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The Value of Truth and Righteousness

by Dr. William L. Pierce

LAST SATURDAY George Bush addressed the United Nations General Assembly, urging all of the member nations to join the United States in bringing pressure to bear against countries that sponsor terrorism or harbor terrorists. He did it in his standard mock-serious way, barely suppressing a smirk. Everyone applauded, including the representative of a country that from its founding until the present day has sponsored terrorism. That country, of course, is Israel.

The prime minister of Israel, Ariel Sharon, is a war criminal, a mass murderer, with the blood of thousands of women and children on his hands. He is being sought now for trial by the same Hague Tribunal that succeeded in extraditing former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic for trial on charges of crimes against humanity in Kosovo, the same Hague Tribunal that already has tried and sentenced soldiers who raped and murdered in Bosnia and in Rwanda.

In 1982, during Israel’s invasion of Lebanon, Ariel Sharon was Israel’s defense minister. After the bloody terror-bombing of civilian neighborhoods in Beirut that killed thousands of Lebanese and Palestinian civilians — terror bombing carried out by Jews flying military aircraft supplied to Israel by the United States — Sharon arranged for the evacuation of Palestinian fighters from Lebanon. Palestinian women, children, and old people were left behind in refugee camps, with their safety guaranteed by the United States. On the night of September 16, 1982, Sharon sent murder squads into two Palestinian refugee camps, Sabra and Chatila, in West Beirut to kill the unarmed Palestinian civilians there. With Israeli tanks and troops surrounding the camps to prevent any of the Palestinians from escaping, Sharon’s murder squads shot, knifed, and bludgeoned Palestinian civilians all that night and the next day and the following night, while the Israelis around the camps listened gleefully to the shots and screams coming from inside. Then Sharon sent in bulldozers to scoop out mass burial pits and cover up the corpses of more than 2,000 Palestinian women and children.

Many Palestinians remained unburied, however, and Red Cross workers found whole families in their homes with their throats cut and other families who had been lined up and machine-gunned, from small children to elderly grandparents. One infant had been stomped to death by a man wearing spiked boots.

This was Ariel Sharon’s work, but only a part of his work. He is a man who believes the teaching of the Talmud that only Jews are human beings, and that all who are not Jews were put on this earth only to serve the Jews, and that anyone who opposes the Jews deserves to be killed, and he has acted in accord with this belief all his life. There are a dozen major atrocities for which he could be tried by the Hague Tribunal, but the one with which he is charged now is the mass murder he implemented, as Israel’s defense minister, in West Beirut in September 1982. And the U.S. government, which clamored for Slobodan Milosevic to be turned over to the Hague Tribunal for trial, pretends that it knows nothing about Sharon’s genocidal crimes against humanity.

In the 1950s Israel’s Mossad, the equivalent of the CIA in the United States, sent hundreds of letter bombs to German scientists working in Egypt and Syria, killing a number of them.

In 1967, during Israel’s war against Egypt, the Israeli army carried out a number of mass executions of Egyptian prisoners of war in the Sinai, forcing them to dig ditches, then lining them up and shooting them. Dozens of eyewitnesses to these mass executions have reported what they saw, but the world’s politicians and media bosses pretend not to know. Also in 1967 Israel attacked the U.S. Navy ship, the U.S.S. Liberty, attempting to sink it and kill its crew and then blame the sinking on the Egyptians.

Israeli agents have carried out assassinations and other terrorist operations around the world. One of the most colorful of these operations — and one of the few that received major media coverage — was the attempt to murder a prominent Muslim cleric in Jordan in 1997. Two Israeli agents sprayed poison in the ear of Khaled Meshal as they walked past him on a sidewalk in Amman. Fortunately, Meshal’s bodyguards were able to catch the two Jews as they ran away, and so the assassination attempt was publicized.

Israel has stolen nuclear materials and nuclear weapons technology from the United States to build an illegal nuclear arsenal. Israel also is known to have developed an arsenal of biological and chemical weapons of mass destruction.

None of these Israeli activities is secret. Those I’ve mentioned are just a few of the ones that were found out and publicized. Not publicized very much, of course. In fact, they all were dropped from the news pretty quickly. Still, everyone attending Mr. Bush’s speech at the United Nations last Saturday knew about them. And yet, no one stood up and booed. No one walked out in protest. Bush’s speech was covered by all of the major newspapers and television networks in the world, but no reporter for any news medium operating in the West commented on his hypocrisy. No one mentioned Israel’s terrorism. Everyone knew, but everyone played along.

These people weren’t lemmings. Lemmings really don’t know any better. Lemmings are essentially moral creatures; in fact they are compulsively moral. To lemmings it is essential to feel and to think and to act in the way they believe they are expected to feel and think and act. That’s morality. Most groups of lemmings believe that it is bad to lie, to deceive, to be hypocritical. If during George Bush’s speech at the United Nations a substantial part of the audience had walked out in disgust, and at the end the remaining delegates had stood up and booed him loudly, and if the media commentators then had remarked with scorn to their television audiences that Bush is a hypocrite who talks about stopping state-sponsored terrorism while continuing to finance Israeli terrorism, then the lemmings would have booed him too.

