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Harry S. Truman's Blunder
For All The Wrong Reasons
It has often been my opinion that the words "State of Israel", used by then President Harry S. Truman in 1948, were politically fueled by an over- reactionary means to a very tragic situation, involving the European Jewish holocaust victims, of the nineteen thirties and forties. As insensitive as that may sound, it is still a fact. What occurred during the Spring of 1948, when then President Harry S. Truman addressed the United Nations, was a calculated political apology for turning away the SS St. Louis in 1939, and for not doing more for the European Jews, in the early stages of World War II. As Britain had done with the German invasion of Poland.
For years now, I have speculated that the former Kansas City, Missouri native needed votes to legitimize his political status, and boost his presidential powers. With the upcoming 1948 Presidential election, President Truman could not rely on the Democratic party for complete political support. Most Democrats at that time, were still angry that he had been chosen as FDR's vice president to begin. Then Senator Truman was suspected to have ties to the mob through a well known MAFIA lawyer Morris Shenker, of St. Louis, Missouri. In a letter written in 1940 by the Democratic Senator to Morris Shenker, Truman writes;
Dear Mr. Shenker:
Thank you very much for yours of the Twenty Second congratulating me on my election. I do appreciate the good wishes of Miss Carroll and Mr. Reardon.
I am very happy that you were pleased with the speech of Mr. Berenstein. I think very highly of Mr. Berenstein, and am glad you liked him.
Harry S. Truman
But the real issue that split the National Democratic Party in 1948 in half, from those who supported Truman's controversial presidency, came after President Truman signed executive order 9981.
- Which integrated black troops with white soldiers, thus ending racial segregation in the United States Arm Forces (USAF), and abolishing racial discrimination in the USAF.
Which effectively split the Democratic party from those who supported President Truman's foreign and domestic policies. Policies that consisted of;
- The order to drop the Atomic bomb.
- The start of the Cold War.
- Republican take over of the congress.
- The passing of the Fair Act.
To those who opposed the desegregation of the United States Armed Forces; the Dixiecrats (as they were called) and the Progressives under the tutelage of Henry Wallace. According to the Truman Library's own website and "Presidential Campaign of 1948" article:
"Even the Democratic party had lost faith and refused to spend their usual exorbitant amounts of money on the election..."
President Harry S. Truman needed the Jewish vote for the United States presidency. Ironically, Harry's dearest friend, Special counsel to the President, and Washington DC political adviser at that time, was Clark Clifford. In an article about Clark Clifford after his death, the New York Times had this to say about him:
"He (Clark Clifford) helped articulate the policies for the reconstruction of Europe after World War II. He wrote the basic legislation establishing the Central Intelligence Agency and the Defense Department. On the domestic front, he wrote some of Truman's most important speeches and helped keep labor peace in the postwar period."
Clark Clifford was no stranger to the National Democratic Party, and was fully engrossed into the everyday policy making on-goings of Washington DC, by the time the Senator Harry Truman took the Presidential office.
The New York Times article also states;
"Few people in Washington, let alone Clark Clifford himself, could have imagined so inglorious an end to so glorious a career. From the time in World War II when he went to Washington as a naval aide to Truman, Mr. Clifford was a highly respected lawyer and public servant about whom scarcely an unkind word was ever uttered.
He was a symbol of elegance -- 6 feet 2 inches tall, trim, wavy-haired, his French cuffs always a precise half-inch longer than the sleeves of his impeccably tailored double-breasted suits."
Clark Clifford new that his friend desperately needed the Jewish American financial backing, political support and grass root votes. The most effective way to gain the confidence and financial backing of the Jewish American voting power in 1948 was really quite simple- land acquisition and a vast amount of it...
Make the then illegal migration of displaced, European Jews to Palestine- legal.
Jewish Americans also felt that the world owed the Jewish people a country, for ignoring the atrocities of Hitler's Nazi regime. Therefore, a one time haberdasher salesmen became one of the most influential men of, Middle Eastern affairs for the twentieth century. It is a well known fact that as presidential adviser;
One of his (Clark Clifford's) most significant contributions was his successful advocacy, along with David Niles, of that prompt 1948 recognition of the new "Jewish state" of Israel, over the strong objections of then Secretary of State, General George Marshall.-wikipedia, Clark Clifford
What many people do not realize though is that the Palestinians, living in the region in 1948, were doing so in relative peace and alongside with Christians and Jewish settlers already living there. Those citizens of the Palestine had a government in place, internationally recognized land borders, and quite frankly, didn't want their lands given away to Europeans from the North, regardless of their heritage. As many of us would do, if our own homes were stripped away by a far off world superpower- the citizens of Palestine revolted against this new American policy. Thus war soon ensued, which has lasted for more than sixty years.
