In Defense of Harry S. Truman :
by William Hughes

“It’s a good thing that he did not express his feelings to someone like myself, because I would have DECKED him.” Now, who do you think uttered those nasty words about our 33rd president, Harry S. Truman? Was it cowboy tough guy, John Wayne? No! Was it the California “Governator,” Ah-nuld Schwarznegger? Sorry, wrong thug! It was Richard Cohen, a trendy Woody-Allen-like syndicated columnist!

Cohen was all steamed up about the recent disclosure of portions of a diary belonging to the late Truman, who had taken over as president on April 12, 1945, after the sudden death of FDR. On July 21, 1947, while Truman was still in office, and with the heavy burdens of a post-WWII on his shoulders, he had written, “The Jews, I find are very, very SELFISH. They care not how many Estonians, Latvians, Finns, Poles, Yugoslavs, or Greeks get murdered or mistreated as Displaced Persons as long as the Jews get SPECIAL TREATMENT.

“Yet when they have power, physical, financial or political, neither Hitler or Stalin,” Truman continued in a philosophical vein, “has anything on them for CRUELTY OR MISTREATMENT to the underdog. Put an underdog on top and it makes no difference whether his name is Russian, Jewish, Negro, Management, Labor, Mormon, Baptist, he goes haywire.”

The irresponsible Cohen insisted that he would have assaulted Truman had he expressed those same words “to someone like myself.” Well, at least, Truman was in good company. Cohen’s rant also managed to insult Thomas Jefferson, one of Virginia’s finest patriots.

Truman’s critical remarks about the pushy Zionist Cartel caused Cohen to lash out at him, in a July 15, 2003 spiel that appeared in the NY Daily News tabloid. Cohen said Truman’s words were “anti-Semitic,” but that he would give him the “benefit of the doubt,” since he had helped to “recognize Israel.” Oh, Mr. Cohen, you are so generous.

Truman, a magnificent son of Missouri, was one of American’s greatest presidents. He brought the war against Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan to a successful conclusion in 1945. During that monumental conflict, American troops were fighting in five different theaters, and on two major global fronts: in the Pacific and in Europe. Truman, ably assisted by giants: like George C. Marshall, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Douglas MacArthur, and other heroes, too, carried the day.

In a just world, every night before he goes to bed, Cohen should get on his knees and say a prayer of thanksgiving that Truman led us to final victory in WWII. Now, instead of sincere gratitude, 58 years after WWII, this pipsqueak of a scribbler and serial apologist for Israeli wrongdoing, is puffing away about how he would, circumstances permitting, have DECKED President Truman! Really?

To tell you the truth, in a head to head match up, I would have to bet on the feisty Truman. The gutsy ex-Field Artillery Captain from WWI did not take any crap from anyone. Of course, if he had fought with Cohen and won, then Cohen, a Chicken Hawk, would probably have yelled, “Hate Crime!” And, the bullies from the ADL would have come running to his rescue.

Cohen cites the fact that Truman’s comments were in response to efforts of the late Henry Morgenthau, an arch militant Zionist, who was urging the president to intervene with the British over the issue of “Jewish displaced persons.” Cohen leaves out of his biased narrative the fact that this is the same Morgenthau, who while serving as U.S. Secretary of the Treasury, in 1944, had proposed a vengeful and draconian plan for a post-WWII Germany, which would have reduced that defeated country to a “pastoral state.” That sounds pretty darn “selfish” and “cruel” to me!

By 1947, Truman was surely aware, too, that many of Josef Stalin’s top executioners, like the “Wolf of the Kremlin,” Lazar Kaganovich, were Jewish. He must have also known that some of the Communist regimes that Stalin was imposing on Eastern Europe were also significantly dominated by Jews (See “Black Book of Communism,” Stephane Courtois, Ed.).

As for Palestine, the Zionists had already begun, in 1945, using terrorist tactics against the British. They were also covertly setting the stage for a blood stained ethnic cleansing campaign against the indigenous Palestinian people. The expelling of close to a million Palestinian refugees, and the confiscation of their lands, followed during and after the 1948 War.

The Israeli massacre at Deir Yasin, in 1948, speaks volumes about Jewish “cruelty and mistreatment of the underdog” (Check out for the murderous details). The Israeli campaign of terror continues unabated to this very day against unarmed Palestinian men, women and children (See “Searching Jenin: Eyewitness Accounts of the Israeli Invasion,” 2002, Ed. by Ramzy Baroud)

As for getting SPECIAL TREATMENT, try the fact the Zionist state has received $97.5 billion in direct U.,S. aid since 1948. Plus, it has cost the American taxpayers over $3 trillion in indirect costs (WRMEA, 05/03), and made us more, and totally unnecessary, enemies in the Islamic World.

Cohen said what Truman wrote in his diary was “surely anti-Semitic.” I disagree.

I think Truman was a prophet, who wrote, arguably in undiplomatic language, his honest impressions of a powerful political lobby. Despite prospering and competing in the American Republic, some in that group, like Cohen, wrongly believe that they are ABOVE CRITICISM (“The Culture of Critique,” by Kevin MacDonald.) And, that any criticism, no matter how well founded towards that Lobby, or one of its prominent members, equals anti-Semitism. It is long past the time for Cohen, and the other Zionists, too, to get over that one.

© William Hughes 2002

William Hughes is the author of “Andrew Jackson vs. New World Order” (Authors Choice Press) and “Baltimore Iconoclast” (Writer’s Showcase), which are availabel online. He can be reached at

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