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"I believe that the Christian nations as a whole have never grasped the Holocaust. And even though the years are going by, everyone carries around, with a feeling of annoyance and sometimes irritation, his small part in the guilt for the most extraordinary slaughter in history - because it was pointless, because it was not the inherent evil of the Jews that it revealed, but rather of what contemporary, civilized, cultured individuals - we ourselves - are capable. So what is happening now? The opportunity has come along to transform the image of the Jew as martyr into the Jew as executioner."
--Francoise Giroud, Le Monde, Paris, as reprinted in English in Ha'aretz, Jerusalem, June 22, 2002

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Dr. Trebach WELCOME
Arnold S. Trebach

When I set this site up several years ago, my main interest was the development of better drug policies. That is now only one of my main interests.

Since 9/11, however, I have felt compelled to deal with terrorism, the Middle East, and the fate of Israel and my brother and sister Jews of the United States and the world. Again, as it has been for eons, Jews and Jewish institutions are under attack, or the threat of attack, almost everywhere. I might well have accompanied the epigram above dealing with addicts with another that could have said, "Jews are the enduring scapegoats of history." The events of the past few years have brought that truth home to me once again. At the same time, it is encouraging to see the strong support for Israel and for the rights of Jews at all levels of the American nation, including among the highest ranks of the government. Accordingly, I will deal with all of these issues in addition to drug policy.


The Urban Archipelago

It's the Cities, Stupid.

By The Editors of The Stranger

There are two maps on this page.

The one at the top should be familiar. It's one of those red-state/blue-state maps that have been tormenting Democrats, liberals, and progressives since November of 2000. Over the 36 days that George W. Bush and Al Gore fought for the White House in Florida, "red" and "blue" became metaphors for America's divided electorate. Red vs. Blue--Democrat vs. Republican; liberal vs. conservative; pro-life vs. pro-choice; gun-huggers vs. gun-haters; gay-huggers vs. gay-haters.

The red-state/blue-state map opposite shows the results of 2004's presidential election--red states won by George W. Bush, blue states won by John F. Kerry. But the red-state/blue-state map is misleading. If a Republican presidential candidate takes 50 percent of the vote plus 1 vote in any given state, the whole state is colored red (even worse, a mere plurality of voters can turn a state red when third parties are involved). The same goes for the Democratic candidate--corral the most votes, and the whole state is colored blue. But painting an entire state one color or the other creates a false impression, an impression that we believe is hampering the Democratic Party's efforts to pull itself out of its tailspin.

Take a look at the second map. This map shows a county-by-county red/blue breakdown, and it provides a clearer picture of the bind the Democrats finds themselves in. The majority of the blue states--Washington, Oregon, California, Illinois, Minnesota, Michigan, Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Delaware--are, geographically speaking, not blue states. They are blue cities.

Intifada Against College Republicans

By Lee Kaplan
Front Page Magazine
Foundation for Defense of Democracies
November 2, 2004

A mob of Arab students at San Francisco State University attacked a group of College Republicans on the San Francisco State University campus at noon today during a Turnout the Vote event in front of the campus student union building.
Derek Wray, President of the SFSU College Republicans, told Front Page Magazine that an angry mob of Palestinian students attacked the club's table, as well as individual members of the Republican club who were handing out pro-Bush/Cheney campaign materials.  According to  Wray, campus police were nearby, but just stood around watching and, instead of protecting the College Republican students from the mob that was pouring drinks on our table and materials, and even physically assaulting our members, only suggested that the campus Republicans leave rather than arrest those responsible for the violence.
Wray said the incident began when four Palestinian women from the General Union of Palestinian Students (GUPS) on the S.F. State campus approached the CRs' table and began a verbal tirade. You and the Jews want to kill all the Muslims! one screamed at Wray. You and Ariel Sharon want to kill innocent Palestinian babies. A larger crowd of male Arab students then joined in creating a threatening mob in front of the table.


Arnold S. Trebach

Even after losing all three debates President Bush seems to be ahead in most of the polls. The major reason is that virtually all segments of the body politic believe that the president will fight terror better than Senator Kerry and that we will all be safer if the feisty incumbent is given another four years as commander-in-chief.

