|By Robert Cohen Executive Director|
In November of 2001, Steve Walsh sent me a letter issuing a challenge to respond to his comments. I responded by telling him that I would not review his letter or comments because of his previous actions directed at myself and my three daughters and wife, committed during the Spring of 2001 in which he stalked us on our trip throughout England, attempting to sabotage numerous talks by screaming in the middle of my presentations, "Cohen is a liar." Two months ago, in a PRIVATE EMAIL using the nicest language I could muster, I told Mr. Walsh to have carnal relations with himself for his previous actions. Just to clarify a point that I have previously made to Jeff Nelson and others within the movement, I will never respond to or participate in a debate with Steve Walsh again. I have had my experience with him. Every great movement in history has been inflitrated by people wishing to see a particular agenda fail. Those infiltrators are often spies or saboteurs. I have been told that Steve Walsh is an infiltrator. I have been told that Mr. Walsh works for one of Europe's largest chemical companies. During that recent family trip to England, Walsh traveled the country attempting to sabotage my talks. He was booed off the stage in London by the people who know him best (Regents College), and I admonished the crowd, defending his right to speak. There were three hundred witnesses to his tirade on that evening, and that would be easy enough to confirm by contacting any member of EarthSave London. He went berserk, yelling, "Robert Cohen is a liar," to an extremely technical point in my first book, "Milk-The Deadly Poison" about which he clearly was in error. (Spleen increases of between 39 and 46 percent by injection to laboratory animals, and 8% by oral ingestion of Monsanto's genetically engineered bovine growth hormone). The next night, 150 miles away, he did the same thing when I lectured before an animal rights group. Both times, this raving man insulted me in the vilest manner in front of my three daughters and wife. He played to the audience with the same exact "routine," after I had set him straight the night before. His agenda remains clear. He seeks neither truth nor fair debate. He is a destroyer, who has conned his way into Jeff Nelson's graces, and I will never again comment on any of Mr. Walsh's points. I have invested the most productive eight years of a man's life (age 42-50) to give all of myself to strangers, rather than my own family. I now have multi- pronged goals. The first is to level the informational playing field for all consumers so that they may be empowered to make informed decisions that bear on the health and welfare of themselves and their children. The sooner the public has all of the facts about the adverse effects of milk and dairy products, the better it will be for all of consumers. My second goal is to give people a healthy alternative to milk and dairy products. The next eight years of my life will be dedicated to changing the way people eat by offering healthy options to the standard and traditional milk- based diet. The NOTMILK site stands on its own. The 1000+ columns that I have written contain real science, and my analyses of scientific fraud have continuously withstood the rigorous scrutiny of peer review. Those who know me recognize that I have stood toe to toe with the most powerful and influential industry in America, the dairy industry, and fear no man or group of men. I have testified before Congress, USDA, FDA, and have pulled no punches in delivering passionate and directed messages. I have received death threats, and had dead animals thrown on my lawn. I recieve hate mail and threatening phone calls in the middle of the night. There are ten million people employed by the dairy industry who know and hate my name. I know when to fight, and can defend myself both physically and with the pen, which I've learned to wield mightier than any soldier wields a sword. Jeff Nelson is a dedicated man, and he is trying to change the world for the better. Unfortunately, like Othello, Mr. Walsh is playing Iago to Nelson's usually fine judgement, and in doing so, attempts to place a stake into the heart of our movement. I will not allow that to happen, and that is why I will not be baited into putting on the boxing gloves. I will forever remain mute to anything that Mr. Walsh says or does. I will also not criticize or comment on the logo or challenge posted on the VegSource website or in Jeff Nelson's editorial. To do so would contradict everything that our movement stands for. Ahimsa. Harmlessness. If the events of the last five months have taught me anything at all, I have learned without any doubt that now is the time for each one of us to practice peace and love, not wage war and hate.
Robert Cohen author of: MILK - The Deadly Poison
Executive Director (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Dairy Education Board
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