George Soros and David M. Ginsberg Agree – Republican Politics are Obstructing the Recovery and [Betraying America]

In my Blog Post of July 28, 2011 [more than six months ago], I accused Republicans of Treason and obstruction because they were putting their own political careers and interest in destroying the Democratic Party and President Obama. In an interview with Fareed Zakaria on CNN in a program titled “GPS” Billionaire and knowledgeable economist and investor George Soros said exactly the same thing [without using the word treason]. He said that Republicans will not want to see a recovery until after the elections, and were out to destroy the democratic party instead of putting the interest of the United States first.

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When Will the World Heed the Call For Armed Intervention In Syria

On December 25, 2011, I called for armed intervention in Syria in my Blog Post, which you can read in this Blog.

It is almost two months later, and the massacre has only escalated, The Syrians are arming themselves, to the extent they can, with rifles and machine guns against tanks and artillery. The massacre of civilians has not only continued, but it has escalated, even despite the temporary presence of the Arab League.

Now as the country descends into civil war, the world has itself to blame. Analysts, politicians, and commentators refer to the “Tipping Point” at which opposition to the regime outweighs its support, and the military and others in power begin defecting to the opposition. But as Elliott Abrams has pointed out in a recent interview on CNN, if the violence continues for too long, the time will pass for a peaceful reorganization of the country and there will be to many deaths and to much “blood spilled” for a peaceful ending.

It should already be noted that Syrian Dictator Bashar al-Assad has already attempted to blame the opposition for the violence, citing two car bomb attacks on government buildings. While the people responsible have not yet been determined, and it is not beyond comprehension for a murderous dictator to create an attack against his regime to justify war (Hitler did it before he invaded Poland by creating a false attack on German border patrol which was really carried out by SS soldiers in Polish uniforms), it matters not who is really responsible.

What does al-Assad expect as he shoots, and now uses tanks and artillery to indiscriminately kill (what is now estimated to exceed) a hundred innocent civilians a day?

Of course, the Syrian opposition will eventually use force to attempt to stop the murder of innocent civilians and topple the regime. If car bombs are the most effective weapon they have, then they will use them. They were certainly effective against US forces in Iraq (although condem their use in that war).

We need to remember that the Syrian Opposition movement started as a non-violent exercise of freedom of speach and freedom of association to opposie a rutheless, corrupt, and murderous dictatorship. It is the actions of al-Assad, the inaction and apathy of the world, and the collusion of Iran and Russia, which will necessitate the violence.

I believe in legal non-violent opposition and resistence. Ghandi, King, and Egypt showed us that this works. But that is not the same as self-defense. It is predictable, if not inevitable, that the Syrian pro-democracy groups will need to defend themselves. We (the world) must intervene to stop the violence and prevent Syria from sliding into a violent civil war.

Since the entire world feels the same way, the United States need not and should not shoulder the burden as it has in so many efforts. Furthermore, in today’s “high tech” world of warfare, minimal effort with no “boots on the ground” are necessary (as they were not necessary in Libya).

Since Syria is the principal ally of Iran (our main enemy in the region and the cause of world instability and a principal sponsor of worldwide terrorism), and since Syria is a supporter of Hezbollah, it is hard to see how the demise of the current Syrian regime is not in the best interests of the United States (not that this should be our main motivation for intervention).

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My Blog Readers Hit The Ten Thousand Mark – The Fight Against Oppression Moves Foreward

My Blog Readers Hit The Ten Thousand Mark (since I started counting)


Мои читатели блога Hit Ten Thousand Марк (так как я начал считать)

هيت القراء مدونتي وعشرة آلاف مارك (منذ بدأت العد)

Translations at the End ترجمة في نهاية Переводы в конце  最后的翻译 תרגומים סוף

Thank you to all of my readers who now exceed Ten Thousand (10,000) [and that is since I just started counting]. I also have several more thousand readers on my nearly identical, but slightly inferior, copy of my blog (a mirror blog) on [click here to go there]. I have created this second Blog because I was warned that some countries do not allow their citizens to access Google’s Blogger on the Internet.


My readership continues to spiral up in numbers, and I want to thank you all and ask you all to keep reading and refer your friends. I fight with words and I fight for you. Feel free to submit comments and/or your own post articles for inclusion in my Blog (with attribution and credit if you want it). I welcome opposing points of view.


We already changed the course of one local election for Judge, and as we join together in one Internet force which crosses all borders, joining together people of all races and religions, and speak to thousands of people in an instant even though those people are scattered throughout the earth and speak many different languages. If your cause is legally or morally just, use my Blog to fight for you! With truth and morality on our sides, our victory is assured and our force unbreakable, as Gandhi showed us, without any acts of violence, lawlessness, unethical behaviour, cruelty, or indifference. Instead of striving to act in accordance with the law and ethics, we strive to act, not only in accordance with all laws, rules, and regulations, but to exceed those “minimum standards and act with the highest ethical and moral conduct possible and with the utmost honesty, compassion, selflessness, bravery and generosity.


Soon we will be as influential and powerful as other Blogs and published experts of the widely known and respected Blogs like the Huffington Post and CNN. While leaning towards what many consider, “The progressive liberal left,” the true slant of this Blog is to accurately state the true facts and expertly and impartially analyze those facts and give all of the conclusions without bias in their presentation or inclusion.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             But I am dedicated to fighting oppression and injustice, and reducing human suffering, wherever that occurs, instead of earning profits or gaining political power. Together we can make a difference. When I use the word “I,” it means we. I am powerless alone. Together we are “all powerful.” I suffer no delusions nor seek any accolades. My sole reward is more readers and more change. With you, we have already won and change is guaranteed. The others just don’t know it yet.


When my book is finished (which it almost is but some chapters are not over),you will bear witness to my actual fight against injustice in the legal system and the terrible price I paid and am paying along with my 12 year old son who is being physically and mentally abused with the enabling of one lawyer, the acquiescence of a Judge, and the inaction of the authorities who are in fact charged with protecting minors and enforcing the law. As it was said in one of my favorite movies, “When those charged with enforcing the law break the law [or allow through inaction others to break the law], then there is no law.”


Let us build a platform for the speaker with no freedom to speak, the person with no voice to speak, or the human with no education to give them the words and arguments, and/or the fear of punishment by oppressive governments who routinely torture, imprison, and kill peaceful protesters and even innocent bystanders (some of which are mere children seeking to buy items like bread).


As people are now learning, the truth is the most powerful weapon of all, when one is morally beyond reproach and the story which contains that truth can be told to a mass audience as the Internet now allows. The force of that non-violent legal and ethical weapon is stronger than steel and resists all of man’s weapons.


Sincerely yours,


David M. Ginsberg


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شكرا لجميع قرائي الذين تتجاوز الآن عشرة آلاف (10،000) [وهذا هو فقط منذ أن بدأت العد]. ولدي أيضا العديد من القراء على مزيد من ألف متطابقة تقريبا بلدي ، ولكن أدنى قليلا ، ونسخة من بلدي بلوق (أ بلوق مرآة) على [انقر هنا للذهاب الى هناك]. لقد خلقت هذه المدونة الثانية بسبب وحذرت من أن بعض البلدان لا تسمح لمواطنيها الحصول مدون غوغل على الإنترنت.


قراء بلدي تواصل دوامة بأعداد ، وأريد أن أشكركم جميعا وأطلب منكم جميعا للحفاظ على القراءة وتشير أصدقائك. أقاتل مع الكلمات وأحارب من أجلك. لا تتردد في تقديم تعليقات و / أو آخر مقالاتك الخاصة لإدراجها في مدونتي (مع إسناد والائتمان إذا كنت تريد ذلك). وأرحب وجهات النظر المتعارضة.


نحن بطبيعة الحال تغيرت بالفعل واحدة من الانتخابات المحلية للقاضي ، وكما كنا معا في قوة الإنترنت احد والتي تعبر كل الحدود ، حيث ستندمج الناس من جميع الأجناس والأعراق والأديان ، والتحدث إلى الآلاف من الناس في لحظة حتى وإن كانت مبعثرة هؤلاء الناس في جميع أنحاء الأرض ، ويتكلمون لغات مختلفة. إذا قضيتكم قانونيا أو أخلاقيا فقط ، واستخدام مدونتي للقتال من أجل لك! مع الحقيقة والأخلاق على الجانبين ، وضمان انتصارنا وقوتنا غير قابلة للكسر. غاندي كما أظهرت لنا ، من دون أي عمل من أعمال العنف والفوضى والسلوك اللاأخلاقي ، والقسوة ، أو عدم الاكتراث بدلا من السعي إلى العمل وفقا للقانون والأخلاق ، ونحن نسعى جاهدين للعمل ، وليس فقط وفقا لجميع القوانين والقواعد واللوائح ، ولكن أن تتجاوز هذه المعايير “الدنيا والتصرف وفقا لأعلى السلوك الأخلاقي والمعنوي وممكن مع صدق قصوى ، والرحمة والإيثار والشجاعة والكرم.


قريبا سوف نكون كما مؤثرة وقوية ومدونات أخرى وخبراء من مدونات نشرت على نطاق واسع ومحترم مثل هافينغتون بوست وشبكة سي. بينما يميل نحو ما يعتبره الكثيرون “، والليبرالية والتقدمية اليسار” ، والميل الحقيقي لهذه المدونة هو الدولة بدقة وقائع حقيقية وبخبرة وتحليل تلك الوقائع بنزاهة وتقديم كل ما من الاستنتاجات من دون التحيز في العرض الذي قدموه أو الشمول.


ولكنني كرست لمحاربة الاضطهاد والظلم ، والحد من المعاناة البشرية ، أينما يحدث ذلك ، بدلا من تحقيق أرباح أو الوصول إلى السلطة السياسية. معا يمكننا أن تحدث فرقا. عندما استعمل كلمة “أنا” ، فهذا يعني أننا. أنا عاجزة وحدها. نحن معا “قوية جميعا”. أنا لا يعانون من أية أوهام ، ولا تسعى الجوائز التقديرية. مكافأتي الوحيد هو المزيد من القراء وأكثر من ذلك التغيير. معك ، لاننا فزنا بالفعل ومضمون التغيير. الآخرون لا يعرفون حتى الآن.


