|March 8-10, 2012 -- Was FDR a victim of foul play to make way for establishment of Israel?
As recent American presidents have made it a ritual of holding office to grovel before the annual Washington meeting of the extremist right-wing Israeli lobby group, AIPAC - American Israel Public Affairs Committee -- it is noteworthy that American presidents have not always catered to the every whim of groups espousing Zionist causes. Recently, President Obama made his pilgrimage to the AIPAC conference and was obligated to host visiting Israeli President Shimon Peres and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu at the White House.
One such president was Franklin D. Roosevelt, elected to office four times by the American people. On October 6, 1943, a group of hard-line Orthodox Jewish Zionists marched in Washington, DC to demand that President Roosevelt take immediate military action to save Europe's remaining Jews with a view to facilitating their safe passage to Palestine. The group was led by Irgun terrorists who were battling British troops as early as the 1930s for control of Palestine. The leader of the Irgun members was Rabbi Hillel Kook who used the pseudonym Peter Bergson. Eventually, the radical Irgun-led predecessor of AIPAC became known as the Bergson Group or "Bergsonites."
As the Bergson protesters, including Kook and Rabbi Charles Kahane, father of later right-wing Jewish zealot Rabbi Meir Kahane, approached the White House, Roosevelt snuck out of the residence through a back door, and after attending a military ceremony, left for a weekend stay in the country. FDR understood that any support for the Jewish zealots' demand that war priorities be altered to free inmates from concentration camps and, more importantly, facilitating the arrival of Jewish refugees in Palestine would alienate America's major allies, including Britain. FDR's policy was to never meet with the activist proponents of a Jewish state in Palestine. The job of talking to the Jewish radicals was left to Vice President Henry A. Wallace, who was also not keen on meeting with the group although he personally favored the establishment of a Jewish state in Palestine.
One of the Bergson Group's major supporters was Baltimore Mayor Thomas D'Alessandro, the father of current House Minority leader and former Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Pelosi is one of the strongest supporters of AIPAC in Congress.
In 1944, Wallace was replaced on the ticket for vice president by Harry S Truman, who would eventually support the creation of Israel. Wallace, who became President Truman's Commerce Secretary stated that Truman was personally exasperated by the Zionist lobby. According to Wallace, Truman said of Jewish supporters for Israel's creation, "Jesus Christ couldn't please them when he was here on earth, so how can anyone expect that I would have any luck?" Truman was swayed into support for Israel by his former business partner Eddie Jacobson.
However, for FDR, there was no compromising on the issue of a Zionist state in Palestine. Roosevelt had crafted a strategic petroleum relationship with Saudi Arabia and he did not want to do anything that would jeopardize the U.S.-British alliance. FDR';s special envoy to the Middle East, General Patrick Hurley, was reportedly in agreement with Saudi King Ibn Saud that Jews had to be driven from Arab lands in Palestine that they had occupied.
When details of Hurley's conversations with the Saudi King were leaked to Drew Pearson, who published them in his column, FDR came to Hurley's defense in a letter dated August 30, 1943:
|PERSONAL AND CONFIDENTIAL August 30, 1943
Thanks for yours of August nineteenth referring to a printed story in Drew Pearson's column. You are quite right in answering none of the letters from Jews or others who believe Drew Pearson's columns.
His ill-considered falsehoods have come to the point where he is doing much harm to his own Government and to other nations. It is a pity that anyone anywhere believes anything that he writes.
So much for Mr. Drew Pearson.
(s) FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT
There is historical evidence that strongly suggests that Israeli intelligence was involved in assassination plots against Truman, John F. Kennedy (for JFK's strident opposition to Israel's acquisition of nuclear weapons), Richard Nixon (and Defense Secretary Melvin Laird and Secretary of State William Rogers), and George H. W. Bush.
However, little has been written about a possible successful Zionist plot to assassinate FDR. In 1948, a right-wing Jew named Emanuel Josephson, who made it a life's work to attack Roosevelt, wrote a book called "The Strange Death of Franklin D. Roosevelt." Josephson was a career Roosevelt-hater, who was similar to those who made a career later from Bill Clinton hating.
Josephson contends that FDR was assassinated in Warm Springs, Georgia. However, Josephson craftily suggests that Winston Churchill had been poisoned by Joseph Stalin's agents while attending the Tehran Conference in 1943, FDR fell victim to poisoni9ng at the Yalta Conference in February 1945. After Tehran, Churchill eventually recovered from his illness recovered in Cairo, according to Josephson, but FDR became increasingly ill as the result of similar poisoning in Yalta. Josephson points out that on his return from Yalta, FDR's de facto chief of staff, Major General Edwin "Pa" Watson, died of a cerebral hemorrhage at sea, suggesting it was Stalin's doing.
