Today the Emergency Committee for Israel released "Extreme," a 30-second TV ad that highlights Wisconsin Senate candidate Tammy Baldwin's troubling foreign policy record. In a significant buy, the spot will air hundreds of times statewide over the next two weeks on cable and broadcast television, including during Green Bay Packers games.
Throughout her career in the House of Representatives, Baldwin has been nothing less than hostile to the U.S.-Israel alliance. She has accused Israel of war crimes, befriended anti-Israel groups, refused to sign bipartisan letters of support for Israel, and defended the libelous Goldstone Report.
ECI's executive director Noah Pollak said: "Over the past decade, Tammy Baldwin has established a foreign policy record of extremism. Yet now that she's running for Senate, she's attempting to obscure that record -- in fact, her campaign website doesn't even include a foreign policy section. Since she doesn't want to tell the voters where she stands, we will."
Unfortunately, your qualified defense of Israel as a morality-seeking entity in contrast to those who would “bring her down” is very amiss indeed. The moment that Zionism permitted settlements in the OT any remnant claim of morality in Zionism, were there any at all, was cast aside and the ugly truth revealed almost in retrospect. The search lights placed in the West Bank as defensive bases cast their light actually backwards across the saga of Israel and Zionism and made it clear at last that Zionism was Jewishness unfettered from any pretense of liberalism and universality, that is, it is after all rank racism with the clear intent to destroy another people, their culture, land and history, and their persons, simply because they are not Jewish and stand in the way of the expansion of Jewish power. Having take this fateful step with the support of the Jewish Americans, the bare bones of Jewish “exclusivity” and “chosen-ness” was revealed without equivocation, And the corollary of this self-selection is the evident fact that Jews detest and loath gentiles, period.
Support now for Israel’s racist destructive program is roughly equivalent to German-American support for the early Nazi regime, at least. While it was not traitorous for the American Bund to support Hitler, it was certainly very bad judgement and reprehensible at the time and in retrospect. So your “Emergency Committee” is simply a tool for expanding Jewish racism and destroying Palestinian life completely and this, despite the fact that, having conquered the WB and Gaza, Israel might have become the great benefactor of a Palestinian state and integrated into the ME at last with an end to violence. Instead, Zionism (You Guys) went with the ugly core belief in Jewish supremacy and uniqueness. It follows that Jewish supremacy will either succeed worldwide (imagine National Socialism worldwide) or it will fail through its own corruption and friendlessness anywhere. I think the latter is plainly the future, but do go on with your “Emergency” thinking and let’s see.
The only emergency I see is the one facing American Jews: How will we ever retain our identities when Zionism betrays every last hope of peaceful assimilation and co-existence as Jews in democratic countries of the “West,” Organizations like Jewish Voice for Peace already seem self-contradictory: How can you be Jewish and “for peace” when Israel and Zionism have elected otherwise? It doesn’t compute.
Second, regarding Jan’s comments: I don’t see a publicly pro-Israel position as a risk engendering widespread anti-Semitism. Israel, the Middle East, and Southwest Asia is where the threat is. During the Cold War we took positions to support nations that were threatened – that didn’t create anti-German or anti-French sentiments. I don’t see anti-South Korean sentiments growing as a result of our commitments to that nation’s defense against the threats it faces.
Who got us into the Iraq war? I think it’s a little more complicated than simply laying at the doorstep of this organization or the people who run it. I recall Saddam playing a pivotal role by invading Kuwait initially and a President Bush pushing hard to go back after Saddam flouted inspections accepted as part of the agreement to end the first Gulf War. That being said, I personally have mixed feelings about our going back the second time.
I do not fear for my children and grandchildren – I teach them to be strong, to be smart about it, but be strong. Nobody wants to get into a fight that they suspect they are going to lose unless they have to, hence why we no longer see Arab League armies massing to attack Israel. Lastly, in response to your last statement I would add that I am an infantry combat veteran of Afghanistan.
Third, regarding Dan’s comments: I admit I was concerned when I read about the results of the Goldstone report. I think Mr. Goldstone is certainly a worthy individual to head such a commission. I like to think that Israel is above immoral behavior or making tragic behavior. However, I know this isn’t always the case. What I do know from repeated demonstrations is that Israel tries a lot harder to avoid immoral acts and tragic errors than do those who try to bring that country down. Specifically, in reference to the Goldstone report, I would submit to anyone interested a Washington Post opinion piece by Mr. Goldstone. It can be accessed at http://articles.washingtonpost.com/2011-04-01/opinions/35207016_1_drone-image-goldstone-report-israeli-evidence.
Now in reference to someone betraying their duty to America by expressing an opinion different from one’s own I would remind readers of a certain Senator McCarthy. I see nothing incompatible with me being an American and supporting Jewish people in having a nation of their own. That doesn’t mean I want to deny America’s best interests in favor of Israel’s any more than being an ally of Great Britain makes me want to do it for them. I have no problem saying I am an American Zionist whatever anyone else may think of that – then again I am also a Jew who likes a cheeseburger so…
I fear for my children and grandchildren should the American people get wise to what you and your group of neo-cons are doing. You already got us into a deadly war in Iraq that caused the loss of at least 4000 American lives and the loss of billions of dollars from our treasurery. You must be so proud of yourselves, you who have never served a day in the military.
But with you all it’s always an “emergency,” Israel is always threatened precisely at those moments it is itself most threatening. You should be ashamed of yourselves: You are Americans betraying your duty to America in the name of Israel. There’s no other way to look at it. “American Zionist” is an oxymoron.