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The Coons 12: Terrorism, Communist Ties

Media ignores; Candidate's allies link themselves to Hamas, Hezbollah, Marxism supporters.

By 10.5.10

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Talk about an inconvenient truth.

After all the furor over alleged racist signs or words at Tea Party rallies, the media is ignoring the shocking fact that 12 of the 25 groups endorsing Delaware Democrat Chris Coons for the United States Senate over Republican Christine O'Donnell have turned up on the quite official list of the "One Nation Working Together" rally -- as formal co-sponsors with supporters of the terrorist groups Hezbollah and Hamas. And, no kidding, the Communist Party.

Did I mention the Coons 12 are also holding hands with the International Socialist Organization? Plus the Democratic Socialists of America?

You read that right.

And Chris Coons is not the only Democrat receiving this same election support either.

Which groups is Coons accepting endorsements from, knowing full well the same groups have deliberately and quite publicly tied themselves to supporters of terrorism, Communism and socialism?

That would be these groups:

The UAW
SEIU
Communications Workers of America
AFL-CIO
Planned Parenthood
People for the American Way
International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers
Stonewall Democrats
United Food and Commercial Workers International Union
National Education Association
Human Rights Campaign
AFSCME

All to be found hidden in plain sight on both the official listing of sponsors provided by the One Nation Working Together rally organizers listed here and then over here as part of the 25 groups endorsing Chris Coons supplied by the official Coons for Senate website. Twelve of Coons endorsers -- that would be one shy of half -- signed onto the recent rally that listed the Communist Party USA as a co-sponsor. And ANSWER, the radical supporters of Hezbollah and Hamas. And the International Socialists. And the Democratic Socialists.

All of this -- and not a peep, not one peep -- from the media. CNN's Howard Kurtz still maintains that Coons' "Bearded Marxist" self-description was some sort of college prank that Sean Hannity somehow got wrong?  Hello? Earth to Howard.

Let's take a look at these groups the Coons campaign supporters have linked themselves to and which the media simply isn't reporting. Let's see what they believe and what others have said about them.

ANSWER (Act Now to Stop War and End Racism): Here's what the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) has to say about the charming folks at ANSWER who have been holding hands with The Coons 12. ANSWER  has "repeatedly expressed support for terrorist groups determined to dismantle the state of Israel, including Hamas and Hezbollah.

Got that? Hamas and Hezbollah. Groups sworn to the destruction of Israel. Terrorists responsible for who knows how many repeated and extraordinarily violent and murderous attacks killing Israeli men, women and children. 

If there's any doubt about this, perhaps the place to check is the US State Department. The official Hillary Clinton-run State Department description of these two groups is found here in the  section labeled "Background Information on Foreign Terrorist Organizations Office of the Coordinator for Counterterrorism." The State Department confirms the ADL description of both Hamas and Hezbollah as terrorist groups, saying this in the official bureaucratese of the U.S. government:

HAMAS (Islamic Resistance Movement) a.k.a. Harakat al-Muqawama al-Islamiya, Students of Ayyash, Students of the Engineer, Yahya Ayyash Units, Izz Al-Din Al-Qassim Brigades, Izz Al-Din Al-Qassim Forces, Izz Al-Din Al-Qassim Battalions, Izz al-Din Al Qassam Brigades, Izz al-Din Al Qassam Forces, Izz al-Din Al Qassam Battalions

Description: Formed in late 1987 as an outgrowth of the Palestinian branch of the Muslim Brotherhood. Various HAMAS elements have used both political and violent means, including terrorism, to pursue the goal of establishing an Islamic Palestinian state in place of Israel. Loosely structured, with some elements working clandestinely and others working openly through mosques and social service institutions to recruit members, raise money, organize activities, and distribute propaganda. HAMAS's strength is concentrated in the Gaza Strip and a few areas of the West Bank. Also has engaged in peaceful political activity, such as running candidates in West Bank Chamber of Commerce elections.

Activities: HAMAS activists, especially those in the Izz el-Din al-Qassam Brigades, have conducted many attacks--including large-scale suicide bombings--against Israeli civilian and military targets, suspected Palestinian collaborators, and Fatah rivals.

Strength: Unknown number of hardcore members; tens of thousands of supporters and sympathizers.

Location/Area of Operation: Primarily the occupied territories, Israel, and Jordan.

External Aid: Receives funding from Palestinian expatriates, Iran, and private benefactors in Saudi Arabia and other moderate Arab states. Some fundraising and propaganda activity take place in Western Europe and North America.

