongholds
and take sanctions against those nations who support them?
What is frightening is that mighty America seems helpless.
Terrorism has become a one-sided war and the bad guys always win.
Mengele: Hate Symbol
Except for the few who proclaim themselves Nazis or neo-Nazis, the
hate-mongering of Josef Mengele has become the universal proclamation
of the contempt held for the propagators of the destruction of human life
as it was propagated by Adolf Hitler and his cohorts.
In a simple paragraph, the Detroit Free Press is among the many
newspapers that excoriated the symbolism of Mengele and proclaimed his
very memory as a way of rejecting anything approaching the bestialities,
"In fact, it's not an old Nazi criminal we are after; it's our innocence,
lost in the ovens of Auschwitz. In the figurative sense, the hunt for Dr.
Mengele will never end."
It is because the very name Mengele will be linked with Hitler,
Eichmann, Goebbels, Goering, et al, that, dead or still alive, the
recollection of the crimes committed by his name serves to alert world
opinion to the crimes, with the warning of "Never Again" emanating
from the unforgetfullness of the outrages that disgraced the
Which Ethnic Lobby Wields
The Power In Washington?
BY BERL FALBAUM
Special to The Jewish. News
The words "Jewish lobby" have
almost become code words.
Those opposing Israel and other
Jewish issues have managed to
create an image about Jewish politi-
c cal efforts which engenders visions
of a powerful, manipulative political
force which has unlimited influence
Israel's political opponents have
been successful in conveying an
image that public officials are behol-
den to the Jewish community and
cater to its every whim.
Unfortunately, the strength and
influence of the so-called Jewish
lobby is highly exaggerated. True,
the Jewish community — assuming
it speaks with one voice, which it
doesn't — has been effective in poli-
tics but hardly to the extent that is
implied with the use of terms such
as "Jewish lobby" which has some
very ugly and sinister connotations.
Indeed, during the last few
years pro-Israel political forces have
lost some very important votes to
Arab interests, among them the sale
of F-15 fighters and AWACS. TheSe
votes hardly speak well for political
But while there has been much
. ado about Jewish political power, lit-
tle, if anything, has been said about
the Arab petrodollar and its influ-
ence on American politics.
While this influence has been
significant, the Washington politicos
and the media have been surpris-
ingly — or perhaps not so surpris-
ingly — silent.
The silence may not be so sur-
prising given the revelations in Ste-
ven Emerson's recent book, the
American House of Saud: The Secret
Petrodollar Connection (Watts Pub-
If Emerson is only half right —
and his research appears impeccable
— the political influence developed
by Arab countries through the pet-
rodollar is frightening. It would be
frightening whatever foreign power
were involved, but in this case it
happens Co be primarily Saudi
Arabia, although by implication
other oil-producing countries wield
similar political influence.
Emerson points out how the pet-
rodollar after the 1973 oil embargo:
• Has directly influenced the
decision-making process in Washing-
• Has hired a cadre of former
State Department top officials and
former ambassadors, raising not only
were altered in order not
to offend Saudi Arabia.
ethical questions but also national
security concerns. Many of these of-
ficials not only have access to the
seat of power but when in office had
knowledge of highly-sensitive infor-
mation on the countries they later
• Was continually used to affect
changes in American foreign policy
by threatening another oil boycott.
• Sponsored programs at sev-
eral universities and throughout the
country, billing them as "objective
discussions on the Middle East"
when in fact these seminars were
sponsored by Saudi Arabia and the
opposing views were not represented.
• Used the media by financing
appearances of former Washington
officials but not revealing that these
same officials were paid consultants
of Saudi Arabia.