A favorite fiction of both the Liberal – Progressive – Left and the Far Right is that the US is in the pocket of an all powerful, sinister Zionist – Jewish lobby. This highly effective anti-Semitic narrative is now pervasive, especially on university campuses. It has become a especially powerful means of cripplingly the intellectual faculties of Liberal and Progressive Jews, even in Israel.
Occasionally the truth emerges that exposes the fallacy of this narrative that grips so much of the activist community in the West, such as in the following article.
In the aftermath of the Munich Massacre and the murder of American diplomats by ‘Palestinian’ terrorists, the CIA was tasked to cultivate friendly relations with these Arab terrorists, ostensibly for security purposes, particularly with the mastermind of grisly massacre of Israeli athletes at the 1972 Munich Olympics: Ali Hassan Salameh.
The author Annie Jacobson found that,
“Despite having sent a team to slaughter 11 Israelis at the Munich Olympics in 1972 in an audacious and sadistic attack — his henchmen castrated one athlete in front of his teammates before killing him — Salameh would soon become an American informant.”
Jacobson found that Ali Hassan Salameh had become much more than “informant.” He became a beloved CIA ‘asset’ who was eventually treated to a remarkable tour of CIA offices across the United States and visit to Disney Land.
It would be easy to regard this as anomalous event; the result of lone intelligence officer who had “lost his way.” The evidence, however, shows otherwise. According to Professor Francisco Gil-White of the Instituto Tecnologico Autonomo de Mexico the supposed enthusiastic support the U.S. has given to Israel and the Jewish people has not held up to close scrutiny. US pronouncements, are belied by a stunning, disturbing history of profound antagonism towards Israel. The ‘special’ treatment received by the ‘Palestinian’ terrorist leader Ali Hassan Salameh, is but one example:
“Salameh roamed around Beirut in open shirts with chest hair spilling out, his playboy reputation preceding him,” according to the new book “Surprise, Kill, Vanish” (Little, Brown) by Annie Jacobsen, which chronicles his exploits.
“A fourth-degree black belt, the Red Prince chain-smoked, drank expensive Scotch, listened to Elvis Presley and worked out regularly in the Continental Hotel gym.”
He was also a double agent.
Despite having sent a team to slaughter 11 Israelis at the Munich Olympics in 1972 in an audacious and sadistic attack — his henchmen castrated one athlete in front of his teammates before killing him — Salameh would soon become an American informant.
The secretary of state, Henry Kissinger, shrugged off Munich as well as Salameh having killed a US ambassador and two others in Khartoum, Sudan. He wanted the Red Prince’s help.
“Instead of bringing the killers to justice, the better play, Kissinger decided, was to make a deal with Yasser Arafat to use the Red Prince . . . as a clandestine asset,” Jacobsen writes.
The CIA handler tapped to turn him took a liking to his new charge.
Robert Ames, a straight-laced, frugal family man who rarely drank and had a pot belly, was the agency’s top spy in the Middle East.
His job was to get close to Salameh and ensure compliance with the terms of their deal: The US would lay off the Red Prince, who in exchange would take the bull’s-eye off CIA agents and US embassy staff.
It all worked out. Salameh “wrote and signed a ‘non-assassination guarantee’ for all US diplomats in Lebanon,” writes Jacobsen.
“In Beirut’s intelligence circles, the joke was, ‘It pays to live in the same building as American diplomats because the PLO security is so good.’ ”
The two then palled around Beirut like frat brothers. In a letter to his wife, Ames called the Red Prince his “important friend.”
Ames even arranged for Salameh and Rizk, whom the terror chief had married, to tour the US, with stops at CIA offices in Virginia, Hawaii, New Orleans and California and a trip to Disneyland included. It was a small world, after all.
“The Agency handler, code-named Charles Waverly, went out of his way to make Salameh comfortable, going so far as to teach the Red Prince how to eat oysters and scuba dive.”
But the question was: Had Ames grown too close to his mole?
“Perhaps it is impossible to understand how and why Bob Ames chose to trust a man who’d orchestrated the murder of Israeli athletes and coaches in Munich, plus two US diplomats and a Belgian in Sudan, and scores of others, but what is clear is that by 1974, Bob Ames’ relationship with Salameh had warped,” according to the book, out now.
“After Salameh gave Ames a set of golden prayer beads, Ames wanted to give his friend a gift of equal significance . . . and Ames thought it would be a great idea to give Salameh a gun as a gift. Before he did, he sought approval from CIA headquarters. His superior, CIA Director Richard Helms, expressed outrage.”
But Ames wouldn’t back down, so HQ suggested a compromise — a replica of a gun.
“Ames, insulted, rejected the idea,” prompting speculation that the agent had lost his way.
In any case, things didn’t end well for either man. It took them six years, but Mossad agents systematically tracked down and killed the Black September gunmen who’d butchered their country’s athletes.
Then — after killing an innocent Moroccan waiter they mistook for Salameh — the Israelis blew up the Red Prince with a car bomb on the street in Beirut in 1979.
“Four of his bodyguards and three innocent passersby were also killed,” says the book.
Salameh’s death marked “a turning point in the Middle East for the CIA and would impact national security for decades to come,” it says. “Twenty thousand people, including Yasser Arafat, attended Salameh’s funeral.”
Ames would live only four more years. In 1983, he was killed in the suicide bombing of the US embassy in Beirut, along with 62 other innocent people, including several CIA agents. A pro-Iranian group of Islamic jihadists claimed responsibility.