Truman’s tragic decision



When a stranger resides with you in your land, you shall not do him wrong. The stranger who resides with you shall be to you as the native among you, and you shall love him as yourself, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt; I am the Lord your God..

Leviticus 19:33,34

Zionism is the most stupendous fallacy in jewish history.It is wrong in principle and impossible in realization;it is unsound in its economics, fanatical in it its politics and sterile in its spiritual; ideas.I speak as a Jew.
Henry Morgenthau Sr. 1921

One should never expect anything more than realpolitik from any government. In The USA domestic political considerations once again has trumped principled foreign policy  based on UN resolutions and a sense of justice. Consider the loss of Congressional and senate seats, the drying up of abundant Jewish American money like the Koch Brothers and Sheldon Adelson, the power of AIPAC and its allies and the lingering fear of being dubbed antisemitic. All of these have turned so-called leaders into timorous statesmen and women both in Canada and the United States.

Ever was it thus in America. The president Harry S Truman set the United States on a disastrous path in 1947 when he ignored the advice of the man he considered the “greatest living American of his generation”, Secretary of State,General George C. Marshall. The latter was adamant that the question of Palestine must be taken out of the realm of domestic politics. If it wasn’t Marshall concluded, “the great dignity of the office would be seriously diminished.” By this time it was widely understood that partition would become a catastrophe. Truman sadly succumbed at the last minute to the pressures of the  Zionist lobby thereby undercutting and humiliating his delegates at the UN. On the  floor of the General Assembly delegates were shocked at the volte face of American policy. Trusteeship and the internationalization of Jerusalem were now off the table. Worse, the standing of the United States had received a body blow from which it has never recovered.

Truman was a decent man, sensitive to the sufferings in the holocaust but as historian Arnold Toynbee wrote,”untempered by by any sensitive awareness that he was thereby abetting the infliction of wrongs and sufferings of the Arabs.” He simply did not have the experience or emotional temperament to rise to the occasion. He prefigured the craven politics of Barack Obama and John Kerry, modern victims of domestic politics.

In the post-war period there was incredible sympathy for the Jewish victims of the Nazis but also  a great deal of ignorance about the Palestinian community and Arabs in general. Firstly arabs were invisible in the United states  but its ally Great Britain had a long history  with the Arab peoples particularly after the infamous Balfour Declaration of 1917 which “looked favourably” on the establishment of a Jewish “homeland”. A homeland but not a state. The camel’s nose was now under the tent. Zionist leadership never would accept ” a corner of Palestine, a canton” as the brilliant Odessa born  Zionist theorist Vladimir Jabotinsky (d 1940) stated.The fact that 93% of the population in this part of the Ottoman Turkish  Empire was Christian or Muslim Arab was hidden from the British people. It was  a recipe for disaster. The signs were  ominous as the riots of 1920 and 1936 proved. Arab resentment was smoldering.


Earlier n 1919  the idealist  president  Woodrow Wilson mused that “he had never been able to see by what right France and Great Britain gave this country away (Syria) to anyone…It is not true that Palestine  is the national home of the Jewish people and no others.” Zionism for him was “a crime against the triumph of the whole past history world embracing visions of their great prophets.”

Wilson sent Oberlin College president Henry King and industrialist Charles Crane as American reps to the International Commission on the Mandates in Turkey.

In 1922 the Commissioners reported:”No British officer consulted believed that the zionists program could be carried out except by force of arms…a national home is not equivalent to making Palestine into a Jewish state…this will create the gravest trespass upon the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities.’

Zionism in this period between the  wars had come under the radical suasion of the brilliant revisionist thinker, the aforementioned Jabotinsky, the spiritual godfather of Menachem Begin, Ariel Sharon and Bibi Neatanyahu, all territorial maximists and total believers in Jabotinsky’s Iron Wall.

Above all the latter was brutally honest:” It has been necessary to carry on colonization against the will of the Palestinian Arabs…all colonization must continue if defiance of the native population…it can continue and develop only under the shield of force which comprises the iron wall which the population can never break through. Zionism is a colonizing adventure and therefore stands or it falls on the question of armed force.”

Gaza is simply the manifestation of this.

Real Jews



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    mushafta Says:

    Glad to see you hitting this issue hard Ted! Too many of us sit back in our rocking chairs and do nothing.

    It’s astounding the politics of this issue- where the media and most tunnel vision governments are not looking at it as an occupation; not seeing the real problem of an imprisoned group of Palestinians that are continuously oppressed; their land stolen; their rights removed and now three quarters of the dead from the Israeli incursions are innocent civilians.

    I am so sick of Hamas taking all the blame for this. Bombing schools and hospitals is completely unacceptable by any standards. These are war crimes.

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    mushafta Says:

    Raw sewage, questionable drinking water, lack of medical supplies- how much more serious can this be in Gaza? And yet the Israelis won’t lift the blockade.

    These are a desperate people in dire need. Is it any wonder Hamas is now threatening to break the truce if the blockade is not lifted?

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