A cerebral hemorrhage was also the official cause of Roosevelt's death in Warm Springs on April 12, 1945. According to Josephson, FDR's personal physician, Admiral Ross McIntyre, said FDR's body was not embalmed but in less than four hours after his desth, FDR's body had turned black, a reaction from arsenic poisioning. There were also reports that there was a disfiguring bullet wound to FDR's head and powder burns and that a small silver pistol was found near his body.
With so much doubt about the cause of FDR's sudden death, an autopsy would have cleared up any controversy. However, as noted in the official State of Georgia death certificate issued on April 18, 1945, no autopsy on FDR's body was ever performed. Yet, the cause of death is listed as "cerebral hemorrhage" with the contributing factor of "arteriosclerosis." Roosevelt's coffin was never opened for public viewing in Washington or during the funeral service. However, Elmer Davis, the head of the Office of War Information, broadcast to U.S. troops around the world that FDR's body was laying in state at the White House and viewed by throngs of mourners. Davis, who had been a CBS Radio newsman before the war, later became an ardent critic of the U.S. right-wing, particularly Senator Joseph McCarthy.
Perhaps Stalin, smelling a rat and a conspiracy to blame the Soviet Union for FDR's death (the same theory would be used later when there was a suggestion that JFK's death was the result of a Cuban and Soviet plot), ordered the Soviet ambassador in Washington to demand that FDR's casket be opened so that he could view the body. White House authorities turned down the ambassador's request.
Although Truman reluctantly supported the U.S. recognition of Israel over the storng objections of Secretary of State George Marshall and Defense Secretary James Forrestal, after Truman's capitulation, the Anti-Defamation League became stronger as a lobby for Zionist and Israeli causes. Originally influential with the New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania congressional delegation, the Israel Lobby expanded to control a staggering number of members of Congress, as well as Presidents of the United States since George H. W. Bush. Truman's reversal of FDR's policy on the nascent Israel was as stark as Lyndon B. Johnson's reversal of JFK's policy on Israel obtaining nuclear weapons. It now appears that FDR and JFK share something in common: assassination to make way for administrations more committed to the Zionist cause.
|CERTIFIED COPYCERTIFICATE OF DEATH
GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH
1. Place of Death(a) County Meriwether(b) City or Town Warm Springs
2. Usual Residence of Deceased(c) City or Town Washington D.C.
3. Full Name Franklin Delano Roosevelt
4. Sex Male
5. Race White
6. Marital status M
7. If Married or Widowed Give Name of Spouse EleanorRoosevelt
8. Age Years 63
9. Date of Birth 1-30-8210. Usual Occupation President of United States of AmericaFather
12. Name James Roosevelt
13. Birthplace Hyde Park, NY.Mother
14. Maiden Name Sarah Delano15. Birth Place Newburgh, NY.
16. Informants Own Signature F W Palterson
17. Informants P.O. Address 1020 Spring St. N.W.1
8. Burial, Cremation or Removal Burial(a) Date April 15, 1945
19. P.O. Address of Place of Burial Hyde Park, N.Y.
20. Signature of Person Burying Body H.M. Patterson & Son[text illegible] Bowen
21. P.O. Address of Undertaker Atlanta, Ga.Date Filed with L. R. April 17, 1945
22. Registrar's Own Signature Richard Brewer
23. Date of Death April 12 1945 Time 3 35 PM
24. I hereby certify that I attended the deceased who died on the above date. I last saw Him Alive on April 12 1945
Primary Cause of Death Cerebral Hemorrhage
Duration 2 1/2 hrs.
Contributory Causes Arteriosclerosis
Was Autopsy Performed: no
26. Physician's Own Signature Howard G. Bruenn
Physician's P.O. Address U.S.N.H. Bethesda, Md.
Date Signed 4/13/45
THIS IS TO CERTIFY THAT THE ABOVE IS A TRUE AND CORRECT COPYOF THE ORIGINAL CERTIFICATE, WHICH HAS BECOME A PERPETUALRECORD IN THE ARCHIVES OF THE GEORGIA STATE DEPARTMENT OFPUBLIC HEALTH. (NOT VALID UNLESS COUNTERSIGNED IN THEDIVISION OF INFORMATION AND STATISTICS.)
T. F. Abercrombie
DIRECTOR, GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH
DIVISION OF INFORMATION AND STATISTICS