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April 14, 2014

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Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

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Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

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April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

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April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

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April 8, 2014

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April 2, 2014

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Jewish World Review July 14, 2003 / 14 Tamuz, 5763

What Einstein taught Bush

By Jonathan Gurwitz

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Genius or not, the president certainly mastered a very important history lesson that many of his critics either never did or are conveniently choosing to forget | On Aug. 2, 1939, a Jewish scientist wrote a letter to the president of the United States, warning him that a fascist dictator was working on a project to produce a new type of weapon that "if carried by a boat and exploded in a port might very well destroy the whole port together with some of the surrounding territory."

The scientist was Albert Einstein. The letter itself was the product of conversations Einstein held with Edward Teller and Leo Szilard, also Jewish scientists.

They met with presidential adviser Alexander Sachs, himself Jewish, who agreed to deliver the letter to the president, Franklin Roosevelt, personally.

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The dictator was Adolph Hitler, and the weapon they believed posed a threat to American and international security was the atomic bomb.

Shortly thereafter, with the outbreak of World War II in Europe, the American administration — against popular sentiment — began supporting a small nation under siege and its boisterous wartime leader with large amounts of military and economic assistance.

Opponents charged that this lack of balance in U.S. policy would drag the country into a war in which it had no truck.

Opposition rallies took place across the United States under the banner "America First," led by popular figures such as national hero Charles Lindbergh. Both on the left and the right, Americans demanded that the administration focus on the homefront and economic problems rather than pursuing a foreign agenda.

More extreme opponents claimed that American policy was being unduly influenced by "international Jewry."

On December 11, 1941, four days after being attacked by Imperial Japan, and after Germany had declared war on the United States in fulfillment of the Tripartite Pact, the United States declared war on Nazi Germany, though Germany had not attacked it, nor did Germany pose any immediate threat to the continental United States. The result of this decision was that American troops were sent to Africa, Italy and the shores of France, siphoning off critical manpower and materiel from the war against Japan.

The result of this decision was that American troops were sent to Africa, Italy and the shores of France, siphoning off critical manpower and materiel from the war against Japan.

Hundreds of thousands of Americans lost their lives in the war in Europe, millions more European civilians were killed. Cultural monuments were destroyed and cities laid waste, including the baroque treasure of Dresden, and priceless works of art disappeared or were destroyed as Allied forces advanced on Berlin.

As the war drew to a close, Allied troops discovered camps where the Nazis killed political opponents, artists, intellectuals and one religious minority in particular by the millions.

But in the end, nearly six years after Einstein had warned Roosevelt about the threat of the first weapon of mass destruction, Hitler had no atomic bomb.

There remains today a lunatic fringe of revisionist historians who believe that the war in Europe was contrived by Jews, that the Holocaust is a hoax whose primary function is to extort money from innocent Europeans and land from innocent Palestinians, and that the true criminals of World War II were Churchill, Roosevelt, Eisenhower and Truman, not Hitler, Tojo, Goebbels and Goering.

The advocates of such theories are normally recognized for the frothing maniacs that they are.

But transfer such theories to the debate about the war in Iraq, and you'll find them not only on the extreme fringe of left- and right-wing politics, but front and center, in major newspapers and periodicals, espoused by columnists, politicians and professors without any regard for context or the ironies of history, let alone facts.

To read the fallacious charges today about the war in Iraq is to re-read that history: that the war was foisted on the United States by a neo-conservative Jewish cabal; that President Bush is a puppet of the war Cabinet of Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon; that the war was a diversion from the real threat posed by al-Qaida and from more pressing economic needs at home; that the destruction of buildings and artifacts has greater moral bearing than the slaughter of hundreds of thousands of innocent people; and that the failure to find Saddam's weapons of mass destruction renders his removal from power immoral.

Einstein, Teller and Szilard — three of the greatest scientific minds of all history — were wrong about Hitler's possession of atomic weapons, but not about his drive to acquire them.

Given enough time, or unimpeded by Allied and Norwegian commando attacks on the Nazi heavy water plant at Vemork, Norway, Hitler might well have developed the first useable atomic weapons. And the world we live in would be a much different place.

Whether Saddam Husseinís regime possessed useable weapons of mass destruction at the beginning of 2003 and whether groups like al Qaeda and Islamic Jihad have them today is less significant than their well-established drive to acquire such weapons. And terrorist groups like al Qaeda posed a threat to the vital interests of the United States long before September 11th, and Osama bin Laden had issued his "fatwah" against the United States years before President Bush declared war on terrorism. Likewise the threat posed by weapons of mass destruction is there today, even if few people take it seriously. Will it require a December 7th or September 11th-type shock by weapons of mass destruction before this threat is fully recognized?

The day that useable nuclear, chemical or biological weapons are wedded to the extremist, apocalyptic ideologies of Islamo-fascism is the day our world changes, and the day that Einstein's warning to Roosevelt becomes a prophecy.

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JWR contributor Jonathan Gurwitz, a columnist for the San Antonio Express-News, is a co-founder and twice served as Director General of the Future Leaders of the Alliance program at NATO Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium. In 1986 he was placed on the Foreign Service Register of the U.S. State Department. Comment by clicking here.

© 2003, Jonathan Gurwitz