Wiesel’s War Coming to Kent State

Published: 2013-05-26
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When national guardsmen came to the Kent State campus that terrible day in May 1970, you didn’t have to pay to get to see them. In fact, Sandra Scheuer and William Schroeder may never have seen them at all as they walked between classes, until the guardsmen’s bullets came from nowhere and snuffed out their lives. The guardsmen themselves were paid the measly pittances allotted in the age of conscription to enlisted men.

Today, it is very different at Kent State, as elsewhere. Today, amid great ballyhoo, Elie Wiesel, poster boy of the “Never Again” school of Holocaust tub-thumping, is paid a reputed $25,000 to promote war in the Middle East to credulous Americans at Kent State University, most of whom will have paid for the privilege of attending this now-sold-out event. Make no mistake: the bullets in Wiesel’s arsenal are real, they’re deadly, and Americans, just as in the day of Nixon’s war in Vietnam, are central to the aim of Wiesel’s barrage.

He’s selling outrage, of course, and courting sympathy, for events that happened long ago—longer ago by far than even the killing of Kent State students protesting the 1970 American attack on Cambodia in support of the murderous Vietnam adventure. But the war he’s promoting today with his outrage and sympathy-pleading devices—lately against Iran, and forever against dispossessed Palestinians—is in the immediate future, and its demands for manpower, and womanpower, are aimed squarely at today’s student generation at Kent State as elsewhere. He dishonors the (Jewish and non-Jewish) dead of the Holocaust as scurrilously as it is possible to imagine its being done: by advocating still more death and destruction, not only of Arabs, Iranians, and the occasional Israeli, but of the vast and trusting “resource” of American youth.

He and his mighty lobby, of course, advance this unholy agenda under the disarming rubric of “Never Again” another Holocaust, of the sort whose history has brought Wiesel a Nobel Peace Prize and the apartheid state of Israel a lever on the consciences and carefully crafted sensibilities of everyday Americans that threatens to catapult America once again into the very same pit in which the four Kent Staters died on campus in 1970, plus dozens more who died while or after serving in Southeast Asia.

Just as in 1970, this grim reaper comes to campus (on April 11, at the MAC Center) at the invitation of the university’s president, but this time with ample warning of a partial nature. What is omitted from the warnings concerning the “Evening with Elie Wiesel” is the insidious, horrific incitement to war that his program is crafted to support, even if explicit mention of it is discreetly avoided.

The armed guards that are provided to protect such presenters from people who realize just what is being advanced in events like this will not, as they were in 1970, all be wearing uniforms. But their guns are nonetheless trained directly on the students of today, all over America. And left to run unchecked, they will kill you and impoverish your family as surely as did the guns of ’70.

Just as then, if you protest, you might die, as protesters Jeffrey Miller and Allison Krause did. If you don’t, you still might die—just a little later, and much farther from home.


At this point in the festivities Smith succumbed to some kind of sick spell that has not been diagnosed and there was a break in the work. A couple weeks passed, Jett and I talked it over, it may have been his idea, and we decided to let Kent State go and turn to Boston University where Elie Wiesel has his home base. For me, the idea is not to destroy Elie Wiesel or his reputation (at this time in our history that is impossible in any event) but to wake up students to the failings of their professors to address Wiesel, his anti-Muslim politics and his just plain craziness. Following is Jett’s first open letter on the matter.

Emily Overholt, Editor-in-Chief

The Daily Free Press
Boston University
[email protected]

30 April 2013

For Publication

Armageddon and the Money Magnet

by Jett Rucker

Boston University scored a fund-raising coup when, in 1976, it hired the “face” of the Holocaust, Elie Wiesel. Ten years later, Wiesel received the Nobel Peace Prize, magnifying his value to BU's “development” function, as it's known in the nonprofit world, by an order of magnitude. Since then, as secular American Jews have drifted away from the theology of their hereditary religion, Wiesel's stock-in-trade has supplanted Judaism itself as the conduit by which virtuous Jews demonstrate devotion to the surrogate religion of the suffering of European Jews at the hands of Germany's National Socialist regime of 1933–1945.

 As hoped, this development, reinforced by Israel's own ever-mounting exploitation of the Holocaust narrative, has diverted to Boston University many a million that might have gone to a synagogue or a community center in an earlier day. The synagogue isn't going to get your kids admitted to a Good School anyway, and BU's student body today includes a higher percentage of Jews than any other university in America besides rabbinical colleges. Other institutions by the dozen, private colleges and state schools alike, trail eagerly behind BU in mimicking its vaunted Elie Wiesel Center for Judaic Studies, hiring eminent faculty such as Deborah Lipstadt (at Emory) and recruiting Jewish students, who statistically are far more likely to become generous alumni than graduates from any other group of comparable size. But no one else has Elie Wiesel, or anyone ultimately quite in his league as a living symbol of the age when the world's Jews tragically eclipsed all other groups victimized by racism in all history.

But increasingly, this whole business is taking on a very foul odor. And that odor is the mordant stench of blood. Blood, you say? How could the Nobel Peace laureate, a man evermore displaying the most-peaceful mien after having survived the infamous "death camps" of Nazi Germany?

The way he does this, by twists of fate straight out of Orwell's 1984, is by promoting and perpetuating that bedrock of Israel's eternal claim to righteousness, that very Holocaust he has made such a career out of having experienced—a martyr who nonetheless walks among us today. Supporting Israel has been his true métier since before he first published La Nuit in France in 1958, and he and others have done so so thoroughly that Israel today bestrides the Middle East from the Mediterranean to the Jordan River, precisely the way its apologists claim God gave it the right to. It does this today the way it did in Biblical times: by the sword, shedding blood in volumes that would seem by now enough to fill the well-named Dead Sea.

Despite the fact that many right-thinking Jews in America and Israel decry this, well-meaning donors overlook the cunningly disguised role of Wiesel's Holocaust promotion in funding the mightiest war machine that ever shook the earth of Palestine—with money extracted from American taxpayers, Jewish and not.

Donating dollars to Boston University—in particular, of course, to the Elie Wiesel Center—just adds mass to this fearsome avalanche that threatens again today to draw America's armed forces into yet another devastating, dehumanizing war. Sending tuition dollars to Boston University has a similar effect.

While no other institution of higher learning has Elie Wiesel, most of them heedlessly advance his pernicious agenda to some extent. Nevertheless, supporting any of those, rather than Boston University, might diminish, by however little, the power of the bulldozer pushing America into war.

Jett Rucker
Committee for Open Debate on the Holocaust
PO Box 439016
San Ysidro, California 92143

The above article was not published, but was copied to Boston U Students, Academics and the Administration. Nineteen percent of those who received the message asked to be removed from our mailing list. It was the largest rejection of an email send that I’d ever gotten. The service we used to do the send blocked us from using it again. Meanwhile, I was still off my feed, as my Texas friends used to have it the 1940s when one of their horses got sick.>

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Author(s) Jett Rucker
Title Wiesel’s War Coming to Kent State
Sources Smith's Report, No. 196, June 2013, pp. 6-8
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