A big turnout in New York City supporting Israel.
Next thing you know Boston will be overrun by the Irish next March 17th.
Okay, I’m being glib, but Israel kind of lost that virginal glow it used to have for me years ago, right after it filled up its shopping cart with lots of American dollars and weapons and became the bully on the block knowing fully well that the US was standing behind it, smiling passively like a mother with an out-of-control toddler, while armed with biggest Louisville Slugger in the world at the ready.
Basically it is impossible in America to criticize Israel, or speak in defense of the Palestinian people, without being called an “anti-semite” which is why I believe that so many blogs on the left have been so quiet about the attack on Lebanon and what is benignly referred to as Israel’s “overreaction“. In fact, I hesitated to even write this post remembering how Juan Cole was smeared and denied an appointment at Yale. It is a very rare occurrence when I hesitate to write what is on my mind; but you know us liberals and how we hate to be called a “bigot” or to be accused of being “intolerant” by people who are bigots and are intolerant. Well, as my grandmother used to say: “fuck that noise”. Also, I’m not staying up late waiting for a call from Yale.
I know that many on the right (and this would include those on the right who have kind of forgiven the jews, if only for the moment, for killing their savior) are cheering on Israel as our proxy in the fight against Islamowhateverism, because the right loonisphere constantly demands that someone must fluff their hate hard-on, particularly at a time when the commies, homos, negroes, and Mexicans (temporarily at least) lie dormant. As James Wolcott writes:
Lawrence (Larry) Kudlow, CNBC host, columnist, and an editorial advisor at Pisspoor Media, is a Catholic convert who credits his faith with helping him achieve and maintain sobriety. But his Catholicism has limits, especially when it conflicts with a higher creed–the neoconservative agenda.
“Israel is doing the Lordâ€™s work,” he proclaimed today, a sentiment of which the Vatican would hardly approve, and which makes some of us non-believers want to hurl, preferably in his direction. “They are defending their own homeland and very existence,” Kudlow continues, “but they are also defending Americaâ€™s homeland as our frontline democratic ally in the Middle East.” So when Israel bombs the Beirut airport or hits a viaduct, it’s really looking out for us–I mean, U.S.
“When the dust clears the world will applaud Israel for its courage. Sensible freedom-loving people everywhere will realize that Israelâ€™s furious response in the face of senseless terrorist attacks will have made the world a better place.
“In fact, we are all Israelis now.”
You know what, I don’t want to be an Israeli. Include me out. Pardon me for not wanting to be conscripted into the Israeli division of the 101st Fighting Wankers. I’m an American, a New Yorker, and a world citizen, and I don’t see why empathy is supposed to reside exclusively on the Israeli side when Lebanese civilians are suffering so. Why I should identity with the humanity of those fleeing Haifa and not with those fleeing Beirut? Is this supposed to make me want to become an honorary Israeli?
Let us turn to Emma Goldman:
We Americans claim to be a peace-loving people. We hate bloodshed; we are opposed to violence. Yet we go into spasms of joy over the possibility of projecting dynamite bombs from flying machines upon helpless citizens. We are ready to hang, electrocute, or lynch anyone, who, from economic necessity, will risk his own life in the attempt upon that of some industrial magnate. Yet our hearts swell with pride at the thought that America is becoming the most powerful nation on earth, and that she will eventually plant her iron foot on the necks of all other nations.
Even if we have to use Israel to do our dirty work for us…