America's Abandoned Ally
Angola's Jonas Savimbi, legendary guerrilla leader of UNITA (the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola), was killed by communist MPLA (Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola) forces in combat last month.
Jonas Savimbi's death follows the assassination of another renowned guerrilla leader in Afghanistan, Ahmed Shah Masood, the Lion of Panjsher, two days prior to the terrorist attacks of September 11. These remarkable leaders, along with Enrique Bermudez of the Nicaraguan Contras, also assassinated years ago, were direct beneficiaries of the Reagan Doctrine, a critical component of the effort by President Reagan to defeat the Soviet empire by rolling back Soviet-backed regimes in the Third World.
The Reagan Doctrine was a stunning success.
The Red Army was bloodied and forced to quit Afghanistan, and the Sandinistas were replaced by a democraticall y elected government in Nicaragua. Also, covert U.S. military aid to UNITA allowed the group to expel the 60,000-strong Cuban occupation force in Angola and helped turn the tide of war, forcing a peace settlement. The end of the Cold War and the fall of the Berlin Wall relegated these conflicts to the back burner. The first Bush administration, consumed by its own bleak re-election prospects, turned Angola's first elections over to the United Nations for oversight and, in turn, a biased United Nations let the MPLA count the ballots.
A leaked in ternal U.N. document proved the balloting rife with fraud. The run-off election between Eduardo Dos Santos and Jonas Savimbi was never held.
While negotiating the run-off, under a white flag of truce, the MPLA launched a holocaust against UNITA and other opposition parties, in a mass killing spree Australian reporter Jill Joliffe labeled the "night of the long knives," carnage unsurpassed until the more recent Rwandan ethnic cleansing. UNITA diplomats, party officers and activists were slaughtered nationwide, with the body count estimated in the tens of thousands. The prominent, Western-educated Vice President Jeremias Chitunda, well-known and regarded by high-level Reagan officials, was executed trying to escape the capital, Luanda, along with other top diplomats. Chitunda worked successfully to repeal the Clark Amendment in 1985, paving the way for the covert-aid program.
The new Clinton administration quickly sided with the MPLA and, along with the United Nations, imposed sanctions on UNITA for refusing to submit to fraudulent elections.
Today, duly elected UNITA parliamentarians are hostages in Luanda. Abel Chivukuvuku, the charismatic UNITA foreign minister, wounded and captured trying to escape Luanda in 1992, twice has been the target of assassination in Luanda.
True to their Stalinist roots, the MPLA methodically bought or co-opted its political opposition, and whom it could not buy, it killed.
Regrettably, the new Bush administration perpetuated the Clinton administration's executive orders against UNITA, which shut down UNITA's diplomatic offices and unconstitutionally prohibited even U.S. citizens from representing UNITA.
The State Department's Africa Bureau for years has been compromised by American oil companies operating in Angola -- who were appropriately kept at arm's length under Reagan and Bush I -- which explains the perpetuation of the Clinton Angola policy. (Editor's note: Chevron has oil interests in Angola. The oil company named a tanker after National Security Adviser Condoleeza Rice, who served on Chevron's board of directors. Shortly after Savimbi's murder, Rice arranged a meeting between President Bush and the MPLA leader of Angola).
Insight magazine described the problem as a "revolving door" syndrome fraught with conflicts of interest: State Department Africa officials leaving government service for lucrative MPLA lobbying contracts, then lobbying their former co-workers, and in at least one case, returning to Foggy Bottom to work on Angola.
Jonas Savimbi knew the United States was an unreliable ally -- and that the State Department and CIA could not be trusted. (In the midst of one MPLA offensive, UNITA, desperately short of bullets and other munitions, received shipments of sanitary napkins and boots.)
But Jonas Savimbi and UNITA fought on with determination, rejecting lives of comfort and safety in exile, and enduring the rigors of combat and the harsh deprivation of life in the bush. UNITA faced impossible odds, with no foreign government left on its side, all corrupted by billions of dollars worth of Angolan crude, and an army of lobbyists paid for by oil proceeds.
President Bush, last June, along with South Africa's president, urged direct negotiations between UNITA and the MPLA.
The MPLA's Dos Santos and his kleptocratic communist cadres have never been willing to negotiate until facing military overthrow. The murder of Jonas Savimbi was a slap in the face to Mr. Bush, after his call for peace talks.
The U.S. response should be to repeal the Clinton executive orders on Angola, to call for an end to the killings, to forge a genuine national reconciliation, to re-exert political control over the State Department's Africa Bureau -- and to ensure that U.S. foreign policy is not undermined by our dependency on foreign oil.
Dos Santos has plundered the nation's resources and emerged as Africa's richest tyrant, while his people remain deeply impoverished and disenfranchised.
Jonas Savimbi, responding once to a journalist who asked why we couldn't assume he would be just another bloody dictator if he won the civil war, said: "Bec ause I know that no one can rule Angola without a government of compromise."
That is still to be the country's fate, even without Jonas Savimbi's strong leadership.
The MPLA feared and hated Jonas Savimbi because of his magnetism, his brilliant oratory and the devotion he won from the Angolan people. As a result, he became subject to one of the most vicious character assassination campaigns in Cold War history.
