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Austrian Vote for Waldheim

June 19, 1986

There is something weird about the Waldheim affair, something that is hardly ever discussed and lies buried under the heaps of claims and counterclaims.

Where were the media, where was the State Department, where were all the governments of East and West, when Waldheim became secretary general of the United Nations?

For that matter, where were the Jewish organizations then, where was the government of Israel? Are we supposed to believe that nobody knew--until 40 years later--what kind of a guy that Waldheim was?

Does one become secretary general of the United Nations without a background investigation? Someone must have known, and as a consequence quite a few must have known. Why did they keep silent? Why was it swept under the carpet? What was the deal?

JOE H. DISPEKER

Los Angeles

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