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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Was Roosevelt a Mentch?

Having been born September 1934, I grew up only knowing Franklin Delano Roosevelt as my president, much like Britoners know their king. He became president in 1932 and died in office just before WWII ended on April 12, 1945. The war was over August 14, 1945 which we call VJ Day. I cried uncontrollably and thought the world had come to an end when a runner came to our classroom in grade school to tell us the sad news that our president had just died. I thought of him more as our father than a remote president. He was so great.

I'm in the midst of reading "The Secret War Against the Jews-how western espionage betrayed the Jewish people" by John Loftus and Mark Aarons. I've just learned that though the president originally had sympathy for Jews in WWII, he had met with King Ibn Saud of Saudi Arabia in order to get this king's support for Jews going to Palestine, and of course the king was vehemently opposed to that. So Roosevelt told Ibn Saud that he would do nothing to help the Jews against Arabs and would make no move hostile to the Arab people. He was being neutral in favor of Arabs. What was more important was Saudi Arabia's oil.

So when I have heard people say that oil has ruled in our politics, they are most likely right-it was true back then. It's a shame when our intelligence had to be wasted on spying and such instead of coming up with alternatives for oil like what is happening now. Wall Street, banks and investors were more important than 6 million lives who could have come up with many solutions to problems in our life instead of becoming wasted fuel in the furnaces.

One thing Roosevelt did on a good note was to become aware of Allan Dulles's treachery and spy on him. Evidently there were two brothers; Allen and John Foster, who were in cahoots. Allen Dulles was helping Germans throughout the war for his own financial reasons. He was in violation of the Trading with the Enemy Act and was giving aid and comfort to the enemy in time of war which was treason. Allen had been in partnership with Ibn Saud and Jack Philby since the 20's. One of his jobs was to influence American policymakers against Jews and Palestine as a homeland for them. At the time both Allen and John Foster were two of the most powerful men in the world. They had the Secretary of State Robert Lansing in their family. During this period anti-semitism was very popular in America, especially in the upper class.

A horrible web of deceit was woven against the Jews. Despite the odds and despite our enemies, Israel was born in May 1948. When you think of it all, it truly is a miracle. It really wasn't with Roosevelt's help, but with Truman, a man who stepped up to the plate and out of the shadows.

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