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Jews Come Last But Are First To Be Blamed For War

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Columnist Howard Jacobson recently wrote a pensive piece entitled "There Seems To Be a Pecking Order Among The Dispossessed, and Jews Come Last" that appeared in Britain's The Independent this past Saturday. He argues that the mainstream liberal worldview is that Jews — largely by virtue of a militarily strong Israel — are no longer among the dispossesed but are the dispossessors themselves.

Jacobson agrees that Israel must help ease the Palestinian exile because Jews should always be aware of their own history of exile. However, he states: "If it is terrible to lose your home today, then it was terrible to lose your home yesterday, whoever you are." He writes that instead, the liberal consensus holds that there are "disrespected Palestinians on the one hand, and the 'fanatics of Zion' on the other." The diasporic longing, as Jacobson puts it, is so entrenched in Jewish history that Jews have come to expect a mention when it comes to a list of the world's displaced peoples, and when that doesn't happen, Jews start to question their own right to a homeland. Which shouldn't happen.

Jacobson mentions the notoriously pro-Palestinian war reporter Robert Fisk, whose recent piece about Mount Ararat and the Armenians which wasn't even about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict includes the obnoxious line, "When a people claim to have settled again in their ancestral lands — the Israelis, for example, at the cost of 'cleansing' 750,000 Arabs who had perfectly legitimate rights to their homes — the world becomes misty-eyed." Jacobson parries this by bluntly stating that the world is surely not misty-eyed about Israel. He's right.

I mention Jacobson's column specifically because it brings the anti-war crowd to mind. I cannot see how any hippie with any conscience could join in these protests or marches. It's one thing to be against the war in Iraq, but to actively join hands with the Great Unwashed is another. For the fact is, these anti-war rallies have always brought out a sizeable contingent of anti-Semites, who argue that American foreign policy parrots Israeli foreign policy and that America's top brass is controlled by the Jews and the Jewish lobby. Anti-war protests are a great excuse to bring out the Jew-haters on both the extreme Left and Right as well as militant Muslims. Even if I was against the war, I would have kept my distance from this puerile lot and I would have stated my antipathy toward them. Yet it's amazing how many anti-war types have failed to do just that.

In the diseased minds of the anti-Semites, it follows that, since America and Israel are so intrinsically linked, America's wars are Israel's wars — and vice versa. America kicked the Arabs out in '48 and again in '67 and took part in the irredentist actions of '73. And so on and so forth. These are the sort of people who nodded their heads solemnly and muttered genuine agreement when they first heard about Mel Gibson's drunken rant that the Jews were responsible for the world's problems.

In this sense, Jacobson's basic argument is a bit flawed — the Jews do come first. They are the first to be blamed for war and Middle East aggression.

I've heard it said that because Israel is a militarily strong nation-state, perfectly capable of sticking up for itself and never showing any reticence to do so, the Left abandoned the Jewish cause for the Palestinian one. So Leftists sought out another dispossessed people to rally around in order to make themselves feel good and righteous.

We hear about the nobility of the anti-war activists, sticking up for a different America they wish to see — one that kicks the Israelis in the face.

Little wonder, in this environment of hostility toward Jews and their nation-state, that Jacobson felt moved to counter the bias in the press with regard to Israel in his latest column.

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  • Joe

    Actually a very good case can be made that the Jewish lobby does control U.S. foreign policy. In 1967 Lyndon Johnson proclaimed at the start of the Six Day War that it was essential for peace that no land change hands. Then when it became apparent Israel was going to win, he shut up. In 1973 when the Israelis were losing that war, the U.S. sent a massive shipment of arms and ammunition to Israel. In 1982 the U.S. was largely silent when Israel invaded Lebanon. So those who say Israel’s wars are America’s wars are not entirely wrong.

  • Joe

    Actually a very good case can be made that the Jewish lobby does control U.S. foreign policy. In 1967 Lyndon Johnson proclaimed at the start of the Six Day War that it was essential for peace that no land change hands. Then when it became apparent Israel was going to win, he shut up. In 1973 when the Israelis were losing that war, the U.S. sent a massive shipment of arms and ammunition to Israel. In 1982 the U.S. was largely silent when Israel invaded Lebanon. So those who say Israel’s wars are America’s wars are not entirely wrong.

  • MichaelF

    Actually, recent news reports have confirmed what many of us have already suspected. Then Israeli Prime Minister Sharon did personally lobby President Bush NOT to invade Iraq! Sharon felt that Iran was the real threat, and only Iran would benefit from a US invasion. He was correct. Unfortunately, Sharon fearing offending the Bush administration kept his opinions to himself — as did AIPAC and other organizations favoring a strong US-Israeli relationship. If Israel’s influence over the US government was half of what its critics claim, the entire Iraq disaster would have been avoided.

    And for you Israel-haters and Jew-haters, why are you against the war? Its your people the Bush Administration put into power in Iraq.

  • moonraven

    Manning should be censured for his comment about The Great Unwashed. Even BC should not be stooping this low.

    As for blaming Jews for war, why not ask why Israeli planes dropped bombs in the Syrian desert yesterday?

    And don’t tell us they were fucking postcards….

  • JustOneMan

    Enough already with the constant droning about jews and israel….nobody really cares!

    JOM

  • http://handyfilm.blogspot.com handyguy

    Aren’t we glad that there is indeed only one JOM? Sometimes none would be even better.

    I’m not sure which is more offensive, this article or the comments it is drawing.

  • Nancy

    Maybe it’s Kismet, Handy: perhaps he & MR are made for each other, altho I did think she might make a go of it with Arch, for awhile there.

  • moonraven

    I will settle that for you:

    It’s the fucking Israeli government that is the most offensive–even more so than the OP.

