The Pollard case
You’ve got to wonder what motivates the extreme hatred of Jonathan Pollard evidenced by author Ronald J. Olive’s book entitled “Capturing Jonathan Pollard. How One of the Most Notorious Spies in American History was Brought to Justice,” as well as the fury that gushes from the fawning review by Joseph C. Goulden (“How a spy was caught and why he still stands to profit,” Jan. 1 edition).
Was Pollard guilty of espionage? Yes. Did he deserve to be punished? Yes. Was the punishmentremotelyproportionate?No.Isheone of America’s most notorious spies? Hardly.
Pollard revealed secrets to our ally Israel about its Arab (and our) enemies. The same folks bringing us the worldwide Jihad. No American operation, military secrets or personnel were compromised by Pollard’s activities. Even his chief persecutor Cap Weinberger later opined that the Pollard sentence was too harsh. Goulden’s review is a hysterical diatribe replete with intemperate language (describes Pollard as a “loathsome slug”), boiling rage (characterizes a factual observation by the author as “dripping with disgust”) and over the top malevolence (wishing for Pollard to die in prison). In the pantheon of current American spies (Hanson, the Walkers, Aldrich Ames and the numerous spies for China who have been slapped on their wrists) Pollard is insignificant yet he engenders a visceral and excessive hatred among a significant number of foreign policy types. Pollard and his crimes are unworthy of this white-hot hatred, so there has got to be something more, deeper, and really ugly motivating the indignation. Jed West Culver City, California