>The American Conservative
>> January 17, 2005
>> Fifth Columnists
>> by Taki
>> They were originally Falangist sympathizers inside Madrid during the
>> Spanish Civil War, prepared to side with General Franco's four columns
>> that were besieging the city. By 1939, as Germany and France were poised
>> for war, French Fifth Columnists were busy undermining those who
>> preached resistance to German demands. Until now, America has not had a
>> Fifth Column in its midst, unless one counts the media during the war in
>> Vietnam. (Roosevelt unfairly and needlessly detained Japanese-Americans
>> during World War II as potential Fifth Columnists, when he should have
>> been detaining some of his cabinet.)
>> The first real case (Benedict Arnold aside) of Fifth Columnists inside
>> America working for foreign interests are the neo-conservatives, the
>> best known of whom include David Frum, William Kristol, Norman and John
>> Podhoretz, Michael Ledeen, Richard Perle, Paul Wolfowitz, and the
>> egregious Douglas Feith, as close to being a foreign agent as is
>> possible to be but still holding on to his job at the Pentagon.
>> America's Fifth Columnists aim to shape United States foreign policy to
>> suit Israeli interests. The gruesome carnage in Iraq is proof that this
>> administration is ready to fight Israeli battles to the last American
>> We have lost more than 1,200 dead, 30,000 wounded, and have killed an
>> unknown number of Iraqis, not all of them insurgents or terrorists. We
>> have military hospitals full of blind and crippled young men and women,
>> while thousands of Iraqis and their children are mortared and shot
>> daily. Despite the bloodshed, however, victory in Iraq is still up for
>> grabs. Not only have the neocons not bothered to apologize, they want
>> more blood.
>> Mind you, there are no Frums dying among our troops. Instead, they are
>> ensconced inside the Beltway appearing on television and egging the
>> president on to Tehran and Demascus.
>> In a soundbite age, "War on Terror" has a good ring to it. Once upon a
>> time, Christian missionaries tried to vanquish "evil savages" by
>> teaching them religion. Now we try to teach them democracy.
>> The way America's Fifth Column operates is a simple one. It uses the
>> charge of anti-Semitism to smear honorable conservatives who do not
>> believe that Uncle Sam's and Israel's interests are one and the same.
>> (The most outrageous example was when Midge Decter accused the venerable
>> conservative Russell Kirk of anti-Semitism.) David Frum, a sleazy
>> self-promoter, infamously painted conservative writers like Pat
>> Buchanan, Paul Gottfried, Samuel Francis, Tom Fleming, and others as
>> unpatriotic Americans, forgetting to mention that in his book
>> "unpatriotic" means not serving the interests of the state of Israel.
>> Norman Podhoretz's "World War IV" is a blueprint for an endless campaign
>> to destroy all of Israel's enemies. Why are these bogus patriots getting
>> away with such stuff? Alas, it is a very easy question to answer.
>> With 85,000 members, a staff of 165, and a $33.4 million annual budget,
>> AIPAC, the American Israel Political Affairs Committee, is Washington's
>> most influential and most feared lobby. It is forceful, extremely
>> aggressive, and more or less calls the tune inside the Beltway where the
>> Middle East is concerned. Woe to the politician who ignores its wishes.
>> He will be targeted, his opponents showered with donations, his
>> reputation immediately shredded by charges of anti-Semitism.
>> Neocons work closely with AIPAC and the Israeli embassy. As Philip
>> Giraldi wrote in this magazine, "Principal neocons have been accused of
>> illegally providing classified information to Israel. None was ever
>> prosecuted." Last I heard AIPAC was busy accusing the FBI and CIA of
>> pursuing a vendetta against Israel and the Pentagon, while neocon
>> Michael Rubin of the American Enterprise Institute alleges that the
>> Franklin affair was motivated by anti-Semitism.
>> America's pro-Israel stand is nothing new. Israel is, after all, our
>> closest ally in the region, despite the spying it regularly conducts on
>> Uncle Sam. If there ever was a one-sided marriage, this is it. As
>> Thomas Friedman wrote in the New York Times, "there is a steadily rising
>> perception across the Arab-Muslim world that the great enemy of Islam is
>> JIA--Jews, Israel and America, all lumped together in a single threat."
>> Friedman goes on to say that Arab satellite television stations show
>> split-screen images of Israelis bashing Palestinians and Americans
>> beating up Iraqi insurgents. Nothing new here.
>> Arab preachers, mostly paid by our other "allies," the Saudi rulers,
>> explain all the world's ills by wrapping them up in JIA. But Arab lies
>> and outrageous anti-Western propaganda aside, the Bush regime's total
>> embrace of Ariel Sharon makes it impossible to know where American
>> policy stops and Sharon's begins.
>> Now, with Colin Powell gone, my fears are that Deputy Defense Secretary
>> Paul Wolfowitz and Undersecretary Douglas Feith--two of the most
>> bluster-prone cheerleaders of the Iraq War and of Ariel Sharon's brutal
>> and expansionist strategy on the West Bank--will enjoy even more power
>> and influence. Under normal circumstances, Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz, Feith,
>> and others would have been dismissed on the spot, and neocon
>> propagandists such as Frum, Kristol, Podhoretz, Perle, and their ilk
>> denounced as working for a foreign power.
>> But we are not living in normal times. This is the time of AIPAC, and
>> woe to those who oppose America's Fifth Column, starting with poor
>> little me.
>> Peace is patriotic!
>> Michael Santomauro
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