Friday, January 30, 2009

Open Letter to: Rachael Maddow c/o MSNBC and Others From Gene Zelinger

Open Letter to: Rachael Maddow c/o MSNBC and Others From Gene Zelinger

Denver (IFS) This email and letter was addressed to Rachael Maddow by one of Colorado leading judges (back in the 1970-80's). But first, equal time. If you have never seen Ms. Maddow's show or listen to her on radio -- below get a chance to know a little bit about her.

Rachel Maddow

Host, "The Rachel Maddow Show"
updated 4:48 p.m. MT, Wed., Aug. 20, 2008

Rachel Maddow hosts MSNBC’s “The Rachel Maddow Show,” featuring Maddow’s take on the biggest stories of the day, political and otherwise, including lively debate with guests from all sides of the issues, in-depth analysis and stories no other shows in cable news will cover. Maddow also continues to host “The Rachel Maddow Show” on Air America.

In January of 2008, Maddow was named an MSNBC political analyst; she is a regular panelist on MSNBC’s “Race for the White House with David Gregory” and a frequent contributor on “Countdown with Keith Olbermann.” She has been the regular guest host for "Countdown," has filled in for David Gregory on "Race," and has been a regular panelist on MSNBC's 2008 election coverage.

Maddow has worked with Air America Radio since its inception in the spring of 2004. Prior to joining AAR she worked for WRNX in Holyoke, Massachusetts, and WRSI in Northampton, Massachusetts.

Maddow received a bachelor’s degree in public policy from Stanford University. She earned her doctorate in political science at Oxford University, which she attended on a Rhodes Scholarship. She is currently working on a book on the changing role of the military in U.S. politics, due out next year. She lives in New York City and Massachusetts with her partner, artist Susan Mikula.


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Open Letter to: Rachael Maddow c/o MSNBC and Others From Gene Zelinger

Dear Rachael

I'm writing this as self therapy 'cause I have to. It's a bonus if anything good comes of it and at least I've done something.

I intimately understand the Jewish plight and I absolutely oppose what they and their supporters are doing to the Palestinians and their neighbors.

This is my background which I don't believe is unique for many American Jews.

I was born in 1936.

My dad was born in Poland and my mother's parents, with whom we lived, came here from Russia. I was raised and had my Bar Mitzvah in an orthodox Jewish community in West Denver.

Prior to to WW2 my family got lots of mail from family in Russia and Poland. By ages 5-7 not so much, and by the Wars end my European family, with exception of great uncle Hummel who escaped to Palestine, had been eliminated by Nazis.

Growing up I was told by Jews that Jews are better and smarter. It took till my 1st year at Colorado University to realize what a load of crap that was. I experienced anti-Semitism, name calling, etc. We could not own homes in some places, join country or athletic clubs, or stay in many hotels.

I was taught that more than 5,600 years ago my people, led by Moses entered the Land of Canaan, the "Holy Land", where they lived in peace until they went on to destroy holy places of the original inhabitants. Later, the sons of Abraham split into Jew and Arab (Muslim) and resulting conflict is without end.

In WW2 six million European Jews surrendered to the Nazis and were exterminated. So this might not happen again, around the end of WW2 with major funding by the American Zionist Organization some Jews formed a militant group bent on taking Palestine away from the Palestinians by any means to form the Jewish State of Israel.

I think this group includes the father of Rahal Emanuel, the chief advisor to President Elect Obama, which makes me fearful of the influence he might have re. the Israeli Palestinian problem.

The English Empire in 1948, maybe out of guilt or negative World opinion from its refusal to save the European Jews by accepting Hitler's offer to allow Jews to emigrate to England during WW2, gave Palestine to the surviving Jews.

The rub was it was inhabited. The Jews went on to attack, displace and take Palestine from Palestinians.

Some of the Palestinians capitulated. Others with aid of neighboring Arab states fought back several times against the Zionists. Jewish money, the will of the Jewish survivors and vastly superior US arms defeated the Palestinians.

Palestinians were displaced and forced to live in refugee camps in other countries as second class citizens. The UN attempted to resolve conflict by dividing the country and gave Palestinians less than l/3d (Gaza and the West bank) and Israel the rest. Even so, hard-liners on both sides have refused compromise.

Jews have always faced discrimination in Christian countries. Many Christians, if not most, believe Jews killed their God. Likely Christian countries support Israel in part because in doing so Jews living in Israel at least don't live in their Christian countries.

Others love to see Jews and Muslims killing each other. Financially, it might be said that the continuing conflict is a God-sent to the Industrial-Military Complex. So Israeli Jews are given total carte-blanche no matter how insane their actions and any who oppose them are labeled terrorists.