I understand the beliefs of the majority of Americans all too well because for months I agreed with them. Indeed, during those months I have been a source of irritation to my friends and family who could not believe what I, a committed left-leaning radical, was saying: I intended to vote for President Bush in the coming election.


Kerry Will Restore American Dignity
2004 Iconoclast Presidential Endorsement

Copyright 2004 The Lone Star Iconoclast.

Few Americans would have voted for George W. Bush four years ago if he had promised that, as President, he would:

Full text of president Putin's address to the Russian nation

Sept. 4 address concerning tragedy in Beslan
By President Vladimir Putin

Speaking is hard. It is painful.

A terrible tragedy has taken place in our world. Over these last few days each and every one of us has suffered greatly and taken deeply to heart all that was happening in the Russian town of Beslan. There, we found ourselves confronting not just murderers, but people who turned their weapons against helpless children.

I would like now, first of all, to address words of support and condolence to those people who have lost what we treasure most in this life - our children, our loved and dear ones.

Israel's Unexpected Victory Over Terrorism

By Yossi Klein Halevi, Michael B. Oren
The New Republic / Foundation for the Defense of Democracies

The Russian foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov, had planned on offering the usual complaints when he visited Prime Minister Ariel Sharon last week. There was the stalled road map, Israel's security fence, and the recently announced expansion of West Bank settlements close to the Green Line. But, before he arrived in Jerusalem, something happened that changed Lavrov's agenda: the massacre of Russian children by Chechen Islamist terrorists. And so, when he met Sharon on September 6, the main topic of discussion was what advice and assistance Israel could offer Russia in the fight against terrorism.

Ironically, Israel had just buried 16 peoplemany of them Russian immigrantsafter the simultaneous suicide bombings of two buses in the southern city of Beersheba. According to Hamas, those attacks were retaliation for the assassination, five months earlier, of its spiritual and political leaders, Sheik Ahmed Yassin and Abdel Aziz Rantisi. Yet the fact that it took Hamas almost half a yearand dozens of failed attemptsto make good on its threat to inflict immediate and massive punishment proves just how successful Israel's war against terrorism has been.

Why Do We Support Israel?

By Patrick D. O'Brien

Does the average American understand what's at stake?

The United States and Israel have many mutual political interests. Ethical and altruistic considerations aside, this is the primary impetus behind international alliances. I do love Israel, and I am proud that my nation is Israel's best friend, but I know that it's not for purely noble reasons. Geopolitical maneuvering and backroom deals are part and parcel of the international political landscape. However, so long as such practical matters of utility are necessary, I am very glad that such a fortuity has brought our two nations and peoples together. As an average citizen, I don't need to understand in great detail every facet of our complex relationship with Israel, but I've learned that the Jews of Israel have much in common with us culturally, politically, and economically. I consider them to me my brothers and sisters, and I can't imagine not having Israel as our friend. Sadly, not all Americans understand this special bond.

Unfairenheit 9/11

The lies of Michael Moore.
By Christopher Hitchens

One of the many problems with the American left, and indeed of the American left, has been its image and self-image as something rather too solemn, mirthless, herbivorous, dull, monochrome, righteous, and boring. How many times, in my old days at The Nation magazine, did I hear wistful and semienvious ruminations? Where was the radical Firing Line show? Who will be our Rush Limbaugh? I used privately to hope that the emphasis, if the comrades ever got around to it, would be on the first of those and not the second. But the meetings themselves were so mind-numbing and lugubrious that I thought the danger of success on either front was infinitely slight.

Nonetheless, it seems that an answer to this long-felt need is finally beginning to emerge. I exempt Al Franken's unintentionally funny Air America network, to which I gave a couple of interviews in its early days. There, one could hear the reassuring noise of collapsing scenery and tripped-over wires and be reminded once again that correct politics and smooth media presentation are not even distant cousins. With Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11, however, an entirely new note has been struck. Here we glimpse a possible fusion between the turgid routines of and the filmic standards, if not exactly the filmic skills, of Sergei Eisenstein or Leni Riefenstahl.