عندما يتم الانتهاء من كتابي (والذي يكاد يكون ولكن بعض الفصول التي لم تنته) ، سوف تشهد على كفاحي ضد الظلم الفعلي في النظام القانوني والثمن الفظيع الذي دفعت وتدفع صباحا مع ابني من العمر 12 عاما الذي بدنيا وعقليا اعتداء مع تمكين أحد المحامين ، وموافقة من قاض ، وتقاعس السلطات التي هي في الواقع المكلفة بحماية القاصرين وفرض القانون. كما قيل في واحد من الأفلام المفضلة : “عندما وتلك المكلفة تطبيق القانون خرق القانون [أو السماح لآخرين من خلال التقاعس عن العمل لكسر القانون] ، ثم لا يوجد قانون.”


دعونا بناء منصة للمتكلم مع عدم وجود حرية في الكلام ، والشخص مع عدم وجود الصوت في الكلام ، أو الإنسان مع أي تعليم لمنحهم الكلمات والحجج ، و / أو الخوف من العقاب من قبل الحكومات القمعية الذين يمارسون التعذيب بشكل روتيني ، سجن ، وقتل المتظاهرين المسالمين والأبرياء من المارة حتى (بعضها مجرد أطفال تسعى لشراء سلع مثل الخبز).


لأن الناس يتعلمون الآن ، والحقيقة هي أقوى سلاح للجميع ، وعندما واحد هو أخلاقيا لا تشوبه أية شائبة ، والذي يحتوي على قصة يمكن أن يقال بأن الحقيقة لجمهور الإنترنت الشامل ، ويسمح الآن. قوة هذا السلاح غير العنيفة القانونية والأخلاقية أقوى من الفولاذ ويقاوم كل اسلحة الرجل.


تفضلوا بقبول فائق الاحترام ،



ديفيد م. جينسبيرج

انقر هنا لمراسلتي عبر البريد الإلكتروني

انقر هنا للذهاب إلى الصفحة الرئيسية لمدونتي


Спасибо всем моим читателям, которые в настоящее время превышает десяти тысяч (10000) [и это, так как я только начала подсчета]. У меня также есть еще несколько тысяч читателей на моем почти идентичны, но немного уступает, копия моего блога (зеркало блог) на [Нажмите сюда, чтобы туда]. Я создал этот второй блог, потому что я был предупрежден, что некоторые страны не разрешают своим гражданам получать доступ к Blogger компании Google в Интернете.

Моя аудитория продолжает к новым виткам спирали в цифрах, и я хочу поблагодарить всех вас и просить вас продолжать читать и относятся ваши друзья. Я борюсь со словами и я борюсь за вами. Не стесняйтесь представить свои замечания и / или свои собственные статьи сообщение для включения в мой блог (с атрибуции и кредит, если вы этого хотите). Я приветствую противоположные точки зрения.


Мы уже изменили течение одного местные выборы для судьи, и, как мы объединиться в одну силу Интернета, которая пересекает все границы, объединяются люди всех рас и религий, и говорить с тысячами людей в одно мгновение даже если эти люди разбросаны по всей земле, и говорят на разных языках. Если причиной является юридически, ни морально справедливым, использовать свой блог, чтобы бороться за вас! С истины и нравственности на боку, наша победа обеспечена, и наша сила нерушимая, как Ганди показал нам, без каких-либо актов насилия, беззакония, неэтичное поведение, жестокость или равнодушие. Вместо того, стремление действовать в соответствии с законом и этикой, мы стремимся действовать, а не только в соответствии со всеми законами, правилами и положениями, но и превзойти эти «минимальные стандарты и действовать с самыми высокими этическими и нравственное поведение можно и с максимальную честность, сострадание, самоотверженность, мужество и великодушие.


Скоро мы будем в качестве влиятельной и мощной, как другие блоги и опубликованы специалисты широко известных и уважаемых блогов, как Huffington Post и CNN. Хотя склоняется к тому, что многие считают, “прогрессивных либеральных левых”, истинный наклон Этот блог точно состояние подлинные факты и профессионально и беспристрастно проанализировать те факты и дать все выводы, не предвзятость в их представлении или включения.


Но я посвященный борьбе угнетения и несправедливости, и сокращения человеческих страданий, там, где это происходит, вместо того, чтобы получать прибыль или получение политической власти. Вместе мы сможем изменить ситуацию. Когда я использую слово “я”, это означает, что мы. Я бессилен в одиночку. Вместе мы “всемогущий”. Я страдаю не бред и не искать какой-либо награды. Моя единственная награда больше читателей и многое другое изменение. С вами, мы уже победили и изменить гарантируется. Другие просто не знают еще.


Когда моя книга закончена (а это почти есть, но некоторые главы не более), вы будете свидетельствовать о моей реальной борьбы с несправедливостью в правовой системе и страшную цену я платил и плачу вместе с моей 12-летний сын, который является быть физически и психически злоупотребляли с включением одного юриста, молчаливого согласия судьи, и бездействие властей, которые на самом деле, отвечающий за защиту несовершеннолетних и обеспечение правопорядка. Как уже было сказано в одном из моих любимых фильмов: “Когда тех, кому поручено исполнение закона нарушают закон [или своим бездействием позволить другим нарушать закон], то нет закона”.


Давайте строить платформы для говорящего, не свобода слова, человек без голоса, чтобы говорить, или человек без образования, чтобы дать им слова и аргументы, и / или страха перед наказанием от гнетущей правительства, которые регулярно пыток, сажать в тюрьму, и убивать мирных демонстрантов и даже невинных свидетелей (некоторые из которых являются лишь дети стремятся покупать вещи, как хлеб).

Как люди в настоящее время обучение, правда, самое мощное оружие из всех, когда люди морально безупречны и история, которая содержит, что истина может быть сказано массовой аудитории, как Интернет в настоящее время позволяет. Силу этого ненасильственные правовых и этических оружие прочнее стали и сопротивляется всем оружием человека.



С уважением,



Дэвид М. Гинсберг


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תודה לכל הקוראים שלי שעכשיו יעלה עשרת אלפים (10,000) [וזהו מאז אני רק התחלתי לספור]. יש לי גם עוד כמה אלפי קוראים על כמעט זהה, אבל נחות מעט, העתק של הבלוג שלי (בלוג המראה) על [לחץ כאן כדי ללכת לשם]. יצרתי בלוג זה ושנית, מפני שאני הזהיר כי חלק מהמדינות אינן מאפשרות לאזרחיהן גישה ב-Blogger של גוגל באינטרנט.

הקוראים שלי ממשיכה ספירלה למעלה במספרים, ואני רוצה להודות לכולכם ומבקש מכם לשמור על כל קריאה להפנות את החברים שלך. אני נלחם עם מילים אני נלחם בשבילך. אל תהסס להגיש הערות ו / או במאמרים שלך פוסט עבור הכללה הבלוג שלי (עם ייחוס אשראי אם אתה רוצה אותו). אני מברך על נקודות מבט מנוגדות.


יש לנו כבר שינתה את מסלול הבחירות מקומי אחד עבור השופט, וכפי שאנו מצטרפים יחדיו חיל האוויר אחד באינטרנט אשר חוצה את כל הגבולות, שהצטרף יחד אנשים מכל הגזעים והדתות, ולדבר עם אלפי אנשים בבת אחת, למרות אותם אנשים מפוזרים ברחבי הארץ ומדברים שפות שונות. אם הסיבה שלך הוא משפטי או מוסרי, פשוט, להשתמש בבלוג שלי כדי להילחם בשבילך! עם האמת והמוסר על הצדדים שלנו, הניצחון שלנו מובטח הכוח שלנו שביר, כמו גנדי הראה לנו, ללא כל מעשי אלימות, הפקרות, התנהגות לא אתית, אכזריות, או אדישות. במקום שואפים לפעול על פי החוק והאתיקה, אנו שואפים לפעול, לא רק בהתאם לכל החוקים, הכללים והתקנות, אבל יעלה אותם “סטנדרטים מינימליים ולפעול עם ההתנהגות האתית והמוסרית הגבוהה ביותר האפשרית עם כנות רבה, חמלה, חוסר אנוכיות, אומץ ונדיבות.


בקרוב נהיה כמו השפעה ורב עוצמה כמו בלוגים אחרים ומומחים לאור של בלוגים ידוע ומכובד כמו Huffington Post ו-CNN. אמנם נוטה מה שרבים מחשיבים “ליברלית ומתקדמת שמאל”, המשופע האמיתית של בלוג זה היא מדויקת המדינה עובדות אמיתיות במיומנות וללא משוא פנים לנתח את העובדות ולתת את כל המסקנות ללא משוא פנים במצגת שלהם, או הכללת.


אבל אני המוקדש למלחמה דיכוי וחוסר צדק, והפחתת הסבל האנושי, המתרחשת בכל מקום, במקום להרוויח רווחים או צובר כוח פוליטי. ביחד אנחנו יכולים לעשות את ההבדל. כאשר אני משתמש במילה “אני”, זה אומר שאנחנו. אני חסר אונים לבדו. ביחד אנחנו “חזקים כל”. אני סובל אשליות ולא לחפש כל השבחים. הפרס היחיד שלי קוראים יותר לשנות יותר. איתך, כבר ניצחנו ולשנות מובטחת. האחרים פשוט לא יודעים את זה עדיין.


כאשר הספר שלי הוא סיים (בו הוא כמעט אך פרקים מסוימים אינם ומעלה), תוכל להעיד להילחם בפועל כנגד העוול שלי במערכת המשפטית ואת המחיר הנורא שילמתי ואני משלם יחד עם הבן שלי בן 12 מי להיות פיזית ונפשית עם התעללות שמאפשר של אחד עורך דין, הסכמה של השופט, ואת חוסר המעש של הרשויות אשר למעשה מואשם להגנה על קטינים ואכיפת החוק. כפי שנאמר באחד הסרטים האהובים עלי, “כאשר הממונים על אכיפת החוק על החוק [או לאפשר לאחרים דרך חוסר המעש לעבור על החוק], אז אין חוק.”

תנו לנו לבנות פלטפורמה הדובר עם חופש לא לדבר, אדם עם קול לא לדבר, או אדם ללא השכלה לתת להם את המילים ואת הטיעונים, ו / או פחד מעונש על ידי ממשלות דיכוי אשר באופן שגרתי עינויים, לכלוא, ולהרוג מפגינים שלווים עוברי אורח חפים מפשע אפילו (שחלקם ילדים בלבד מחפשת לקנות פריטים כמו לחם).