He stood in sharp contrast to the colorless and untelegenic Communist Party bureaucrats in Luanda.
Isolating Jonas Savimbi through Western sanctions, which deprived UNITA of free speech and contacts in the Free World, was the MPLA's ultimate coup -- as his message of peace and national reconciliation was silenced.
But Jonas Savimbi, as a martyr, becomes an ever more powerful force. His death reminds us that the Cold War never ended -- and that we neglect our international friends and commitments at our peril.
The United States forgot Afghanistan and was rudely awakened to the consequences of that neglect on September 11th.
Foremost, Jonas Savimbi's murder should prompt a revived Reagan Doctrine, dedicated to aiding with diplomatic and military support those who share our democratic principles and are willing to fight with us in f uture conflicts -- particularly in what portends to be a difficult and protracted war against terrorism.
By Margaret Hemenway and Martin James
The Battle in Angola Freedom vs. Communism
Read Howard Phillips' NewsMax Article on Savimbi Assassination Chevron & Bush vs. Savimbi & Freedom in Angola News Release on Savimbi Assassination Excerpted from Howard Phillips Issues & Strategy Bulletin of March 15, 2002
BUSH CONTINUES SUPPORT OF ANGOLA’S COMMUNIST KLEPTOCRAT KILLERS
"Making peace will not be easy…. [S]ince the government’s soldiers habitually kill their prisoners, UNITA’s men will need some reassurance. … "Angola is heavily in debt. Its oil, which accounts for almost 90% of the government’s income, is pumped by western companies and sold mainly in the West. America would have by far the most influence, if it chose to wield it. Not only is it Angola’s biggest trading partner; it is also the source of most of its sophisticated military technology. Without surveillance equipment from America and its ally, Israel, the Angolan army could probably not have tracked down and killed Mr Savimbi. … "The Americans ditched Mr Savimbi, and started coddling Mr dos Santos, chiefly because huge deposits of oil had been found off the Angolan coast. In the past ten years or so, America has put little or no pressure on the dos Santos regime to become less crooked or despotic. "George Bush met Mr Dos Santos this week and urged him to end the war. But he stopped short of demanding that he should declare a unilateral ceasefire, and Mr dos Santos said that the onus was on UNITA to make the first concessions." Source: The Economist, 3/2/02, pp. 14-15
Excerpted from Howard Phillips Issues & Strategy Bulletin of February 28, 2002
GEORGE W. BUSH DISGRACES HIMSELF AND DISHONORS THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA BY MEETING WITH DR. JONAS SAVIMBI’S ASSASSIN, JOSE EDUARDO DOS SANTOS, WHILE SAVIMBI’S BLOOD IS STILL ON THE FINGERS OF ANGOLA’S CORRUPT LENINIST TYRANT
On Monday, February 25, The Conservative Caucus hosted a news conference at which I delivered the following statement (The complete conference, including media questions is recorded on a Visions of Victory audiocassette which is available on request to anyone who returns the enclosed reply envelope asking for a complimentary copy. Recorded on the cassette are remarks by Frank Gaffney, President of the Center for Security Policy; Brad Phillips, President of the Persecution Project Foundation; and Jardo Muekalia, Dr. Savimbi’s last official representative in the United States): Dr. Jonas Savimbi was a great Angolan patriot, truly a man who served as a loving, self-sacrificing father to those of his countrymen who shared his love of freedom and who were willing to die to escape the bonds of Portuguese colonialism and Communist tyranny. In the war against Soviet imperialism America had no more faithful and courageous ally.
Unfortunately, many Americans betrayed Savimbi’s heroic friendship.
Chevron and other oil companies and their minions in the top ranks of both major political parties degraded themselves for filthy lucre, even consenting to have their employees in Angola guarded by Fidel Castro’s Cuban Communist troops.
At the State Department, Ronald Reagan’s Assistant Secretary for African Affairs, Chester Crocker, consistently strove to undercut the Reagan Doctrine and to undermine Dr. Savimbi’s UNITA freedom fighters.
Herman Cohen who, under George Bush the elder, succeeded Crocker as Assistant Secretary for Africa, was such a despicable traitor to the cause of freedom and to America’s national interests that he hired himself out as a foreign agent to the Leninist tyrants who still rule in Luanda, Angola.
In 1992, Savimbi won a popular election, which victory was stolen from him even more blatantly than Mayor Daley stole Illinois for John F. Kennedy in 1960. KENNEDY PAYOFF On September 27, 1993, Bill Clinton issued an Executive Order and sent a message to Congress which asserted "I have exercised my statutory authority to declare a national emergency with respect to the actions and policies of the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA)…. These actions are mandated in part by United Nations Security Council Resolution No. 864 of September 13, 1993."
COUNSELLORS FROM CHEVRON Disgracefully, on September 24, 2001, George Bush the younger extended Clinton’s outrageous Executive Order, demonstrating that, while the names of the players change, nonetheless, under both Democratic and Republican governance, considerations of commercial profit override commitments to liberty, or, indeed, to the larger national interest.
