You’re an Anti-Semite If You’re Against War

Update:  See also Glenn Greenwald’s Ugly and Reckless Anti-Semitism Games. “Even by that magazine’s lowly standards, The New Republic yesterday published an amazingly ugly, reckless, and at-times-deranged screed from its Literary Editor, Leon Wieseltier, devoting 4,300 words to accusing Andrew Sullivan of being an anti-semite, largely due to his critical (i.e., forbidden) comments about Israeli actions and American neoconservatives.  Particularly since the horrific Israeli assault, Sullivan has become more critical of Israeli actions and more dubious of uncritical U.S. support.”

One misses the days when those working for peace and standing up for war’s victims were merely pinko-commie queers. Now, they’re anti-Semites.

Over at the pages of the New Republic (TNR) is a raging debate over whether neo-con/neo-liberal/neo Andrew Sullivan is per force an anti-Semite as he directs his commentary—as he has the last few years—onto victims of Israeli militarism.

That’s a big leap for Sullivan who as recently as 2004 defended the invasion of Iraq ridiculing and slandering the war’s detractors such as Noam Chomsky. Sullivan was also a reliable ally of the militarists in Israel.

So what’s gotten into Sullivan that he would come to the defense of victims of American-Israeli militarism? If you believe the New Republic, it’s anti-Semitism.

It seems unlikely that Sullivan, an intelligent man, could hold to racist views—presumably anti-Semitism requires a belief in the myth of a Jewish raceand the euqally silly notion that races are marked by distinguishing qualities of character inclination and behavior capacities.

No, what Leon Wieseltier says  is the give-away is Sullivan “belongs to the party of Mearsheimer and the clique of Walt (whom he cites frequently and deferentially), to the herd of fearless dissidents who proclaim in all seriousness, without in any way being haunted by the history of such an idea, that Jews control Washington.”

Actually what Mearsheimer, Walt and now Sullivan apparently believe is that Christain Zionists, militaristic Zionists in America and Israel and AIPAC comprise an enormously effective lobby, and that “… the thrust of US policy in the region derives almost entirely from domestic politics, and especially the activities of the ‘Israel Lobby’. Other special-interest groups have managed to skew foreign policy, but no lobby has managed to divert it as far from what the nationalinterest would suggest, while simultaneously convincing Americans that US interests and those of the other country – in this case, Israel – are essentially identical. London Review of Books (Vol. 28 No. 6 · 23 March 2006))

That’s enough to draw the charge of anti-Semitism from American militarists like Wieseltier.

You see, before accusing someone of a historical imprecation like anti-Semite, I would have the decency to have one hell of a lot of evidence. But evidence and decency, the tools of rational analysis, escape Wieseltier when defending the indefensible; that is atrocities, death and destruction that are the favored results of all militarists of any state, creed, and religious persuasion.

War sucks, Wieseltier. That’s a truism you find dark and disturbing.

Here, by the way, is an excerpt from the understated text from Mearsheimer and Walt’s article in the London Review of Books (Vol. 28 No. 6 · 23 March 2006):

The Israel Lobby

John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt

For the past several decades, and especially since the Six-Day War in 1967, the centrepiece of US Middle Eastern policy has been its relationship with Israel. The combination of unwavering support for Israel and the related effort to spread ‘democracy’ throughout the region has inflamed Arab and Islamic opinion and jeopardised not only US security but that of much of the rest of the world. This situation has no equal in American political history. Why has the US been willing to set aside its own security and that of many of its allies in order to advance the interests of another state? One might assume that the bond between the two countries was based on shared strategic interests or compelling moral imperatives, but neither explanation can account for the remarkable level of material and diplomatic support that the US provides.

Instead, the thrust of US policy in the region derives almost entirely from domestic politics, and especially the activities of the ‘Israel Lobby’. Other special-interest groups have managed to skew foreign policy, but no lobby has managed to divert it as far from what the nationalinterest would suggest, while simultaneously convincing Americans that US interests and those of the other country – in this case, Israel – are essentially identical.

Since the October War in 1973, Washington has provided Israel with a level of support dwarfing that given to any other state. It has been the largest annual recipient of direct economic and military assistance since 1976, and is the largest recipient in total since World War Two, to the tune of well over $140 billion (in 2004 dollars). Israel receives about $3 billion in direct assistance each year, roughly one-fifth of the foreign aid budget, and worth about $500 a year for every Israeli. This largesseis especially striking since Israel is now a wealthy industrial state with a per capitaincome roughly equal to that of South Korea or Spain.

