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Page 4. HERITAGE, Florida Jewish News. May 16. 1980 Editor's Desk 3y Oene Starn.iBditor & ]hsblisher Iran Rescue Attempt Proves It's lime to Wake Up/ If you have any feelings as an American, if you have any love for our country, the time has come to wake up to the fact that we ourselves must do something to change the course our nation is heading. It is a sad commentary when we must console ourselves with a pat on the back for trying hard, although we have failed. Who are we kidding? The hostage rescue mission was just another of the many, many mistakes the present administration has made in the past 3V2-years. It should have been tried last November. And it should have been planned so it would work. But let's give the President and the Pentagon the benefit of having tried six months of passive negotiations in the slim hope that our people could have been brought back without force. Maybe they did know more about the situation that was developing at the time. But once the decision was made to attempt the rescue, why, why, why didn't they at least consult with the people who know most about such matters? Why didn't they at least talk to the israelis? All European countries have hired Israeli anti-terrorist specialists. Israel is the only country in the world with a passable anti-terrorist track record. But no. The U.S. is different. President Carter went ahead and consulted Egypt, used Egyptian air bases and military facilities. The President didn't want to alienate the Arab world. A small item in the New York Times tells how the Pentagon was immensely satisfied at the communications expertise on the failed rescue mission. Iran never knew what was going on, neither did anyone else. It all worked beautifully, says the Pentagon. But in Israel an independent radio operator followed the entire operation from beginning to end. He knew everything. He knew the points of. departure, Egypt's role, the kinds of planes involved, who crashed when, where. Everything! He withheld the information so as not to endanger the operation. And there is our Mend, Saudi Arabia, whom we sell our fastest, our most sophisticated, our very best jet planes. The Pentagon was very careful to point out that on the aborted rescue mission, the U.S. did not violate Saudi air space. Who the hell cares if they did if it would have helped the mission succeed? The Monday morning quarterback has excellent 20/20 hindsight -- we don't profess to be any different -- but the greatest error in the rescue attempt was the cow-towing to Arab interests by refusing to seek advice from Israel who had the expertise to pull off the rescue. After all, they made that long-distance Entebbe rescue on just one week's notice, not six months. Did they worry about violating the air space of their allies? Our President seems to have a propensity for making the wrong decisions with the wrong people at the wrong time. Whether he is reelected This Election Year Seems Quiet by David Schwartz organization doesn't seem (Copght 1980, JTA, Inc.) able to do anything about (Editor's note: This is the last getting the American column David Schwartz wrote hostages in Iran released, but its action about Israel may for the Jewish Telegraphic affect possibly the American Agency before he died on Presidential elections. April 29 at the age of 84.) I recall a similar incident Despite the number of some years back. It was in the people willing to be President, northwest. I asked an old timer the race for the office seems to about the prospects of a us a bit more quiet than usual, certain canidate for office. Inthepast, election years have Well, he replied, he has a been more exciting, chance now that one of the The present election year newspapers noted for its can't compare at all with say reactionary politics had come the race that took place when out against him. A lot of Bryan ran against McKinley. people would vote for him The eloquence of Bryan because that paper was enthralled the nation. It was against him. like a great show. Bryan was the democraJc star. The With time, things clear up. Republicans had the money The Ayatollah Khomeini, in his but no orator to compare with address on the Moslem New him and were forced to hire Year, explained his philo- hundreds of minor orators to sophy. He is against all offset the oratory of this one intellectuals and dissenters, man. He called in his speech for a And Franklin Delano "revolution in the universities" Roosevelt was no piker either, to purge it of all professors In his campaign, even the who have connections with popular song writers got busy. the West or the East. He "Happy Days are Here Again," doesn't like them any more sang the [='.DR. fans. than he likes the Shah. After Roosevelt, "Give 'em Recently, Bantam Books hell, Harry" Truman stirred the got out a paper back, "Sayings country. The current crop of of the Ayatollah." Islamic canidates do not seem able to justice is simple, he points out. stir up the people as much. A thief should have his hand Robert Strauss, managing chopped off, a murderer the Carter campaign did inject killed, an adulterous person a bit of heat in his speech flogged. Recently in Pakistan, recently. He was addressing a 26 people convicted of Jewish group and trying to prostitution were forced