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Atlantaiconoclast

Healer, frustrated academic, libertarian and non-interventionist

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  • 'Either Assad or we'll burn the country' - An excerpt from 'Burning Country: Syrians in Revolution and War' (Update)
    • Atlantaiconoclast May 12, 2016 at 11:41 pm

      ding ding ding, exactly! And the irony of denunciations of Palestinian violence when they support violence against the Assad regime.

    • Atlantaiconoclast May 12, 2016 at 11:38 pm

      There is a lot of pressure on progressives to denounce Assad. And many great anti Zionists are still afraid to see the centrality of Israel in the destabilization of the ME.

    • Atlantaiconoclast May 12, 2016 at 11:29 pm

      It is none of your business who rules Syria. Let Syrians and only Syrians decide.

    • Atlantaiconoclast May 12, 2016 at 11:29 pm

      good point! Why neoliberals think it is ok for Syrians to violently resist oppression, but wrong for Palestinians to violently resist Jewish oppressors, is beyond me.

    • Atlantaiconoclast May 12, 2016 at 11:27 pm

      thank you! So sick of these deluded people who think Assad is the bigger enemy than Al Qaeda and the West's/Israel's intentional campaign of destabilization.

  • Saying Israel has no right to exist as a Jewish state is not anti-Semitic
  • Jeffrey Goldberg terrorizes peers into silence over his daily intellectual and moral outrages
    • The part that grabbed my attention was the guy in the crowd asking Bernie about his Jewishness. Why is what he said offensive? Are we supposed to pretend that there is no ethnocentrism in the banking industry, in the Federal Reserve? Give me a break.

  • It is time to stop celebrating Jewish dissent in the Palestine solidarity movement
    • I hope each of you is using the Buycott App. Would be really great to see Mondoweiss focus on practical tools, like this app, that we can all use. I just don't think the campus resolutions and other aspects usually highlighted here are making that big of a difference.

  • Donna Edwards's campaign unsettles the Israel lobby inside the Democratic Party
  • Israeli pronouncement on policing West Bank solidifies one-state apartheid regime -- Erekat
    • Atlantaiconoclast April 23, 2016 at 2:21 pm

      How many here use the Buycott app whenever you shop? All this talk of BDS, yet so little attention to practical examples of such.

  • 'Say Hello to Zenobia': A report from Palmyra rising from the ashes
    • Atlantaiconoclast April 27, 2016 at 10:38 am

      Mooser, as I said before, there were five Union states with slaves. The war was NOT fought over slavery. If so, Lincoln would not have supported the Corwin Amendment, which would have kept slavery forever legal in the South.

    • Atlantaiconoclast April 26, 2016 at 2:05 pm

      I find it very telling that the mainstream media has been so quiet about the fact that Syria's regime forces, along with Russia, retook Palmyra from ISIS.

    • I could care less what any Palestinian group thinks about Assad. It is none of their business who runs Syria. It is up to the Syrians, and the majority there support Assad, at least for now. I am consistent. I support the right of Syrians to resist Assad, but when they use violence, and commit savagery, I can't believe that you and others expect Assad to fight with softness. He is in a life and death struggle with savages who will kill anyone who does not submit to their particular version of Islam. Not even Hamas is that extreme.

    • Atlantaiconoclast April 26, 2016 at 2:00 pm

      There is zero evidence implicating Assad in the gassing of his own people. Don't just cite some western media source, provide objective proof. Till then, stop making claims you can't back up.

    • Atlantaiconoclast April 26, 2016 at 1:59 pm

      I wonder if you think what Lincoln did to the South was acceptable? Even though he used far less deadly weapons, he killed hundreds of thousands of Southerners and terrorized them by burning down homes, villages, and college campuses. And unlike ISIS, the South was not trying to take over the part of the land that had not seceded. And before you say, but slavery!, remember that five Union states had slaves. And Lincoln did not attack the South over slavery, but over secession. Even he said so. It wasn't till later that Lincoln used the slavery issue.

      So why are you implying that Assad is wrong to have used brutal force to protect his nation from being ripped apart by violent savages? Be consistent. I don't support or oppose Assad. The US should be neutral. It is no one's business, but the Syrian people's.

