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Billy Graham: War Criminal
Billy Graham: War Criminal
Graham: War Criminal
a piquant contrast in the press coverage of Billy Grahams conversations
with Nixon, as displayed on the tapes gradually released from the National Archive
or disclosed from Nixons papers. Back in April l989, a Graham memo to
Nixon was made public. It was dated April 15, 1969, and was drafted after the
evangelist met in Bangkok with missionaries from Vietnam. These men of God said
that if peace talks
in Paris were to fail, Nixon should step up the war and bomb the dikes, which,
Graham wrote, "could overnight destroy the economy of North Vietnam."
his imprimatur to this recommendation. Thus Graham was advocating a policy to
the U.S. Commander-in-Chief that on Nixons own estimate would have killed
a million people. The German High Commissioner Seyss-Inquart was sentenced to
death at Nuremberg for breaching dikes and other crimes in Holland in World
War II. (His execution did not deter the USAF from destroying the Toksan dam
in North Korea, in 1953, thus deliberately wrecking the system that irrigated
75 percent of North Koreas rice farms.)
of Graham as an aspirant war criminal did not excite any commotion when it became
has been the reception of a new tape revealing Graham, Nixon and Haldeman palavering
about Jewish domination of the media, and Graham invoking the "stranglehold"
Jews have on the media. On the account of James Warren in the Chicago Tribune,
who has filed excellent stories down the years on Nixons tapes, Nixon
raises a topic about which "we cant talk about...publicly,"
namely Jewish influence in Hollywood and the media. Nixon cites Paul Keyes,
a political conservative who was executive producer of the NBC hit Rowan
and Martins Laugh-In, as telling him that "11 of the 12 writers
are Jewish." "That right?" says Graham, prompting Nixon to claim
that Life magazine, Newsweek, The New York Times, the Los
Angeles Times and others are "totally dominated by the Jews."
Nixon says network tv anchors Howard K. Smith, David Brinkley and Walter Cronkite
are "front men who may not be of that persuasion," but that their
writers are "95 percent Jewish."
Nixon concedes that this does not mean "that all the Jews are bad,"
but that most are left-wing radicals who want "peace at any price except
where support for Israel is concerned. The best Jews are actually the Israeli
Jews." "Thats right," agrees Graham, who later concurs
with a Nixon assertion that a "powerful bloc" of Jews confronts Nixon
in the media. "And theyre the ones putting out the pornographic stuff,"
Graham adds. Later Graham says that "a lot of the Jews are great friends
of mine. They swarm around me and are friendly to me. Because they know I am
friendly to Israel and so forth. They dont know how I really feel about
what theyre doing to this country." After Grahams departure
Nixon says to Haldeman, "You know it was good we got this point about the
Jews across." "Its a shocking point," Haldeman replies.
"Well," says Nixon, "its also, the Jews are an irreligious,
atheistic, immoral bunch of bastards."
of these exchanges becoming public the 83-year-old Graham was disturbed in his
dotage and impelled to express public contrition. "Experts" on Graham
were duly cited as expressing their "shock" at Grahams White
House table talk.
shock? Dont they know that this sort of stuff is consonant with the standard
conversational bill of fare at 75 percent of the country clubs in America, not
to mention many a Baptist soiree? Nixon thought American Jews were lefty peaceniks
who dominated the Democratic Party and were behind the attacks on him. Graham
reckoned it was Hollywood Jews who had sunk the nation in porn. Haldeman agreed
with both of them. At whatever level of fantasy they were all acknowledging
power. But they didnt say they wanted to kill a million Jews. Thats
what Graham said about the Vietnamese, and no one raised a bleat.
supposedly the third rail in journalism even to have a discussion of how much
Jews control the media. Since some of the prime founders of Hollywood were Polish
Jews who grew up within 50 miles of one another in Galicia, its reckoned
as not so utterly beyond bounds to talk about Jewish power in Hollywood, though
people still stir uneasily. Jude Wanniski remarked last week in his daily "Memo
on the Margin" in his Web newsletter Supply Side Investor that (a)
Graham was not being anti-Semitic, and that (b) it was certainly true to say
that the Jews control discussion of Israel in the media here.
a number of stories sloshing around the news now that have raised discussion
of Israel and of the posture of American Jews to an acrid level. The purveyor
of anthrax may have been a former government scientist of Jewish ethnic extraction
with a record of baiting a colleague of Arab origins, acting with the intent
to blame the anthrax on Muslim terrorists. Rocketing around the Web and spilling
into the press are many stories about Israeli spies in America at the time of
9/11. On various accounts of unknown reliability, they were trailing Atta and
his associates, knew what was going to happen but did nothing or were simply
spying on U.S. facilities. Some posing as art students have been expelled, according
to the AP. Finally, theres Sharons bloody repression of the Palestinians,
and Israels apparently powerful role in Bushs foreign policy.
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