An open letter by Sandy Marquette, a Jew from Chicago:
60 Minutes... more yellow journalism
August 21, 1996
Mr. Mike Wallace and Staff CBS 60 Minutes
New York, NY 10019
Dear Mr. Wallace and Staff of 60 Minutes
I watched your 60 Minutes program that aired on July 7,
1996, paying special attention to the segment your interview with Dr. Radovan
Karadzich, leader of the Serbian Republic in Bosnia. It took a long time
to decide to write this letter. Finally, I have.
It struck me as strange that Mr. Wallace, a Jew, would
interview Dr. Karadzich, a Bosnian Serb, only using the support of commentary
by another Jew, concluding the segment with commentary by Mr. Lawrence
Eagleburger, yet another Jew. Were there no non-Jews to include in the
program with Dr. Karadzich, or Jews who understand the Serbian problem
in Bosnia to include in the program to speak on the 'Bosnian issue?'
Mr Eagleburger may or may not be
a good source on the 'Serbian problem.' He has a lot of baggage in Yugoslavia
and should not carry a grudge against all Serbs because his 'Yugo' car
deal with the Yugoslav communists went sour.
But his commentary was not the most disturbing part of
the segment. At one point in the interview when Dr. Karadzich mentioned
that the Croats
and Bosnian Moslems had massacred over 700,000 Serbs during World War
II. Mr Wallace hysterically exclaimed:
'BUT THAT WAS 50 YEARS AGO!'
The question is, did Mr. Wallace ever say the same thing
when someone brought up the matter of six million Jews slaughtered during
that same period? Was he so dismissive? Or are Jewish lives more precious
than Serb lives?
Not everything can be pointed out in this letter, but
there are a few points that have to be, because this dismissive attitude
is very inappropriate for a show of the caliber of 60 Minutes and a journalist
of Mr. Wallace's credentials.
Serbs were always friends of the
Jewish people. First, because the majority of Serbs are humane people,
despite the way the political and media propaganda paints them these days.
They do not like to see others hurt. Secondly, they are sensible enough
to know that Jews have proven to be a progressive positive force in the
world. And Serbs need them to survive in the not so friendly world of Southern
It is interesting that Mr. Wallace interviewed Dr., Karadzich
twice in the past year and neither time did he bring Dr. Karadzich to the
Kissinger, also a Jew, probably knows more about Bosnia and that part
of the world than all the Jews in the broadcast media put together. But
it is evident that his insights would probably not fit into the present
Jewish political agenda concerning Serbs and Moslems in Bosnia according
to the way that most of the Jewish aces in the U.S. broadcasting and print
media are presenting it.
Mr. Wallace and the staff could have brought to the program,
Richard Felman, also a Jew, who is an American World War II veteran
and a real hero. A flier during the war, he was one of the airmen involved
in the Allied bombing of the Ploesti Oil Fields in Rumania, Nazi Germany's
main supply of fuel at the time.
He was shot down by the Nazis and ended up bailing out
over Serbia, wounded. It was Serbian peasant and
Serbian noncommunist forces that saved his life and the lives of over 500
hundred of other airmen in 1944.
He did not eat ants. The Major could tell Mr. Wallace
how these Serbs nursed him back to health and protected him and his compatriots
from the Nazis who knew they were in Serbian hands. Major Felman could
tell Mr. Wallace and the 60 Minutes viewers what kind of risk these Serbs
took, what kind of sacrifices they made, and how many of them died in order
to save his life and the lives of other Allied airmen like him.
All those who ended up in Serbian hands were returned
back to friendly control in Italy. As Major Felman has been pointing out
for years now, 'there are thousands of children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren
alive and well in the United States because of these heroic rescues.'
BUT, THEN, THAT WAS 'FIFTY YEARS AGO,' WAS IT NOT, MR.
Knowledgeable Jews would also be
a good source on the issue of who the Serbs really are. Not just who they
were 'yesterday,' but who they are today. But it is you, Mr. Wallace, who
dismissed 'yesterday' as if it is irrelevant. Had other Jews had your attitude
toward the Jewish Holocaust, Adolf Hitler, too, would have been 'irrelevant.'