Egypt was the only country that offered the Palestinians' military aid and domestic help. America had boldly made her decision, while clearly underestimating the recourse of such a huge mistake, in the unsystematic creation of a new Jewish state.
Jewish Homeland Poll
Was Harry Truman wrong to recognize Israel as a individual statehood in 1948?
Palestine in 2009
For nearly sixty years now, America has chosen to toil with Middle Eastern lives, and pretend to be blind to the facts at hand. Israel has been a shameful role model of how effective brute force ignorance can be and how irrational behavior wins the game. Aren't those supposed to be the ways only held by terrorist? Well we should know- we created them. Israel created terrorist. Israel is a country of terrorist. They should know better than anyone of terrorist tactics. They wrote the book on it. The hate for all things American & Israel, especially under certain American administrations, has caused anti-American sentiments to soar to feverish heights. Though now that President Obama is in office, I personally see a chance at redemption and change. Still though, a great American journalist was force-ably retired, for having the same fore-thoughts as I. A shining example of American liberty, and how freedom of speech is no longer warranted, but challenged. Another example of a crying shame, in this deadly game we are playing in the Middle East.
Is America finally going to admit fault here? Not likely- but what I do see America doing is reassuming a role as peacemaker, friend, consultant, and world wide helping supporter. Palestine needs us the most. Fix Palestine and you've fixed Pakistan, Iraq, Iran, and the whole Middle Eastern Region. America has an opportunity to bring peace to the region. We have the perfect unique, opportunity to re-assume a peaceful stance with positive backing firmly stood behind the Palestinians. Why? With out a doubt, Palestine- has been America's greatest folly. America's personal interjections of favoritism towards the State of Israel has kept Palestine from being a peaceful nation. That is the cold hard facts. Somehow inadvertently America created these tyrannical and terrorist leaders by handling the State of Israel and Palestine the way they did. All this turmoil and blood shed over blind American pride and arrogance.
There is no time like the present to start making Israel face those they've systemically executed and destroyed. America needs to reposition herself away from the State of Israel. The favoritism has been overwhelmingly devastating to the region. Palestinians today are forced to live in mud huts because of Israelite embargoes. That's ridiculous. It is that kind of inhumane activity that America needs to stop. It is time we starting showing Palestine some good will and act as a positive ambassador for them. We need to be enforcing the wheel towards compassion, empathy and strength to the under-dogs who need it. The past sixty years have been nothing but failed foreign policies one right after the next. Obama brings hope to us all. He brings hope to everyone around the world. It is a monumental task he's facing. Americans need to recognize that he needs us just as much as we need him. However if anyone, or any country ever need a guy like Obama in their corner- the children of Palestine need him most. How come? All too often religion comes to play here. It effects the necessary decisions and comprises our positions. The adverse affects of such actions only causes devastation to all who aren't like us. Now this isn't what this country is about. Americans no better than to judge someone or some party off their religious beliefs. Our country was founded on the principle of religious freedoms. Yet we allow religious holocausts to occur under our own watchful eyes. Why? This isn't who we are? This isn't the America I know and love. The madness of murder and mayhem need to be put to an end. And there is no place better than to start with the region where Israel now stands.
Need we all be reminded again, that if you take a religious stance against Palestinians, you first need to understand that Muslims are God's children too! Why must Christians and Jews be reminded of this time after time again? I simply do not understand the religious ignorance we chose to live in. The Islamic faith and Muslim people have been demoniac just as history has recorded the Jews at Jesus Christ's death. And that didn't start with 9-11 either. Everything gets blamed on 9-11! It's time to put an end to that here and now. Anti-American sentiment & hatred- was nearly 55 years old by the time 9-11 occurred. In fact, 9-11 was a direct cause of American pride, unjustified ignorance and arrogance in which we had CHOSEN to lived by. That's what caused 9-11. Not the religion! Not Muslims! WE DID!!!
With Obama at the wheel- many Americans would better off reminding themselves the importance of recognizing that fact. Islamics are the children of Abraham, while Jew's look to Moses as a leader. The Jewish patriarchal figure is still remains to be Abraham. We are born of the same cloth here people. However, that shouldn't change a damn thing in our eyes. We are suppose to be equal opportunist here. (And not on one particular religious side of another.) Shame on us Americans, for allowing that to happen through our own personal pity! Well now it's time to pity the children of Palestine before they become non-existent.
They are all God's children.
I pray and hope, (that whatever be the case), that you support our dear President Obama. Our brothers and sisters, our military soldiers and families need our love and support more than you know. God Bless you and yours.