כאשר אנשים נמצאים כעת למידה, האמת היא הנשק החזק ביותר של כל, כאשר אחד הוא מבחינה מוסרית דופי, סיפור המכיל את האמת אפשר לספר לקהל הרחב כמו האינטרנט מאפשר עתה. הכוח של נשק בלתי אלימה כי חוקיות ואתיות חזק יותר מפלדה מתנגד כל הנשק של האדם.


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Violence, instead of Peace, Erupts Throughout the World As the New Year Begins: Shia v. Sunni; Jew v. Jew; Christian v. Muslim; Christian v. Christian; and Government v. the Governed 的暴力行为,而不是和平,整个世界新年伊始爆发:逊尼派什叶派诉;犹诉犹太人,基督教诉穆斯林,基督教诉基督教;和政府诉治理 لعنف بدلا من السلام ، ويثور في جميع أنحاء العالم مع بداية العام الجديد يبدأ : الشيعة ضد السنة؛ يهودي ضد يهودي، مسيحي ضد مسلم، مسيحي ضد المسيحيين، ويحكم ضد الحكومةאלימות, במקום שלום, פורצת בעולם כולו את השנה החדשה מתחיל: שיעים נגד סונים, יהודי נגד יהודי, נוצרי נגד המוסלמים; כריסטיאן נ ‘נוצרי; ו נ’ ממשלת הפלשתיני

Enough is Enough, and it is time for the violence to end!

“Can’t we all just get along?” Rodney King (after the riots in LA)

Translations in Hebrew, Arabic, and Chinese are Below the English Text.
The Videos and Links to Other Web Sites Such as CNN and the BBC are in the English Text.

תרגומים בשפות עברית, ערבית, סינית להלן הנוסח האנגלי.
סרטי וידאו ו – קישורים לאתרי אינטרנט אחרים, כגון CNN ו-BBC נמצאים טקסט באנגלית.
ترجمة بالعبرية والعربية والصينية وفيما يلي النص الانكليزي.
وأفلام وروابط لمواقع أخرى مثل سي ان ان والبي بي سي موجودة في النص الانكليزي.


As the year ends and another begins, as the western world celebrates the joyous holidays of Christmas and Hanukkah, and as the Arab world celebrates the liberating movement of the Arab Spring, the news of the last two days is filled with amazing examples of violence which seems to evidence our inability to “Get Along.” It must stop!

We are all used to some conflicts, such as between the “Superpowers” and between Arab and Israeli, but as these old conflicts disappear, they seem to spread like a virus to every aspect of society. In fact, some of the conflicts, violence, aggression and oppression is, to be frank, mind boggling. It is saddening as it seems we can never ever move this world towards one in which people can coexist freely and peaceful, with mutual respect.
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Why Jews Who Support Israel Should Support USA President Barak Obama למה יהודים התומכים בישראל צריכים לתמוך נשיא ארה”ב ברק אובמה

As a liberal progressive who emphatically supports President Barak Obama, I often receive criticism from Jewish friends and associates, especially American, who feel that our President is not a friend of Israel or concerned with her security while the Republican party candidates are. This belief is factually inaccurate and the result of misinformation and a media campaign by people who aspire to be President, and are thus free to say what they believe will win them the most votes and campaign contributions. Unfortunately, a sitting President, like Obama, must be restrained in his comments and actions, because there is a different set of responsibilities and goals between a candidate for President and being the President.

 In fact, I don’t agree with everything Obama does, same with Israel. But the same goes with the Republicans. They [Republicans] just do a better PR job with respect to Israel. But deep down, they provide no more support for Israel then Democrats. In fact, historically, President Nixon, it was revealed decades later, was deliberately withholding arms which he had promised and agreed to supply Israel during [I think it was the Yom Kippur war.] He was also anti-Semitic, The Bush administrations (both father and son) were extremely cozy with the Saudis and other Arab countries. When Israel bombed and destroyed the Iraqi nuclear reactor before it could become operational, President Reagan (along with his advisors) instructed Jean Kirkpatrick to vote to condemn Israel for this, even though the entire world was in reality breathing a sigh of relief.

Also, Israel is not always right, and when Israel acts in the wrong, such as by continuing to build settlements, she is morally wrong and is acting against her own self-interests because internal Israeli politics make it important for whomever wants to win to gain the support of a small group of fanatics (since the rest of the country is pretty much tied between the two competing parties.)Everyone agrees that Israel’s building of more settlements is a bad move for many different reasons. The costs alone of guarding a small group of settlers (in some cases literally a couple dozen) in terms of military expenditures is enormous, and the anger it creates with the people whose land the settlements were appropriated from, along with the use of this issue as a worldwide tool for publicly condemning Israel make this action, regardless of whether it is legally justified or not, is against Israel’s self-interests. The issue of borders is also far less relevant, militarily, since wars are no longer fought by ground troops marching to conquer land with guns. That was the reason the Golan heights were critical. Wars are now fought by missiles and planes that can travel across the world and over mountains at supersonic speeds. We no longer need “the high ground” which was once, such as the days of Caesar, provided a strategic advantage. In those days, whomever controlled them could fire down on the enemy instead of up, and it is easy to defend the top of a mountain and hard to take one over, when the battle is fought with foot soldiers shooting guns. This strategy is no longer relevant.

But that is no longer how wars are fought. They are fought with missiles and high speed aircraft with laser guided missiles and now drone aircraft. Even Israel concedes that the military importance of the Golan Heights has diminished almost entirely. I am not saying that Israel should give them back. But the best security for Israel likes in a real long term peace with her neighbors, which is why the Arab Spring in the best chance for Israel to achieve her real goal which is security through peace with democratic and free neighbors.

On another note, by far the biggest message learned from the Holocaust, and the major reason for the founding of Israel, is that Israel’s security must never be dependent on the goodwill, charity, and/or aid of others. While America’s words and money (which will at worst be marginally different from one administration to another), Israel’s security requires her to be entirely self-sufficient, politically, economically, and militarily. These are goals which she has achieved, for the most part. Accordingly, the slight differences in actions and words of Obama v. Perry and his Republican cohorts, for example, will not, should not, and must never be allowed to jeopardize Israel’s security.

On another note, Israel was founded on the basis of the highest moral principles, as was the Jewish religion. Israel needs to strive not just to be “right” or equally bad but continually endeavor for the highest level of morality of peace even if it costs us dearly. Israel’s strength lies not from the barrel of a gun but through the strength of God and the laws and protection given to Israel which includes a code containing the highest moral principles. Those principles include peace, charity, compassion, and love. Remember, it says in the Ten Commandments, “Thou Shall Not Kill.” There are no exceptions contained in this most holy mandatory law from God.

My final and most important note is that we are Americans first, and our support of Israel is secondary. Otherwise, we are traitors and the criticism of the virulent anti-Semites is, in part, justified. The Republican party, now more than ever [just look at the advertisements being run by Rick Perry] make it clear that these people [social Republicans] want America being run consistent with the laws of Christianity, in the same way Afghanistan was run under a strict interpretation of Islam under the Taliban and as Iran and Saudi Arabia (the latter being our “dear” ally.) As a loyal and patriotic American, who believes in the separation of church and state and the freedom of religion, the Republican party is totally committed to transforming America into a Christian Theocracy. I am not prepared to allow them to do this just because they support Israel (for the time being – which support could evaporate at any time). The Republicans are only doing this because, underneath their lies and obfuscation, the New Testament purportedly states that the second coming of Jesus will not occur unless Jerusalem is in the hands of the Jews. The Evangelicals care nothing for the Jews of Israel except as a tool for the second coming of Christ and as a protector of their holy shrines. Also, even less fanatical Christians recognize that the Holy Lands, specifically the sites of historical significance to Christians, will be protected as long as they are in the hands of Israel, whereas many Arabic countries have witnessed the desecration of sites holy to other religions, including Jewish, Christian, and even Buddhist. But in America, their desire to make America a Christian country is, while hidden and obfuscated, evident in their anti-gay, anti-abortion, anti-health education, and pro-prayer in schools and other desire to eviscerate the separation of church and state in favor of a Christian Theocracy. The Christian Bible forbids homosexuality, sex between anyone (including your own self-fulfilling release) unless it is between a man and wife for the purposes of procreation. It expressly considers abortion a mortal sin. They can’t attack premarital sex directly, in the same way they can’t go after homosexuals directly. So they disguise their attacks as, for example, being against Gays serving openly in the Military [Rick Perry just reaffirmed that position], Gay marriage, abortion (including the morning after pill). I could go on and on.

At the same time, they want to make sure we can all pray in school. Well, let me tell you from personal experience what this means. I went to a Quaker elementary school, and private schools can do whatever they want. I was on the wrestling team. You don’t know what it was like when you are the only Jewish kid, and right before the big game, the coach tells us all to form a circle and join hands. First he begins with a neutral pep talk. Then he begins asking for Gods help. At the end, he adds the part about “in the name of the father, the son…” The first time I felt sick and tricked. But even after that, it was too hard for me to tell the coach I could not participate in this team oriented activity, so I just sat there and pretended to mouth the words. But I felt coerced and degraded and I prayed to God to forgive me later on. Remember, I was only in sixth grade and scared to death, both of my fellow wrestlers who were older and stronger than I [I was last on the team] and the opposing team. I may have had the right to “opt out.” But tell that to a single small child who wants to be part of the team.