G.W. Bush’s affirmation of the Crocker-Cohen-Clinton policy concerning Angola was a signal to the assassins who hold power in Luanda that, while pro-Communist terrorist Yasser Arafat enjoys the protection of the U.S. government, the anti-Communist hero Jonas Savimbi was fair game. ACCESSORIES BEFORE THE FACT No word of caution or indication of concern issued from either the White House or Foggy Bottom, despite repeated statements of the Jose Eduardo dos Santos government that the murder of Dr. Savimbi was its prime strategic objective, necessary to the consolidation of power by its corrupt Leninist tyranny.
AN INCONVENIENT PATRIOT
Thus, with no fear of rebuke from those who govern the New World Order of socially respectable international opinion, the Angolan Reds targeted Dr. Savimbi to be hunted down and murdered. His death is a tragic loss. DISHONOR His blood is on the hands of the government of the United States, as well as on the hands of the Angolan gangster government which directly gave the orders. If President Bush meets on Tuesday with Jose Eduardo dos Santos, the President of Angola, as is now planned, within days of the murder of Dr. Savimbi, it will be a grievous, unforgettable insult to all Americans who are grateful for the sacrifices Dr. Savimbi made throughout his life and for the extraordinary assistance he provided to freedom’s cause at a crucial time in America’s epochal struggle with international Communism.
GWB ALIGNS U.S. WITH KLEPTOCRATS IN LUANDA AGAINST THE PEOPLE OF ANGOLA
Joseph Curl reports (Washington Times, 2/27/02, p. A4) that "The Bush administration sees Mr. [Jose Eduardo] dos Santos, who took power 27 years ago, as its best option."
A SUMMARY REVIEW OF HOW AMERICA BETRAYED ITS FRIENDS AND AIDED OUR ENEMIES IN SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA
1. During the Presidency of Gerald Ford, Henry Kissinger pressured the then anti-Communist government of South Africa (RSA) (working through the traitor, Pik Botha) to halt its imminently successful drive on the Cuban troops which were helping to install a Communist regime to succeed the Portuguese in Luanda, Angola.
2. Ronald Reagan’s Assistant Secretary of State for Africa, Chester Crocker, consistently undercut the Reagan Doctrine, pushing policies designed to facilitate Communist takeovers in RSA and Namibia, as well as in Angola.
3. Mitch Daniels, then Ronald Reagan’s White House Political Director, blocked efforts to sustain President Reagan’s veto of sanctions on the anti-Communist RSA government.
4. Gulf, Chevron, Texaco, and Conoco learned quickly how to entangle prominent Republicans in support of their alliance with Angola’s Communist tyranny. GOP cabinet Secretaries George Shultz and Carla Hills served on the Chevron board, and Condoleezza Rice, now GWB’s National Security Adviser, was not only awarded a seat on the Chevron board, an oil tanker was named after her, which carried oil from Angola to the United States.
5. Taking a bipartisan approach, the Angolan Reds awarded millions of dollars in oil concessions to the family of Senator Ted Kennedy and his nephews, Joseph and Michael Kennedy, each of whom received many hundreds of thousands of dollars in salaries from an Angola-funded entity called the Citizens Energy Corporation.
6. George Bush the elder’s Assistant Secretary of State for Africa Herman Cohen collaborated with the Kennedy-controlled U.S.-Angolan Chamber of Commerce to legitimate the theft of Jonas Savimbi’s election victory in 1992, and to prevent the holding of a Constitutionally required run-off election. Cohen was rewarded after he left the State Department with a $500,000 annual retainer as a registered foreign agent for the Angolan Leninists.
7. Maurice Tempelsman, a diamond broker who served as an agent of influence for the Angolan Communist regime, secured the companionship of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, who, for a number of years served as his mistress. Tempelsman was able to use this relationship, in combination with the Angolan oil payoffs to the Kennedy family to secure a completely pro-Communist Angolan policy by the new administration of Bill Clinton, which arranged for U.N. sanctions and follow-up U.S. sanctions on the anti-Communist UNITA freedom fighters led by Jonas Savimbi. 8. As soon as he had the opportunity, President George W. Bush embraced the Kissinger-Crocker-Cohen-Kennedy-Clinton policy on Angola. As with Enron, corruption and betrayal of the innocent is bipartisan. By the way, I neglected to mention that Dick Cheney’s Halliburton reportedly had a $200 million contract with the Angolan Reds. - Howard Phillips
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE National Press Club, Zenger Room, 4:00 PM, Monday, February 25, 2002 STATEMENT OF HOWARD PHILLIPS, CHAIRMAN, The Conservative Caucus PRESIDENT BUSH SHOULD NOT MEET TOMORROW WITH SAVIMBI’S ASSASSIN Dr. Jonas Savimbi was a great Angolan patriot, truly a man who served as a loving, self-sacrificing father to those of his countrymen who shared his love of freedom and who were willing to die to escape the bonds of Portuguese colonialism and Communist tyranny. In the war against Soviet imperialism America had no more faithful and courageous ally. Unfortunately, many Americans betrayed Savimbi’s heroic friendship.
