Saturday, June 18, 2005


Licking Israel’s Boots

We are assured again and again by left gatekeepers that Israel does not control the US. Poppycock. When Israel commands, “Jump!” the US asks, “How high?” The Zionist lobby’s stranglehold over the US political establishment is so powerful that US politicos dare ignore it at their own peril.

Perhaps you saw the letter by Congressman John Conyers trashing the Washington Post for mocking the hearing on the Downing Street Memo. The Post and the article’s author, Dana Milbank, certainly deserved trashing for, well, writing and publishing trash. Particularly trashy was Milbank’s use of the cowardly political ploy — a standard in US politics to discredit someone — of suggesting anti-Semitism.

While I expect this from a hack like Milbank, I was dismayed, but not surprised, by the disclaimer this elicited from Conyers:

First, let me be clear: I consider myself to be friend and supporter of Israel and there were a number of other staunchly pro-Israel members who were in attendance at the hearing. I do not agree with, support, or condone any comments asserting Israeli control over U.S. policy, and I find any allegation that Israel is trying to dominate the world or had anything to do with the September 11 tragedy disgusting and offensive.

This is the standard and obligatory “I am a friend of Israel” statement required of US politicos. Ray McGovern as quoted by Milbank speaks a seminal truth: You can’t say anything critical of Israel without opening yourself up to attacks of “anti-Semitism,” which is of course a trick to deflect criticism of Israeli policies and actions.

It’s too bad that Conyers fell for this trick, but it appears required for any US politician who wants to stay in office.

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