In short, they can keep their pro-Israeli rhetoric and money (which Israel will get anyway) and keep their religions to themselves and do what they are supposed to do which is: (i) obey the Constitution of the United States which requires religious freedom and the separation of church and state; and (ii) give aid to those countries which deserve it and which serve the US interests, and I strongly suggest that Israel has been the only real ally, as a pro-west democracy, in the entire middle east. The problem with the other Arab countries, even those with pro-west dictators, is that dictators die, get overthrown, etc. and there is no guarantee that the next dictator will also be pro-west or have peaceful intentions towards Israel. Egyptian Dictator Assad showed how an anti-Israeli dictatorship could turn pro-Israel. The Shah of Iran (who as pro West and an ally of Israel) was replaced by Ayatollah after Ayatollah, who all share a rabid hatred of both Israel and America and now threaten Israel with nuclear weapons. The only hope for Israel’s security is if the she has a peace with, not just the governments, but the people of the Arab countries who now threaten her, and if, eventually, through the process of democracy, those people gain control over their governments. How can the irrelevance of borders be so clearly proven to be meaningless when: (i) Iran is on the verge of acquiring nuclear weapons; (ii) Iran is essentially a theocratic dictatorship which ignores the will and wishes of her own people; and, (iii) given resent democratic movements in Iran, by a people who remember what it was like to be free under the Shah (at least in terms of freedom from religious oppression), and a people who used to be friendly to the West and even Israel, there is danger in the current regime continuing, but the best long term threat to the anti-regime is the democratic yearnings of her own people. Israel’s security from Iran will not be achieved by getting borders which are a few miles away from other borders or putting settlements in the West Bank or Gaza strip. It is by taking the highest moral ground, regardless of her rights, and proving that Israel respects Islam and the practice of Islam in those lands which she governs and will treat Muslims and Jews alike. Israel wants peace and to live in peace and will do, not what is required of her, but (within reason) what is desired of her to live in peace with the Muslims within and outside her borders.

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למה יהודים התומכים בישראל צריכים לתמוך נשיא ארה”ב ברק אובמה למה יהודים התומכים בישראל צריכים לתמוך נשיא ארה”ב ברק אובמה

כפי מתקדמת ליברלית אשר בהדגשה תומך הנשיא ברק אובמה, לעיתים קרובות אני מקבל ביקורת מצד חברים ושותפים יהודים, אמריקאים בעיקר, שמרגישים כי הנשיא שלנו הוא לא ידיד של ישראל או מודאג עם הביטחון שלה בעוד מועמדי המפלגה הרפובליקנית. אמונה זו אינה נכונה עובדתית תוצאה של מידע מוטעה מסע תקשורתי על ידי אנשים שואפים להיות הנשיא, ולכן הם חופשיים לומר את מה שהם מאמינים ננצח אותם הקולות ביותר בתרומות כספיות. למרבה הצער, נשיא ישיבה, כמו אובמה, חייבת להיות מרוסנת על דבריו ומעשיו, כי יש קבוצה שונה של אחריות ומטרות בין מועמד נשיא להיות נשיא.

למעשה, אני לא מסכים עם כל מה שאובמה עושה, אותו עם ישראל. אבל אותו הולך עם הרפובליקנים. הם [הרפובליקנים] רק לעשות עבודה טובה יותר יחסי ציבור ביחס לישראל. אבל עמוק בפנים, הם לא מספקים תמיכה נוספת עבור ישראל אז הדמוקרטים. למעשה, מבחינה היסטורית, הנשיא ניקסון, התברר עשורים מאוחר יותר, היה מכוון במקור נשק שהבטיח והסכימה לספק לישראל במהלך [אני חושב שזה היה מלחמת יום הכיפורים.] הוא היה גם אנטישמי, הממשלים בוש ( הן האב והן הבן) היו חמים מאוד עם הסעודים ומדינות ערביות נוספות. כשישראל הפציצה והרסה את הכור הגרעיני בעיראק לפני זה יכול להיות מבצעית, הורה הנשיא רייגן (יחד עם יועציו) ז’אן קירקפטריק להצביע לגנות את ישראל על זה, אף את העולם כולו היה במציאות נשימה לרווחה.

כמו כן, ישראל היא לא תמיד צודקת, וכאשר ישראל פועל לא נכון, כגון על ידי ממשיכים לבנות התנחלויות, היא לא בסדר מבחינה מוסרית היא פועלת נגד עצמה עצמית האינטרסים כי הפוליטיקה הפנימית בישראל לעשות את זה חשוב מי רוצה לנצח כדי לזכות בתמיכתם של קבוצה קטנה של קנאים (שכן שאר המדינה קשורה במידה רבה בין שתי המפלגות המתחרות.) כולם מסכימים כי הבניין של ישראל עוד התנחלויות היא צעד רע מסיבות רבות ושונות. העלויות של שמירה לבד קבוצה קטנה של מתנחלים (במקרים מסוימים, פשוטו כמשמעו, כמה עשרות) במונחים של ההוצאות הצבאיות הוא עצום, הכעס שהיא יוצרת עם אנשים שאדמותיהם הופקעו מן ההתנחלויות, יחד עם שימוש של בעיה זו ככלי ברחבי העולם בפומבי בגנות ישראל לעשות פעולה זו, ללא קשר אם הוא מוצדק מבחינה משפטית או לא, הוא נגד האינטרסים העצמית של ישראל. סוגיית הגבולות היא גם הרבה פחות רלוונטי, צבאית, מאז מלחמות מתנהלות כבר לא על ידי כוחות קרקעיים הצועדים לכבוש שטחים עם רובים. זאת היתה הסיבה הגולן היו ביקורתיים. מלחמות מתנהלות כיום על ידי טילים ומטוסים שיכולים לנסוע ברחבי העולם, על ההרים במהירויות קולית. אנחנו כבר לא צריכים “הקרקע גבוה”, אשר היה פעם, כמו בימי קיסר, בתנאי יתרון אסטרטגי. בימים ההם, מי מהם יכול לשלוט באש על האויב במקום למעלה, קל להגן על פסגת הר וקשה לקחת אחד מעל, כאשר הקרב הוא נלחם עם החיילים ברגל ירי תותחים. אסטרטגיה זו אינה רלוונטית עוד.

אבל זה עוד כמה מלחמות הם נלחמו. הם נלחמו עם טילים ומטוסים במהירות גבוהה עם טילים מונחה לייזר ועכשיו מטוסים מזל”ט. אפילו ישראל מודה כי החשיבות הצבאית של רמת הגולן פחתה כמעט לחלוטין. אני לא אומר שישראל צריכה לתת להם בחזרה. אבל את הביטחון הטוב ביותר עבור ישראל אוהב שלום אמיתי לטווח ארוך עם שכניה, ולכן האביב הערבי ההזדמנות הטובה ביותר עבור ישראל כדי להשיג את המטרה האמיתית שלה שהיא אבטחה דרך לשלום עם שכנינו דמוקרטית חופשית.

ובעניין אחר, ספק מסר הגדולים למדו מהשואה, ואת הסיבה העיקרית להקמתה של מדינת ישראל, היא כי ביטחונה של ישראל לא צריך להיות תלוי ברצונו הטוב, צדקה, ו / או סיוע של אחרים. בעוד דבריו של אמריקה כסף (אשר במקרה הגרוע יהיו שונים באופן שולי מהממשל אחד למשנהו), ביטחון ישראל מחייב אותה להיות לגמרי עצמאי, מבחינה פוליטית, כלכלית וצבאית. אלו הן המטרות שהיא השיגה, על פי רוב. לפיכך, ההבדלים קלים פעולות דברי אובמה נ ‘פרי המחזורים הרפובליקני שלו, למשל, לא, לא צריך, והוא חייב לא תורשה לסכן את ביטחונה של ישראל.

ובעניין אחר, ישראל הוקמה על בסיס של עקרונות המוסר הגבוהה ביותר, כמו הדת היהודית. ישראל צריכה לשאוף לא רק להיות “נכון” או רע באותה מידה, אבל הרף מאמץ עבור הרמה הגבוהה ביותר של המוסר של שלום גם אם זה עולה לנו ביוקר. עוצמתה של ישראל אינה טמונה מלוע של תותח, אך באמצעות כוחו של אלוהים ואת החוקים ההגנה הניתנת בישראל הכולל קוד המכיל את העקרונות המוסריים הגבוהים ביותר. עקרונות אלה כוללים, שלום צדקה, חמלה ואהבה. זכור, זה אומר את עשרת הדיברות “לא תרצח”. אין יוצאים מן הכלל הכלול בחוק זה חובה קדושה ביותר מאלוהים.

הערה אחרונה וחשובה ביותר שלי הוא שאנחנו האמריקאים הראשון, התמיכה בישראל היא משנית. אחרת, אנחנו בוגדים הביקורת של אנטישמים מושבעים היא, בין השאר, מוצדק. המפלגה הרפובליקנית, עכשיו יותר מתמיד [רק מסתכל על פרסומות להיות מנוהל על ידי ריק פרי] להבהיר כי אנשים אלה [חברתי הרפובליקנים] רוצה אמריקה מתנהלת בקנה אחד עם חוקי הנצרות, באותה דרך אפגניסטן היתה לפעול תחת הפרשנות המחמירה של האיסלאם תחת הטליבאן כמו איראן וערב הסעודית (שהאחרון “היקרה” שלנו ברית.) בתור אמריקאי נאמנים ופטריוטים, מי שמאמין בהפרדת הדת מהמדינה ואת חופש הדת, המפלגה הרפובליקנית מחויב לחלוטין להפוך את אמריקה תיאוקרטיה נוצרית. אני לא מוכן לאפשר להם לעשות את זה רק בגלל שהם תומכים בישראל (לעת עתה – אשר תומכים יכול להתאדות בכל עת). הרפובליקנים הם רק עושה את זה כי מתחת שוכנת שלהם ערפול, הברית החדשה כביכול קובע כי חזרתו של ישו לא תתרחש אלא אם כן ירושלים היא בידי היהודים. האוונגליסטים טיפול דבר יהודי ישראל אלא ככלי לביאתו השנייה של ישו כמגן של המקומות הקדושים שלהם. כמו כן, גם נוצרים קנאי פחות מכירים בכך מקרקעי הקודש, במיוחד על האתרים בעלי החשיבות ההיסטורית לנוצרים, יהיה מוגן כל עוד הם נמצאים בידי ישראל, בעוד מדינות רבות בערבית עדים חילול מקומות קדושים לדתות אחרות, כולל יהודים, נוצרים, בודהיסטים אפילו. אבל באמריקה, הרצון שלהם לעשות את אמריקה לארץ הנוצרית, בעוד מוסתרים לטשטש, ניכר אנטי הומו שלהם, חינוך נגד הפלות בריאות אנטי, ופרו תפילה בבתי ספר אחרים כדי להוציא את העקר תשוקה הפרדת הכנסייה המדינה לטובת תיאוקרטיה נוצרית. התנ”ך הנוצרי אוסרת הומוסקסואליות, יחסי מין בין אדם (כולל שחרור משלו שמגשימה שלך) אלא אם כן הוא בין גבר ואישה לצורך הולדה. זה בפירוש רואה הפלה חטא בל יכופר. הם לא יכולים לתקוף ישירות יחסי מין לפני הנישואים, באותה דרך שהם לא יכולים ללכת אחרי הומוסקסואלים ישירות. אז הם להסוות את ההתקפות שלהם כמו, למשל, להיות נגד הומוסקסואלים המשרתים בגלוי הצבאי [ריק פרי רק חזר ואישר כי עמדת], נישואים הומוסקסואלים, הפלות (כולל בבוקר אחרי כדור). יכולתי להמשיך עוד ועוד.