Other recipients get their money in quarterly installments, but Israel receives its entire appropriation at the beginning of each fiscal year and can thus earn interest on it. Most recipients of aid given for military purposes are required to spend all of it in the US, but Israel is allowed to use roughly 25 per cent of its allocation to subsidise its own defence industry. It is the only recipient that does not have to account for how the aid is spent, which makes it virtually impossible to prevent the money from being used for purposes the US opposes, such as building settlements on the West Bank. Moreover, the US has provided Israel with nearly $3 billion to develop weapons systems, and given it access to such top-drawer weaponry as Blackhawk helicopters and F-16 jets. Finally, the US gives Israel access to intelligence it denies to its Nato allies and has turned a blind eye to Israel’s acquisition of nuclear weapons.

Washington also provides Israel with consistent diplomatic support. Since 1982, the US has vetoed 32 Security Council resolutions critical of Israel, more than the total number of vetoes cast by all the other Security Council members. It blocks the efforts of Arab states to put Israel’s nuclear arsenal on the IAEA’s agenda. The US comes to the rescue in wartime and takes Israel’s side when negotiating peace. The Nixon administration protected it from the threat of Soviet intervention and resupplied it during the October War. Washington was deeply involved in the negotiations that ended that war, as well as in the lengthy ‘step-by-step’ process that followed, just as it played a key role in the negotiations that preceded and followed the 1993 Oslo Accords. In each case there was occasional friction between US and Israeli officials, but the US consistently supported the Israeli position. One American participant at Camp David in 2000 later said: ‘Far too often, we functioned . . . as Israel’s lawyer.’ Finally, the Bush administration’s ambition to transform the Middle East is at least partly aimed at improving Israel’s strategic situation. …

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16 Responses to "You’re an Anti-Semite If You’re Against War"

  1. Michael Leon  February 13, 2010 at 5:02 pm

    Don’t know, and we continue to sell a lot of arms to the various scumbag Arab states as well.

  2. Arak  February 13, 2010 at 9:13 am

    Typical. Do you have any facts to refute that comment, or is ignorant, angry rhetoric your game?

  3. Mihail  February 12, 2010 at 2:05 am


    Benjamin H. Freedman, Jewish Historian – Researcher – Scholar.
    From “Common Sense”, p. 2-1-53 and 5-1-59

    “Christians have been duped by the unholiest hoax in all history, by so-called Jews. This is considered their most effective weapon.”

    “This ‘big lie’ technique is brainwashing United States Christians into believing that Jesus Christ was “King of the Jews”, in the sense that so-called ‘Jews’ today call themselves ‘Jews’. This reference was first made in English translations of the Old and New Testaments, centuries before the so-called Jews highjacked the word ‘Jew’ in the 18th century A.D. to palm themselves off on the Christian world as having a kinship with Jesus Christ. This alleged kinship comes from the myth of their common ancestry with the so-called ‘Jews’ of the Holy Land in the Old Testament history, a fiction based on fable.”

    “American Christians little suspect they are being brainwashed twenty-four hours of every day over television and radio, by newspapers and magazines, by motion pictures and plays, by books, by political leaders in office and seeking office, by religious leaders in their pulpits and outside their churches, by leaders in the field of education inside and outside their curricular activities, and by all leaders in business, professions and finance, whose economic security demands that they curry the favor of so-called “Jews” of historic Khazar ancestry. Unsuspecting Christians are subjected to this barrage from sources they have little reason to suspect. Incontestable facts supply the unchallengeable proof of the historic accuracy that so-called “Jews” throughout the world today of eastern European origin are unquestionably the historic descendants of the Khazars, a pagan Turko-Finn ancient Mongoloid nation deep in the heart of Asia, according to history, who battled their way in bloody wars about the 1st century B.C. into eastern Europe where they set up their Khazar kingdom. For some mysterious reason the history of the Khazar kingdom is conspicuous by its absence from history courses in the schools and colleges.

    “The historic existence of the Khazar kingdom of so-called “Jews”, their rise and fall, the permanent disappearance of the Khazar kingdom as a nation from the map of Europe, and how King Bulan and the Khazar nation in about 740 A.D. became so-called “Jews” by conversion, were concealed from American Christians by censorship imposed by so-called “Jews”, of historic Khazar ancestry, upon all U.S.A. media of mass communications directed by them. Then in 1945 this author gave nation-wide publicity to his many years intensive research into the “facts of life” concerning Khazars. The disclosures were sensational and very effective but apparently angered so-called “Jews” who have continued to vent their spleen upon this author since then solely for that reason. Since 1946 they have conducted a vicious smear campaign against him, seeking thus to further conceal these facts, for obvious reasons. What have they to fear from the truth?

