COMMENTARY - Friday, 14 March 2003
WHO IS RICHARD PERLE?
He is a Terrorist, Traitor, Israeli Spy, Zionist, Mountebank, Swindler, Hypocrite and a Liar.
Smearing Sy Hersh
RICHARD PERLE, EX-PATRIOT?
March 10, 2003
by KURT NIMMO
Seymour Hersh is a rarity in America these days -- an investigative
"Hersh is not a nice man in the Washington sense," writes Eric
Alterman of Salon, "he does not know how to make small talk, flatter
his bosses, spin his defeats and conceal his fierce competitiveness.
He is simply the best investigative reporter alive and expects his
work to speak for itself."
Because Hersh does what he does so well, the chicken hawk Richard
Perle called him a terrorist on CNN the other day.
That's right. Perle equated Hersh with Osama bin Laden and Khalid
Shaikh Mohammed. "Sy Hersh is the closest thing American journalism
has to a terrorist," Perle told Wolf Blitzer.
Perle slandered Hersh because the award winning journalist wrote in
the March 17th  issue of The New Yorker: "There is no question
that Perle believes that removing Saddam from power is the right
thing to do. At the same time, he has set up a company that may gain
from a war."
I have not read The New Yorker article, so I can't comment on it. I
don't know if Perle set up a company situated to profit from his
boss' plan to mass murder possibly a half million Iraqis or not. But
if Hersh said it, there must be something to it. Hersh is known for
his meticulous research. He conducts interviews, double checks facts.
Seymour Hersh does not make things up. Due to his professionalism
Hersh has won more than a dozen major journalism prizes, including
the 1970 Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting and four George
On the other hand, Perle and the neo-cons are liars.
One big lie is that Mohammed Atta met with Khalil Ibrahim Samir al-
Ani, an official at Baghdad's Embassy in Prague. U.S. intelligence
agencies went over records of Atta's travels and concluded that
during the period in question he was in Virginia Beach, not in
Prague. Perle knew this was a fabrication. He attempted to pass it
off on the American people as truth. There are many other lies, as
well, but I will not bother you with enumeration.
That's how the neocons make their case before the American people --
through deceit, half-truth, fabrications and outright lies. It should
be a crime. But for now he is allowed to bend the ear of George W.
Bush and prod the half-wit dictator into destroying America.
When Perle was working for Senator Scoop Jackson, he was investigated
by the Justice Department and found to have violated U.S. policies
relating to unlawful transmission of sensitive classified U.S.
information to Israel.
"An FBI summary of a 1970 wiretap recorded Perle discussing
classified information with someone at the Israeli Embassy," writes
Paul Findley (They Dare To Speak Out, Chicago, Ill, Lawrence Hill
Books, 1989). "He came under fire in 1983 when newspapers reported he
received substantial payments to represent the interests of an
Israeli weapons company. Perle denied conflict of interest, insisting
that, although he received payment for these services after he had
assumed his position in the Defense Department, he was between
government jobs when he worked for the Israeli firm."
In other words, Richard Perle was spying for Israel.
Perle should be expatriated immediately -- or made to share a cell
with Jonathan Pollard, the spy who spent 18 months collecting and
selling classified American intelligence to Israel from his position
in U.S. Naval Intelligence. So pleased were the Israelis with the
information passed on to them, two of the four government officials
who had dealt with Pollard were promoted (Col. Aviem Sella, Pollard's
primary contact, was given full control of a major Israeli Air Force
base). So arrogant are the Israelis that Sharon asked Bush to pardon
and release Pollard.
If these are our friends, who needs enemies?
Okay, I'm going to use a word that will upset some of you -- Zionist.
These days if you use the word Zionist you're going to be immediately
accused of anti-Semitism. I receive hate email for using this word on
occasion. You'd think I'm making excuses for the Holocaust (which is
another subject that can get you in hot water, especially in France
where you can go to prison for questioning the official verson of
historical events). I'm not slandering Jews, I'm simply reporting the
facts. Here's an indisputable fact:
Richard Perle is a Zionist.
Now what exactly does this mean? It means Richard Perle -- and Paul
Wolfowitz, Douglas Feith and others in the Bush Administration -- are
Israeli nationalists. "Wolfowitz and fellow Jewish neo-cons Richard
Perle and Douglas Feith have emerged as the Pentagon's Paladins,"
writes Ann Pettifer, "their aim being to subdue the Islamic world
through decisive, pre-emptive use of American military superiority."
"Only in Washington does one get a true sense of the obsession of
these Pentagon civilians," writes Hugo Young, a Guardian
columnist. "Conversationally, it is common talk that some of them,
not including Rumsfeld, are as much Israeli as American nationalists.
