Wednesday, September 08, 2004

Foreign Jews

I've commented many times on the attitude of many Jews towards the many problems that besiege the Israel, and the Jews in general. Most important in my view are Jews with what I call the Judenrat mentality. Part of this mentality is also the root cause for many American Jews to keep voting for the Democratic party, no matter what its current leadership intends to do once they are in power.
As I've stated before, the US is no friend of Israel (though the average American in the street most definitely IS). It usually makes little difference wether the president is a Democrat or a Republican. But this years election is different, and here's why:
American Jews and the Iranian threat.
This year, though, there’s a difference. The stakes for Israel are rather high, and involve not just its security or its borders, its diplomatic standing or its economy, but its physical existence. As the Iranian threat looms, the debates concern only when—not whether—it will go nuclear. Some say next year, some say 2006, some say it already has a few bombs. As for Iran’s intentions toward Israel, one need only consult (among many other statements) the placards in last year’s military parade for the Shahab-3 missile declaring that “Israel must be wiped off the map.”
John Kerry has already stated (more than once, in fact) how he plans to deal with the Persian: The same way they did with N-Korea. Well, we all know how that worked out.
No doubt, we’re not soothsayers and can’t say for sure what Bush or Kerry would do in the future. We can say for sure, though—whatever the wisdom of the specific steps he’s taken—that Bush has solidly established his hawkishness at least since September 11, 2001; and we can say for sure that in twenty years in the Senate Kerry racked up an extreme-dovish voting record and has been equivocal and inconsistent about how he’d handle the world’s current terror problem.

Yet most American Jewish voters are set to follow the same blind path as always. The same path they followed when they voted Carter in 1980, despite Carter’s having created the Iranian problem in the first place with his weakness and waffling toward the ayatollahs; the same path they followed in 2000 when they voted Gore despite Clinton’s having helped plunge Israel into a terror war with his constant coddling of Arafat—and so on. Clearly, the typical American Jewish Democratic voter is not preoccupied with Israel and has a predominantly American agenda. Fair enough. One might think, though, that a danger of Israel’s actual obliteration and the deaths of hundreds of thousands or millions of its citizens would perk their interest in the Israeli dimension of this vote. Well, don’t think it.
Indeed, don't think that. It seems the jews are not done learning the hard lessons. Bush is not a friend of Israel. But Kerry is (intentionally or otherwise) the worst thing that could happen to Israel since Carter. And that is saying a lot.


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