The DEA brings reefer madness to the Big Apple

Is Your Bong Breeding Terrorists?
By Nick Gillespie

Two cheers for the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), whose latest public relations effort usefully reminds us that propaganda is not simply intellectually dishonest. It's also morally repulsive.

Even critical news accounts of the DEA's traveling exhibit, "Target America: Drug Traffickers, Terrorists, and You" don't quite convey the truly repugnant nature of this taxpayer- and government-contractor-funded display of drug war hysteria. Originally created in 2002, the exhibit debuted in a newly expanded version on September 14 in the lobby of One Times Squarethe famous triangular building in arguably the busiest intersection in Americaand there it will stay until January 2005, courtesy of the folks at the DEA, the Office of National Drug Control Policy, the biometric technology maker CrossMatch, and many others.

Target America is intended to underscore how "narco-terrorism is only one of the many costs and consequences to society of illegal drug abuse." To that end, the exhibit features a mangled 1994 Thunderbird that reportedly blew up during a methamphetamine run. Titled "What Remains," the installation features pictures of children and spouses and several tricycles strewn around for effect. Completing the grim scene is an endless TV loop that features punk rock icon Henry Rollins solemnly reminding anyone passing by that meth kills.

Airbrushing History

Seeing the World Through an Airbrush
By David Warren
Ottawa Citizen
The Foundation for the Defense of Democracies

An Israeli friend gives a good description of what I call the "gliberal" worldview presented in our media, and elsewhere. It is, in the strictest sense, puzzling. This is not only because it lacks any kind of logical consistency -- for the people who subscribe to it do not confuse us by even attempting such a thing. Rather, it presents a view of the world in an endless series of journalistic pictures, from each of which the obvious has been -- sometimes carefully and sometimes carelessly -- airbrushed. 

From each word picture, the reader must guess what has been left out. Since it's often the same obvious thing that was omitted from the last word picture, many readers have little difficulty supplying the missing link for themselves. But many more are confused. 

The media seldom make anything up; they seldom add anything imaginary; and they seldom remove anything -- except the obvious. Perhaps this will become clearer by using a big example. 

Berkeley Intifada

As students embrace the Palestinian cause, UC Berkeley has lost whatever reputation it may once have had for tolerance.

By Anneli Rufus
East Bay Express

On the day after September 11, Micki Weinberg walked to the UC Berkeley campus still in shock. At the entrance to campus, facing Telegraph Avenue, huge sheets of blank paper were spread out as an impromptu memorial on which students, faculty, and other passersby were invited to write comments. Glad to have found such a forum, Weinberg scanned the inscriptions. Then he saw one, large and clear, that stopped him dead in his tracks:

"It's the Jews, stupid."

The slender Weinberg, a year younger than most freshmen, had only just arrived at Cal from Beverly Hills, where he had been president of his high school's Shalom Club. As a young teenager, he had savored heady stories of how Mario Savio and his comrades in the Free Speech Movement danced the hora and sang "Hava Nagila" at sit-ins and peace rallies forty years ago. The son of left-wing, Jewish intellectuals, Weinberg viewed himself as one too, having spent the summer before his senior year of high school in Myanmar, cataloguing the archives of Rangoon's disintegrating and depopulated Jewish synagogue. "That's why I came to Berkeley -- because of its strong romantic aura of the Free Speech Movement and Mario Savio," he recalls. "Then I got here and discovered that that light seems to have been extinguished. You have this vitriol. You feel it everywhere. Berkeley is now the epicenter of real hatred." [FULL TEXT]

Blinded by drugs

The Ottawa Citizen

By Dan Gardner

Last week, the U.S. commission examining the Sept. 11 attacks issued a statement of facts that helps explain why the Federal Bureau of Investigation failed to stop the al-Qaeda plot. Counter-terrorism just wasn't a priority for the FBI, the commission said. Instead, the bureau was too busy fighting the never-ending war on drugs.