Chevron and other oil companies and their minions in the top ranks of both major political parties degraded themselves for filthy lucre, even consenting to have their employees in Angola guarded by Fidel Castro’s Cuban Communist troops. At the State Department, Ronald Reagan’s Assistant Secretary for African Affairs, Chester Crocker, consistently strove to undercut the Reagan Doctrine and to undermine Dr. Savimbi’s UNITA freedom fighters. Herman Cohen who, under George Bush the elder, succeeded Crocker as Assistant Secretary for Africa, was such a despicable traitor to the cause of freedom and to America’s national interests that he hired himself out as a foreign agent to the Leninist tyrants who still rule in Luanda, Angola.
In 1992, Savimbi won a popular election, which victory was stolen from him even more blatantly than Mayor Daley stole Illinois for John F. Kennedy in 1960. On September 27, 1993, Bill Clinton issued an Executive Order and sent a message to Congress which asserted "I have exercised my statutory authority to declare a national emergency with respect to the actions and policies of the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA)…. These actions are mandated in part by United Nations Security Council Resolution No. 864 of September 13, 1993."
Disgracefully, on September 24, 2001, George Bush the younger extended Clinton’s outrageous Executive Order, demonstrating that, while the names of the players change, nonetheless, under both Democratic and Republican governance, considerations of commercial profit override commitments to liberty, or, indeed, to the larger national interest. G.W. Bush’s affirmation of the Crocker-Cohen-Clinton policy concerning Angola was a signal to the assassins who hold power in Luanda that, while pro-Communist terrorist Yasser Arafat enjoys the protection of the U.S. government, the anti-Communist hero Jonas Savimbi was fair game. No word of caution or indication of concern issued from either the White House or Foggy Bottom, despite repeated statements of the Jose Eduardo dos Santos’s government that the murder of Dr. Savimbi was its prime strategic objective, necessary to the consolidation of power by its corrupt Leninist tyranny.
Thus, with no fear of rebuke from those who govern the New World Order of socially respectable international opinion, the Angolan Reds targeted Dr. Savimbi to be hunted down and murdered. His death is a tragic loss. His blood is on the hands of the government of the United States, as well as on the hands of the Angolan gangster government which directly gave the orders. If President Bush meets on Tuesday with Jose Eduardo dos Santos, the President of Angola, as is now planned, within days of the murder of Dr. Savimbi, it will be a grievous, unforgettable insult to all Americans who are grateful for the sacrifices Dr. Savimbi made throughout his life and for the extraordinary assistance he provided to freedom’s cause at a crucial time in America’s epochal struggle with international Communism.
Excerpted from Howard Phillips Issues & Strategy Bulletin of January 31, 2000
CHESTER CROCKER'S LEGACY: COMMUNIST ANGOLANS AND COMMUNIST NAMIBIANS SLAUGHTER THE INNOCENT
As reported in The Washington Post (1/27/00, p. A21), "Angola's civil war raged on for 26 years without bothering or involving this hard-scrabble town just across the Cubango River, which forms the Namibian border with Angola. That is until last month, after a recent Angolan government offensive left its army without enough soldiers to chase the rebels from their strongholds."
REAGAN'S ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF STATE AIDED COMMUNIST VICTORIES IN ANGOLA, MOZAMBIQUE, NAMIBIA, AND SOUTH AFRICA
"Angola's military crossed the border to recruit destitute Namibians, such as Immanuen Ndumba, winning him over with the promise of a paycheck. "But Ndumba, 21, didn't last two weeks as a mercenary. The 360 Namibian recruits in his regiment were fed only once a day. Some were beaten and abused. And Namibians returning from battle warned Ndumba that they had been misled about their pay. Their only compensation, they said, was whatever cash or valuables they could scavenge from the pockets of dead or captured rebels, or from their raided camps. "So Ndumba and five other Namibian recruits swam home across the river a week ago, fugitives evading a foreign army in their own country. "
We are in hiding because if they find us they will take us back to Angola and make us fight, or they will kill us,' said Ndumba, the father of a 3-year-old boy. 'Many of our friends have been taken back and beaten. Some have been shot for desertion. Namibia should never have gotten involved in this awful war.' "With the complicity and collaboration of Namibian authorities, the Angolan army is using deceit and force to conscript Rundu's young men and women into a foreign army, according to peasants, political organizers and clergy here. They say the forced recruitment began in December, when the Namibian government began permitting the Angolan military to use Namibian soil for its stepped-up attacks on retreating insurgents as part of an army offensive that began in September. "The accounts here contradict denials from both governments that Namibian civilians have been hired to fight the rebel movement, which is known by its Portuguese acronym UNITA.
Anton Arthur said he watched Namibian police help 16 armed and uniformed Angolans soldiers last week round up eight Namibian deserters at an open-air market and a convenience store in a village just outside Rundu. "'"We don't want to return to Angola,"' Arthur recalled one young man saying to a soldier. '"We have not been paid."' "The soldier did not flinch, Arthur said. '"You cannot change your position now,"' he said. '"If you do not return to Angola, we will force your family to go to Angola,"' Anton said the soldier told the man before hauling him away in a military vehicle. 'It didn't take long,' Arthur said. 'It was done openly so people could see what was happening---like they wanted to make an example of these men.' "Angola's civil war erupted in 1974 after the country gained independence from Portugal. The Marxist governing party, known by its Portuguese acronym MPLA, was supported by the Soviet Union and Cuba, while the UNITA guerrillas were supported by the United States and South Africa in what became a proxy war waged by the Cold War superpowers. ..."