במקביל, הם רוצים לוודא שכולנו יכולים להתפלל בבית הספר. ובכן, הרשו לי לספר לכם מניסיון אישי מה זה אומר. הלכתי לבית ספר יסודי קוקר, ובתי ספר פרטיים יכולים לעשות מה שהם רוצים. הייתי בנבחרת ההיאבקות. אתה לא יודע איך זה כשאתה הילד היהודי היחיד, וממש לפני המשחק גדול, המאמן אומר לנו כל כדי ליצור מעגל לשלב ידיים. ראשית הוא מתחיל עם שיחת עידוד נייטרלי. ואז הוא מתחיל לבקש עזרה האלים. בסוף, הוא מוסיף את החלק על “בשם האב, הבן …” בפעם הראשונה הרגשתי חולה מרומה. אבל גם אחרי זה, זה היה קשה מדי בשבילי לספר את המאמן לא יכולתי להשתתף בפעילות זו הקבוצה מונחית, אז פשוט ישבתי שם ועשיתי את עצמי להגות את המילים. אבל הרגשתי מושפל בכפייה ו והתפללתי לאלוהים שיסלח לי מאוחר יותר. זכור, הייתי רק בכיתה ו ‘ו – פחד מוות, הן של מתאבקים חבריי שהיו מבוגרים וחזקים אני [הייתי האחרון בנבחרת] ואת הקבוצה היריבה. אולי היה לי את הזכות “לבטל.” אבל להגיד את זה ילד קטן אחד שרוצה להיות חלק מהצוות.

בקיצור, הם יכולים לשמור על הרטוריקה הפרו ישראלית שלהם כסף (שבו ישראל תקבל בכל מקרה) ולשמור על הדתות שלהם לעצמם לעשות מה שהם אמורים לעשות אשר: (i) לציית לחוקה של ארצות הברית אשר דורש דתי חופש הפרדת הדת מהמדינה, (ii) להעניק סיוע למדינות אשר מגיע ואשר לשרת את האינטרסים של ארה”ב, ואני מאוד מציע שישראל הייתה בעלת הברית היחידה האמיתית, בעד דמוקרטיה מערבית, ב המזרח התיכון כולו. הבעיה עם מדינות ערביות אחרות, גם לאלה עם הפרו מערבית רודנים, דיקטטורים כי הוא למות, לקבל מהשלטון, וכו ‘, אין ערובה כי הדיקטטור הבא יהיה גם הפרו מערבית או יש כוונות שלום כלפי ישראל. מצרים הדיקטטור אסד הראה כיצד דיקטטורה אנטי ישראלי יכול להפוך תומכי ישראל. השאה של איראן (אשר כפרו המערבית בעלת ברית של ישראל) הוחלף על ידי האייתוללה אחרי איתאללה, אשר כל נתח השנאה הקיצונית של ישראל ושל אמריקה עכשיו לאיים על ישראל בנשק גרעיני. התקווה היחידה לביטחון ישראל היא אם יש לה שלום עם, לא רק הממשלות, אבל האנשים של מדינות ערב אשר כעת לאיים עליה, ואם, בסופו של דבר, בתהליך של דמוקרטיה, האנשים האלה להשתלט על ממשלותיהם . כיצד חוסר הרלוונטיות של גבולות יכולה להיות כל כך מוכח בעליל להיות חסר משמעות כאשר: (i) איראן נמצאת על סף רכישת יכולת צבאית גרעינית (ii) איראן היא למעשה דיקטטורה תיאוקרטית המתעלמת את הרצון ואת רצון העם שלה וכן, (ג) נתון להתרעם תנועות דמוקרטית באיראן, על ידי מי זוכר מה זה היה כמו להיות חופשי בתקופת השאה (לפחות במונחים של חופש מדיכוי דתי), וכן אנשים אשר היה אמור להיות ידידותי למערב ואפילו בישראל, קיימת סכנה של המשטר הנוכחי ממשיך, אך האיום הטוב ביותר לטווח ארוך למשטר אנטי הוא געגועים הדמוקרטי של העם שלה. ביטחונה של ישראל מפני איראן לא תושג על ידי מקבל גבולות אשר כמה קילומטרים מן הגבול אחרים או לשים ההתנחלויות בגדה המערבית או ברצועת עזה. היא על ידי לקיחת הקרקע המוסרית הגבוהה ביותר, ללא קשר לזכויות שלה, המוכיחים כי ישראל מכבדת את האיסלאם ואת הפרקטיקה של האסלאם באותם שטחים שהיא שולטת ו תתייחס מוסלמים ויהודים כאחד. ישראל רוצה שלום ולחיות בשלום יעשה, לא מה נדרש ממנה, אבל (בגבולות ההיגיון) מה הוא הרצוי לה לחיות בשלום עם המוסלמים בתוך ומחוץ לגבולותיה. 

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The Time Has Come For Armed Intervention In Syria to Stop the Government of Syrian Dictator Bashar al-Assad from Slaughtering, Torturing, and Massacring Innocent Non-Violent Protestors لقد حان الوقت للتدخل المسلح في سورية Stop the Slaughter and The Massacre وقف المذبحة والمجزرة

As a member of the Syrian opposition correct argued [I am rephrasing], by failing to provide armed intervention and assistance to the largely non-violent protesters against Syrian President/Dictator Assad’s murderous tyranny, the free and democratic world is losing its credibility, legitimacy and degrading its moral mantle. I agree. It is time for armed intervention. Furthermore, as I will explain, in no other country affected by the Arab Spring is American and Western self-interest more aligned with the freedom movement of the Arab Spring. He even said that, “A no-fly zone would do the trick.” We could do that at minimal cost and with minimal loss of life.

I updated this Blog on January 2, 2012 What appears in Italics was added on that date.

While the observers from the Arab League have arrived in Syria, the violence against the peaceful protesters continues. Bashar al-Assad continues to murder these protesters, despite the presence of the Arab League observers. Assad has previously and continuously ignored both world opinion, the condemnations in the United Nations and the condemnations by the Arab League. The right of the protesters to demonstrate peacefully without fear of arrest or violence is sacrosanct. The only reasonable conclusion is that Bashar al-Assad must leave both his office and Syria, along with the regime that he created. While it is regrettable, because I do believe in non-violence as a general rule, I see no other solution than the use of force.

While this may seem contradictory to my belief in non-violence, legitimate and restrained self-defense is an exception I can embrace, and it seems to be the situation now clearly called for in Syria. Assad’s continued violence in defiance of all outside and internal condemnation, and even in the presence of the Arab League observers, clearly makes the use of armed intervention an act necessary to defend the protesters who have the legitimate right to protest.

Intelligent people of good conscious can simply not stand idly by and ignore the slaughter of the brave and innocent protesters and bystanders who risk their lives for nothing more than the most basic human rights.

Amateur video uploaded on December 28 is purported to show an Arab League observer waving a white flag as gunfire rings out during an inspection in Homs.

In some countries such as Egypt, there has been a concern that the regime which would replace the old regime might be worse, more militant Islamic and Anti-West, or that anarchy would set in if the existing regime were replaced. While I remain absolutely optimistic about the future of Egypt and Libya, there is some evidence that some of these concerns were not totally irrational. Nonetheless, benign revolutions are fluid and not static moments in time. I am certain that the tyranny currently being experienced in Egypt and the anarchy in Libya will move towards benign democracies where these countries will find themselves as welcome, free, proud, and democratic members of the world’s community of nations.

On the other hand, in Syria, a different set of facts makes armed intervention a clear moral imperative. First, that member of the Syrian opposition is correct, if we do not intervene and stop the slaughter of unarmed innocent protesters who simply want the same “regime change” that our former President Bush sought to impose on Iraq [which never asked for it and never stopped regretting his gift], why would we not do it in Syria?

Furthermore, unlike Iraq  which was the nemesis of Iran (our real enemy and the threat to stability in the Middle East), Syria is an ally and proxy of Iran. So when we destabilized Iraq, evidence of which we see daily on the news, we created a valuable ally for Iran, who now even threatens the entire world with nuclear weapons and the exportation of terrorism. These are not fears or suspicions, but well documented facts.

We invaded Iraq for absolutely no reason. They had no “Weapons of Mass Destruction” and they did not help Al Queda. The cost to America was about One Trillion Dollars (the same amount which is paralyzing our congress which is trying to cut the same amount from the economy). We turned world opinion against America, which was at a high point post 9/11 and was at a low point during the invasion of Iraq.

The invasion of Afghanistan, I will note, was different. It was more limited, more necessary, and understandable. Afghanistan had turned into a severely extremist regime that was so extreme and oppressive, even Iran was having military confrontations with it. It had few friends and allies. It was actively giving safe harbor to Al Queda and Osama Bin Laden, and was the site where the terror attacks, with the acquiescence of the Taliban government, were planned and directed against America. As anyone familiar with the pervasive and severe human rights violations, including especially against women, some governments (and this is rare) are so inherently evil that the world must intervene for moral and humanitarian reasons. Afghanistan was such an example. Iraq was not.

Syria, and its leader Bashar al-Assad, are dictators of the worst form. They use any form of murder and torture they feel will be effective. They torture young children to death in the most cruel manner, and then release the body to the families, not so that the families can bury their young children, but to serve as a deterrent to the community against further opposition. Each and every day, unarmed and peaceful men, women, and children are being slaughtered. Many are not even protesters, but people on their way to market or other chores.

Here is a video from YouTube. The Description of the author is as following:

Syrian victims are screaming for your help. Will you answer? A protester is tortured and cursed at by Assad forces and forced to admit to accusations that he is a drug dealer. They repeatedly tell him to laugh and at one point to say he is having a good time. These are the faces of the Baath Regime.