Having neatly described the reality of Hamas in government language, the Clinton State Department goes on to describe Hezbollah (spelled"Hizballah" below): 

Hizballah (Party of God) a.k.a. Islamic Jihad, Islamic Jihad Organization, Revolutionary Justice Organization, Organization of the Oppressed on Earth, Islamic Jihad for the Liberation of Palestine, Organization of Right Against Wrong, Ansar Allah, Followers of the Prophet Muhammed

Description: Radical Shia group formed in Lebanon; dedicated to creation of Iranian-style Islamic republic in Lebanon and removal of all non-Islamic influences from the area. Strongly anti-West and anti-Israel. Closely allied with, and often directed by, Iran but may have conducted operations that were not approved by Tehran.

Activities: Known or suspected to have been involved in numerous anti-US terrorist attacks, including the suicide truck bombing of the US Embassy and US Marine barracks in Beirut in October 1983 and the US Embassy annex in Beirut in September 1984. Elements of the group were responsible for the kidnapping and detention of US and other Western hostages in Lebanon. The group also attacked the Israeli Embassy in Argentina in 1992.

Strength: Several thousand.

Location/Area of Operation: Operates in the Bekaa Valley, the southern suburbs of Beirut, and southern Lebanon. Has established cells in Europe, Africa, South America, North America, and elsewhere.

External Aid: Receives substantial amounts of financial, training, weapons, explosives, political, diplomatic, and organizational aid from Iran and Syria.

Charming, no? Those supporting groups that are officially listed by the U.S. State Department as the killers of U.S. Marines and kidnappers of American citizens are just the kind of folks you want to be arm-in-arm with in sponsoring a rally on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. Which is exactly what the Coons 12 was doing this past Saturday.

But hey, no problem here for the Coons 12. And tellingly, no apparent problem for candidate Coons himself. Not a whiff of concern has been expressed. None. Zero.

And by the way, did you catch this State Department bureaucratese? In light of the determination to build the controversial Ground Zero Mosque by a group whose funding is under the veil, read this State Department sentence describing Hamas again. I have highlighted one word: "Loosely structured, with some elements working clandestinely and others working openly through mosques and social service institutions to recruit members, raise money, organize activities, and distribute propaganda."  And who is it that can't bring himself to condemn Hamas? That's right: Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, the man behind the Ground Zero Mosque. But I digress.

There's more. The Coons 12  have also spent their last Saturday palling around the Mall and its monuments to Lincoln, Washington and World War II veterans with another fellow co-sponsor of this just-us-folks rally.  That would be:

THE COMMUNIST PARTY USA: You read that right. The Coons 12 quite happily signed on to join up at a rally co-sponsored by the Communist Party. Say that again, the Communist Party. Communists -- the charming folks whose equally charming beliefs led to a reign of "crimes, terror and repression" resulting in some 100 million deaths between the Russian revolution in 1917 and the Soviet withdrawal from Afghanistan in 1989. This according to The Black Book of Communism, the international bestseller from a few years back whose authors spent considerable time digging into the bowels of recently opened Soviet archives. The archives revealed crimes committed by Communist regimes that included -- but were hardly limited -- to the following:

- "The execution of tens of thousands of hostages and prisoners without trial, and the murder of hundreds of thousands of rebellious workers and (Russian) peasants from 1918-1922."

- "The (deliberately organized Russian) famine of 1922, which caused the deaths of 5 million people."

- "The murder of tens of thousands in (Russian) concentration camps from 1918 to 1930."

- "The liquidation of almost 690,000 people in the (Russian) Great Purge of 1937-38."

- "The deportation and extermination of the urban population in Cambodia from 1975 to 1978."

The book also says that: "No list of the crimes committed in the names of Leninism and Stalinism would be complete without mentioning the virtually identical crimes committed by the regimes of Mao Zedong (in China) Kim Il Sung (in North Korea) and Pol Pot (Cambodia.)" According to the New York Times, after "exterminating hundreds of thousands" of landlords Mao's regime mass murdered -- just between 1959 and 1961 -- some 16 to 30 million Chinese peasants.

But over at the Communist Party USA website you won't find this kind of information discussed by the quite public ally of the Coons 12.  No. What you will find are discussions with titles like "The importance of electing pro-Marxists" in which the Young Communist study guide says: "we need people who are in government that are going to represent our demands."  Then there's the talk about "Marxist Strategy and Tactics: Moving the Struggle Forward" and "When Will America Be Ripe for Socialism?"  This question is answered here and ends with this warning to capitalism: "Repent, for the end is near." Did I forget the laudatory hymns to Castro, Hugo Chavez and Che Guevara?

Then there's this interesting group that signed up as an ally with Chris Coons' friends:

INTERNATIONAL SOCIALIST ORGANIZATION: These folks? Ah, the Coons 12 has linked itself up in this case with revolutionaries who believe in replacing capitalism with socialism. A trip to their website and you may behold the spirit of the clenched Red fist enthusing about Marx, Lenin, and the need to rid the world of capitalism.

