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Monday, March 24, 2003

The Anti-Semitic Right


This guy drives me crazy. Then again, he does provide for some comic relief when I trot him out as a counterexample whenever I hear about the "racist/zionist religious hawkish right." It's surprising, considering how much people on the left know about the loony things Mr. Buchanan says (and the people on the right are starting to learn, and need to work on it!), that so few of them know that he's most emphatically not a Zionist, and rather fervently against the war. One example:
Indeed, it is the charge of “anti-Semitism” itself that is toxic. For this venerable slander is designed to nullify public discourse by smearing and intimidating foes and censoring and blacklisting them and any who would publish them. Neocons say we attack them because they are Jewish. We do not. We attack them because their warmongering threatens our country, even as it finds a reliable echo in Ariel Sharon.

And this time the boys have cried “wolf” once too often.
[snip]
Cui Bono? For whose benefit these endless wars in a region that holds nothing vital to America save oil, which the Arabs must sell us to survive? Who would benefit from a war of civilizations between the West and Islam?

Answer: one nation, one leader, one party. Israel, Sharon, Likud.

Then again, he's old, and he'll probably die soon. Or have a vision from God and stop talking. (Or even change his mind!)
[aside: that article is not as clearly anti-semitic (as opposed to anti-israeli) as others he has written. but, that's the one i saw today. there are others much more clearly hate-the-jews-ish.]

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