To date, the number of dead in Syria exceeds the number of dead US servicemen in both Iraq and Afghanistan (except the Syrian opposition had no body armor, no guns, only words or peace as weapons.) Bashar al Assad and the current regime in Syria is no friend of the USA or the west. We have nothing to loose in seeing their demise, and everything to gain. The same goes for those who support Israel, democracy, freedom, and/or peace.

Both Egypt, under Mubarak, and even recently Libya, had a relationship with the West. We had reasons to be concerned with the regime that would replace the prior regimes. I disavow that selfish analysis, but only mention it to further to convince my readers that no argument favors ignoring the slaughter of innocents, and every arguments compels military intervention (at the very least a “No Fly” zone.) Syria is both an ally and proxy to Iran and helps spread and support terrorism and instability wherever it can, including in Lebanon, Iraq, and against Israel and the West.

I am not arguing for armed intervention because it is in the West’s interests’ to do so. I am simply pointing out that this argument (against acting in our own self-interests) argues for intervention in Syria unlike in Egypt (where it was not necessary) or Libya (where the West did intervene). The main reason for military intervention is that people are fighting to achieve the same freedom and democracy we enjoy against an illegitimate government which is a true dictatorship. Instead of achieving freedom, people are being slaughtered at the very second you are reading this.

I don’t think that every government which is different than America’s is either an enemy of America or should receive our intervention. Far from it. There are many legitimate forms of government as the Socialist and even Communist governments of Europe and China have established. I believe that China, Russia, the Arab World, the West, and the rest of the United Nations should finally unite without fear and out of strength and moral obligation. But, in any event, Bashir al-Assad must go, and it is time that we “Helped him to the exit.”

It is easy as a Blogger in the USA to write about intervention in Syria as I sit in peace and safety. But indeed I have attempted to contact people involved in the Syrian uprising for the purpose of entering Syria, whether legally or illegally, as an independent journalist to document, first hand, also with a high resolution video camera and my words and writing, the massacre going on. This would involve to me, a Jewish American not credentialed or supported by a powerful news organization such as CNN, great personal risk. I am willing to share my videos and stories with all major news organizations for free in the hope of stopping the slaughter. I will do my reporting from the very front lines and without a support or security staff, in the sole interest of stopping the slaughter. This is desirable because many of the videos smuggled out are not authenticated and/or are taken from a distance. That would not be the case with me.

I have not heard from anyone connected with the Syrian uprising. If anyone who is in a position to help me in my goals reads this blog, please contact me.

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وقد أضفت تحديث هذه المدونة في 2 يناير 2012 ما يظهر في مائل في ذلك التاريخ.

في حين أن مراقبين من الجامعة العربية قد وصلت إلى سورية ، والعنف ضد المتظاهرين السلميين لا يزال مستمرا. بشار الأسد لا يزال القتل هؤلاء المتظاهرين، رغم وجودالمراقبين جامعة الدول العربية. الأسد سبق وباستمرار تجاهل الرأي العام العالمي على حد سواء، والإدانات في الأمم المتحدة والادانات من قبل جامعة الدول العربية. حق المتظاهرينفي التظاهر السلمي دون خوف من اعتقال أو العنف هو مقدس. الاستنتاج الوحيد المعقول هو أن بشار الأسد يجب أن يترك كل من مكتبه وسوريا، جنبا إلى جنب مع النظام الذي أسسه.في حين أنه أمر مؤسف، لأنني أؤمن باللاعنف، كقاعدة عامة ، لا أرى أي حل آخر سوىاستخدام القوة.

في حين أن هذا قد يبدو مناقضا للاعتقادي في عدم اللجوء إلى العنف، وضبط النفسالمشروعة للدفاع عن النفس هو استثناء أستطيع احتضان، ويبدو أن الوضع الآن دعابوضوح في سورية. استمرار العنف الأسد في تحد لادانة كل من الخارج والداخلية ، وحتى في وجود مراقبين من الجامعة العربية، يجعل من الواضح أن استخدام التدخل المسلح فعلاللازمة للدفاع عن المتظاهرين الذين لديهم الحق المشروع في الاحتجاج.

يمكن للناس ذكية واعية من الجيد ببساطة لن تقف مكتوفة الأيدي وتجاهل ذبح المتظاهرينالشجعان والأبرياء والمارة الذين يخاطرون بحياتهم من أجل لا شيء أكثر من أبسط حقوق الإنسان الأساسية.

وهنا شريط فيديو من يوتيوب. ووصف المؤلف على النحو التالي :

تم الرفع الفيديو الهواة يوم 28 ديسمبر أن المفروض أن تظهر مراقب الجامعة العربية تلوح بعلم أبيض وحلقات اطلاق النار من خلال عملية تفتيش في مدينة حمص.

بوصفها عضوا في المعارضة السورية الصحيح القول [أنا إعادة صياغة] ، من خلال فشلها في توفير التدخل المسلح وتقديم المساعدة للمحتجين غير عنيفة إلى حد كبير ضد سوريا الاستبداد الأسد الرئيس / الديكتاتور القاتل ، والعالم الحر والديمقراطية تفقد مصداقيتها وشرعيتها والمهينة في عباءة الأخلاقية. وأنا أتفق. حان الوقت للتدخل المسلح. وعلاوة على ذلك ، كما سأشرح ، في أي بلد آخر تتأثر الربيع العربي الأميركي والغربي المصلحة الذاتية أكثر انسجاما مع حركة حرية الربيع العربي. وقال انه حتى ذلك ، “منطقة حظر الطيران سوف تفعل خدعة.” اننا يمكن ان نفعل ذلك بأقل تكلفة ممكنة وبأقل الخسائر في الأرواح.

في بعض البلدان مثل مصر ، كان هناك قلق من أن النظام الذي سيحل محل النظام القديم قد يكون أسوأ ، وأكثر الاسلامية المتشددة ومكافحة الغربية ، أو أن الفوضى سيحدد في حال تم استبدال النظام القائم. في حين ما زلت متفائلا على الاطلاق حول مستقبل مصر وليبيا ، وهناك بعض الأدلة على أن بعض هذه المخاوف لم تكن غير عقلاني تماما. مع ذلك ، هي ثورات حميدة السائل وليس لحظات ساكنة في الوقت المناسب. وإنني على يقين من أن الطغيان التي يشهدها حاليا في مصر والفوضى في ليبيا سوف تتحرك نحو الديمقراطيات حميدة حيث ستجد هذه الدول نفسها على أنها موضع ترحيب ، حرر ، أعضاء فخور ، والديمقراطية للمجتمع في العالم من الدول.

وهنا شريط فيديو من يوتيوب. ووصف المؤلف على النحو التالي :

الضحايا يصرخون السورية لمساعدتكم. سوف تجيب؟ هو احد المتظاهرين للتعذيب ولعن من قبل الاسد في القوات وأجبر على الاعتراف على اتهامات بأنه تاجر مخدرات. يقولون عنه مرارا وتكرارا أن تضحك وعند نقطة واحدة ليقول انه هو وجود الوقت المناسب. هذه هي وجوه نظام البعث.

من ناحية أخرى ، في سوريا ، مجموعة مختلفة من الحقائق يجعل التدخل المسلح واجب أخلاقي واضح. أولا ، أن عضوا في المعارضة السورية هو الصحيح ، وإذا كنا لا تدخل ووقف ذبح الأبرياء من المتظاهرين العزل الذين يريدون ببساطة نفس “تغيير النظام” ان لدينا الرئيس السابق بوش يسعى إلى فرضها على العراق [التي لم يطلب لها و لم يتوقف أبدا عن أسفها] هدية له ، لماذا نحن لا نفعل ذلك في سوريا؟

وعلاوة على ذلك ، على عكس العراق الذي كان الأبرز في إيران (عدونا الحقيقي ، وتهديدا للاستقرار في الشرق الأوسط) ، وسوريا حليف لايران والوكيل. خلقت لذلك نحن عندما كنا زعزعة استقرار العراق ، والأدلة التي نراها يوميا في نشرات الأخبار ، وهو حليف هام بالنسبة لإيران ، الذي يهدد الآن حتى في العالم كله مع الأسلحة النووية وتصدير الإرهاب. هذه ليست مخاوف أو شكوك ، ولكن حقائق موثقة توثيقا جيدا.

نحن غزا العراق لسبب على الإطلاق. لم يكن لديهم “أسلحة الدمار الشامل” وأنها لم تساعد آل Queda. كانت تكلفة لأمريكا حول تريليون دولار (المبلغ نفسه الذي شل مؤتمرنا الذي يسعى الى خفض المبلغ ذاته من الاقتصاد). لجأنا الرأي العام العالمي ضد الولايات المتحدة ، والذي كان في آخر نقطة مرتفعة 11 / 9 وكان في نقطة منخفضة خلال غزو العراق.

غزو ​​أفغانستان ، وسوف نلاحظ ، كان مختلفا. كان أكثر محدودية ، من الضروري أكثر من ذلك ، ومفهومة. وكانت أفغانستان قد تحولت إلى النظام المتطرف بشدة أنه متطرف جدا والقمعية ، وإيران حتى بعد أن المواجهات العسكرية معها. وكان عدد قليل من الأصدقاء والحلفاء. كان يعطي بنشاط الملاذ الآمن لQueda القاعدة واسامة بن لادن ، وكان الموقع حيث تم التخطيط لهجمات ارهابية ، بموافقة حكومة طالبان ، والموجهة ضد أمريكا. مثل أي شخص مطلع على انتهاكات حقوق الإنسان انتشارا وخيمة ، بما لا سيما ضد النساء ، وبعض الحكومات (وهذا أمر نادر الحدوث) هي بطبيعتها ذلك الشر الذي يجب على العالم التدخل لأسباب أخلاقية وإنسانية. وكانت أفغانستان مثال على ذلك. لم يكن العراق.