CHEVRON AND TEXACO SUBSIDIZE THE RED WARLORDS
"A rise in oil prices last summer nearly doubled the government's revenues from state-owned refineries, financing a renewed MPLA effort to resolve its military impasse with UNITA. Since September, the MPLA has recaptured virtually all rebel-held territory and pushed the retreating rebels to Namibia. .... "Peasants in the impoverished fishing town of Rundu, in Namibia's northeastern corner, say that they are paying the price for a war they did not ask for. Land mines have already been laid in the once peaceful villages that surround Rundu, and peasants say they have been harassed and followed by Angolan soldiers and Namibian authorities searching for rebel sympathizers. "The soldiers 'are freely doing whatever they want to do,' said Robert Mupira, a political organizer here. 'We have Angolan soldiers asking Namibians they pass on the street to show their identity [cards]. How do they have the right to do that on Namibian soil?'. ... "Kashera Bonifance Kanyetu said that he knows at least 12 Namibians, including his brother-in-law, who joined the Angolan army after they were promised pay as high as $3,000 a month. Ndumba said his Angolan commander told him that there were 600 Namibians in two army camps near Rundu; neither knew of any mercenary who has been paid. "'I would say it is the poverty that makes people join,' said Kanyetu. 'Most people here are not able to make even $5 a day, and the [Angolan army] knows that. They lie to them and then force them to fight UNITA.
Excerpted from Howard Phillips Issues & Strategy Bulletin of January 31, 1998
DO ANGOLAN COMMUNIST PAYOFFS TO THE KENNEDY FAMILY DICTATE CLINTON'S CAMPAIGN TO EXTERMINATE UNITA?
One of the great "failures" of America's media monopolists is their unreadiness to expose the financial corruption and bribery which undergirds U.S. foreign policy towards southern Africa. Insider financial considerations have taken precedence over strategic concerns since the Reagan administration, when Rockefeller-protégé Chester Crocker was Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs. All too consistently, the U.S. national interest has been defined as that which benefits major energy, banking, and mineral enterprises which profit from close ties to African Communist despots.
THE LOVE OF MONEY IS THE ROOT OF MUCH EVIL
President Clinton has continued this bipartisan tradition, and has indeed intensified the Big Oil-Big Business-Big Bank campaign against the anti-Communist freedom fighters in Angola, in a manner consistent with the fact that Clinton's close political ally, Ted Kennedy, is the leader of a family which has received many millions of dollars in benefits from the Leninist tyrants who rule Angola.
KENNEDYS' "CITIZENS ENERGY CORPORATION" IS FUELED BY RED OIL
Aided by Maurice Tempelsman, to whom Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis served as mistress during the final years of her life, and who himself has grown wealthy on diamond concessions in Angola and elsewhere in southern Africa, the Kennedy family, operating through "next generation" representatives Joseph Kennedy and Michael Kennedy, was granted its own oil concession from the Marxist-Leninist government of Angola to something called the Citizens Energy Corporation.
ANGOLAN OIL IS A MAJOR SOURCE OF INCOME FOR THE KENNEDYS
As reported in the American Spectator (December, 1997, p. 43), "Citizens Energy is a key player in an unfolding foreign policy debacle in which the Clinton administration has sold out long-term friends of the United States to unlikely coalitions of old Marxists and corporate hustlers. But the Kennedys' operation is so carefully shielded behind good works that its dimensions might not have come to view at all if not for a family split partly stemming from the still-unsolved murder, twenty-two years ago, of a teenage girl in a fashionable New York suburb...."
A FINANCIAL CONSPIRACY WITH NATIONAL SECURITY IMPLICATIONS
"Its for-profit subsidiaries include Citizens Gas Supply Corp., Citizens Power and Light Corp., Citizens Energy International, and Citizens Lehman Power LP, a partnership with the well-known Lehman Brothers investment-banking firm. The directory is actually out of date, since many of these dependencies have recently been spun off or sold in multi-million dollar deals, with six-figure bonuses for Citizens Energy executives...."
ROGER TAMRAZ IS A KENNEDY BENEFACTOR
"Citizens Energy very soon crossed the path of Roger Tamraz, the international financier who recently stunned the Thompson Committee hearings when he bluntly admitted making large campaign donations to buy access.... "Earlier this year, Tamraz emerged as not only a major fundraiser for [Congressman Joseph Patrick Kennedy III]'s uncle, Senator Edward M. Kennedy, but as a client of Teddy's wife. For the 1994 Senate campaign, Teddy's stiffest challenge in years, Tamraz personally contributed $5,000 and raised another $25,000. He also approached Victoria Reggie Kennedy, a lawyer who married Teddy in 1992, for legal help in claiming assets seized by a foreign government...."
THE LATE MICHAEL KENNEDY WAS PAID $622,000 PER YEAR FOR HIS GOOD WORKS
"[A]fter 1986...he made his long-expected move into politics to take over former House Speaker Tip O'Neill's congressional seat. Joe turned over the chairmanship of the non-profit business to his younger brother Michael LeMoyne Kennedy....According to a Boston Globe analysis...Michael Kennedy's paycheck...hit $622,000....By the 1995 report...net assets showed a striking growth to more than $26 million. "These figures mask wild fluctuations in the value of the money-making parts of the empire, grouped under a holding company called Citizens Corporation.... Financial statements for the eight or so outfits reporting to Citizens Corporation simply don't come into public view...."