DEMOCRATIC SOCIALISTS OF AMERICA: These people believe that the best means to their socialist ends is, and this is a direct quote here, "…in Democratic Party primaries in support of candidates who represent a broad progressive coalition. In such instances, democratic socialists will support coalitional campaigns based on labor, women, people of color and other potentially anti-corporate elements... Electoral tactics are only a means for democratic socialists; the building of a powerful anti-corporate coalition is the end."  But of course. Getting rid of capitalism. Just the agenda for supporters of the self-described "Bearded Marxist."

• COLOR OF CHANGE.ORG:  This ring a bell? Yes indeed, this is the self-same group co-founded by now ex-Obama White House "Green Jobs Czar" Van Jones -- the self-described Communist and Truther.  Enough said.

So what do we have here?

First, does anyone still believe the Coons 12 are supporting Chris Coons because they think the candidate famously self-described as the "Bearded Marxist" was really joking about his views?

What we have here is a big, collective media yawn at the notion there's anything wrong with support for terrorist groups, Hamas and Hezbollah in particular. This translates into support for issues like building the Ground Zero Mosque -- supporters oblivious to any potential problem in dealing with an Imam who can't bring himself to condemn Hamas even when our own State Department is describing the group as a terrorist organization..

What we also have here is another big, collective media yawn at giving Communists, socialists, and Marxists a pass. Sure, sure, sure. There's that mass murder and totalitarian thing that goes on with these people, the devotion to a philosophy that relentlessly impoverishes entire populations when it isn't busy murdering them. But hey. Christine O'Donnell is out of the mainstream, don't you know?

The real and troubling meaning behind the Coons 12 and their ties with these seriously extremist groups is that the Obama-era has made these beliefs somehow "respectable" -- mainstream. Just no big deal.  

But if some nut waves a racist sign at a Tea Party event somewhere in America -- even though the Tea Party flat-out rejects any connection to these people (assuming these signs have ever been a reality in the first place) -- then all hell breaks loose. An entire movement is condemned.

Yet if you accept support from one group after another quite deliberately and publicly allied on the record with supporters of terrorists, Communists, and socialists -- oh well, no big deal.

Who else out there in the world of Democrats running for office has accepted support from the groups composing the Coons 12? A partial list of candidates  -- say again, a partial list -- would include:

• Harry Reid in Nevada
• Joe Sestak in Pennsylvania
• Barbara Boxer in California
• Patty Murray in Washington
• Richard Blumenthal in Connecticut
• Michael Bennet in Colorado
• Alexi Giannoulias in Illinois
• Kendrick Meek in Florida
• Jack Conway in Kentucky
• Russ Feingold in Wisconsin
• Kirsten Gillibrand in New York

This doesn't even touch House races and governor contests from one end of the country to the other.

Imagine this.

The mainstream media finds out that the Tea Party has allied itself with the American Nazi Party. Or they find out that Sean Hannity's Freedom Concerts are tied in with the Ku Klux Klan.  Can you imagine what would have been said if the Glenn Beck 8/28 rally was found to have been co-sponsored by either Nazis or the Klan? Much less both?

Then imagine the media turns another rock over and finds that the same Tea Party that has voluntarily linked itself to the Nazis and the Klan has endorsed candidates like Christine O'Donnell for the U.S. Senate in Delaware along with Sharron Angle in Nevada, Marco Rubio in Florida, Joe Miller in Alaska and Mike Lee in Utah -- not to mention a long list of other GOP candidates. Next they find out there's a big rally to be held and the Tea Party, the Nazis, and the Ku Klux Klan are listed as co-sponsors. 

What, exactly do you think the reaction would be from the media? Silence? A shrug?

Are you kidding?

The uproar would be deafening. Hannity and Beck would be off the radio and television airwaves before you could say Walter Cronkite. The Tea Party would instantly become the Toast Party -- burned to a crisp politically, never to recover. And every single candidate out there who had gone out of their way to identify with the Tea Party -- much less accepted an endorsement or money from Sean Hannity or a favorable word from Beck or Rush or Mark Levin -- would be sidling away red-faced to presumed defeat, swamped in calls to disown the endorsement and give the money back.

Then again, if one plays the game by the liberal media double-standard, well, things, you see, are a done a tad differently.

Are Democrats endorsed by groups openly rallying with supporters of Hamas? Hezbollah? Communists? Socialists? Marxists?

Yawn. No problem.

None. And that is a problem. A big one.

You might even call the Coons 12 and the other candidates they support by a different name altogether:

The real Obama Legacy.

Scary, isn't it? 

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Jeffrey Lord is a former Reagan White House political director and author. He writes from Pennsylvania at jlpa1@aol.com.