The question that keeps coming to my mind is why do people who claim to be non-interventionists not merely argue that we should be disengaged from all our alliances, including Israel? Just stay out of everybody else’s business? Including Israel’s?
But Paulites—and Ron Paul himself—don’t do that.
They don’t simply preach non-involvement; they actually involve themselves by taking sides. And the side they take, the side they become active, daily apologists for is the side of the terrorists. They do it with every interview, every article, every link. I have yet to encounter a Ron Paul supporter who, while continuing to preach non-U.S. involvement, defends Israel’s right to defend itself against an aggressor who has pledged to destroy it.
This morning I read a column by Jonah Goldberg, Who’re the real Nazis?, and I have now decided that enough is enough. It is time to name names and make people choose. Too many conservatives and libertarians are either ignoring this anti-Israel—no, this pro-terrorist—agenda or actively joining in it and getting away with it by hiding behind “Bush shredding the Constitution” or “Bush promised smaller government [which he didn’t] and gave us huge government growth [which he did]” rhetoric. Am I the only one who’s noticed that the only coalition partners Paulites are ever comfortable with are anti-war leftists? They won’t ever cite National Review, but, boy howdy, they have links to every anti-war site on the internet.
Libertarians. Paulites. Conservatives. It is time to choose. Are you on the side of terrorists, like Hamas, sworn to the destruction of Israel? Or are you against them?
Is Goldberg describing you?
“Go back to the oven! You need a big oven, that’s what you need!”
This is what one young woman thought passed for acceptable discourse last week during an anti-Israel rally in, of all places, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Other chants were similarly unlovely. You can watch it on YouTube, if you like.
But why bother? The Fort Lauderdale outburst is just one window on the upside-down world of Israel hatred. Across the Islamic world, and in too many points West, it is still considered a penetrating and poignant insight to call Zionists the “new Nazis.” For instance, in Sunday’s Gulf News, Mohammad Abdullah al Mutawa, a sociology professor at United Arab Emirates University, penned an essay titled “Zionists are the new Nazis.” He began: “Today, the whole world stands as a witness to the fact that the Nazi Holocaust was a mere lie, which was devised by the Zionists to blackmail humanity.”
At a Saturday New York protest against Israel’s military assault on Gaza, some carried signs that read: “Israel: The Fourth Reich”; “Holocaust by Holocaust Survivors”; “Stop Israel’s Holocaust”; “Holocaust in Gaza”; and “Stop the Zionist Genocide in Gaza.”
What kind of warped minds buy into this stuff? The truth is hiding in plain sight—unless you’re so blinded by hatred you can’t see it:
First, let us note that if supposedly all-powerful Israel is dedicated to exterminating the Palestinian people, it is doing a very bad job. The Palestinian population has only grown since 1948. There are more Arab citizens living in Israel proper today than there were in all of Palestine the year Israel was founded.
Perhaps one reason Israel fails at genocide is that it isn’t interested in genocide? That would explain why Israel warned thousands of Gazans by cellphone to leave homes near Hamas rocket stockpiles. It would clarify why, even amid all-out war, it offers aid to enemy civilians. It would even illuminate the otherwise mysterious clamor from Israelis for a viable “peace partner.”
But no. For millions of Israel haters, the more plausible explanation is that the “defiant” Palestinians have miraculously survived Israel’s determination to wipe them out.
Meanwhile, calls for the complete extermination of Israel are routine. The Hamas charter, invoking the fraudulent “Protocols of the Elders of Zion” as justification, demands the destruction of Israel. Indeed, Hamas exists solely because it is dedicated to the complete obliteration of the “Zionist entity.” Remove that “principle” and Hamas is meaningless.
Where does Ron Paul stand on all this? Look at the video below. But before you do, notice the headline. It came from the video’s YouTube link. Notice the word “Neutrality.” I want you to come back to that word after you listen to what Congressman Paul says. “Neutrality.” That’s the Holy Grail for Paulites. “Neutrality.” I want you to decide: Is what Congressman Paul advocating really neutrality? Or is it based on something else? Who is he blaming for this conflict? What does he say is the root of the conflict? To whom does he assign responsibility for the plight of the Palestinians living in Gaza? What is his solution?
Ron Paul Stresses Neutrality in Foreign Affairs and Gaza in PressTV Interview 1/5/09
For whom is Ron Paul an apologist?
I’ll have more to say on this later.
Photograph: Charlie Neibergall/AP