29 October 2008

Obama - Khalidi Tape - My Email to the LA Times

Below is my email to the LA Times regarding their refusal to release the video of Barack Hussein Obama attending and speaking at his terrorist connected friend Rashid Khalidi's banquet. If you have not yet written to the LA Times to demand the release of the videotape on the grounds of national interest, please do so.

With all due respect, the newspaper is morally obligated to release the video tape of Sen. Obama attending a dinner reception for Rashid Khalidi. I did indeed read the paper's article online from last April "Allies of Palestinians see a friend in Barack Obama" in April. But, I note now that the mention of possessing the video tape is buried in the article. One would think that you have probably been bombarded for requests for this tape since April by every major news service.

One would think that a video of Sen. Obama attending and speaking at an event where Anti-American and Anti-Jew comments were common and dare I say, expected is indeed newsworthy? I also note that the article referenced above was editorially chosen to run in the "world" section of your newspaper, not on the front page. I venture to guess how a hypothetical story of Sen. McCain, Gov. Palin, Gov. Romney, or Sen. Thompson attending a white supremacist meeting with calls to lynch African Americans or to strip voting rights from minorities would not be buried in the "politics" section of your newspaper? Or perhaps, again hypothetically, how would the LA Times run a story where any major conservative attended, once upon a time a meeting which included someone routinely referred to as a hate monger against minorities presenting a talk about the value in racism?

In the case of Sen. Obama, appearing with Khalidi it is not just about a one time appearance. It is about a tribute to a long time friend of the Senator's, someone with whom Sen. Obama frequently socialized. Khalidi as I am sure you are aware is alleged to be tied to the PLO prior to Oslo and at a time when no one questioned the motives{of the}organization's desire to kill civilians.

The American people deserve the right to not just hear about or read about such an event, but to watch it if the video is available. This very reason underpins the purpose of the existence of CSPAN. Had Sen. Obama been a candidate for President at that time or considering a run for the Presidency, one would guess CSPAN would have considered either taping or airing the event. One also wonders whether or not Sen. Obama could have been elected to the US Senate in 2003 if this tape had been aired at that time.

The LA Times must be aware and understand that this video will eventually surface. Imagine what will happen to the credibility of a President Obama when it does? If the Senator is elected, so be it, the will of the American people. Think about what is in the best interests of the United States. Is it better to release the video now, during the campaign or release it after election day? If Sen. Obama wins the election, and the video is later viewed by millions of Americans, the then President Obama will be crippled. His credibility to negotiate in peril and the distraction from the business of governing immense and overwhelming. Please do the right thing for the good of the US.

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Children's Poetry Booklet Recalled After Arabs Complain
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When Will We Tell The Truth Without Fear)

(IsraelNN.com 7 Sivan 5768/June 10, '08) Ynet's web site and Arab complaints against a ten-year-old boy's poem about terrorists has resulted in the recall of all of the Nes Ziona municipality's children's poetry booklets.

Ynet boasts that its coverage of the poem resulted in its being recalled.

The text of the poem (Ynet's translation):

Ahmed's bunker has surprises galore: Grenades, rifles are hung on the wall. Ahmed is planning another bombing!What a bunker Ahmed has, who causes daily harm.Ahmed knows how to make a bomb. Ahmed is Ahmed, that's who he is, so don't forget to be careful of him.We get blasted while they have a blast!Ahmed and his friends could be wealthy and sunny, if only they wouldn't buy rockets with all their money.

Poetry competition director Marika Berkowitz, who published the booklet, was surprised at the protests and told Ynet: "This is the boy's creation and this is what he wanted to express. Of course there should be a limit, but I think the there is no racism here. 'Ahmed' is a general term for the enemy. These are the murmurings of an innocent child."

The Education Ministry told Ynet: "The local authority that published the booklet should have guided the students in a more correct manner through the schools. The district will investigate the issue with the local authorities."
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