U.S.-ANGOLA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE IS A FRONT FOR KENNEDYS AND COMMUNISTS
"Perhaps the most interesting of these hidden subsidiaries is Citizens Energy International Inc. Formed in 1991, CEII plunged right into the classic vortex of oil and international intrigue, seeking exploration and production concessions...Michael Kennedy took a strong personal interest in war-torn Angola, the resource-rich former Portuguese colony on the southwest coast of Africa. The Kennedy support for the faction once backed by the Soviet Union and a Cuban expeditionary force has helped create a Frankenstein monster now rampaging through central Africa. Within recent months, Kennedy's allies have overthrown American friends in two neighboring countries and introduced a dangerous new streak of instability.... "[Michael] Kennedy was instrumental in founding the U.S.-Angola Chamber of Commerce, described by critics as a front for the MPLA [Angolan Communist Party]. The Luanda regime was fighting a bigger civil war with its main rival Jonas Savimbi's National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA)...."
COMMUNISTS PAID BUSH APPOINTEE TO BE THEIR FOREIGN AGENT
"The MPLA's Cuban allies guarded American oil facilities in the Cabinda enclave against attacks by the U.S.-supported UNITA forces. Major oil companies like Gulf, Chevron, and Texaco managed to wean the Bush administration from UNITA after intense attacks against Savimbi orchestrated by the pubic relations firm Hill & Knowlton. Although in 1992 U.S. policy seemed to achieve its long-standing goal of ‘free and fair’ elections in Angola, the MPLA tilt produced a disaster...."
"PEACE PROCESS" MARRED BY FRAUD AND ASSASSINATION
"Two days later, almost as if on cue, the MPLA launched a savage attack on the UNITA negotiators, killing among others UNITA vice president Jeremias Chitunda...By the end of this ‘Night of Long Knives,’ say UNITA partisans, the MPLA had slaughtered some 50,000 of Savimbi's supporters.... "The Kennedy interests stepped up their support of the MPLA....In 1996, Michael led a Citizens Energy delegation to Luanda to announce a $1.5 million commitment to build the Catholic University of Angola. His group assisted in assembling a University Board of Directors that read more like an oil industry convention...."
TEMPELSMAN TOOK HILLARY AND BILL FOR A RIDE WITH JACKIE O.
"CEII has a three-percent stake in the highly promising offshore oil exploration run by Continental Oil Co. Its other interests in the region are hidden behind the philanthropy curtain, but it may be no coincidence that an old family friend, the international diamond broker Maurice Tempelsman, has reemerged as a player on the scene....Tempelsman is chief executive of Lazare Kaplan Inc., headquartered on New York's Fifth Avenue, which supplied diamonds to Tiffany and Cartier.
Another family business, Leon Tempelsman & Son, has global mining interests, with heavy emphasis on west Africa. For more than three decades Tempelsman gave money and advice to the political elite of black Africa's governments and liberation movements. He was the constant companion of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis in her last years, and in 1993 he and Jackie entertained President and Mrs. Clinton at Martha's Vineyard on his 70-foot yacht, the Relemar. Like Roger Tamraz, Tempelsman gave lavishly to Democratic Party organs, by one count $145,000 for the 1996 cycle."
WITH SUPPORT FROM CLINTON AND KENNEDY, ANGOLA HAS BECOME AN IMPERIAL POWER
Recently, the Angolan Communists, who have received U.S. government foreign aid payoffs since the days of President Bush, have been imposing their Marxist imperialism in surrounding states, including the former Zaire (DROC), Congo-Brazzaville, Namibia, and Zambia (where their pressure resulted in the removal of the country's Christian, anti-Communist Vice President).
ALBRIGHT SHOWERS PRAISE ON CONGO'S COMMUNIST THUG FRONTMAN
The latest public example of Clinton's pro-Communist policy for southern Africa was Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright's groveling visit to Kinshasa, the capital of the country formerly known as Zaire, now labeled "Congo" (or DROC---Democratic Republic of the Congo). (Editor's Note: Secretary Albright is reportedly Maurice Tempelsman's latest influential girlfriend.) According to The New York Times (12/13/97, p. A3), in "the highest-level American visit to Congo since a rebel army seized power in May, Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright applauded the leadership of President Laurent Kabila today and pledged to increase American aid. "Although Ms. Albright repeatedly alluded to a need for democracy and the rule of law here, her message seemed intended to play down concerns over political repression, violence and official corruption...."
WORLD CLASS HYPOCRISY AND MISREPRESENTATION MAKE A MOCKERY OF HUMAN RIGHTS
"Nonetheless, Ms. Albright said she hoped that with a ‘commitment to open markets, honest government and the rule of law,’ this huge Central African nation would emerge as an ‘engine of regional growth.’ With the new leader standing at her side at a news conference, she added, ‘President Kabila has made a strong start toward these goals.’ "Many in Congo, from ordinary citizens to political opposition leaders to members of the business community, would strongly dispute that assessment, but Ms. Albright's tightly packed schedule offered her no opportunity for a significant exchange with anyone but the President and senior officials, with whom she met for more than an hour this morning...."