سوريا وقائدها بشار الأسد ، هي من أسوأ الحكام المستبدين النموذج. يستخدمون أي شكل من أشكال القتل والتعذيب يشعرون ستكون فعالة. انهم أطفال صغار التعذيب حتى الموت في معظم بطريقة قاسية ، ثم حرر الجسم للأسر ، بحيث لا تتمكن العائلات من دفن أبنائهم الصغار ، ولكن لتكون بمثابة رادع للمجتمع ضد المعارضة. كل يوم ، ويجري ذبح الرجال العزل وسلمية والنساء والأطفال. ولا حتى العديد من المحتجين ، ولكن الناس في طريقهم إلى السوق أو غيرها من الأعمال المنزلية

حتى الآن ، فإن عدد القتلى في سورية يتجاوز عدد الجنود الامريكيين القتلى في كل من العراق وأفغانستان (باستثناء المعارضة السورية ليس لديها الدروع والبنادق لا ، كلمات فقط أو السلام كأسلحة.) بشار الاسد والنظام الحالي في سوريا ليست صديقة للولايات المتحدة أو الغرب. ليس لدينا شيء فضفاض في رؤية زوال ، وكل شيء لكسب. الشيء نفسه ينطبق على أولئك الذين يدعمون إسرائيل ، والديمقراطية ، والحرية ، و / أو السلام.

وكان كل من مصر ، تحت حكم مبارك ، ومؤخرا حتى ليبيا ، والعلاقة مع الغرب. كان لدينا أسباب تدعو للقلق مع النظام الذي سيحل محل الأنظمة السابقة. أنا بريء من هذا التحليل الأنانية ، ولكن أذكر فقط لاقناع مزيد من قرائي أن أي حجة تفضل تجاهل ذبح الأبرياء ، وتجبر كل حجج التدخل العسكري (على أقل تقدير “No_Fly” المنطقة.) سوريا على حد سواء وحليف وكيل لإيران ، ويساعد انتشار ودعم الارهاب وعدم الاستقرار أينما كان يمكن ، بما في ذلك في لبنان ، والعراق ، وضد اسرائيل والغرب.

أنا لا يدافعون عن التدخل المسلح لأنه في مصلحة الغرب “للقيام بذلك. إنني ببساطة مشيرا إلى أن هذه الحجة (ضد يتصرف في المصالح الذاتية الخاصة بنا) يقول عن التدخل في سوريا خلافا في مصر (حيث لم يكن ذلك ضروريا) أو ليبيا (حيث لم تتدخل في الغرب). السبب الرئيسي وراء التدخل العسكري هو أن الناس يسعون لتحقيق نفس الحرية والديمقراطية التي نتمتع بها ضد الحكومة غير الشرعية التي هي الديكتاتورية الحقيقية.

لا أعتقد أن كل الحكومة التي هي مختلفة من أميركا هو إما عدو لأميركا أو ينبغي أن يتلقى تدخلنا. على العكس من ذلك. هناك أشكال كثيرة من الحكومة الشرعية والحكومات الاشتراكية والشيوعية حتى في أوروبا والصين اقامتا. وأعتقد أن الصين وروسيا والعالم العربي والغرب ، وبقية الأمم المتحدة يجب أن تتحد في النهاية ، ودون خوف من قوة والتزام أخلاقي. ولكن ، على أي حال ، يجب أن البشير الأسد الذهاب ، وحان الوقت أننا “ساعده على الخروج.”

فمن السهل كما مدون في الولايات المتحدة الأمريكية إلى الكتابة عن التدخل في سوريا وأنا أجلس في سلام وأمان. ولكن في الواقع لقد حاولت الاتصال الأشخاص الذين شاركوا في الانتفاضة السورية لغرض دخول سوريا ، سواء كانت مشروعة أو غير مشروعة ، كصحافي مستقل للوثيقة ، أول يد ، وأيضا مع كاميرا ذات دقة عالية والفيديو كلماتي والكتابة ، ومذبحة يجري. وسيشمل ذلك بالنسبة لي ، وهو أميركي يهودي لا المعتمدين أو تدعمها منظمة انباء قوية مثل سي إن إن ، ومخاطر شخصية كبيرة. وأنا على استعداد لتبادل أشرطة الفيديو الخاصة بي وقصص مع جميع المؤسسات الإخبارية الكبرى مجانا أملا في وقف المذبحة. سأفعل تقاريري من الخطوط الأمامية للغاية وبدون دعم أو موظفي الأمن ، لمصلحة الوحيد لوقف المذبحة. هذا أمر مرغوب فيه لأنه لم يتم المصادقة العديد من أشرطة الفيديو تهريبه و / أو تؤخذ من مسافة بعيدة. فإن ذلك لن يكون الحال معي.

لم أسمع من أي شخص له صلة مع انتفاضة السورية. إذا كان أي شخص في وضع يمكنها من مساعدتي في أهدافي يقرأ هذا بلوق ، يرجى الاتصال بي.

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The Forgotten Child Sex Abuse Scandal at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania [Part 1]

With all the publicity about the child sex abuse scandal at Penn State involving the school’s prestigious football program, forgotten is an almost identical story involving a powerful professor and department head at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in the early 1990’s. I was the lawyer for the main victim, although there were other victims (but the statute of limitations had run out). The only difference is that officials did not look the other way to the same extent as at Penn State, although the professor and his misuse of the prestige and name of the University of Pennsylvania name was ignored and enabled the professor to molest young boys and the professor was let off the hook. A grave miscarriage of justice and the rape of children was allowed to go unpunished in nearby Montgomery County, Pennsylvania (a county courthouse where I have learned not to expect justice) until the professor got caught again more than a decade later. 

Let me give you some background, as there are a lot of interesting background facts and coincidences. I love the University of Pennsylvania. I have three degrees from that University. I received a BS from the Wharton School of Business with a “concentration” in Economics and a BA from the College of Arts and Sciences with a major in Mathematics in 1984. Both of those degrees were with honors, Magna Cum Laude. In fact, I had fun my first two years and a lot of “B”s. When I decided I wanted to stay at Penn for law school, I had to raise my GPA and then got straight “A”s for my last two years, a perfect 4.0. I did get accepted to the Law School at the University of Pennsylvania and graduated with a Juris Doctor in 1987. Even while a student in the law school, I was permitted, and took advantage, of the ability to take one course per semester at the Wharton Graduate School.

In the Wharton School, I tool a course in Marketing given by Lawrence Scott Ward, Chairman of the Marketing Department. He in fact lectured to many sections, awhile individual sections were taught by “TA’s” or teaching assistants. His lectures were in the evening, and I used to fall asleep during his class. My friend would sit behind me and she would kick my chair when Dr. Ward walked up my aisle and got too close to me. I took marketing because I had already published my own magazines after graduating Lower Merion High School in mid-year. I did this with my best friend, Leif Owen Klein, whose family was also in the media business. Leif and I met at Lower Merion High School where we published an underground newspaper, and we both went to Penn together. We remain best friends to this day. His father was one of the top people in the Radio Business and was a well-known civil rights activist whose work included working with Dr. Martin Luther King.

Lower Merion is a very affluent suburb of Philadelphia. It is known as part of the “Main Line” and is known for its “old money” WASP population. Foxes were still hunted in the area until recently, and Jews and Blacks are still excluded from one of the prominent country clubs a mile from where I live today. The zip code I lived in until my divorce (I moved into the next zip code 1 mile away) was one of the top 20 most affluent zip codes in America. Some of the DuPont family and the Dorrance family (the Campbell soup heirs) live in the area along with many of the doctors, lawyers and professors who make Philadelphia famous for its colleges, hospitals, and lawyers. Remember the phrase, “A Philadelphia lawyer?” The public schools are so good that many families with endless wealth still send their children to public schools. The public schools receive more money per child then the elite private schools in the area do in tuition.

As times changed, the WASP population had to share the real area with the “new money” professionals like my father, a self-made very prominent Jewish attorney. When my parents moved to the Main Line, there were areas that realtors did not show houses to prospective Jewish purchasers. That was fine because our money was not just new, there was a lot less than people thought and a fraction of what many families in the neighborhood had. My father had one major fault. He was honest and put the client’s interests before his own, a trait which disappeared from the Philadelphia legal scene as I would find out and am writing about in my book about my life as a lawyer, “A White Tear in Red China,” which is not yet finished.

Ward also lived in Lower Merion, as did many Penn professors and doctors. He lived in a nice house with a swimming pool and large brick wall giving him total privacy. He lived two blocks away from Leif’s father. Ward was charismatic and interesting when he lectured, but unlike most professors I had, was arrogant and disinterested when students spoke with him “one on one.” It was true he had a lot to be arrogant about. In addition to being Chairman of the Marketing Department, he also wrote the text book on marketing and was a consultant to major fortune 500 companies.

He also found time to run a non-profit organization called the “Rebound Foundation” which was comprised of students and faculty at the University of Pennsylvania to help troubled youth. I never heard of it when I was at Penn. But that was no surprise, as the charity existed as a legal entity which Ward produced when he wanted legitimacy and the Penn name so that he could get access to troubled youth that he should not have had. Ward, it seemed, intended to trouble these children even worse then what they had suffered.

The good professor also had a family, or so the exchange students from the Philippines were told to write their parents when Ward took exchange students to live with him from foreign countries. Ward was so accommodating he wrote the letters out in English and had them translated to Tegalo, the language of the Philippines, so all the students needed to do was copy the letters into their own handwriting and mail them and their families back home would be reassured that all was well, which it was not. The students were told to write, and told how to write, that they were liking living with “Scott and his family” and had taken a trip to Disneyworld with “Scott and his family.” But, Scott Ward had no family, and to my knowledge, but I could be wrong about this, there were no trips to Disneyworld.

In hindsight, Ward’s coldness and distance should have been more surprising. Penn had many famous professors. and famous or not, almost all the faculty liked working with students and enjoyed good, healthy, and normal relationships with the college age students. Ward did not. For example, while I was a student at Penn, Lawrence Klein (a Penn Economics Professor) received the Nobel Peace Prize in economics specifically for econometric forecasting (which is what I had studied as it combined my math and economics programs). There were an abundance of famous teachers there. Before he left office, in one of his public trips and appearances, President Bush (the father) came to Philadelphia to meet with another professor, my good friend’s father, who also lived in Lower Merion. Apparently, Ward created the charity and used his position and the name of the University to give his charity legitimacy and prestige, but that was all of the interactions he had with other Penn professors or students. Ward kept to himself since, as we learned later, he was hiding a lot behind those high brick walls in Lower Merion.

