----- Original Message -----
Sent: Sunday, August 22, 2004 12:55 AM
Subject: Fw: Senator Hollings goes "public" on the power of the
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Saturday, August 21, 2004 11:44 AM
Subject: Senator Hollings goes "public" on the power of the Jewish
This is a very brave act by this Senator. It
should not be taken lightly. We should give him our support. Many have lost
their lives for doing what he is
Bush Invaded Iraq to 'Secure Israel,' Says Sen.
Hollings (Aug 20)
By Mark Weber
Al-Jazeerah, August 20,
WAS INVADED `TO SECURE ISRAEL,' SAYS SENATOR HOLLINGS,
AND `EVERYBODY KNOWS
When a prominent American political figure speaks boldly about
Zionist power, that's news. So the recent remarks by South Carolina's senior
Senator that Iraq was invaded "to secure Israel," and that "everybody" in
Washington knows it, are indeed remarkable.
Ernest "Fritz" Hollings, a
Democrat who has represented his state in the US Senate since 1966, is now
serving his final term in Washington. That fact may also help explain why he's
now willing to defy the powerful pro-Israel lobby and speak with candidly about
It began with an essay about the Iraq war that appeared in
the May 6 issue of the daily Post and Courier of Charleston.
(http://hollings.senate.gov/~hollings/opinion/2004506A17.html)"With Iraq no threat, why invade a sovereign country?," he
wrote. "The answer: President Bush's policy to secure Israel. Led by [Paul]
Wolfowitz, Richard Perle and Charles Krauthammer, for years there had been a
domino school of thought that the way to guarantee Israel's security is to
spread democracy in the area."
Several Jewish organizations, as well as
some prominent Jewish
political figures, quickly chastised Hollings, and his
remarks were denounced as anti-Semitic.
But he didn't back down.
Instead, he rose in the US Senate on May 20 to defend and explain his
(http://hollings.senate.gov/~hollings/statements/2004521A35.html)"I don't apologize for this column," he declared. "I want
them to apologize to me for talking about anti-Semitism." President Bush went to
war in Iraq "to secure our friend, Israel" and "everybody knows it," said
Referring to the cowardly reluctance of his
Congressional colleagues openly to acknowledge this reality, he said that
"nobody is willing to stand up and say what is going on." With few exceptions,
members of Congress uncritically support Israel and its policies due to "the
pressures that we get politically," he said. The pro-Israel lobby knows "how to
make you tuck tail and run." But "not the Senator from South Carolina," he
added, referring to himself. To emphasize the seriousness of his remarks,
Hollings added: "I have thought this out as thoroughly as I know how, and it
worries me that here we are..."
President Bush's motive in going to war
for Israeli interests,
Hollings charged, was to seek Jewish support in
campaigns. "President Bush came to office imbued with one thought:
reelection. I say that advisedly. I have been up here with eight Presidents. We
have had support of all eight Presidents. Yes, I supported the President on this
Iraq resolution, but I was misled. There weren't any weapons, or any terrorism,
or al-Qaida. This is the reason we went to war. He had one thought in mind, and
that was reelection...
"That is not a conspiracy. That is the policy. I
didn't like to keep it a secret, maybe; but I can tell you now, I will challenge
any one of the other 99 Senators to tell us why we are in Iraq, other than what
this policy is here. It is an adopted policy, a domino theory of The [Zionist]
Project For The New American Century. Everybody knows it because we want to
secure our friend, Israel...
"Let's realize we are in real trouble.
Saudi Arabia is in trouble. Israel is in trouble. The United States is in
trouble. I am going to state what I believe to be the fact. In fact, I believe
it very strongly. They just are whistling by on account of the pressures that we
get politically. Nobody is willing to stand up and say what is going on."
Hollings cited the role of the American Israel Public Affairs
Committee (AIPAC), the most important pro-Israel lobby group in
Washington, in determining US policy in the Middle East. "You can't have an
Israel policy other than what AIPAC gives you around here. I have followed them
mostly in the main, but I have also resisted signing certain letters from time
to time, to give the poor President a chance.
"I can tell you no
President takes office -- I don't care whether it is a Republican or a Democrat
-- that all of a sudden AIPAC will tell him exactly what the policy is, and
Senators and members of Congress ought to sign letters. I read those carefully
and I have joined in most of them. On some I have held back. I have my own idea
and my own policy..."
The Iraq war has been "a bad mistake," said
Hollings. "Getting rid of Saddam was not worth almost 800 dead GIs and over
3,500 maimed for life..." This war is "a mistake like Vietnam," he added. "We
got misled with the  Gulf of Tonkin [incident]. We got misled here, and we
are in that quagmire...
"The entire thing is a mess. Don't give me
`support the troops,
support the troops.' I have been with troops, about
three years in combat, so don't tell me about troops. I have always supported
"Strive as in a race to achieve
goal of excellence in all that you do."
For real insights