KABILA SAYS U.S. TAXPAYERS MUST FORK OVER MORE FOREIGN AID
"Ms. Albright said at the news conference that the Clinton Administration was seeking about $35 million for Congo next year but warned that Congress would be attentive to human rights issues. "Mr. Kabila, for his part, complained in an interview recently published here that American aid to his country, about $10 million this year, was ‘insignificant, absolutely [insignificant].’ He added the hope that whatever aid was delivered would come ‘without conditions.’"
FREEDOM OF SPEECH, PRESS, AND ASSEMBLY NOT ON MADELEINE'S AGENDA
"Ms. Albright seemed to be caught off guard by a question about a Congolese political leader, Arthur Zahidi Ngoma, who was arrested two weeks ago and reportedly beaten. Mr. Ngoma remains in detention without charge. "Picking up the question himself, Mr. Kabila challenged the journalist who asked it, saying of Mr. Ngoma, ‘He is not a politician, but a writer of incendiary tracts that call the people into the streets.’" HEAR NO EVIL, SEE NO EVIL "The Secretary's visit here, the cornerstone of a seven-nation African tour, comes as opposition leaders are frequently being jailed and their parties prevented from operating freely. Business executives grumble increasingly about growing corruption."
KABILA'S RESUMÉ: KIDNAPPER, DRUNK. WOMANIZER, THUG, COMMUNIST
According to Newsweek (12/15/97, p. 37), "A contemporary of the Congolese revolutionary leader Patrice Lumumba, Kabila for years financed a sputtering Marxist-Leninist rebellion by trafficking in gold from an enclave in eastern Zaire. On a visit, Che Guevara wrote him off as a womanizer and a drunk. In 1975 his forces held three young Stanford University researchers and a Dutch academic for ransom in a remote jungle camp. The victim's families paid $500,000 for their freedom. In the 1980s, Kabila ran a seedy bar in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, according to U.S. sources." ALL THE WORLD'S A STAGE---BUT WHO'S PULLING THE STRINGS? "How he got from there to the October 1996 press conference at which he declared himself head of the four-party rebel coalition remains a mystery, and Western reporters were kept off the battlefield. But it later became clear that he had been backed by an assertive new coalition: Tanzania, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Uganda, Rwanda and Angola."
BIPARTISAN AFRICA POLICY HAS BROUGHT COMMUNISTS TO POWER IN ANGOLA, BENIN, BRAZZAVILLE, KINSHASHA, MOZAMBIQUE, NAMIBIA, AND SOUTH AFRICA
Newsweek (12/15/97, p. 37) reported that on "the ground, the Angolan role was critical. Newsweek has learned that the Luanda government established an air bridge to Rwanda and eastern Zaire within the first month of the rebellion. Using chartered transports flown by foreign pilots, Angolan President Jose Edward dos Santos sent in more than 3,000 men with heavy weapons. They were decisive in the battle for Kisangani, the only real confrontation of the war. Rwandan President Paul Kagame has since publicly claimed credit for putting Kabila in power." "As Michael Radu, a senior fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute in Philadelphia, recently observed: ‘What is to be concluded from...events in which Congo-Brazzaville, once seen as an example of the "democratic wave," is now in the hands of a former(?) Marxist president; former Marxist dictator Mathieu Kerekou has been re-elected in Benin; an old pro-Soviet, pro-Cuban leadership is still in power in Angola; and ex(?)-Marxists still reign in Mozambique? Only that the easy slogans of "democratization" and "Africanization" should be seen as hollow.’" (Washington Times, 12/11/97, p. A19)
SAVIMBI PRESSED TO SURRENDER MILLIONS OF BLACK AFRICANS TO COMMUNIST TYRANNY
Frank Gaffney, director of the Center for Security Policy, has written (Washington Times, 12/11/97, p. A19) that Angola is "demonstrating once again the validity of the most damning indictment of American foreign policy since World War II: It is better to be America's enemy than its friend. "Secretary Albright's whistle-stop visit to Luanda [is] the latest evidence of the abandonment by the United States of a longtime ally, Jonas Savimbi, and the pro-Western movement known as UNITA that he has led for decades in opposition to the Soviet- and Cuban-backed dos Santos regime...Mrs. Albright [met] only with Mr. dos Santos and members of his regime. Although the secretary of state belatedly extended an offer to Mr. Savimbi, [Red Boss Dos Santos insisted] on having the meeting take place in Angola's capital – tantamount to an invitation for him to commit suicide in view of the government's demonstrated willingness in 1992 to murder UNITA officials in the capital for diplomatic reasons."
CLINTON SHUTS DOWN UNITA'S OFFICE IN AMERICA
"Further evidence of Washington's present antipathy toward UNITA can be found in U.S. support for ever-more stringent international sanctions being imposed on it by the United Nations. The latest tightening of the screws involves travel restrictions for senior UNITA officials, closure of UNITA's foreign offices and prohibition of critical air support. The justification? Mr. Savimbi has not been sufficiently acquiescent in the liquidation of his organization as the only democratic opposition to the Angolan regime...."