    • So I guess the deaths in the Civil War, which were largely due to Lincoln's Union forces were ok? Be consistent now ! You are asking a secular leader to fight back gently against savages who cut off heads. As far as I know, no Palestinian has ever cut off an Israeli head or crucified one.

    • Are you serious? The Israel lobby has vigorously pushed for arming Syrian rebels and for the US intervening in Syria. Even Israeli leaders have said they preferred Al Qaeda to Assad. Israel's long term goal is simple, the utter destabilization of the Middle East, per the Oded Yinon Plan. It is not some rumor, it is a fact. So yes, I do blame Israel and SA, and Turkey, the US, Britain, France, and others who have supported Islamic extremists against a secular leader.

  • Clinton propagates false understanding of Camp David
    • Atlantaiconoclast April 17, 2016 at 2:44 pm

      Give me a break. Israel ONLY responds to force. The Palestinians and Arab have never won anything from Israel by asking for it.

    • Atlantaiconoclast April 17, 2016 at 2:42 pm

      exactly, she and others ignore the fact that the CIA has always supported the rebels and continues to do so

    • Atlantaiconoclast April 17, 2016 at 2:39 pm

      The bigger problem revealed by the question posed by AIPAC Wolf Blitzer is the continuous Zionist friendly framing by the establishment media of the conflict. Wolf actually phrased his question to pretend that the Palestinians started the wave of violence that led to the Israeli disproportionate force. Netanyahu and the IDF had killed scores of Palestinians, including civilians, in the weeks leading up to Hamas' response. But somehow, it is always about Israel having the right to defend itself.

  • Bernie Sanders' record on Palestine
    • I find it really odd that you progressives keep praising him for giving the mic up to those barbarians. Those "young ladies" were screaming hateful epithets at the crowd of White liberals who consistently support groups like BLM. You can listen to others without having to relinquish your paid for mic. The love for BLM is not found outside some elements of the Black community and the ivory towers of White progressives.

    • Atlantaiconoclast April 9, 2016 at 10:31 am

      What I find most striking about Bernie is the contrast between his characterization of Trump's immigration policy relative to his silence on the immigration policies of Israel. Trump has called for a temporary ban on Muslim immigration. Israel does not allow non Jews to immigrate there, except for a few temporary workers. Trump has called for a truly enforced border, and for a wall. Israel really does enforce its border now, and has a wall going through another people's land. Yet Bernie seems to only have a problem with Trump's policies on immigration. Hmmmmm.

  • As NY primary approaches, Clinton and Sanders separate, somewhat, on Israel
    • Atlantaiconoclast April 5, 2016 at 12:02 pm

      And Bernie also seems to have no issue with Israel's actually racist immigration policy and ITS wall!

    • Atlantaiconoclast April 5, 2016 at 11:24 am

      I'll believe that Sanders is separating from Clinton on Israel once Sanders applies the same standard to Israel's immigration laws, and wall as he does to the far less restrictionist US immigration policy.

  • Eric Alterman contradicts himself about anti-Semitism on campus
    • Atlantaiconoclast March 30, 2016 at 12:52 am

      Isn't it past time that we return the libel to guys like Alterman? Why don't we call him and his Zionist ilk what they really are, Jewish supremacists? In their world, it is perfectly fine to identity the "Christian role" in some negative phenomenon, but completely verboten to do the same for Jews. Till we throw their insults back at them, we will remain on the defensive. Why isn't Alterman asked why Israel can have a racist immigration policy, but the US can't even make sure that immigrants come here in a legal way without people making accusations of "Trump is racist," etc. ?

  • 'We don’t want to find ourselves in a position like apartheid South Africa': A report from Israel's first national conference against BDS
    • Atlantaiconoclast March 30, 2016 at 10:54 am

      Huh? White Americans are the most welcoming people in the whole world. Does Japan take in many non Japanese? I didn't think so. Another anti White progressive.

    • Atlantaiconoclast March 30, 2016 at 12:59 am

      How many here actually practice BDS when they shop at Target, or Wal Mart? You can easily participate by using the Buycott app on your smartphone. I am surprised that there is so little discussion about that. If a significant number of consumers started boycotting Israel, then we would have real progress. Most of these college administrations just ignore student resolutions in favor of BDS.

