FrontPageMagazine.com has published a troubling article concerning Joe Biden’s diplomatic priorities by Vladimir Bukovsky, the renowned human rights activist and former 12-year political prisoner in the Soviet Union, and Pavel Stroilov, a Russian exile and translator living in London.
Titled Biden’s Secret Diplomacy, it is a report about a secret document, first uncovered at the Gorbachev Foundation Archive in Moscow three years ago, that provides insight into Senator Joe Biden’s true priorities and proclivity towards political double-speak during one of the most tense periods of relations between the United States and the Soviet Union – and who Biden thought was expendable.
According to the article and the document, Senator Biden led a delegation of Senators to Moscow for discussions about arms control issues in 1979. During that meeting, Biden told his Communist hosts “off the record” that in his esteemed opinion, the internal persecution of Soviet dissidents and the overall suppression of human rights was of no real concern and that bringing it up would only impede other, more important negotiations. Senator Biden did, however, request that his Soviet hosts put on a bit of a show for him – he indicated that it would help with his constituents back home if the Soviets publicly acknowledged that the current Vice-Presidential candidate did bring up human rights and the plight of the dissidents – particularly the Jewish refuseniks.
Remember hearing and reading about gulags, psikhushkas, and Soviet prisons? Remember the name Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn? Those are the horrific practices, and the type of people, that Joe Biden was willing to ignore.
Via the article and from the original document:The delegation did not officially raise the issue of human rights during the negotiations. Biden said they did not want ‘to spoil the atmosphere with problems which are bound to cause distrust in our relations.’ However, during the breaks between the sessions the senators passed to us several letters concerning these or those ‘refuseniks’.
Unofficially, Biden and [Senator Richard] Lugar said that, in the end of the day, they were not so much concerned with having a problem of this or that citizen solved as with showing to the American public that they do care for ‘human rights’. They must prove to their voters that they are ‘effective in fulfilling their wishes’. In other words, the collocutors directly admitted that what is happening is a kind of a show, that they absolutely do not care for the fate of most so-called dissidents.
In the same conversation, Biden asked us to ensure that senators’ appeals on those issues are not left unanswered – even if we just reply that the letter is received but we cannot do anything.
No wonder the Soviet Union thought they were beating us in 1979.
It was Ronald Reagan’s laser-like focus on human rights in the “evil empire” – the Eastern Bloc controlled by the Soviet Union – that led to the popular uprisings throughout Eastern Europe and broke the back of Communism. The Soviet Union as it existed from after World War II to its fall was an empty vessel – the West was vastly superior to the East economically, militarily, and above all concerning the issue of human rights. What was needed to give hundreds of millions of people their freedom and hope back was for a courageous leader of a strong nation to confront the Soviets with those facts.
Documents show that Joe Biden was not one of those courageous leaders. In fact, he opposed Ronald Reagan every step of the way.
Joe Biden is knowledgeable about foreign policy “facts”, but the true measure of foreign policy effectiveness is how one turns knowledge of those facts into successful policies. Senator Biden has been, in the end, on the wrong side of every major foreign policy issue since he has been in politics. Having said that, I am still surprised by this story. His cowardice in the face of true evil is despicable.
And this is the person who is supposedly giving Barack Obama foreign policy credibility? God help us all, especially those currently persecuted around the world.
You can’t say Kissinger was just another Jew with loyalty to Jews
On 26 July 1956, in retaliation for the loss of funding and to help pay for the Aswan project, Nasser gave a speech in Alexandria where he denounced Western influence in the Arab world and announced the nationalization of the Suez Canal Company.
The British tried to stage a phony crisis in order to send in peacekeeping troops that was aborted when Eisenhower threatened to use the Treasury to destroy the British Pound. Eisenhower would later go on to regret it, but the deed was done.
A Partial list of Elizabeth Taylor’s Israel-related activities:
• In 1959 Ms. Taylor bought $100,000 in Israeli bonds. As a result, The United Arab Republic (Egypt and Syria) officially banned all her motion pictures.
• In 1962 Ms. Taylor was barred from entering Egypt as she was blacklisted as Jewish. As a result, the movie production “Cleopatra” filming had to be removed from Egypt. The Jerusalem Post (April 6, 2011) noted that: “Gen. Essam Elmasri, head of the Cairo regional bureau of the Israel Boycott Office, [in 1962] said in the Egyptian capital that Miss Taylor will not be allowed to come to Egypt because she has adopted the Jewish faith and supports Israeli causes.”
• In 1976 Ms. Taylor offered herself as a hostage for the more than 100 Air France hijack victims held by terrorists at Entebbe Airport in Uganda during the tense days before the Israeli rescue raid.
• Ms. Taylor raised over 2 million dollars for the State of Israel.
• In 1967 Ms. Taylor canceled plans to attend the July Moscow Film Festival because of opposition to the Soviet diplomatic offensive against Israel.
• In 1982 Ms. Taylor signed a letter denouncing the United Nations’ racist “Zionism is racism” resolution.
• In 1987 Ms. Taylor helped launch an appeal to free Soviet Jewish refusenik Ida Nudel.
The Washington Post story pointed out that Elizabeth Taylor’s support of Israel is in sharp contrast to a number of celebrities who have gone along with the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) crowd –– “an international activist network that sees Israel as an oppressor and seeks its isolation in virtually every realm” –– and cut ties with Israel. “The same artists usually have nothing in particular to say about China, Russia or repressive Muslim regimes,” it noted.
she was beautiful!
THE DAILY TELEGRAPH: It should come as no surprise to the West that intelligence officials have identified “flickers” of al-Qaeda among the Libyan rebels seeking to overthrow the regime of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi.
Since widespread anti-government protests erupted in Libya last month Col Gaddafi has repeatedly claimed that al-Qaeda was actively involved in stirring up the unrest. At the start of the uprising he even made the bizarre claim that al-Qaeda had supplied Libyans with pills that induced them to revolt. “Our children have been manipulated by al-Qaeda,” he declared.
Saif al-Islam, his second eldest son and heir apparent, has also made much of al-Qaeda’s role in the revolt, warning the West that it has made a “terrible mistake” in backing the rebels. “Believe me, one day when you wake up, you will find that you support the wrong people,” he said after French warplanes had bombed Libya’s air defences. “You’ve made a terrible mistake.”
While the Gaddafi regime has undoubtedly exaggerated the extent of al-Qaeda’s influence in their country, there is nevertheless disturbing evidence that the Islamist terror group is seeking to turn the current political unrest to its advantage.
The Libyan Islamic Fighting Group, a militant Islamist group committed to the establishment of a fundamentalist Islamic state in Libya, was set up in 1995 by groups of Libyan jihadi fighters who had returned home after fighting with the Mujahideen in Afghanistan against the Soviet Union.
The LIFG later established ties with like-minded organisations, particularly al-Qaeda’s North African wing, which is predominantly based in Algeria and has claimed responsibility for a number of terrorist attacks against European targets. » | Con Coughlin | Tuesday, March 29, 2011