Friday, August 31, 2007
Olmert's Crew Seeks to Suppress Last Vestiges of Honesty in Civil Service
few truly capable men of integrity in government service. He is smart,
skilled, well trained, and . so unusual in Israeli upper echelons of power
. he is honest. Take a look at this:
He is not a
rightwinger, he is just a decent honest man.
So naturally one of the first orders of business of the new Minister of
Finance, a handpicked mediocre Olmert crony (Roni Bar-On) is to fire
The State Comptroller is trying to block the arbitrary firing. Bar-On
does not want Zelicha looking over his shoulder when he starts engaging in
dubious dealing and remember that Bar-On now controls the national purse
strings as Olmert's handmaiden.
Now here's a thought. You think the firing might have anything to do with
Zelich was already getting death threats:
An excellent piece in Hebrew on Zelicha is here
Will Olmert's junta succeed in firing him? Stay tuned.
2. Apply the Rabin Law to the killers of Dani Katz:
3. Photo of Gila Svirsky, head of the "Women" in Black, without her
4. Please ask the Chicago Public Library not to allow Neo-Nazi Norman
Finkelstein to "hold his classes" in its building. See the story about
this at http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,295230,00.html
Here is the list of the library's directors:
Also the Chicago Public Library Foundation should get outraged protests:
20 North Michigan Avenue, Suite 204 Chicago, Illinois 60602 312.201.9830
5. CRISIS IN THE CHAMISHITE LAROUCHE CULT:
Many members are close to rebellion after their leader drove a loyal
follower to suicide--and then blamed the widow.
(A Special Report from dennisking.org)
AUGUST 30, 2007--Anger in and around Lyndon LaRouche's National Caucus of
Labor Committees (NCLC)--a formerly wealthy political cult based in
Leesburg, Va.--is approaching the boiling point since LaRouche and top
aides released two memos in mid-August blaming the widow of a long-time
NCLC member for her husband's suicide last spring. (LaRouche, 84, is a
convicted felon and perennial Presidential candidate best known for his
claim that the Queen of England pushes drugs.)
The suicide was 58-year-old Kenneth Kronberg, a follower of LaRouche for
most of his adult life, who jumped from a highway overpass in Sterling,
Va. last April 11--only hours after LaRouche had issued a briefing to his
followers that singled out the printing company Mr. Kronberg ran as the
"worst" example of ideological laxness in the organization and suggested
that those responsible either shape up or kill themselves.
After months of behind-the-scenes tension, Mr. Kronberg's widow, Marielle
(Molly) Kronberg, came under open attack from the LaRouche organization
this month. The first of the two memos attacking her was dated Aug. 18. It
was obtained by author and longtime LaRouche critic Dennis King and
released last week on his website at http://dennisking.org/kronberg7.htm,
along with the second memo, dated Aug. 19, which was originally made
public on a FACT Net message board where ex-LaRouchians discuss their
former leader's misdeeds.
LaRouche announced in the Aug. 18 memo, which he himself wrote, that
"honest" members of the organization (i.e., LaRouche himself and those who
follow him unquestioningly) "have no reason to feel any guilt" over the
fate of Mr. Kronberg. The memo, whose circulation was restricted to
members of the NCLC's National Committee, also alluded to an "enemy who is
guilty of contributing to that misfortune" (Mr. Kronberg's suicide), and
implied that contributions to the 2004 Bush-Cheney campaign by
"Bush-League Molly," as LaRouche characterized Mrs. Kronberg, were somehow
responsible for her husband's decision--three years later--to take his own
The Aug. 19 memo--an unsigned item in the Ops Bulletin section of the
LaRouche organization's daily briefing--revealed to the membership as a
whole that the new enemy is Mrs. Kronberg, herself a long-time member of
the National Committee. (Friends of Mrs. Kronberg say that she became
disillusioned with LaRouche and his worldview at the end of the 1980s and
subsequently began to participate in the activities of the local Episcopal
church in Leesburg. But she remained in the NCLC, and on its National
Committee, in order to stand by her husband and to try to help shield him
from increasingly abusive attacks by LaRouche's inner circle.)
Mrs. Kronberg was accused in the Aug. 19 memo of supporting "fascism"
because she had made donations to the Republicans in the last Presidential
election cycle. Characterizing these donations as a betrayal of the
LaRouche organization's, and supposedly her own husband's, "all-out war"
against "Bush-Cheney," the memo concluded, "Does anything more need be
said in the matter of Ken's suicide?"