  • Senior advisor to Clinton calls Obama's rationale for withdrawal from Mideast 'strange, bizarre, illogical, odd'
    • Atlantaiconoclast March 30, 2016 at 7:15 pm

      Yes, he was ultimately responsible, but the bigger traitors were those in his Office of Special Plans.

    • I keep seeing this demographic claim, but I have seen claims by supporters of Israeli settlers pointing out that the Israeli settlers birthrate is significantly higher than that for Palestinians. And Obama has not really pulled back. The CIA has been involved in the Syrian Civil War from the beginning and still is. The only pullback has been on Pentagon aid to the "rebels."

    • Atlantaiconoclast March 30, 2016 at 10:49 am

      Commend him? For what? For NOT being so bad? It doesn't matter. He has still been bad. He destroyed Libya, and he helped to destroy Syria. He has killed thousands of innocents. He has NEVER made Israel pay for its occupation and colonization. Not once. They should strip of his peace prize. I guess I am racist for pointing out Obama's pathetic rule.

    • Atlantaiconoclast March 30, 2016 at 12:48 am

      Oh these insufferable political scientists! Please, let's just be done with them. Excuse makers for state violence and interventionism.

  • Right to education, from Pine Ridge to Palestine
    • No one has a right to receive a free education, just the right to pursue an education. If there is such a right to free education, then who is supposed to pay for it? Who gets to decide who merits the free education? Let the market set the rate for education. Giving everyone free education will simply raise costs and diminish the meaning of a degree.

  • A 'longtime activist for social justice,' Booker worries his anti-BDS stance will 'rankle' and 'upset' people
    • Atlantaiconoclast March 29, 2016 at 10:40 am

      I stated that Whites too are ignorant. You missed my point. I don't think the young college Black activists are having much impact on the Black community. A lot of them support Bernie. That didn't seem to translate much to older, or less educated Blacks now did it? And the BLM and other Black activists have jumped the shark. Look at what has happened to the Univ of Mizzou after the Black activists forced the school president out: the incoming freshman class will be much smaller per the administration. There will be a serious shortfall in money due to the sudden drop in incoming enrollment. If you step outside your progressive world, you will see another world that loathes these race hustlers. I don't want BLM associated with the Free Palestine movement. It will only alienate most Americans from critics of Israel.

    • Another craven politician.

      I wish I shared Phillip's prediction here. I just don't buy it. The members of the Democratic Party base care almost exclusively about their respective group identity politics. The average Black and Latino voter has very little understanding of the problem. The largely White Republican base has a similar ignorance. There have been many years for these constituencies to show concern and it has yet to happen. The "anti war" Left basically went out of business as soon as Obama was elected. I suppose it is possible that there will be an upsurge in criticism of Israel in the years to come, from some brave quarter, but I doubt it will be by paid off Black and Latino politicians. They too have to comply with AIPAC's wishes or face consequences.

  • Testifying before the City University of New York's Task Force on Anti-Semitism
    • I always find it amazing that the media and civil rights groups act like any finding of a swastika on a wall means a Nazi Jew hater did it. There have many documented cases of hate hoaxes, yet the media and tptb never seem to acknowledge this fact.

  • Zionism is finally in the news, as officials seek to conflate anti-Zionism with anti-Semitism
    • Atlantaiconoclast March 22, 2016 at 8:58 pm

      Plus, there are no constituencies for subsidizing any of those other nations and groups like there is for Israel.

    • Atlantaiconoclast March 22, 2016 at 8:55 pm

      If it had meant starting a Jewish nation on land not populated by another people, then I would disagree. Racism means support for the oppression and domination of another people based on their assumed racial inferiority. But one can think another race is in general inferior, and not wish harm on that different race, and not wish to dominate that other people. I would call those people racialists, not racist as it has come to be understood. But Zionists were more than willing to dominate another people.

    • The only caution to your argument is that the one state solution is something certain hard core Zionists like Carolynn Glick now support. She even wrote a book about it, which was favorably reviewed in neocon media. But of course, in her one state solution, Gaza is excluded, and no Jewish settlements will be demolished, thus making it much easier for Israel to remain majority Jewish.