These experienced Balkan Jews could tell you and the 60
Minute viewers about what King Alexander, a Serb, and leader of the Kingdom
of the first Yugoslavia, did constitutionally for the Jews in Yugoslavia,
something that no other country in the world had ever done. This was corroborated
in testimony that is recorded in the United States Congressional Record.
King Alexander felt compelled to do something, because the Serbs were friends
of Jews, while the majority of Croats and Moslems in Yugoslavia, were not.
The experienced Balkan Jews could also expose something you and your viewers
may not be aware of, but something that is extremely significant, given
the 'Bosnian issue' in relation to the prevalent mainstream Jewish reaction
to it. During the 15th century, the time of the infamous 'Inquisition,'
the Spaniards and other Roman Catholics executed many Jews and drove the
rest out. Many of the Jews of Europe that were driven away, migrated to
find a safe haven among the Serbs in the Balkans where they stayed and
prospered. Some 30,000 of their descendants were still in Sarajevo in 1941
when the Croatian Nazis and Bosnian Moslems slaughtered most of them.
BUT THAT WAS 'FIFTY YEARS AGO,' WAS IT NOT, MR. WALLACE?
Where it not for Mr. Wallace's reaction to Dr. Karadzich
when Dr. Karadzich tried to give a historical context today in Bosnia,
the momentum of friendship between Serbs and Jews would have gained ground
rather than lose ground, and this letter would not have been necessary...
The character of Mr. Wallace's interview substantially
represented the syndrome of Iraqis and the 'incubator babies being killed'
which was the false pretense for American involvement in the Gulf War.
In 1942, the news stories broke in the United States that
'one million Jews had been slaughtered in Europe by the Nazis,' up to that
time, a full three years before the end of the war. The New York Times,
a predominately Jewish owned and operated newspaper, put that news on page
four. This same paper, some fifty years later, has had much to say on its
headline, front page about Serbs, Moslems and Srebrenica, a current metaphor
A lot has been said about 'mass graves holding the bodies
of 8,000 Bosnian Moslems summarily executed by Serbs.' But the media is
very quiet about the special commission handling the investigation finding
only 6 bodies as of this writing in that 'mass grave of thousands' and
no one has yet determined if those bodies are of Bosnian Moslems or of
Serbs that were executed by Moslems or Croats.
I challenge Mr. Wallace and 60 Minutes to arrange an interview
with Mr. Simon Wiesenthal, who has spent the last '50 years' of this life
tracking down the criminals of 'fifty years ago' and bringing them to justice.
For him, the genocide of Serbs in the 'Independent State of Croatia' which,
during World War II including all of Bosnia, has not been irrelevant.
I challenge Mike Wallace and 60 Minutes to go to Zagreb,
Croatia and interview Mr. Slavko Goldstein, a Croatian Jew for whom 'FIFTY
YEARS AGO' is not irrelevant and who is now waging a battle to prevent
the current Croatian regime from exhuming and re burying the remains of
murderers together with their victims at Jasenovac.
I especially challenge Mr. Wallace to interview Dr. Klara
a Belgrade Jew, to find out what the Serbs are all about and what pains
them most. Given the current agenda in the U. S. broadcasting and print
media, this interview is not likely to happen, therefore, I am attaching
a copy of an interview she did give entitled: 'The European Hoodlum Democracy
Will Not Break the Serbs.'
She and Mr. Goldstein have spent their lives in Serbia
and Croatia, and it would be enlightening to hear them speak. Dr. Mandic
lost 73 members of her family to the Nazi Holocaust during WW II.
BUT THEN AGAIN, MR. WALLACE, THAT WAS FIFTY YEARS AGO,
WAS IT NOT?
Even though the late Admiral
Boorda, also Jewish, was ultimately the one who issued the order to
bomb Serbian positions which resulted in the civilian casualties of Serbian
women and children, the Serbian spirit of friendship toward Jews and the
shared kinship of their historical fate is still alive and well. What is
needed is for Mr. Wallace and others like him to retire or at least not
talk about what they know nothing about.
Perhaps it is time to remove from
the American media what Dr. Mandic calls 'The Hoodlum Democracy' and bring
back real democracy.
Sandy Marquette, Chicago
Nazi Croatia ]
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Last revised: April 23, 1997