September 30, 2011

Offense versus Defense

Over at another blog I frequent, the comments turned to why liberal pro-Israel defenders seem constantly on the defensive when it comes to the conflict with the Palestinians.

There are so many great issues in the light of day to show the opposite sides of the coin, yet too many hesitate to use them to shift the presumption that Israel is solely to blame.

Why not they let these anti-Israel "defenders of humanity" defend the shameful conduct of those actors and regimes they align with to demonize Israel and Jews?

Last I saw, the Democratic Party supported Israel and Jewish self-determination.  Sources that expose the opponents should, in theory, be welcomed as they support both Democratic and democratic ideals.  They are not right wing, even if the "defenders of humanity" say so.  These sources should be used without apology or fear of being labeled a hater or Islamophobe, especially by those who seem no less filled with hatred and Judaiophobia, as it emanates from the anti-Israel rhetoric.

Perhaps if the "defenders of humanity" did not pay lip service to these issues in reality, then it would not be necessary for others to do so and break the silence.

September 29, 2011


Time to get started.  This is the first post.  I'll start here writing for myself.  It will be interesting to see what I say and decide to include as relevant.  If any one stumbles by, I hope you find something worthwhile.

I suppose the theme here evolves the variants of persecution and antisemitism, Christian and Muslim, and how they affect the Jewish People, who constitute the smallest fraction yet cannot escape the attention, and Israel, which garners similar attention in the international community.

The action, of course, occurs in the Middle East in the Arab-Israeli conflict.  There is no pretense here.  The rage from all sides is out in the open.  Israel is surrounded by regimes in which it is and has been the norm to portray Jews, despite their minority status, in negative, demonizing ways.

The action occurs in Europe as well, where demographic changes and resulting social upheaval have taken place.  To a lesser extent it involves the USA.

Also included are a Western elite, guided by rigid anti-Western ideology and adherence to multiculturalism.  This is largely what was taught as they rose through the academic and social ranks, anointing themselves as the moral conscience to define humanitarianism and what constitutes dignity.  The underlying political and ideological nature of the approach taken, however, can become downright authoritarian and enhance violations of very important human rights and universal values set forth in international and domestic law.  They bring Orwell into mind.

Anyway, if all that did not provide a clue of where this blog may go, what can I say?

That is not to say that other matters will be absent either, if the mood strikes.