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This hardly a chicken soup story. Sometimes you come across things that confirms that bone in the throat sensation when we doubt the platitudes and rhetoric that the West values the sanctity of human life. Its a Fabian nightmare where worm eaten H.G. Wells and George Bernard Shaw crawl out of the crypt and we have population paring in more ingenious and better clothed manner. Also it confirms a belief that if jews are not safe in their own country it may have more to do with incompetent or criminal politics by the leaders in its in name only vigorous democracy and less to do with the aspirations of vengeance by the Islamic neighbors. It does recall the quote by Roosevelt that,”In politics, nothing happens by accident. If it happens, you can bet it was planned that way.” Its one thing to fight for your country, its another matter to be cannon fodder destined for the abbatoir.

Read More: ---In John Updike’s novel, Seek My Face, the artist Jackson Pollock character is said to have despised the social realist Jack Levine because he had so many Old Master tricks up his sleeve (which Pollock didn’t). Levine and his friend Hyman Bloom were Boston boys who were virtually adopted by Denman Ross at Harvard and given a classical art education in the 1930s. An artist whom Levine alienated himself from was Jackson Pollock, who referred to him and Ben Shahn as “illustrators...when you try to emulate the old get corn, real corn. Bits of Renaissance pastiche.” –Rodman, Conversations with Artists.---

( See link at end) : …The unsolved murder of an Israeli attache 38 years ago may be tied up with what Israel knew, or didn’t know, about the impending Yom Kippur War.

Although nearly four decades have passed since the murder of Joe Alon, it’s far from a “cold case,” with the dramatic story resulting in a book and a documentary, in just the past year – focusing on the possibility of Alon’s being the victim of a conspiracy, because he “knew something” about why thousands of Israeli soldiers were killed in the Yom Kippur War.

Alon, who was a fighter pilot during the War of Independence, was a war hero who completed 75 missions. When Israeli formed its first Mirage fighter jet squadron, Alon was assigned its commander.

In 1970, then a colonel, Alon was chosen to be the assistant air and naval attache at Israel’s Washington, D.C. Embassy. Installed in what should have been a three year assignment, Alon advocated strongly on Israeli arms procurement, especially regarding the F-4 Phantom. As such, says Fred Burton, author of “Chasing Shadows: A Special Agent’s Lifelong Hunt to Bring a Cold War Assassin to Justice,” about the murder, Alon would have been privy to all sorts of information….

Inauguration 1956-1958 Jack Levine Born: Boston, Massachusetts 1915 Died: New York, New York 2010 oil on canvas

…Alon was killed on the night of June 30, 1973, when he and his wife Devora returned from a dinner party organized for a departing embassy staffer. Devora exited the vehicle and walked a few dozen feet to their porch while Alon gathered up his sports jacket on the back seat. At that moment, Alon was shot five times by a foreign-made .38-caliber revolver, one shot fatally hitting his heart. Devora rushed inside and called the police, seeing only a light-colored car drive away, and then returned to the front yard and attempted with her 18-year-old daughter Dalia to stem Alon’s bleeding with towels. At 1:27 am, Alon died at the hospital.

Burton was 16 when Alon was killed in Bethesda, Maryland – where Burton lived next door to the Alons. He was shocked at the event, and later, as vice-president of the private global intelligence agency Stratfor, he decided that he needed to know the truth about Alon’s murder.Besides working for Stratfor, Burton is also former deputy chief of the counterterrorism division of the U.S. State Department’s Diplomatic Security Service…. (see after break )

***The whole smelly thing reminds me of the Brian and Terrence McKenna documentary The Valor and the Horror about an incompetent Canadian and British military in WWII; the kind of willingness to send soldiers off to slaughter through asinine directives that defy making any rational sense of. As if prolonging the war would increase the profits of the industrial complex enriching themselves with the fabrication of supplies that would be nearly obsolete after several months use. My father who was an airman in the RAF said the bomber command segment was valid and not a plausible fancy. ***

….“This was a political assassination, the kind of case that I would have extensive files about. But we later discovered that the FBI destroyed all the evidence in the case,” later closing it – for lack of evidence, says Burton. “How does evidence of a political assassination get destroyed three years after the event – after all, the FBI keeps evidence back from the days of Al Capone.”

That, in and of itself, he feels, is a clear indication that “something” was amiss.

That “something”, Burton claims, was the likelihood that Alon was about to “spill the beans” about what Burton believes to be one of the biggest secrets in Israeli history – a possible “deal” between Israel and the U.S. to allow the Arabs to attack first in an upcoming war, in order, Burton says, to test the efficacy of American weapons versus what the Soviets had supplied Arab countries. Rumors to the effect that such a deal existed have circulated in Israel for years; proponents of the theory say that it was clear that Israel had enough information about movements of Egyptian and Syrian soldiers to know that war was imminent, and yet chose to ignore that information, refusing to strike preemtively.

As a result, Israel suffered heavy losses in the first days of the war, “nearly losing the country,” says Burton.

There are several theories that have been set forth to explain Israel’s lack of preparation for the war, from misreading intelligence, to an erroneous “conception” that Egypt would not strike alone, a double agent’s misinformation and Henry Kissinger’s threats to withhold American arms if Israel strikes (the latter jives with Burton’s theories and is accepted as the truth in Israel).

…The FBI opened an investigation into the murder, but a rather halfhearted one, says Burton. Meanwhile, Henry Kissinger – who, he believes, worked out the deal whereby Israel would let the Arabs attack first with then Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Dayan – took what Burton said was an unusually active interest in the investigation. “

“Kissinger requested daily upates on the investigation. I can’t recall another example of such a high level official being so involved in a murder investigation like this,” said Burton, adding that the fact that Alon’s body was sent home for burial in the Vice-President’s plane. “I couldn’t find another example of that plane for such a purpose. This set off some bells in my head,” he said.

In the end, the FBI theorized that Alon was killed by a Black September agent, although the case officially remains unsolved. In the end, it appears that it really was a Black September agent who pulled the trigger (Burton believes that the Mossad eliminated Alon’s murderer earlier this year).

But, he asks in his book, just what was a Black September operative doing in Maryland? That is another mystery that remains unsolved, since it was the one and only time that the terror group carried out an operation like that in the U.S….

…Other officials left Devora with a similar feeling – that Joe had stumbled onto a great truth that he was somehow not supposed to know, and that this information may well have gotten him killed, according to the documentary.Read More:

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Although Agent Fred Burton does not directly indicate any knowledge of Secretary of State Henry Kissinger or anyone in the Nixion administration knowing beforehand of an imminent attack by Egypt and Syria on the State of Israel in 1973 (The Yom Kippur War started with a surprise Arab attack on Israel on Saturday 6th October 1973) it does elude to the fact that although the U.S. Air Force had taken a beating in Vietnam that the IDF (Israel Defense Force) had better trained their pilots using the U.S. made USAF F-4E Phantom fighter bombers and A-4 Skyhawks that to test that superiority it might be likely that the U.S. might like to see a preemptive strike by the Arab’s so that both the U.S. and Israel could appear to fight a defensive battle. This would allow a test of the U.S. made F-4E Phantom fighter bombers and A-4 Skyhawks against the Russian MIG fighters used by the Syrian’s.Read More:

…Guaranteed contracts for tons of one-time-use bullets and bombs are tremendously more lucrative than selling cars and washing machines to consumers. Henry Kissinger, one-time U.S. Secretary of State said, “Military men are just dumb, stupid animals to be used as pawns for foreign policy.” …

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