Friday, June 12, 2009
Gee, thanks, Reverend... that makes me feel a whole lot better.
You're a little behind the times, I'm afraid. That excuse -- "I'm not anti-Jew, I'm anti-Zionist" -- was old hat in the eighties. Besides, if the reason for your backtracking is to claim that you're not antisemitic, let's just say that, as a person who gets confused about the distinction between Jews and Zionists, you have no leg to stand on here.
(In case either of my readers are confused on this issue: a Jew is someone who was born into the faith or converted to it. A Zionist is someone dedicated to the preservation and protection of the State of Israel. I am a Jew and a Zionist; Noam Chomsky is a Jew but not a Zionist; Walid Shoebat is a Zionist but is not Jewish; Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is neither a Jew nor a Zionist. All clear?)
Rev. Wright further muddies the waters in his anti-Zionist diatribe by saying: "I quote Jews when I say this". Big deal; finding anti-Zionist Jews is not difficult. (Heck, finding antisemitic Jews isn't that hard either.)
Is Rev. Wright being dishonest, or just lazy? In the latter case, he'd have a much better argument by saying "I quote Zionists to bolster my anti-Zionist argument"... which he could certainly do. (There are people dedicated to the preservation if Israel who condemn Israel's recent actions in Gaza, Israel's treatment of Palestinians in general, and so on. Some of them are high-ranking officers in the Israeli military.)
If he's being dishonest, of course, then it doesn't matter if his argument makes sense or not; it only matters if it sounds good.
Oh, and just for the record: Reverend, it's not the Jews or the Zionists that keep you from speaking to President Obama. It's your poisonous opinions and speeches, which you seem unable or unwilling to change; disassociating from them is actually a very reasonable thing for President Obama -- or anyone! -- to do.
In short, the one most responsible for distancing you from the President is yourself. Too bad.