"As the terrorism danger grew, (FBI) Director (Louis) Freeh faced the choice of whether to lower the priority the FBI attached to work on general crime, including the war on drugs, and allocate those resources to terrorism," the commission noted. Formally, the FBI did make terrorism the priority, but "it did not shift its human resources accordingly." In 2000, "there were twice as many agents devoted to drug-enforcement matters as to counter-terrorism" and even agents who were assigned to counter-terrorism were often moved temporarily to drugs and crime.

The 9/11 commission also noted that on May 9, 2001, Attorney General John Ashcroft testified at a hearing that the Justice Department had no higher priority than preventing terrorism. But a day later, "the department issues guidance for developing the fiscal year 2003 budget that made reducing the incidence of gun violence and reducing the trafficking of illegal drugs priority objectives." The directive didn't even mention counter-terrorism. The FBI's misallocation was confirmed immediately after the Sept. 11 attacks when more than 400 agents were shifted to counter-terrorism -- almost all coming from drug investigations.

Drug War Chronicle #340

Arnold Trebach ( is indeed a godfather of the American drug reform movement. From his post at American University in Washington, DC, in the 1970s, Trebach began exploring the impact of drug enforcement on crime policy, leading him to found the Drug Policy Foundation, progenitor to the Drug Policy Alliance. The author of groundbreaking critiques of US drug policy, such as "The Heroin Solution" (1982) and "The Great Drug War" (1987), Trebach played a central role in making drug reform an issue that could be addressed in polite circles.

But as his exploration of drug policy deepened, Trebach moved toward the embrace of legalization of drug use and the drug trade as the best solution to "the drug problem." Now a spry 76-year old in retirement, Trebach continues to monitor the drug reform milieu, whether as a board member and advisor to the International Antiprohibitionist League, a compiler of drug treatment program abuses, or, as just last month, a speaker at a cutting edge conference, the Third National Clinical Conference on Cannabis Therapeutics at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. His major passion at the moment is finishing a book on drug control in the age of terror, in which he argues that today prohibition makes even less sense than before and that a rational system of legalization or re-legalization is demanded by the age in which we live and in which we are trying to survive.

We thought it was time to check in with Arnold again, on the occasion of his recent birthday, and we spoke with him by phone at his suburban Washington, DC, home last week.

Omar's Model Iraqi Blog

Posted by Omar

YOU WON'T READ THIS: ... in the New York Times. So here it is, from the indispensable Iraqi blogger, Omar:

The hall was busy and everyone was chatting and laughing loud. They had Al-Jazeera on (something I never managed to convince them to stop doing). Then suddenly Mr. Bremer appeared on TV reading his last speech before he left Iraq. I approached the TV to listen carefully to the speech, as I expected it to be difficult in the midst of all that noise. To my surprise everyone stopped what they were doing and started watching as attentively as I was.

The speech was impressive and you could hear the sound of a needle if one had dropped it at that time. The most sensational moment was the end of the speech when Mr. Bremer used a famous Arab emotional poem. The poem was for a famous Arab poet who said it while leaving Baghdad. Al-Jazeera had put an interpreter who tried to translate even the Arabic poem which Mr. Bremer was telling in a fair Arabic! "Let this damned interpreter shut up. We want to hear what the man is saying." One of my colloquies shouted. The scene was very touching that the guy sitting next to me (who used to sympathize with Muqtada) said "He's going to make me cry!"

Drug Reformers Remember Sam Dash
Drug War Chronicle #340

For most people old enough to recognize the name, Sam Dash is remembered for his role as chief congressional counsel during the Watergate scandal that led to the resignation of President Richard Nixon. For members of the legal community, Sam Dash is remembered as a vibrant teacher, rigorous scholar, and ardent advocate of fairness and justice. But while his role as a drug reformer was secondary to his primary interests, Sam Dash is also being remembered as a man who, in search of justice, came to see the drug war as pernicious and who, in some not so small ways, helped advance the cause of drug reform.

Dash, 79, died Tuesday of multiple organ failure at Washington Hospital Center. He had been ill for some time, and taught his last year of classes at Georgetown University Law School from his wheelchair.

