Phyllis Benning of the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS) appeared on a TV talk show a few months ago during which she claimed that no link between Al-Qaeda and Iraq was established. Yet, a couple of days earlier I watched an edition of CBS’ 60 Minutes in which an Israeli intelligence official was interviewed who claimed that the Israelis have captured documents that do establish such a relationship.
The International Peace Bureau (IPB) bestowed their Sean MacBride Prize to Congresswoman Barbara Lee of California for questioning the merits of United States military action in Afghanistan. The IPB, founded in 1892, is the oldest peace federation in existence.
The Peace Action Network (PAN) is the nation’s largest anti-nuke organization. Their website spouts the usual fallacies about American foreign policy. PAN has a subsidiary on college campuses, Student Peace Action Network (SPAN), that is organizing college students to oppose invading Iraq.
The Hague Appeal for Peace (HAP) is an international network of peace and justice organizations dedicated to sowing the seeds for the abolition of war. HAP is mobilizing students to work for peace as well.
What do all of these organizations have in common? Cora Weiss.
Cora Weiss is the daughter of Faberge millionaire and Soviet-phile Samuel Rubin. She is the president of the Samuel Rubin Foundation, which finances a host of communist causes. As well as president of her father’s foundation, Cora is president of the IPB, president of the HAP, an international representative of the PAN, and the principal financier of the IPS, which was founded by a grant from the Rubin Foundation.
During the Vietnam War, Weiss was a leader of the pro-North Viet Nam Women Strike for Peace (WSP). A Congressional study said the WSP "has enjoyed the complete support of the Communist Party." As Co-Director (with David Dellinger) of the Committee for Liaison with the Families (COLIAFAM), Weiss attempted to coerce POW families to make pro communist propaganda by promising them contact with their loved ones in Hanoi. None of the families accepted the arrangement.
After the war, Weiss worked to have Viet Nam admitted to the UN and was chairwoman of the committee celebrating Viet Nam’s admission. Obviously, Weiss’ activities transcended a concern for peace. She really was an advocate for a communist Viet Nam.
During the 80’s, Weiss was the Director of the Disarmament Program of the Riverside Church of New York City. Riverside’s program was a leader in supporting the Soviet-backed nuclear freeze program that would have consolidated Soviet nuclear superiority in Europe-in the name of peace. As Riverside’s director, Weiss was one of the organizers of a 1982 disarmament rally in New York City. Purportedly the largest ever, the rally was a coalition of communist organizations.
In 1983, Weiss was a delegate to an IPS sponsored US-USSR confab for disarmament. Delegates included members of the Riverside Church, which is allied with the National Council of Churches (NCC) and World Council of Churches (WCC).
The anti-Americanism of Riverside, the NCC and the WCC is well known. All three organizations were advocates for the North Vietnamese. All three organizations were advocates for Marxists revolutions in Africa. (Indeed, the WCC contributed to Robert Mugabe’s Marxist army.) All three organizations were advocates for the Marxist revolutions in Central America in the 1980’s. All three protested the deployment of Pershing missiles in Europe. All three condemned the Gulf War. All three condemned US military action against the Taliban.
Weiss is definitely plugged in to the good old comrade’s network. For example, the IPS Board of Directors contains such liberal luminaries as Harry Belafonte, Time magazine journalist Barbara Ehrenreich, and editor of The Nation magazine Katrina vanden Heuvel (who was formerly the director of the IPS’s Transnational Institute).
Each of these people are well known for their unrepentant leftwing commitments. Ehrenreich is the Vice–Chair of the Democratic Socialists of America. vanden Heuvel, is a staunch apologist for socialism. Belafonte was a founding member of the Hollywood chapter of SANE, a precursor of PAN. In December 2000, he received an honorary degree from Cuba's Higher Arts Institute. Radio Havana reported that Belafonte said Cuba has always been an artistic haven for people who struggle for the liberation of humanity.
Cora’s old comrade network is incestuous as well. Peter Weiss, Cora’s husband, was the first chairman of the IPS, and is a member of the HAP board. He is a member of the National Lawyers Guild (NLG) and the Center for Constitutional Rights. The NLG is a communist proxy group. Both it and the Center for Constitutional Rights litigate government counter-intelligence activities.
All of the groups with which Cora Weiss is affiliated portray themselves as pacifist and as human rights organizations. Their stated purpose is to end war and promote the general welfare of humanity.
Peace is a wonderful thing. However, peace is merely a tertiary consideration for Cora Weiss. World socialism is what she desires. Remaking the world in her image is her real objective.
Weiss is what Lenin referred to as the “vanguard.” Essentially, Lenin’s “vanguardism” is the belief that the hoi polloi are too stupid to think for themselves. They need talented individuals to tell them what to think. This vanguard will lead to the creation of the workers paradise.
The belief that she can help create a utopia is revealed in Cora’s endowments of political organizations that will “redistribute wealth for social justice.” Her communist sympathies was revealed in her ruthless disregard toward American POW’s. It was revealed in her ruthless disregard of Soviet dissidents arrested and imprisoned for preaching anti-nuke sermons. It is revealed now in her ruthless disregard for the Afghans who lived in a religious dictatorship and for the Iraqis who still do.
Cora Weiss is a devotee of the communist system that murdered, enslaved, and destroyed-people and nations. Her fanaticism is a function of her political dilettantism.
If anything, Cora Weiss proves that some people have more dollars than sense.