  • moonraven

    I don’t “make a go of it” with anyone in this shithole, Nancy.

    I understand that you are depraved because you are deprived, but you have too little experience to participate in any of that stuff.

    Why not get to that therapist instead of hanging out here?

  • Nancy

    Sorry, nice try, but I like it here better.

  • moonraven

    It’s your funeral, Nancy–I bend over backwards to give you the best advice you will ever receive, and you doggedly refuse to do it.

    I am dead serious about this.

  • Sylvia Muffaleto

    “you are depraved because you are deprived”

    West Side Story references from someone claiming that the mention of Don Rickles dates a person?

  • moonraven

    I believe WE have already been dated.

    Not that it matters–except that it is a pretext for ageism as well as misogynism on this site.

  • JustOneMan

    Hey Handy…I’m not sure which is more offensive, your silly movie critiques (Ratatouille
    paleeezzzz) or his inane posts..

    Get a life…stop it with yer fucking whining

    JOM

  • Nancy

    MR, how do you know I DON’t already go to one?

  • moonraven

    Because I referred to you yesterday as an “unrecovered” victim of sexual abuse.

    Your behavior is showing heavy self-image conflict–compulsive sucking up to males and I suspect that you are also “flirtatious” in inappropriate situations–especially now that you have lost a ton of weight. You are also too curious about other folks’ sexual activities.

    If you are seeing a therapist, I assume that the therapist is not a specialist in the field of early childhood abuse. Probably won’t do you any harm, but not much good at getting to the bottom of things, either.

    Getting the weight off must have taken a super-human effort. Congratulations! Now it’s time to get serious about addressing what that weight was put there to protect you from.

    Since there are several compulsive behaviors involved in trying to insulate yourself–in this case one primary one, over-eating–I think a 12-step program would also be useful.

    Usually relationship addiction accompanies the food addiction when there has been abuse–another reason to give yourself the support of a 12-step program.

    And I cannot recommend Radical Forgiveness highly enough. I don’t know where you live but you could check their website for workshops near you. All you have to do is be WILLING to see the perfection in what happened to you.

    (They also have a RF weight loss program which I have seen folks follow with good results.)

  • JustOneMan

    Hey moonraven…butt out…Nancy is an easy lay and your screwin it up with your womans lib and self image crap!

    Cut it out and let nancy return to her “compulsive sucking” (up to men)!

    JOM

  • moonraven

    I don’t remember posting anything about “women’s lib”, JOM.

  • JustOneMan

    “self-image conflict–compulsive sucking up to males”

  • moonraven

    Nothing to do with “women’s lib”–just describing self-defeating bahvior.

    Now, would you like me to describe YOURS?

    You know, these consults are not free….

  • moonraven

    Something is fucked up with the posting mechanism again.

    Just ate my post.

    I am outta here, kiddies.

  • Baronius

    Mark, I think there’s a tendency for the anti-war movement to equate all wars. War is bad; Israel’s always at war; therefore Israel’s bad. This is a good article on a delicate subject.

  • moonraven

    All wars ARE bad.

    There has never been a “just” war.

    Joshua at the battle of Jericho, my ass.

    Israel is bad.

    There is nothing “delicate” about the conflict, nor the topic.

    Where do they get you clowns?

  • http://nitpickingnightdragon.blogspot.com Mark Edward Manning

    Moonraven: “Manning should be censured for his comment about The Great Unwashed. Even BC should not be stooping this low.”

    MR, have you ever heard of free speech? BC is not in the business of censorship. If it was up to you, the internet would not exist, except to parrot the human-rights abusing regimes of Castro’s Cuba and fat-boy Chavez’ Venezuela.

    Also, I am not at all surprised at your display of anti-Semitism here. You are clearly a genuine Leftist — you’re the real deal.

    But, hey, at least you’re honest, Moonraven. I’ve got to give you that much.

  • http://nitpickingnightdragon.blogspot.com Mark Edward Manning

    Baronius: It is a delicate subject, to be sure. But, as a commentator, I have never shied away from the delicate or controversial.

    It’s just that you get folks like moonraven who think free speech should be limited to Stalinists that makes it all a bit frustrating to venture an opinion.

  • Ruvy in Jerusalem

    To read the works of various Israel bashers, here and elsewhere, one would think that this country had an inexaustibly huge army with unlimited arms that towered head and foot over the Arabs. This might have been true once – in July, 1967. But it ain’t true anymore.

    The government has been gutting the defense budget year after year, and rearranging the financing so that we are a lot like the Egyptian army was in 1947 – all the money feeding a bloated officer corps and their HQ’s. Add this to a dependence on American arms, and you have a crippled military that is barely able to defend the country. Add to this the fact that the government is trashing the army’s morale by having troops kick Jews out of their homes and destroy synagogues in the part of the country that is most nationalistic, and you have an army that is unable to defend Israel, and is not really sure why it should.

    As for the “anti war” pricks and their anti-Israel hate-fests, may they be judged by the Almighty and suffer punishment as Sharon has – or worse.

  • Ruvy in Jerusalem

    Oh yeah. Just in case any of these despicable assholes is reading this, THIS JEW doesn’t give a damn what they think. Let them come to my house and we’ll see how well their skulls hold up to my baseball bat.

  • moonraven

    I take myself seriously, and I am the only person whose opinion matters to me.

  • sr

    No comment

  • http://nitpickingnightdragon.blogspot.com Mark Edward Manning

    mr: “I take myself seriously,”

    That’s good to hear, because hardly anyone else does.

    “and I am the only person whose opinion matters to me.”

    Is this another way of saying that you feel sorry for yourself?

  • moonraven

    It’s another way of saying fuck off, I believe.