2008-12-26 / Letters

Who's The Bigot?

Dear Editor,

Who's the bigot? I will never back down from my desire to safeguard our country or in challenging the motives of any special interest group or politician. My response to Michael Schwartzman is very simple, to wit: don't let your evident bias and prejudices detract from speaking the truth. Jonathan Pollard did give massive volumes of classified intelligence documents to Israeli spies. Sorry, Michael, there were no "supposedly stolen" secrets as you equivocated in your knee-jerk reaction letter. Pollard's actions are a matter of public record, and I suggest you become better informed before lowering yourself to unfounded name-calling to mask or lessen this treachery. In doing so, you diminish yourself and impress as being an ignorant fool.

The named politicians - Schumer, Weiner and Ackerman - are, to my understanding, the only locally elected federal officials to call for the release of this traitor. They have sent letters to every President, starting with William J. Clinton, in unsuccessful attempts to influence his release. They have not sent a letter to any elected Israeli official to have the secrets returned. I ask why and demand that they explain their positions publicly. I don't think that's unreasonable.

I oppose Pollard's release because of the extensive scope of his treachery against our country. There is no "upside" in releasing him for us. Neither the religious background of this traitor, nor the country involved, matters to me. However, I am saddened that the country was our ally, Israel, funding this espionage operation for 18 months. I am angry that these local officials have been interested in his release, seemingly only because he is Jewish and the country was Israel. Sorry, Michael, in my thinking this in and of itself doesn't entitle Pollard to a "get-out-of-jail-free card." For you, Michael, and those of you that think it does, I ask, "Who's the bigot?" You can be pro-Israel without being anti-American. Are you with the United States or against it? In my informed opinion, supporting Pollard's release is anti-American. Where are your loyalties? Look at and be honest with yourself, Michael, as you reflect upon the aforementioned points. All things being equal, if this traitor was a Muslim and the country was Syria, you would probably be praising my position.

MICHAEL P. HONAN

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