Former members of the LaRouche organization have dissected the two memos
on the FACT Net discussion board for over a week (see
http://dennisking.org/kronberg8.htm for a selection of the postings).
Participants in the online discussion say that LaRouche's current attack
on Mrs. Kronberg was preceded by several unsuccessful attempts to absolve
the NCLC of any responsibility for her husband's suicide by blaming it on
a number of factors, among them plots involving several high-level
defectors from the organization including Uwe Friesecke, a former leader
of the German branch.
According to former members, LaRouche singled out Ken Kronberg a number of
years ago as a scapegoat for the organization's financial
difficulties--and had subjected him to incessant verbal abuse and
ideological denunciations, while withholding payments on printing bills to
such an extent that PMR Printing Company, the firm that Mr. Kronberg had
built to help the LaRouche movement, ended up with crippling debts. One
posting by a friend of Mr. Kronberg said that LaRouche had subjected the
PMR owner to "unbearable financial, legal, and psychological pressure."
To demonstrate LaRouche's role in driving Mr. Kronberg to suicide, a
former LaRouchian posted on FACT Net the transcript of a Nov. 21, 2005
conference call between LaRouche and his National Committee members, with
Mr. Kronberg also participating, that contained harsh remarks by the NCLC
chairman regarding PMR and its management. The person posting the
transcript described LaRouche's comments therein as "absolutely typical of
the kind of abuse Lyndon LaRouche was heaping on Kenneth Kronberg for
In the transcript LaRouche alludes to an alleged "scam" at PMR. "They
almost bankrupted us....they went deeply into debt, and they dragged us
into debt," he complains.
FACT Net discussion participants with direct knowledge of the LaRouche
movement's history say it was LaRouche himself, through his nonpayment of
huge printing bills for his political tracts, who created the financial
bind that forced PMR to close its doors shortly after Mr. Kronberg's
LaRouche's feelings of hostility towards Mr. Kronberg apparently were not
dampened by the latter's demise. In an April 19 letter (supposedly of
condolence) to Mrs. Kronberg, LaRouche asserted that "we either cling to
that dedication [to the LaRouche movement] of our living, or we were no
more than virtually beasts." LaRouche also advised Mrs. Kronberg that,
"the ugly, horror-stricken moment must pass." (See
Two months later, in a daily briefing statement entitled "A Mother
F_____'s Fears," LaRouche claimed that the "PMR leaders" (i.e., Mr.
Kronberg) had refused to heed LaRouche's financial advice at key points in
the firm's history. LaRouche referred to this failure to heed his own
advice as "psychopathological denial."
"As our own experience of the results of such cases has shown us,"
LaRouche added, "such forms of hysterical denial of reality can be
As to Mrs. Kronberg's support for Republican candidates, ex-LaRouchians
say this has been known for years by many in the organization, and was
never made into a public issue until now. They assert that Mr. and Mrs.
Kronberg had a live-and-let-live attitude toward their political
differences. One posting on FACT Net last week compared them to James
Carville and Mary Matalin, the well-known Washington couple of whom the
former is a close adviser to the Clintons and the latter, a close adviser
to Vice President Dick Cheney.
Former NCLC members noted, in a series of FACT Net postings on Aug. 26
(see edited version at <http://dennisking.org/kronberg11.htm>), that the
biggest supporter, historically, of Republican Party candidates within the
LaRouche movement is LaRouche himself, not Mrs. Kronberg. An individual
who was active in the NCLC during the 1970s and 1980s and posts under the
user name "xlcr4life" described LaRouche's vigorous support in past years
for Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan, and George Herbert Walker Bush, alleging
that this support ended only when the first President Bush failed to give
LaRouche a pardon after the latter's 1988 Federal conviction for mail
fraud and conspiracy. (See Chapter 15 of Dennis King's Lyndon LaRouche and
the New American Fascism at http://dennisking.org/fascism15.htm for
further details of LaRouche's attempts to curry favor with top
One of the Aug. 26 postings on FACT Net claims that LaRouche's now-defunct
U.S. Labor Party courted future Vice President Cheney back in the 1970s,
and names the LaRouche follower who allegedly was the contact person.
Today, Cheney is LaRouche's number-one hate figure and is referred to as a
"beast man" and a British agent of influence in LaRouchian publications.