    “In an original 1903 edition of the Jewish Encyclopedia in New York’s Public Library, and in the Library of Congress, Volume IV, pages 1 to 5 inclusive, appears a most comprehensive history of the Khazars. Also in the New York Public Library are 327 books by the world’s greatest historians and other sources of reference, in addition to the Jewish Encyclopedia, dealing with Khazar history, and written between the 3rd A.D. and 20th centuries by contemporaries of the Khazars and by modern historians on that subject.”

    Jesus was a ‘Judean’, not a Jew.

    During His lifetime, no persons were described as “Jews” anywhere. That fact is supported by theology, history and science. When Jesus was in Judea, it was not the “homeland” of the ancestors of those who today style themselves “Jews”. Their ancestors never set a foot in Judea. They existed at that time in Asia, their “homeland”, and were known as Khazars. In none of the manuscripts of the original Old or New Testament was Jesus described or referred to as a “Jew”. The term originated in the late eighteenth century as an abbreviation of the term Judean and refers to a resident of Judea without regard to race or religion, just as the term “Texan” signifies a person living in Texas.

    In spite of the powerful propaganda effort of the so-called “Jews”, they have been unable to prove in recorded history that there is one record, prior to that period, of a race religion or nationality, referred to as “Jew”. The religious sect in Judea, in the time of Jesus, to which self-styled “Jews” today refer to as “Jews”, were known as “Pharisees”. “Judaism” today and “Pharisaism” in the time of Jesus are the same.

  4. Mihail  February 12, 2010 at 2:03 am

    I’ve never seen a President — I don’t care who he is — stand up to them. It just boggles the mind. They always get what they want. The Israelis know what is going on all the time. I got to the point where I wasn’t writing anything down. If the American people understood what a grip these people have got on our government, they would RISE UP IN ARMS. Our citizens certainly don’t have any idea what goes on.”

    Thomas H. Moorer
    (1912 – 2004)
    US Navy & Chairman,
    Joint Chiefs of Staff during interview on
    24 August 1983.
    Our race is the Master Race. We are divine gods on this planet. We are as different from the inferior races as they are from insects. In fact, compared to our race, other races are beasts and animals, cattle at best. Other races are considered as human excrement. Our destiny is to rule over the inferior races. Our earthly kingdom will be ruled by our leader with a rod of iron. The masses will lick our feet and serve us as our slaves.”

    — Menachem Begin – Israeli Prime Minister 1977–1983

  5. Mihail  February 12, 2010 at 1:53 am

    The Jewish people(THE CHILDREN OF SATAN,THE SYNAGOGUE OF SATAN,FAKE JEWS,KHAZAR,REVELATION 2:9,3:9) as a whole will become its own Messiah. It will attain world dominion by the dissolution of other races, by the abolition of frontiers, the annihilation of monarchy and by the establishment of a world republic in which the Jews will everywhere exercise the privilege of citizenship.

    In this New World Order the children of Israel will furnish all the leaders without encountering opposition. The Governments of the different peoples forming the world republic will fall without difficulty into the hands of the Jews. It will then be possible for the Jewish rulers to abolish private property and everywhere to make use of the resources of the state. Thus will the promise of the Talmud be fulfilled, in which is said that when the Messianic time is come, the Jews will have all the property of the whole world in their hands.”

    — Baruch Levy, Letter to Karl Marx, ‘La Revue de Paris’, p.574, June 1, 1928

  6. Cynic2  February 12, 2010 at 1:47 am

    That’s “Schicklgruber”. Sorry, typo.

  7. Jay  February 12, 2010 at 1:20 am

    The real point here is that the accusations of racism, bigotry, anti-semitism and so on are just used the same way Bush and company accused anyone who questioned them of being unpatriotic.

    It is unfortunate that racism still plays a role in the modern world, however most of the people yelling about racism the loudest are doing it for ulterior motives. Most people who complain about racism are doing it because they want to feel superior to working class people who don’t speak the latest political correct lingo. Most “racism” is caused by working class people expressing legitimate anger in the only way they can. Those who refuse to see the underlying causes
    basically just want the working class people to shutup and go away. So they call them racists or anti-semites.

    The same goes for patriotism: obviously people are not as supportive of their communities as they were in times past, but those who yell the most about how unpatriotic others are, are mainly doing so to make themselves feel superior or to goad others to do their dirty work for them.

