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August 2007

‘New Yorker’ Editor: Israel and Lobby Bear Responsibility for Iraq War

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In a remarkably-fair piece about Walt and Mearsheimer in the latest New Yorker, the magazine’s editor, David Remnick, summarizes part of the scholars’ argument: Israel and its lobby bear outsized responsibility for persuading the Bush Administration to invade Iraq and,…

New Pro-Iraq-War Organization Hides Its Pro-Israel Agenda

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Last night Ari Fleischer was on Hardball speaking up for Freedom’s Watch, a new organization that is buying ads to support George Bush’s war “plans” in Iraq. Fleischer warns that if we don’t stay the course, the whole region will…

Alas, Vicious Anti-Arab Prejudice Is Not Newsworthy

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Yesterday’s Times had a front-page piece on a telephoned threat to N.Y. Gov. Spitzer’s father, and the Republican consultant who’s accused of making it. Sadly, no one in the mainstream press has gone after the vicious anti-Arab telephone calls and…

The Armenian Horror, Cte’d; Is Foxman Finished?

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The Globe reports that the ADL fired its regional director in New England over his statements calling for an acknowledgment of Armenian genocide. And Foxman states in his letter “explaining” the decision that the security of Israel is paramount. Ergo,…

Bravo Dershowitz

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Alan Dershowitz has a nice piece in The Boston Globe telling the truth about Armenian genocide in 1915 (I said WWI in an earlier post; my bad). It would have been better if he had lit into the ADL for…

How the State of Israel Has Compromised Jewish Identity

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Activist Hilda Silverman has a wonderful letter in the Boston Globe, attacking the Anti-Defamation League for refusing to acknowledge the Armenian genocide by the Turks in the First World War. Silverman points out that the ADL position springs from support…

The Meaning of Tough: Eddie Murray

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When Cal Ripken Jr. was inducted into the baseball Hall of Fame a few weeks back, he thanked his teammate Eddie Murray ahead of a lot of others, and Murray, seated on the Cooperstown stage because he entered the Hall…

Toward A New Definition of Family

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Last night on NBC Nightly News, Brian Williams opened a report on Chinese toys by saying it was a story a lot of “families with children” have been watching. I think Williams is being demographically-correct and offering a wider definition…

Coming Soon to a Television Near You

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According to this Amazon list, The Israel Lobby by Walt and Mearsheimer was #18 in sales for new and forthcoming books this a.m. Just a bounce from yesterday’s piece in the Times, or are things changing? Someone better get these…

Will the Israel Lobby Issue Go Mainstream?

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My network is buzzing about Walt and Mearsheimer’s book. I can’t tell you how excited folks are. They have the feeling that it’s High Noon at last for the Israel lobby–that the issue will be mainstreamed at last. I’m getting…

Left and Right Make Same Argument Re Israel Lobby

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Here’s a link to Glenn Greenwald’s brilliant defenestration of O’Hanlon and Pollack for their comments on Iraq. Read it. I have one addendum. Greenwald states the following about Pollack’s sock, the Saban Center: The above-the-political-fray Pollack is employed by the…

‘This One Is So Hot’: The Censorship of Walt and Mearsheimer

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I now have a copy of the letter John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt sent to the board of the Chicago Global Affairs Council after it cancelled their September appearance there under political pressure. The letter follows, below. A couple of…

‘Be Careful of Little Lives’: E.O. Wilson

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The great biologist and student of ants, E.O. Wilson, was on C-Span the other day, endorsing, among other ideas, Einstein’s belief that we must all become vegetarians or turn the earth to powder. There are more than 500 vegetable species…

A (Jewish) Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Waste

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Today’s Times performs the great service of describing the separate road system that Israel has built for Arab and Jew in the West Bank. Bless the editors, a stark 4-column photo at the top of page 1 shows us the…

Walt and Mearsheimer Banned in Chicago

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Unbelievable that Walt and Mearsheimer have been banned from speaking in Chicago. Again proving the profs’ argument about the strength of the Israel lobby. Where is Alan Dershowitz? Even he ought to decry this censorship, which is only forcing the…

Assimilation as a Goal–For Irish-Americans and Shi’ite Iraqis

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Congressman Thaddeus McCotter, a Michigan Republican and a sharp guy, addressed the Heritage Foundation last week and said there has to be a political solution in Iraq–Shi’ites and Sunnis both have to feel that they have a stake. Democracy is…