But Bush’s lies and hypocrisy were ignored by the media and by the other delegates. Instead of booing, they applauded him. And so the lemmings applauded him too. It was all an act for the benefit of the lemmings. Nearly all politics these days, nearly every speech or public appearance by a politician or a government official, is an act of showmanship. What is said has relatively little relationship to what the politician actually is thinking.

Certainly, last Saturday George Bush wasn’t really thinking about waging war on countries that sponsor terrorism or harbor terrorists. He was thinking first and foremost about the importance of pleasing the Jewish media with his speech. He may have been keeping his fingers crossed and hoping that no Arab delegate would jump up during his speech and shout at him, “What about Israel? You say that we should wage war on states that sponsor terrorism. Israel engages in state-sponsored terrorism more than Afghanistan and all the other countries in the Middle East combined. When will you send your B-52s to carpet-bomb Tel Aviv and Jerusalem?” And at the end he must have marveled to himself how smoothly the act went and how easy it is to deceive the public.

Crookedness of this sort has been going on for a long time. There are only two things that make this latest crookedness noteworthy. First, it is being used to justify yet another war that is not in the interests of the American people. It is being used to justify dropping cluster bombs on villagers whom we have no good reason to kill. And second, it is a lot more obviously crooked than usual. Osama bin Laden caught the Bush government and the media by surprise, and they didn’t have time to refine and polish their lies. All they could do was pretend that they had no idea why he would attack the United States and then claim that it must be because he hates our freedom. They didn’t have time to put up their usual smokescreen of obfuscation. They simply launched their denunciations of terrorism and of terrorists and of governments that tolerate terrorism and hoped that no one would say anything about Israel or Ariel Sharon or Israel’s policies of assassination and torture.

Because the crookedness is more obvious now than usual, more perceptive people than usual are noticing it and saying something about it, and that’s good. But these perceptive few who are unhappy enough about the crookedness to speak out have little or no voice in the mass media, and so the lemmings remain oblivious to the realities of the situation. That’s the wonderful thing about democracy: you don’t have to try to fool all of the people; all you have to do is fool most of the people all of the time, and that’s pretty easy to do when you control the mass media. You can just ignore the few who refuse to go along with the act, and the great majority of the voters will never notice.

So why do I care that the system is crooked? Why should you care? Why not just pretend not to notice the crookedness and go along with it, like everyone else? Pretend to be a lemming, but stay alert to possibilities for profiting from the fact that, unlike the lemmings, you really are secretly aware of who’s who and what’s what. That’s what the big shots do. That’s what the people do who care only about themselves and don’t give a damn what happens to their country or their race or the civilization built by their race, as long as they personally are able to turn a profit from events. That’s what George Bush does. He pretends to care about all sorts of things. He pretends to be outraged by terrorism, but he shakes Ariel Sharon’s hand and gives him a big hug whenever Sharon shows up in Washington. He pretends not to be aware of Sharon’s record as a mass murderer, as a war criminal, as a terrorist, as a man who sends out teams of assassins and who orders the Israeli police to torture prisoners.

A lot of people think and behave as George Bush does. A lot of people believe that’s the only smart way to be. We’re living in a society in which a great many people are completely alienated, completely disconnected from any sense of responsibility to race or to nation or to anyone but themselves: amoral people, people willing to do anything that they believe is personally advantageous, people for whom every public expression is simply an act. And because there are so many people like that, including virtually everyone in the government and in the media, America is very, very sick.

I’ll go further: individuals who think and behave that way are sick. George Bush is a very sick man. Anyone who consciously and deliberately betrays his own race or his own nation, anyone who commits treason, is a defective person, a sick person. And George Bush, by consciously following a policy he knows is not in the interests of America but only serves Israel’s interests, a policy he knows is responsible for the September 11 attack against America, a policy he continues to follow despite that knowledge, is a traitor. That’s George Bush I’m talking about, the President of the United States. He may look stupid, but he knows what he’s doing. George Bush believes he’s a smart guy, a guy who knows which side his bread is buttered on, a guy who can get away with anything as long as the Jewish media will back him up. And so far he has been getting away with it. In a democracy, hypocrisy works; lying works. As long as you have the mass media on your side you can get away with anything, because the majority of the voters never will figure it out.

What has been happening in Mazar-i-Sharif and in Kabul and in other northern cities in Afghanistan this week is a good example. The big act put on by George Bush and his British counterpart Tony Blair and all of their media supporters since the campaign to destabilize Afghanistan began last month — the big act was that the Taliban is a bunch of tyrannical fanatics who brutalize women, sponsor terrorism, and do lots of other bad things, and the Northern Alliance, which was supplied with weapons and money by the U.S. government while we bombed the Taliban to smithereens, is a bunch of Sunday school teachers and Boy Scouts. The United States will deliver Afghanistan into the hands of the Northern Alliance, and then everything will be rosy and peaceful and democratic. The people who had been tyrannized by the Taliban will be free and happy under the Northern Alliance. The Americans will be the good guys, who have made this wonderful improvement possible.