Seems to me that Israel has and continues to commit acts of terrorism amounting to Crimes Against Humanity and War Crimes. I believe Gaza and the West Bank are now ghettos. There is no way an even playing field exists. The US gives more aid to Israel than any other country in the world.

It provides it with the newest, most powerful and lethal weapons it has and would come to its aid militarily if needed. Israel is highly industrialized, a major weapon producer itself and a producer of nuclear bombs. The Palestinians are extremely poor, nearly without weapons and without outside support.

Israel has dealt with neighboring countries by bombing them and UN observation posts; by killing peace keepers; humanitarian and aid workers; by dropping cluster bombs which leave behind land mine type explosives that cause injuries to and kill civilians for a long time thereafter, by treating other people inhumanely; and all the while illegally taking and settling their lands.

In the present Gaza situation it was Israel that first broke the Egyptian brokered cease fire by entering Gaza and killing Palestinians before Hammas and the Gaza victims retaliated with rockets. This occurred even after Hammas agreed to join Fah-Ta in the West Bank and other Arab countries in unconditionally

recognizing Israel's right to exist if Israel would agree to retreat to 1967 International borders and legitimately negotiate with them. Hammas prevented nearly all rocket attacks against Israel during the cease fire even though Israel continued its blockade and continued fathering misery upon Gaza civilians including withholding food, supplies, medication, water, fuel and electricity and the right to exit.

Since Israel began its current attack against the people in Gaza, although not entirely proven, it likely killed humanitarian aid workers during three hour "cease fires for humanitarian relief."

It instructed civilians including women and children to go to "a safe place" a school, then destroyed it killing some of those who fled there for safety. After lying by blaming Hammas for firing rockets from the school and presenting phony evidence, Israel in lieu of indisputable evidence to the contrary had to admit the lie.

Then Israel then said it accidentally missed its target and hit the school all the while bragging about and televising how accurate its weapons are, capable of hitting targets within feet of where aimed. It might be illegally using white phosphorous in heavily populated areas including refugee camps to bum the flesh of civilians and might be using experimental weapons that tear flesh and limbs from humans. It won't permit civilians to get out of Gaza to save their lives. If Israel was not tying and committing atrocities I think it would want independent journalists in Gaza as proof but instead it has prevented their entrance into Gaza.

I support all peoples' right to live in peace. I do not support terrorism. I don't like, but I understand the reason for the present rocket attacks against Israel Jews were victims of Hitler, but the Israelis have way over reacted and are responsible for the Palestinian's current retaliation.

I recognize that many of my people and others totally disagree with me and many blindly support Israel. It may be there are two sides, but I don't see it. I have personally experienced the plight of my people and support their need to have a Jewish homeland but I think their actions may have blown their right to this one.

Israel seems addicted to power and like an addict is completely out of control. The USA enables it. There needs to be an intervention.

If the USA doesn't intervene and force Israel to make peace, as only it can, the situation may well bring Iran and other Arab countries to the aid of the of their fellow Muslims which in turn might lead to deadly conflicts throughout the Middle-East involving the USA in still another war.

I also realize that Pakistan and Russia are friendly to Iran and along with Israel are nuclear powers with missile launching capabilities. This thing might well be Armageddon. The religious Right could have its dream fulfilled. Look out Sarah Palin, Alaska here I come.

I really enjoy watching you on your MSNBC show and I think you are exceptionally brilliant, talented and entertaining. Your show is relatively new and I write this because I fear you have inadvertently contributed to a situation dangerous to us all.

I watched with disappointment as you presented Senior NBC correspondent Richard Engel as an impartial reporter and I listened to his one sided, inaccurate, and partially untrue report on Gaza.

He blamed only Hammas, neglecting to say anything about Israel's aggression, inhumanity or overreaction. He accurately said the Hammas Charter called for extinction of Israel but left out its current change of position, all the while implying that only Hammas broke the cease fire. This kind of bull dung is all over lie TV and and a real need exists for fairness, impartiality and transparency.

You, Rachael Maddow, have quite a following and a large Main Stream audience which I believe is greater than Amy Goodman's and Juan Gonzales' Democracy Now, the War and Peace Report, the only fair and honest TV News program I know. By your full and honest reporting of all sides of the issue, informing, thus enlisting your audience's help, the word might just get out to President Elect Obama, appointed Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the rest of the proposed cabinet members and advisors, all of whom seem to blindly support Israel. Thereby, maybe an unimaginable disaster may be averted. I think you have the power if only you are willing to use it.

At this point neither you or Kieth Oberman seem to want to squariy report on the issue if at all and what is discussed are the Obama appointments and the economy. None of this will really matter much if the Earth's inhabitants are nuked or fallout destroys life on the planet- RACHAEL MADDOW, YOU COULD HELP SAVE OUR WORLD!! Help! Please! I wish you only the best.

With love in my heart, l am

Yours sincerely,

Gene Zelinger

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