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Not in Our Name -- Not in Your Life By: Michael Tremoglie
FrontPageMagazine.com | Tuesday, October 08, 2002


A advertisement signed by a group of artists, academicians, and “activists” called Not In Our Name (NION) appeared in the September 19 New York Times. The ad stated that the United States would not invade Iraq in their name. The “activists” were really Socialists, Maoists, Stalinists, Leninists, Marxists, and Communists. However, the mainstream media does not identify them as such. They prefer to call them “activists.” (Know your mainstream media code words.)

The liberal mainstream media is fascinated by this ad and the organization that created it. Some journalists have written encomiums about it. In the September 21 Hartford Courant, journalist Frank Rizzo wrote:

"People have been longing for this," says Clark Kissinger, a spokesman for the group that created the statement. "Everybody has been waiting for someone to stand up and say the emperor has no clothes, and that's what you have here. It's a statement that basically repudiates the whole direction of things. This is not about terrorism or protecting the American people. It's about American empire-building."

While Rizzo cited Clark Kissinger as a spokesman for the group that created the ad, he did not inform readers about Clark Kissinger or the Not In Our Name organization. The liberal media never seem to inform their readers of the origins of liberal organizations. The same journalists who will be more than happy to tell their readers that a group is related to, or receives funds from, say the NRA or the Christian Coalition or the dreaded Scaiffe Foundation, will never mention the relationship of a liberal group with communist organizations- even if such organizations are labeled terrorist by the FBI.

As a public service to the readers of the Hartford Courant, the New York Times, and liberal media everywhere, let me furnish some information about NION.

Clark Kissinger, the “spokesman,” as the Hartford Courant referred to him, is a board member of NION and is a member of the Revolutionary Communist Party (RCP). The RCP is an organization that wants to replace the democratically elected government of the United States of America with a Communist dictatorship. The RCP is affiliated with such philanthropic groups as the Shining Path of Peru and the Communist Party of Nepal -so you can get an idea of what they have in mind. Their leader, Bob Avakian, is in France avoiding the FBI ( I wonder if he knows Ira Einhorn?).

Kissinger is not the only RCP member affiliated with the ad. Mary Lou Greenberg the NION national organizer is a member of the RCP as well. Several signers are either RCP members or members of their proxy group Refuse & Resist (founded by Clark Kissinger). In fact, the Philadelphia contact for NION is the RCP proxy group.

Among the other NION signers are Matef Harmachis of the All African People’s Revolutionary Party (founded by Ghanian president and Marxist Kwame Nkrumah), members of the National Lawyers Guild, International League of People’s Struggle, MeCHa, the Black Radical Congress, Ramsey Clark (I have already detailed his affiliation with the proxy of a communist terrorist organization), Noam Chomsky ( an objective voice), Mumia Abu Jamal (the great cop-killing humanitarian), Ed Asner and Barbara Ehrenreich of the Democratic Socialists of America, and the usual collection of entertainers, academicians and journalists.

Members of the NION advisory include David Cole and Michael Ratner, of the Center for Constitutional Rights and other familiar communist playwrights and academicians.

The political affiliations of the signers and endorsers of some of the Not In Our Name ad are an indication that they are not interested in peace. They have no humanitarian concerns. They solely want to discredit the established government of the United States of America and its institutions.

This is not to say that all who signed the ad are such people. Some legitimately believe they are working for peace. There are those who legitimately believe that our government is incorrect. And for those who do, they are entitled to criticize the government. They are dissenters. Americans can dissent from the government.

However, such people have been conned by the communist propaganda. They have been manipulated by the patina of morality used by the communists to make their cause seem noble and altruistic. The communists appealed to their sanctimony.

I have always said that liberals are the self-righteous, led by the self-important, for the benefit of the self-serving. NION is emblematic of this.


Michael P. Tremoglie is the author of the new novel A Sense of Duty, and an ex-Philadelphia cop. E-mail him at elfegobaca@comcast.net.


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