    This whole issue is not unique to the Jews, who are no better or no worse than anyone else.

  8. Bill  February 11, 2010 at 9:02 pm

    I always though that they were Anti Gentile..

  9. Cadavre  February 11, 2010 at 8:50 pm

    In the movie, “Planet of the Apes”, humans, and apes, that challenged the assertion that, “only apes have souls”, were put to death. Welcome to earth, Planet of the Apes.

  10. Mike  February 11, 2010 at 5:01 am

    This is so ridiculous, I think Israel also killed the Loch Ness monster…
    Is there any other conspiracy you’ve left out…

  11. plebian  February 11, 2010 at 2:15 am

    I can tell you where to begin, prove the allegations and statements false, and drop the bigotry.

  12. Frisco  February 10, 2010 at 11:25 pm

    Wow. I don’t know where to begin with all of your false allegations and statements. Go live with the Arabs or Muslims for a while and you will change your tune!

  13. Lese Majeste  February 10, 2010 at 5:37 pm

    You are “anti-Semitic” if…

    you don’t believe everything that Alan Dershowitz and Norm Podhoretz write and say.

    you think that the main impediment to Middle East peace is the fact that Israel has over 300 nuclear weapons

    you disagree with Bush and former Weekly Standard and current NYT writer David Brooks

    you think that the Hasidic Jews occupying the West Bank are an out of control bunch of violent psychopaths

    you think that a cabal of Zionists helped manufacture and promulgate dodgy intelligence and lies that led the U.S. into invading Iraq

    you think that AIPAC has way too much influence over the US Congress and White House

    you wonder why, in a nation that has Jews as less than 2% of its population, that they control 80% of the Federal Reserve Board of Governors

    you believe the Bush White House lied about 9/11 in order to launch a war against countries Israel thought to be “existential” enemies

    you think that Israel spies on the U.S. constantly

    you wonder why Israeli’s were at Liberty Park in New Jersey, filming the 9/11 attacks so they could document the event

    you question why Israel savagely and brutally attacked the USS Liberty and then tried to lie their way out of their actions

    you wonder why the classified intelligence the Israeli spy Pollard stole from us was sold to our #1 enemy at the time, the U.S.S.R

    you think that your Representative or Senator travels to Israel on fully paid junkets way too often

    you think that in the Summer of 2006, Israel attacked Lebanon in a savage and brutal manner and deliberately targeted civilians

    you think that in the Winter of 2008, Israel attacked Gaza in a savage, brutal manner and deliberately targeted civilians

    you think that Abe Foxman and the ADL actually exist to smash any legitimate criticisms of Israel

    you wonder why Congress gives Israel billions and billions of our dollars each year, while we don’t have sufficient money to repair bridges

    you think that Israel is a racist and apartheid state, for Jews and Jews alone

    you wonder how the U.N. could create Israel, when it had no statutory authority to do so

    you wonder why Israel has threatened to nuke the entire world, using their Sampson option

    you believe that Israel is actually engaged in an ethnic cleansing campaign against the Palestinians and has been for decades

    you choose to use your own thought processes to investigate matters, since you don’t trust CNN and FOX

    you think that Israel is building that concrete barrier on prime Palestinian land not for security but to steal both the land and prime water resources from Palestine

    you think that Israel will stop at NOTHING, including launching a false-flag attack against the U.S., so we will fight a war against Iran for Israel’s sake

    you know that the MSM is owned mostly by and dominated by Zionists and Israeli-Firsters

    you wonder if this so-called financial crisis was manufactured to benefit a handful of Wall Street banks

    In short, you are anti-Semitic if you don’t agree 100% with anything Israel does and the Zionists say

  14. bob taylor  February 10, 2010 at 5:23 pm

    A question…
    How did Bush the warrior manage to deal with his kissing/handholding Saudi buddies and support this wonderful relationship with Israel??
    I understand they are enemies of the first order…or is it that, that kind of money overshadows even the most hostile of rivals.

    I continue to read and discover the most insidious of relationships..
    CIA/Terrorist/Israel/India/FBI/State Department/ ad infinitum.
    Its becoming apparent we cannot trust anyone…even our neighbors..
    its been going on for a long time. Including our close relationship with the escaping Odessa/ Nazis right after the war.
    All about money…dogs lie down with cats…

  15. Cynic2  February 10, 2010 at 5:22 pm

    Arabs are Semites, too. That’s why I could never understand the term. Perhaps “anti-Judaic” or “anti-Hebraic’d” be better. But just because you hate Israel’s policies doesn’t make one Herr Schicklguber.

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