Behind nervous, confiding hands come sardonic whispers of an American
outpost of Likud. Most striking of all, however, is how unmentionable
this is in the liberal press."
Ain't that the truth.
But then the corporate press in America rarely criticizes the
Zionists. Notice how Perle can jump from one TV news show to another
and nobody mentions his spying for the Israelis or working for an
Israeli arms manufacturer. Nobody mentions his "dual loyalties,"
which are common knowledge in Washington. Nobody calls him a traitor.
Nobody in the corporate media dares -- that is if they want to keep
Perle can insult the Germans and French at the same time and the
corporate media looks the other way. In fact, he is allowed to
denigrate the whole of Europe. "I think Europe has lost its moral
compass. Many Europeans have become so obsessed by the prospect of
violence they have failed to notice who we are dealing with," he told
Gee, Richard. Maybe the Germans remember the horror of American
Flying Fortresses dumping gasoline bombs on Dresden in 1945, an act
of barbarity that resulted in the murder of 100,000 people. Maybe the
French recall the Nazi occupation. Maybe there are still thousands of
Dutch, Italians, Poles and other Europeans alive who remember none
too fondly the systematic and engineered mass murder of the Second
World War. No doubt, as well, there's plenty of Jews who remember the
monstrosity of Hitler's concentration camps.
I bet if you asked them if Saddam Hussein is Hitler reborn they would
laugh in your face.
Actually, Saddam is not a threat to a single person in the United
States. Perle and the Zionist neo-cons know this, of course. They
also know that Iraq is not a serious threat to Israel, especially
after a decade of war and sanctions have reduced Iraq to one of the
poorest countries in the world. "We don't lose sleep over Iraq's
military threat to us," Lt. Gen. Moshe Yaalon, Israel's Chief of
Staff, told The New York Times.
So why are the Zionists pushing for a U.S. invasion of Iraq?
First, the Zionists believe that bad relations between the U.S. and
Arab nations is good for Israel. It's no mistake Iraq and Iran were
specifically fingered as part of an "axis of evil," nations the
Bushites have singled out for invasion and "democratization." Sharon
told fellow Zionist and U.S. Undersecretary of State John Bolton last
month he wants Syria and Libya attacked next. As if to make sure he
received the correct marching orders, Bolton also met with Foreign
Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Housing and Construction Minister
The Israeli Zionists don't care if perpetual war destroys the
American economy. It does not bother them if Americans will die in
Second, the Zionists are itching to "transfer" -- i.e., to ethnically
cleanse -- as many Palestinians from the West Bank and Gaza as
possible. Israel will do this while the U.S. is busy slaughtering
Iraqis. "Israel should have exploited the repression of the
demonstrations in China, when world attention focused on that
country, to carry out mass expulsions among the Arabs of the
territories," Netanyahu told students at Bar-Ilan University in 1989.
Americans may be clueless about the intentions of Zionists toward the
Palestinians, but in Israel ethnic cleansing is a popular subject of
discussion. Fifty percent or more Israelis think ethnic cleansing is
a good idea. This from a nation that supposedly remembers the
"The idea of transfer is as old as modern Zionism and has accompanied
its evolution and praxis during the past century," remarks Israeli
historian Benny Morris. Moreover, the Palestinian "demographic
threat" was something that "once left Golda Meir sleepless at night
and now serves as the subject of obsession for Israeli conferences
and nervous policy analysts," notes Will Youmans.
Perle, Wolfowitz, Feith and their fellow travelers from the Jewish
Institute for National Security Affairs (JINSA), the Center for
Security Policy (CSP), the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) and
the Hudson Institute -- as well as defense contractors and
conservative foundations bankrolled by far-right American Zionists --
are calling the shots on Bush's invasion of Iraq.
It has nothing to do with the security of the American people. It has
everything to do with Israel and the Likudites.
The Zionists in the Bush Administration are pulling a fast one on the
American people. It's criminal behavior. It should not be tolerated.
The Zionist plan to bomb and kill Arabs across the Middle East will
result in dismal failure and pointless mass murder. It will destroy
America. It will wreck our economy and kill our sons. Perle and his
cronies are mountebanks, swindlers, hypocrites.
If Richard Perle -- and Paul Wolfowitz, Douglas Feith, Elliot Abrams
and all the other Zionists embedded in the Bush Administration --
love Israel so much, they should pack their bags and go there.
If they won't go on their own, they should be forced to leave.
In the meantime, their treacherous deceits need to be exposed.
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