5th May 07:16
WHAT TO DO WITH THE BASTARDS?
Freedman: Well, I can't advocate that you do anything that's criminal, but
I can tell you this. You can start what I call an endless chain. If you
can get your friends to write, objectively, here is the statement: Mr.
Kennedy's office gave me this himself. Mr. Smith, who succeeded Mr.
Kennedy, took over his office -- was in his office -- and gave me this. He
delivered this on the 25th, and it says here:
"For release to AM (that means morning papers), August 25th". "Israel is
here to stay. It is a national commitment, special obligation of the
Democratic Party. The White House must take the lead. American
intervention. We will act promptly and decisively against any nation in the
Middle East which attacks its neighbor. I propose that we make clear to
both Israel and the Arab states our guarantee that we will act with whatever
force and speed are necessary to halt any aggression by any nation".
Well, do you call the return of people to their homeland [the Arab
Palestinians] aggression? Is Mr. Kennedy going to do that? Suppose three
million Mexicans came into Texas and drove the six million Texans into the
deserts of Arizona and New Mexico. Suppose these Mexicans were slipped in
there armed -- the Texans were disarmed -- and one night they drove them all
out of Texas and declared themselves the Republic of the Alamo. What would
the United States say?
Would we say it's aggression for these Texans to try to get their homes
back from the Mexican thieves? Suppose the Negroes in Alabama were secretly
armed by the Soviets and overnight they rose up and drove all the whites
into the swamps of Mississippi and Ge****a and Florida. . . drove them out
completely, and declared themselves the Republic of Ham, or the Republic of
something-or-other. Would we call it aggression if these people, the whites
of Alabama, tried to go back to their homes?
Would we. . . what would we think if the soviet Union said, "No, those
Negroes now occupy them! Leave them there!", or "No, those Mexicans are in
Texas. they declared themselves a sovereign state. Leave them there. You
have plenty of room in Utah and Nevada. Settle somewhere else".
Would we call it aggression if the Alabama whites or the Texans wanted
to go back to their homes? So now, you've got to write to President Kennedy
and say, "We do not consider it aggression in the sense that you use the
word, if these people want to return to their homes as the United Nations --
fif**** times in the last twelve years -- called upon the Zionists in
occupation of Palestine to allow the Arab Palestinians to return to their
former homes and farms".
[End of transcript of Benjamin Freedman speech, given in 1961 at the Willard
Hotel in Washington, D.C., on behalf of Conde McGinley's patriotic newspaper
of that time, Common Sense.]