Well, of course, it hasn’t worked out that way. As soon as the Northern Alliance took over each city it began rounding up people it didn’t like, people who belonged to the wrong tribe, for example, and raping and killing them. There have been dozens of mass executions and mass rapes by the Northern Alliance troops this week. There are a lot of people they don’t like. And the ones who just get raped or shot are the lucky ones. Eyes are being gouged out, breasts are being cut off, prisoners are being castrated and impaled and skinned alive or burned to death. That’s the way things are done in the Middle East. When the British tried to pacify the country in the 19th century, the rule was never to let yourself be taken alive. If you were wounded and left behind, you always saved your last cartridge for yourself. Rudyard Kipling wrote about that:

When you’re wounded and left on Afghanistan’s plains,
And the women come out to cut up what remains,
Jest roll to your rifle and blow out your brains
An’ go to your Gawd like a soldier.

The Russians learned the same lesson, to their sorrow, just a little over a decade ago. And the military people around George Bush certainly were aware of the experiences of the British and the Russians. The Taliban indeed may be a rough and brutal bunch, but no more rough and brutal than the people paid and armed by the U.S. government. When the Taliban was in charge at least there was peace and stability. There were no massacres or gang rapes. The U.S. government, with its bombing campaign and its mercenary troops in the Northern Alliance, has succeeded in destabilizing large portions of Afghanistan, and the rapes and mutilations and mass executions have started.

But the lemmings won’t hear enough about that for it to sink in. George Bush will continue lying and smirking and pretending that the Northern Alliance are the good guys, and America is bringing freedom and democracy and happiness to Afghanistan. What the United States actually is trying to do is set up a government a little more corrupt than that of the Taliban: a government that we can control with bribes and threats and that will not be a danger to Israel. That’s the whole purpose of our war against Afghanistan.

It’s the same sort of crookedness that we saw in connection with the Second World War. The pretext that the British government used for declaring war against Germany in 1939 was the safeguarding of Poland’s freedom. When the Roosevelt government in the United States finally was able to use the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor as an excuse for jumping into the war against Germany, the act by the media and the politicians here was that Americans were being the good guys and would bomb the Germans to smithereens in order to protect American freedom and the freedom of Europe. And the people to whom we shipped military supplies so they could help us were the Soviets under good old Uncle Joe Stalin, that kind and fatherly fellow who also was being threatened by the wicked Germans.

Of course, what we did, after carpet-bombing German cities and killing enough Germans to make them surrender, was turn Poland and the Baltic states and half the rest of Europe over to communist rule for half a century. It had never been the intention of either the British government or the U.S. government to free anybody. We knew what sort of people the communists were. We knew that they had butchered the cream of the Polish nation in the Katyn forest and elsewhere — 25,000 Polish military officers and professors and physicians and engineers and writers — but our government and media people pretended that it was the Germans who had done it and that we were “liberating” Europe from the Germans and protecting American freedom, which never was threatened by the Germans.

It was all an act. The aim was not to safeguard anybody’s freedom; it was to destroy Germany because the Germans had gotten the Jews off their backs and out of their country. We made war against Germany in order to make Europe safe for the Jews and for no other reason. We are making war against Afghanistan now in order to make the Middle East safe for the Jews, and for no other reason. Everything else is an act to keep the public fooled. And the public will be fooled: just as they never figured out what World War Two was all about, they won’t figure out what the war against Afghanistan is all about. They may hear rumors about the massacres being carried out now by the Northern Alliance, but the television people won’t spell it out for them, won’t show them gory pictures of the piles of corpses, and so the public won’t get it.

So again, why should you care? Why not just go along with the act, the way the big shots do?

That’s a hard question to answer, in this sense: If you’re like George Bush or any of the other big shots who think they’re being smart by going along with the act and collaborating with the Jews against their own people — if you think that’s the smart way to behave — then you won’t understand my answer, no matter how carefully I explain it. If you’re a person who already is totally alienated — if you’re an amoral person who already is completely disconnected from your race and its traditions and values and if you think of yourself solely as an individual scrambling to get an advantage over other individuals by any means that will work — then you won’t understand my answer.

But if you still have some sense of being a part of something larger and more permanent than yourself — if you still have a sense of racial identity, a sense of kinship with a larger family of fellow Europeans, of fellow White men and women with whom you share traditions and values and a way of looking at the world — if you value the civilization that your ancestors built over the last 5,000 years, if you think of it as your civilization — then my answer is superfluous. You already know the answer. You already understand why you must not collaborate with creatures who secretly sneer at your values, who are contemptuous of the traditions and history of your people, who have been working for thousands of years to corrupt your civilization, and who are determined to annihilate your race. You already understand why men who do collaborate with these creatures must not be permitted to make laws and set policies governing your people. You understand that instead of being applauded and looked at with respect, they should be hanged as traitors and as a warning to others who might be tempted also to betray our people. You already understand that truthfulness and righteousness are their own reward.

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Source: Free Speech magazine, December 2000

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