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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2827

Greener Pastures for Bruce Fein: The Kurdish Conflict in Turkey

By Stephen Long, Los Angeles

If any of you have been wondering whatever happened to our old buddy Bruce Fein, the former Assistant Deputy Attorney General and Washington D.C. lobbyist and mercenary for the LTTE, look no further. He’s found himself a greener pasture now that he realizes that the LTTE is doomed for extinction. Got to keep that cash flow going, you know.

Apparently he’s taken on a new client, the government of Turkey. In an article he wrote that was published today in the Turkish Daily News, he’s supporting the Republic of Turkey in its initiative to ban the Democratic Society Party (DPT), "a virtual appendage of the Maoist terrorist organization, the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), which has been responsible for the deaths of a grim 15,000 Turkish civilians and security force members. Most of the PKK's civilian victims are other Kurds who repudiate their assassinations. The DTP openly endorses the PKK's secessionist aims and violent methods."

Do those mellifluous words of Bruce Fein sound familiar? How about these: “Banning political parties that aim to sabotage the constitutional order is not anti-democratic. Democracies ranging from Germany to Israel have proscribed parties for celebrating racism or violence. As the U.S. Supreme Court explained in West Virginia State Board of Education v. Barnette (1943), the whole purpose of a Constitution is to place certain fundamental values beyond the reach of popularity contests. But Turkey should not hamstring itself with a Hobson's choice between banning the DTP and doing nothing.”

Here’s my favorite quote while he was talking about the about-to-be-proscribed political party’s illicit activities: “The U.S. also prohibits money laundering. The crime is generally characterized by the conversion of the proceeds of criminal activity into money or property that carries the appearance of legality by concealing the true nature and origins of the money. If the DTP's receipt of money from the PKK derived from drug trafficking or human smuggling either for its own use or to purchase property for the PKK could be established, it would be criminally punished as money laundering under U.S. laws.” Smells like the LTTE to me.

Well, well, well. Wasn’t Bruce Fein just recently condemning the Government of Sri Lanka for trying to put an end to the LTTE? But this time he’s defending a sovereign government for protecting itself – rather than slandering it using falsehoods. Now you see what I mean when I earlier referred to Mr. Fein as a “Beltway prostitute.” He will accept money from anyone who can pay the price – regardless of where that money came from, or who his legal and public relations services might unjustly hurt. What an embarrassment to the US legal profession.

Speaking of embarrassments, imagine how the good Tamil people of the US and Canada feel after getting their noble cause dumped in the trash so suddenly, and seeing their champion turn his back on them and strike out for greener pastures in the middle east. In my opinion, they deserve better, but how were they to know their kind donations would be used to line the pockets of someone with the morals of an alley cat?

Perhaps now is a good time for the GOSL to hire Mr. Fein to represent them in their propaganda war against the LTTE. He has a lot of experience with the issue, he knows the both sides’ backgrounds, he can call anything he wants the truth, and he can be bought for a few bucks. He could denounce his former statements in favor of the terrorists as momentary lapses in sanity. He could even use the same line Britney Spears used so ingenuously last week in regards to her erratic behavior, head shaving, and partying without panties: “What could I have been thinking?”

Either baby needs new shoes, or Mrs. Fein needs a new thoroughbred horse. I’m sure the esteemed Bruce Fein, Esq. could justify anything given the right price – even taking terrorist (LTTE) blood money, which he did for several months just earlier this year.

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