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The Face of Treason

By: Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich


Although terrorism is often attributed to individuals and non-state actors, states have committed acts of terror that no group has been able to match.  The initiation of wars of self-interest causing hundreds of thousands of deaths, staging coups, training militias to rule by proxy, and so forth, have far more barbaric aftermath than a few handful of terrorists.  Today, the neo-conservatives are the planners of such terrorist acts, the driving force behind the deceptive wars of aggression.


In a recent article published in the Weekly Standard “Reading Ahmadinejad in Washington: The Iranian president's letter needs to be taken seriously”, Hillel Fradkin, a Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute –who would rather present a profile as senior fellow at the Hudson Institute—distorted Ahamadinejad’s letter to President Bush in order to incite such a war.  His dangerous ploy is an attempt to launch the forces of Christianity against Islam, the West against the rest.  Fradkin, we mush recall, a signatory of the Project for the New American Century, urged President Bush to attack Iraq with a signed letter only nine days after the tragedy of 9/11 – what convincing proof or explanation had he gathered in 9 trauma filled days?


It must be noted that among Fradkin’s accomplishments is his association with Benador Associates, the New York-based publicity firm that has played a central role in publicizing the voices of several neoconservative figures in recent years.  Some of the firm’s more prominent clients included Richard Perle, James Woolsey, Michael Ledeen, Frank Gaffney and several other neo-conservatives who promote wars of aggression.   Another noteworthy client is Washington Post columnist Charles Krauthammer whose article “America Rules, Ok”, reflects the prevailing mentality among his colleagues.  By kindling fear and hatred, their warped policies are embraced and cheered by an alarmed audience who hear such statements: “[T]he US can do whatever it wants regardless of anyone else.”[i]


Having understood the need for alarming the masses, the neo-cons need to create a threat to justify war, if not to ‘anyone else’, at least to the American people....


So it is that we owe the true interpretation of Ahmadinejad’s letter to Fradkin and his cohorts.  It is crucial that instinctively we trust his ‘Straussian[ii]’ explanation in which he provokes religious fervor, believing this to be indispensable to the political success of America and imperative to the unity of the masses and the office of the President.  In this fashion,  Fradkin deliberately misrepresents Ahmadinejad’s letter as an assault on Christianity where in fact the letter shows utter respect for Christianity, Judaism, and Islam. 

Not long ago, the United States witnessed the capture of John Walker Lindh – the American who had committed treason by supplying services to the Taliban.  As part of the plea deal, the government dropped all other counts in a lengthy criminal indictment, including one of the most serious charges -- conspiracy to kill U.S. nationals.  Yet there are those in Washington who are conspiring to kill Americans every day, who are conspiring to damage American property.  Their heinous conspiracy is the pre-planning of wars of choice.  Deceiving the people into thinking there is a threat where there is none, sending soldiers to their death, destroying US property, neglecting the infrastructure, etcetera.  Yet, not only are they not being prosecuted, but they hold office, and our media flaunts their opinions at us.  

It is foolhardy to believe that a war, any war, would be without any American casualties.  Yet, Fradkin & Co. plan such a war with provocative lies and misinterpretations.  He hopes to rally the American people behind him, if not the world.  His cold calculating heart must have memorized a line from Edmund Burke when he read: “No passion so effectively robs the mind of all is powers of acting and reasoning as fear”.  Preying on fear, Fradkin and his neo-con cohorts are plotting the next war.  America must disrobe them of their mask and show them for the traitors that they are.

It is up to us to shake away the fear and look at treason in the face.  We must protect American lives and interest, and with it, prevent wars.  It is high time we put a few suits in Guantanamo Bay and revived America’s high moral ground.  Peace must start at home. 


[i] Charles Krauthammer, ‘America Rules, OK’, Guardian, December 17, 2001

[ii]  Leo Strauss, a German Jews, arrived in the US in 1938 and taught at several major universities before his death in 1973. Strauss believed that the role of religion was indispensable to the political success of a nation. For a political society had to hold together and act as a unit in lock step with the leader. Strauss believed that religion was the means to inculcate the desired ideas into the minds of the masses. He didn't care what religion—just as long as it was a religion that could link itself to the political order.” Paul Wolfowitz, Doug Feith, Don Rumsfeld and Michael Ledeen did their doctoral studies under the tutelage of Leo Strauss at Chicago and it is they who brought Straussian ideology to government and have wrapped their “policies” around that ideology.  Strauss believed that the perpetual deception of the citizens by those in power was because they need to be led, and they need strong rulers to tell them what's good for them. The Weimar Republic in Germany was his model of liberal democracy for which he had huge contempt.  Liberalism in Weimar, in Strauss’s view, led ultimately to the Nazi Holocaust against the Jews.
Irving Kristol, among other neoconservatives, has argued that separating church and state was the biggest mistake made by the founders of the US republic. Secular society in their view is the worst possible thing, because it leads to individualism, liberalism and relativism, precisely those traits that might encourage dissent, which in turn could dangerously weaken society's ability to cope with external threats. "You want a crowd that you can manipulate like putty,".
 “Strauss thinks that a political order can be stable only if it is united by an external threat,"  "Following Machiavelli, he maintains that if no external threat exists, then one has to be manufactured. Had he lived to see the collapse of the Soviet Union, he would have been deeply troubled because the collapse of the 'evil empire' poses a threat to America's inner stability.

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