Much as moveon.org wants to have it both ways by loving the action, but “disagreeing” in part with the actor, its endorsement of the rally is an endorsement of Ramsey Clark and his organization. Kristinn Taylor, an organizer with FreeRepublic.com, was quoted in the San Francisco Chronicle asking an appropriate question: “If the Klu Klux Klan led an anti-war demonstration, would you march in it?”
But maybe the more appropriate question would be: If Saddam Hussein organized a human rights conference, would moveon.org partake? Ramsey Clark did. In 1998. As the keynote speaker. In his speech, he identified the real human rights abusers as the United States, not the man who, by almost anyone’s account, had already slaughtered at least hundreds of thousands of his own citizens.
As the 1998 conference indicates, Clark has done so much more than just serve as defense counsel for war criminals. He supports them. He sympathizes with them. He cheers them on. He probably even loves them.
Long before defending Milosevic before the war crimes tribunal, he was the despot’s chief cheerleader. As NATO was attempting to bomb Milosevic into submission, Clark flew to Belgrade, picked up an honorary degree, and delivered the following message: “It will be a great struggle, but a glorious victory. You can be victorious.”
Milosevic wasn’t Clark’s only ethnic cleanser client, either. He has defended several Nazi war criminals, but once again went much beyond providing legal counsel. Clark argued, for example, that when it comes to Nazi war criminals, bygones should be bygones: “I oppose the idea of regenerating hatreds and pursuits 40 years after the fact.”
But Clark went even further than arguing against justice for Nazis. After Linnas was deported to the Soviet Union in April 1987, he fell ill. At his deathbed was Ramsey Clark, who flew to Leningrad just to be with him.
While moveon.org at least pretended to kinda, sorta hold its nose in endorsing the rally, its stated reason for doing so—“Peace Mom” Cindy Sheehan—almost certainly did not. Despite being enthusiastically championed by elected Democrats and leading, mainstream leftists, Sheehan’s views seem to be right in line with Clark’s.
The “peace mom” has insisted the so-called “neocons” (Donald Rumsfeld, Paul Wolfowitz, etc.) are “murderous thugs....gangsters who lust after fortunes and power.” And in a world that still contains Kim Jong Il, the Iranian mullahs, and Osama bin Laden, Sheehan claims, “The biggest terrorist in the world is George W. Bush!”
That last line—which she did not deliver at the rally (she has handlers now who pooh-pooh such pronouncements)—likely would have been met with thunderous applause. No doubt that some in attendance believe that 9/11 was perpetrated not by Muslims, but by the United States, or possibly Israel. Or maybe both.
Clearly visible in the photo of the event run by the Times’ print edition was a sign that reads, “STOP the 9-11 COVER-UP.” It is a popular placard, and it is distributed by the 9/11 Truth Commission. It’s the slogan of those who believe that 9/11 was a Jewish/Israeli/United States conspiracy.
The 9/11 Truth Commission, to be fair, doesn’t explicitly come out and blame 9/11 on Israel or the Jews. It does, however, point the finger squarely at the White House. Its second-most popular sign reads, “THE BUSH REGIME ENGINEERED 9-11.” Some who carry that sign, though, surely believe that Bush carried out 9/11 in cahoots with the Jews.
Could it be, in fact, that that is the “range of issues” with which moveon.org “disagrees”: whether 9/11 was masterminded only by Bush, or with the help of the Jews?
Joel Mowbray, who got his start with Townhall.com, is an award-winning investigative journalist, nationally-syndicated columnist and author of Dangerous Diplomacy: How the State Department Threatens America's Security.
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