to explain the Carter policy remove their pants and were toward Israel and referring flogged standing in their more specifically to the State underwear, as 10,000 people Department attitude, said, watched. "There are pro-Israel people in A Moslem judge, says the the State Department" but Ayatollah, can dispose of 20 also he added "'some God- cases in the time a Western damn Arabists." So finally we judge decides one. did get a little heal It was the *** kind of expression Harry The Chicago Tribue the Truman would like. other day quoted Gen. Dan This is the first one in which Shomron who commanded there has been talk of a the Israeli hostage rescue specific Jewish vote. This is team in Entebbe as sav;n=l on due, of course, to the Middle the Israeli radio hat the East issue and the United Amedcan hostages in Iran political considerations have prevented it. There is virtually no hostage situation, says the Israeli general, for which a solution cannot be found. Good news from Israel, You can get Kentucky Fried Chicken in Israel now. Well -- its equivalent -- Israel fried chicken. It is being exported successfully to Europe, but there will be no effort to sell it in America as chicken is cheaper here, but it has one advantage over the American article, It is free of chemical additives. The Israeli scientists found a way of steaming it so as to make chemicals unnecessary, JTA Columnist Dies In New York at 84 DAVID SCHWARTZ 1896-1980 NEW YORK -- David Schwartz, roving newspaper reporter, Jewish Telegraphic Agency columnist and special editorial writer for the national Israel Bonds Organization, died Apdl 29 from heart failure in Beth Israel Hospital here at the age of 84. Born in Brunswick, Ga., his father fled with his family from Brunswick to escape an influenza epidemic and the family settled in Atlanta, a residence of nearly two decades before moving again to St. Paul,/nn. The future columnist enrolled at the University of Minnesota but dropped out after a year to seek a reporter's job. Over the years he worked on newspapers in Minneapolis, West Virginia, Ohio, North Dakota and Texas. He eventually wound up in New York, joining the staff of the Israel Bonds organization and its inception in December, ] 95 !. There he wrote articles on Israel and performed - other editorial tasks until his retirement in March, 197 I. Schwartz began his Nations. The Unid"hti6f'"'ttcl '='t[/'be"re$eU;d/bh "" a'seC1ib wit#th'e JTA in the early 1930s as a staff member of the Daily News Bulletin. He initiated his JTA column, "Panorama," in the mid-1930s. The column was widely used by publications in this country and abroad. During his years at the JTA he published several books based on his columns. Schwartz's columns focussed on the quirks and ironies of history as they affected Amedcan Jews, the Jewish yishuv in Palestine and, later. Israel. He was famous for his applications of Amedcan hlstory and the history of the Jewish people, particularly Zionist history, to current events affecting American ,Jewry and Israel. Schwartz had a rich background in American and Jewish history and could refer with ease to statements and- events invoMng the famous as well as obscure Amedcan and Jewish personalities. Each column sought to draw links from the past to current events, in a witty and urbane style. Occasionally he was not above coining an outrageous 71.tn." ........... - " .... D00lr Bone= or not, whether his successor can do anyl at the job of directing this great country we need a strong revival in the personal making our individual voices heard clearly. The time has passed when we back and depend on the wisdom of our With a national election fast apl time to get off our haunches, to look the list of canidates seeking our national and give aid and support to those who display our own ideals of what America to regain its unchallenged positions as of a free world. HERITAGE welcomes and encourages letters to the editor, but they must be withhold your name i you .so request. 'Please limit eiters to 250 limitations, we reserve the riqht to edit letters if necessary. Send letters to P.O. Box 742. Fern Park. FL 32730 United Revisionists Film Highlight of 'Expo' Dear Editor: we could have an but particularly Your editorial on Israel ists for obtaininc Expo, I could not agree with film so that three you more. However, anyone who took the time to view the of my family film shown by the Orlando moving the more chapter of the United Revisionists, "From Exodus to father, Independence," found a visiting here declared it to be tle message and an inspiring experience, of his trip. I would like to thank everyone who participated so Pitseleh The up.swint in the formation of hi.toHcal .societic was .strilingly Antonio. Tcx.. where I/5t)erson.from 15 Texart  ties tllrnod up to create the Texa.s Jewish His Two years ago. Rabbi James Ke.ssler of Templc Gahte.ston. who wa.s elected prc,sidcnt, was ahead of hi. lime. Tho.se that .showed up hi.storians, lawyers, libtafian.s, archivi.t,s, biologist, rabbis and the owner of a picture Influencing 21,000 Jewish readers each week Orlando, Daytona Beach and Space Coast cities c Florida. Published by Heritage Central Inc., 2070'Brien Rd., Fern Park, Fla. 2nd class at Fern Park and other mailing offices. 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