Lower Merion is a very affluent suburb of Philadelphia. It is known as the “Main Line” and is known for its “old money” WASP population. Foxes were still hunted in the area until recently, and “Jews and Blacks” are still excluded from one of the prominent country clubs a mile from where I live. The zip code I lived in until my divorce (I moved into the next zip code 1 mile away) was one of the top 20 most affluent zip codes in America. Some of the DuPont family and the Campbell soup heirs live in the area, as to many of the highly paid athletes from Philadelphia’s top sports teams. The public schools are so good that many families with endless wealth, and Lower Merion has a lot of families with endless wealth, still send their children to public schools. The public schools receive more money per child then the elite private schools do from their enormous tuition bills.

In the 1990’s, in this wealthy suburb, a young man was caught burglarizing a wealthy home. He offered the Lower Merion police a deal. Information for either a reduced sentence or a walk, I forget which. Fortunately, the case landed on the desk of three top detectives, Lt. James Burke, Detective Ray Kuter and Detective Cathy Hart. When I met them, I was in awe. They were Montgomery County’s own version of Law & Order’s Special Victims Unit. I also met with the FBI agents and Customs officials in downtown Philadelphia at the Federal Building at 6th and Arch Streets. In fact, the word I heard was that Ray Kuter had been in Narcotics, where he was “undercover” but was so good and effective, a contract was put out on his life and he was transferred to sex crimes, where I met him. That was the rumor, I don’t know if it is true, but true or not, it is quite plausible. He, along with the other two county detectives, were true “super cops.”

These three top detectives worked directly for the District Attorney’s office of Montgomery County. The young man did “cut a deal,” and provided startling information. That young man told them, and later told me, while we were waiting for a Preliminary Hearing to begin, that he and the other young “guests” of Scott Ward’s secluded mansion originally thought, when they were invited into Ward’s home and saw his wealth, “This is great, what can we steal?” But they were smart, and realized that such an action would be a one-time burglary. Instead, as invited guests (often overnight), they could use Ward’s home as a base and burglarize the neighbors and neighborhood. That is what he was doing when he got caught by the Lower Merion police.

He told authorities how he had been paid for sex by Ward, and now that he was in his early 20’s, he was way too old for the good professor. But he could and still earn money by “hooking up” Ward with other young men, which is what he sometimes did. Ward liked them in the 12 and 13 year age range.

My client was 13 when I met him.

Philadelphia also contains some very poor sections, and while Philadelphia is better known, in terms of poverty, for North Philadelphia (where Temple University is located) for being a largely poor African American area which was neglected by white mayor after white mayor (including the notorious Frank Rizzo) in favor of the white neighborhoods, especially white Italian neighborhoods which received some publicity when gambling came to Atlantic City and caused a “Mob War” in Philadelphia [which may have involved the New York crime families, but I don’t know, as that is not what I do.] Control of Atlantic City, it appears, went from meaningless to very lucrative.

Previously, Atlantic City came under the purview of Philadelphia’s long standing mafia family and its kingpin, Angelo Bruno, who was known to dislike murder (unless it was necessary) unlike his successors who seemed to favor it as a general purpose method of doing business. After gambling came to Atlantic City, Bruno was promptly killed and war broke out. In fact, when I was fresh out of law school, my parents took me to a very good and locally respected Italian restaurant, Dante and Luigis, for dinner on Halloween night.

Dante’s lacked the ambiance of the overpriced Italian restaurants found in every city so only locals go there. We left, and my parents drove me to my rented “row home” in “Center City” about five minutes away. When I got home, I turned on the radio and listened to the news, a habit I picked up from my father, and heard that the son of the reigning Mafia head had just been shot at Dante and Luigi’s. it must have happened within a few minutes of our leaving, and I was so thankful we had left when we did. I had never seen someone got shot, but had a gut feeling that it would have ruined dinner, especially my pasta with red sauce.

But there was another poor white area in Philadelphia known as Kensington which was located in North Philadelphia, and it seems that poor white boys prostituted themselves on certain blocks. I had no idea of this, but Ward knew it and met my client on a street there and took him home in his hundred thousand dollar sports car (and in the early 1990’s, a hundred thousand dollars really bought a nice car :). Aside from the clear moral implications, let me be absolutely clear that the age of consent is 16 in Pennsylvania. The fact that my client may have been trying to “sell his services” was totally irrelevant as a 12 year old can not, legally, factually, or morally engage in consensual sex with an adult.

Let’s be equally clear that the homosexual nature of the act is irrelevant. While child prostitution is as repugnant as an act can be, it has nothing to do with the fact that this was between males, like in the Penn State case receiving national attention. Sex between Sandusky or Ward and a 12 year old is rape. No ifs, ands, or buts. The gender of the child is irrelevant. Damage to the child is severe and inexcusable. We don’t punish homosexuality. We punish child rape and pedophilia, and we need to punish those acts severely.

When the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office received the information about Scott Ward, a/k/a L. Scott Ward a/k/a Lawrence Scott Ward, they had their informant set up a sting. It was amazing, but the police found a PA State Police officer who could pose as a 15 year old. He did have a “baby face,” but when I met him, and he was no longer undercover, and the semi-automatic on his hip added a few years to his age. He was waiting, as well, to testify. Ward did set up a date with the trooper and an agreement was made to exchange sex for money, according to the informant, and Ward was arrested with much publicity. The entire incident was tape recorded on new equipment as well as overheard by the first assistant district attorney. Unfortunately, as the equipment was new, it turned out that the tapes were not actually moving and recording, even though the needles indicated that they were. This would prove to be a “challenge” for the prosecution.

When the story of Ward’s arrest hit the press, my client was, pursuant to a Court Order finding him delinquent, residing in, and in the custody of, a respected institution for children with a variety of problems. The good professor, L. Scott Ward, had been visiting my client while my client was in custody. Using the name of his charity, the “Rebound Foundation” and the name of the University of Pennsylvania, Ward was given access to my client as officials believed that Ward was acting under the auspices of a legitimate charity affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania and “fortunately” helping my poor client, who had no one else to help him. Ward was allowed to visit with my client and ultimately, take him out of the institution for overnight visits.

Instead of helping my client, Ward was helping himself to my client, even though my client was essentially in “protective custody” because he had been prostituting himself on the streets of Kensington. I met the top administrators, however, at the institution, and they were good decent people who were deceived by Ward, a master of deception and marketing, who used his skills as an expert at marketing to market himself as something he was not.

I did subsequently represent my client in civil lawsuits against Ward and also against the Institution where my client had been entrusted, and because those settlements contained confidentiality provisions, I am not mentioning the name of the Institution. Of course, I am not mentioning the name of my client, since he was a minor and we tried to keep his name out of the press, while Ward’s lawyers tried to put his name in the press. Also, the settlement required me to destroy my file, which contained, as a necessary part thereof, what I considered child pornography (a central issue in the criminal case since the pictures were of males taken in the Philippines whose age could not be proven.)

Ward was smart enough and did not have in his possession (at least not which the police could find) pictures of himself engaging in sex acts with American, and thus traceable, youth. Furthermore, while it appeared that the boys in the pictures were underage, given that children age differently, it could not be proven beyond a reasonable doubt that the children engaged in sex acts were under 16. There were many pictures of clearly underage boys mixed in, but the pictures of children under the age of 16, while sexually suggestive, were not per se pornographic. Ward was a master at walking on the edge of a razor. My possession of these pictures (and other evidence) was so that I could nail the good professor to the wall and also assist the criminal prosecution because the good professor did not have the 5th Amendment right to remain silent in a civil lawsuit, so I strategically filed my lawsuit while the criminal case was pending to force Ward to turn over incriminating evidence such as the pictures and answer, under oath, certain specific factual accusations [more about that later].

In fact, not only did I possess this potentially unlawful evidence with the knowledge and blessing of the state and local authorities, I had to beat defense counsel who appealed, on two occasions, to the Superior Court (an appellate Court) the Orders of the trial Judge. That kind of delay and obstruction was unprecedented in a civil lawsuit over mere “discovery.” But after the case was settled, I not only had to destroy my copies of the evidence, I was very anxious to no longer have these things in my possession. Believe it or not, many of the pictures were on computer disk, and the bastard gave me my first computer virus.

When the proper officials at the Institution saw that Ward had been arrested and why, they questioned my client, who did what many victims of child rape do. He denied it because he was afraid and embarrassed. But a top administrator persisted in interviewing my client and brought in my friend, an expert psychologist who specialized in working with both victims and offenders of child sexual abuse. My client finally admitted to engaging in certain activities with the good professor, and the police were called.

My client’s multiple versions of the story would come back to haunt all of us who wanted to see the professor’s tenure moved from Penn to Prison. But, my client was to afraid and embarrassed to admit to everything that had occurred and admitted to allowing the professor to perform certain acts but denied engaging in what he perceived as more embarrassing activities. According to what I learn from watching movies and documentaries on TV (such as LockUp on MSNBC), his lies are consistent with the actions of prisoners who engage in certain male on male sexual activity but then deny any homosexuality because they did not engage in other activities. Forgive my deliberate vagueness, but an adult will understand what I am referring to, and I do not want to have to put an “adult content advisory” on this Blog.

After my client admitted to the administrator and my psychologist friend that there had been improper sexual contact, and the fraudulent nature of the charity was exposed, the proper authorities were notified, and a second set of charges were filed against Professor Ward. All of this occurred before the OJ case, but Ward assembled his own “Dream Team,” of lawyers. I would confront other similarities with the OJ case. The dream team improperly subpoenaed my client’s confidential mental health records, and my psychologist friend asked me if I would represent my client pro bono (which means for free) in protecting my client’s, the victim’s, right to privacy.

It was pure coincidence that the case involved a former professor of mine whom I never liked and my alma matter, but I felt compelled to help protect my client and help put the bastard away. I was also deeply angry at the manner in which the University of Pennsylvania, its reputation and name, had been used to exploit and rape children. A cursory review of my earlier post on “Human Trafficking”, which includes sex trafficking and child prostitution, will clearly evidence my passion to see criminals who engage in any aspect of this behavior jailed for a very long time.

The case, and my involvement therein, would take many twist and turns, and consume a tremendous amount of my time and money, as I will discuss in the next installment of this true story. But I have had very little sleep and am tired of writing.

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