His death marked the end of a legal career spanning five decades, one that brushed up against some of the most important moments in US and world political history. Samuel Dash was the first American to interview jailed anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela. He subsequently wrote a magazine article about Mandela, publicizing his plight, and mediated discussions with the South African government that helped lead to the release of the future South African president. Dash's foreign involvement also included advising the governments of Chile, Northern Ireland, and Puerto Rico during investigations into human rights abuses.

A Call to Value Life

The Jerusalem Post

In 1942, Haj Amin el-Husseini, then "prime minister" of a pan-Arab government formed in Nazi Berlin, broadcast from Germany to his numerous disciples in the Arab world: "Slaughter the Jews wherever you find them. Their spilled blood pleases Allah."

This virulent message has clearly been revived in Arab, particularly Palestinian, society, as it was when still-revered Husseini was its all-powerful warlord.

Sajid Abu Alous, the 18-year-old ringleader of a gang that recently roamed the streets of Jerusalem in order to gun down Jewish passersby, echoed the Nazi-collaborator's sentiments to the full, when he remorselessly declared a few days ago that he decided to spill Jewish blood "in order to please Allah and in his name. I knew God would be satisfied with me and that's all that matters."

Arab Jew-hatred in The Netherlands

The Jerusalem Post

Something's rotten in the land of Anne Frank

In Holland, this week marks Remembrance Day. This year's proceedings take place against the disturbing backdrop of a new wave of anti-Semitic violence that is sweeping not just The Netherlands but the whole of Western Europe.

In France and Germany, this new violent anti-Semitism has been around for almost a decade now. In Holland, however, violent incidents used to be just that: incidents, rare disturbances in an otherwise tranquil society. But lately, something is rotten in the land of Anne Frank. [FULL TEXT]

The End of American Jewry's Golden Era

An Interview with Daniel Pipes
By Danial Pipes

This item is available online, at

Daniel Pipes has been researching Islam for the past three and a half decades. He directs the Middle East Forum - a Philadelphia think tank. Among his twelve books, four focus on Islam. In 2003, President Bush appointed him to the board of the U.S. Institute of Peace.

Years before September 11, 2001, Pipes uttered warnings that militant Islam was a violent threat to American security. In 1998, he wrote in the European edition of the Wall Street Journal that militant Muslims were at war with America, not because of what America did, but because Islamists perceive themselves as being in a long-term conflict with the values of the West.

Pipes contends that the mega-events of the last few years may have ushered in a less favorable era for American Jewry: "The Jews' Golden Age in America began in 1950, when social restrictions were eased in universities, banks, businesses, clubs, etc. This period may now be ending with the growth of the American Muslim population. Within that community, there are significant elements that see American Jewry as their prime enemy; they perceive Jews as the cause of Islamic failure. To counteract this, the Jewish community has to develop a greater understanding of how Muslims think; in particular their more radical elements, those supporters of militant Islam known as Islamists.

Why we must never abandon this historic struggle in Iraq

By Tony Blair
The Observer

We are locked in a historic struggle in Iraq. On its outcome hangs more than the fate of the Iraqi people. Were we to fail, which we will not, it is more than 'the power of America' that would be defeated. The hope of freedom and religious tolerance in Iraq would be snuffed out. Dictators would rejoice; fanatics and terrorists would be triumphant. Every nascent strand of moderate Arab opinion, knowing full well that the future should not belong to fundamentalist religion, would be set back in bitter disappointment.

If we succeed - if Iraq becomes a sovereign state, governed democratically by the Iraqi people; the wealth of that potentially rich country, their wealth; the oil, their oil; the police state replaced by the rule of law and respect for human rights - imagine the blow dealt to the poisonous propaganda of the extremists. Imagine the propulsion toward change it would inaugurate all over the Middle East.

In every country, including our own, the fanatics are preaching their gospel of hate, basing their doctrine on a wilful perversion of the true religion of Islam. At their fringe are groups of young men prepared to conduct terrorist attacks however and whenever they can. Thousands of victims the world over have now died, but the impact is worse than the death of innocent people. [FULL TEXT]




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