MURDER OF NON-COMBATANTS IS STANDARD PRACTICE OF KENNEDY'S BENEFACTORS
"Unfortunately, these measures are not simply a potential threat to the physical safety of UNITA's partisans. Regular and irregular units of the government are engaged in a campaign of terror and intimidation against those who support the opposition. Just last month, 10 UNITA members died – apparently, by suffocation – while detained by Angolan police. (A U.N. spokesman called their deaths ‘an act of barbaric cruelty,’ and opined that ‘the police should preserve life and the rights of persons under their jurisdiction.’)"
ANGOLAN REDS HAVE INVADED ZAIRE AND CONGO-BRAZZAVILLE TO TOPPLE ANTI-COMMUNIST GOVERNMENTS
According to Gaffney, "The Angolan government has also been utilizing its forces to threaten and in some cases actually to attack Mr. Savimbi's bases of operations and logistical supply routes. Specifically it has deployed troops so as to choke off diamond mining operations in UNITA-administered areas in the north of the country. It also has employed Angolan army forces, transport aircraft and other matériel in offensive operations in neighboring countries for the purpose of overthrowing governments and destroying networks that have supported Mr. Savimbi's pro-Western rebels.
Excerpted from Howard Phillips Issues & Strategy Bulletin of August 31, 1997 WILL AMERICA GO TO WAR IN ANGOLA -- ON THE COMMUNIST SIDE?
Thomas W. Lippman reports in The Washington Post (8/24/97, p. A25) that "to salvage the shaky peace in Angola, the Clinton administration will support new United Nations sanctions on longtime rebel leader Jonas Savimbi and his UNITA movement and is prepared to sell military transport planes to the Angolan government, according to senior officials."
"KING KOFI" WANTS UNITA TO OBEY U.N., SURRENDER ITS GUNS, AND COMMIT SUICIDE
"The sanctions, which U.S. officials expect to be imposed by the U.N. Security Council this week, and the aircraft sale reflect the administration's exasperation with Savimbi, a former Cold War ally whom Washington holds largely responsible for the growing tension in Angola. "Washington's view was hardened earlier this month after U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan issued a blistering report accusing Savimbi and UNITA of ‘totally unacceptable’ practices – including failure to demobilize troops – that threaten to restart Africa's longest civil war."
DR. SAVIMBI REFUSED TO KISS CLINTON'S RING
"During the Cold War Savimbi was Washington's proxy in a struggle against the government of Jose Eduardo dos Santos, which was backed by the Soviet Union and Cuba. But Savimbi has long since outlived his usefulness to Washington, and U.S. anger at his tactics has been apparent since October, when he refused to travel to Luanda, the Angolan capital, to meet then-Secretary of State Warren Christopher. "Administration officials portrayed the forthcoming U.N. sanctions against UNITA and the planned sale of six C-130 cargo planes to the dos Santos government as intended to persuade Savimbi that he must comply with his commitments under the 1994 peace agreement known as the Lusaka Protocol. "But both moves have come under bipartisan fire from key members of Congress, who said they would unfairly punish UNITA while failing to recognize violations of the Lusaka agreement by the dos Santos government, and would undermine U.S. credibility as a neutral mediator.
EVEN DEMOCRAT FEINGOLD OPPOSES AID TO LENINIST DOS SANTOS
"Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Jesse Helms (R-N.C.) and African Affairs subcommittee Chairman John D. Ashcroft (R-Mo.) wrote Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright that ‘It would be extremely unwise for the United States to abandon its policy of neutrality in Angola and become militarily involved on the side of the [dos Santos] government[’]. "They said it is dos Santos and his MPLA party who are preparing to resume the war, hoping to take advantage of the downfall of Savimbi's longtime patron, Mobutu Sese Seko of Zaire, to gain the final military victory that has eluded them for 20 years. Senator Russell Feingold (D-Wisc.) says the proposed Clinton policy "‘could add to the impression that the United States no longer wishes to be a neutral arbiter in Angola.’ "Similar warnings came from Rep. Ed Royce (R-Calif.), chairman of the House International Relations subcommittee on Africa, and the subcommittee's senior Democrat, Rep. Robert Menendez (N.J.)...."
U.S. AIDS COMMUNISTS IN CHINA AND SOUTH AFRICA WHILE PUNISHING ANTI-COMMUNISTS WHO ALLIED THEMSELVES WITH THE U.S.
"Senior administration officials said most of the blame for the tension clearly lies with Savimbi and that the development of bilateral relations – including military relations – with the Luanda government ‘cannot be held hostage,’ as one put it, to Savimbi's delaying tactics.... "[T]he atmosphere soured rapidly after the downfall of Mobutu. UNITA soldiers who fought on Mobutu's losing side in Zaire returned home frustrated and angry, and government troops moved into UNITA-held areas.... "UNITA is already under U.N. sanctions that include a ban on arms transfers, a ban largely ignored by UNITA's suppliers. According to U.S. officials, the additional sanctions to be imposed this week are aimed at undermining UNITA economically, militarily and politically. "They are expected to include requirements that member countries refuse visas to UNITA officials, close UNITA offices and cut off air traffic."