    • But why not ask him if there is a certain amount of anti Gentile and anti Arab sentiment inherent in Zionism?

    • I think it is a huge mistake to conflate Christian fundamentalist doctrine with anti Semitism. Christian fundies think everyone needs Jesus. That doesn't mean they hate non Christians, or want to dominate them. A much smarter tactic would be to call those who endlessly scream "anti Semitism" anti Arab racists and even Jewish supremacists if they truly merit it.

    • Obama:" You know, I think a good baseline is: Do you think that Israel has a right to exist as a homeland for the Jewish people, and are you aware of the particular circumstances of Jewish history that might prompt that need and desire? And if your answer is no, if your notion is somehow that that history doesn’t matter, then that’s a problem, in my mind." - See more at: http://mondoweiss.net/2016/03/zionism-is-finally-in-the-news-as-officials-seek-to-conflate-anti-zionism-with-anti-semitism/#sthash.RkHFSJbX.dpuf

      Even if this statement from Obama was correct, how does that justify placing that Jewish state on land already populated with another Semitic but non Jewish people, who also had national aspirations? Seems to me the problem with Zionism is its insistence on a Jewish state on another people's land. There is no way around it. Zionist Jews literally believe that their right to a Jewish state trumps the rights of Palestinians. That is Jewish supremacism at work. Don't kid yourself.

  • Trump 'has no business being president' because he would be 'neutral' to Israel -- Clinton tells AIPAC
    • I can't believe more people don't see the contradiction in supporting Israel as a Jewish state, but then opposing any attempt to limit changes to the current demographic balance in the US. Why is it ok for Jews to want a Jewish state, but wrong for Whites or any other group to want their own state?

      And why should Hezbollah be considered with Israel's security when it is Israel that has occupied Lebanon. Hezbollah has never occupied Israel, let alone kill any significant number of Israeli civilians. Hezbollah is to terror what Madonna is to the Pope.

    • Atlantaiconoclast March 22, 2016 at 10:46 am

      You fight it by exposing what Israel has done to the US, as in the Lavon Affair, the attack on the USS Liberty, the spy scandals, and yes 9/11. Till that happens, Americans will never care enough to out-pressure AIPAC.

    • Atlantaiconoclast March 22, 2016 at 10:38 am

      But Americans don't care enough about it to pressure their leaders. For that, I keep saying, we need a different approach, one that will directly challenge Israel's status as our best friend. The skeletons in the closet must be revealed!

    • Atlantaiconoclast March 21, 2016 at 12:45 pm

      Are you serious? There is no shame in their game, none whatsoever. Jewish progressive Zionists are the ultimate hypocrites.

  • Garland nomination is moment of humble reflection for US Jews
    • It is unclear to me why people who worship diversity seem ok with 0 Protestants on the Supreme Court. Are Jews really that much more clever?

  • Goldberg on Obama's Syria credibility 'crisis'
    • Your account differs from that of Syrians who at first opposed Assad, and now support him. Not all of the initial rebellion was non violent. Soldiers and police were shot at. And the US has been working on overthrowing that regime since W. And the coup in Ukraine was illegal. Russia had the right to protect ethnic Russians in the East Ukraine who did not support that illegal coup. Russia is not the aggressor in the Ukraine and the Baltic. Nuland and her gang of neocon arm chair warriors are.

    • Atlantaiconoclast March 18, 2016 at 1:41 pm

      Except he went on to allow his neocon Head of Sec. of State for European Affairs, Victoria Nuland, to engineer an illegal coup in Ukraine. I would like to think that Obama has learned a lesson or two about the neocons, but it really doesn't seem he has, at least not about their overall agenda of destabilization and enmity sowing.

      And not telling the public about the huge uncertainty surrounding who actually gassed Assad's fellow Alawites in that infamous attack, shows a lot about Obama's bad character. Echoes a certain administration before his that insisted that there was no doubt that Iraq had WMD.

  • Rubio's defeat means the downfall of neoconservatives
    • Atlantaiconoclast March 16, 2016 at 11:07 pm

      Why in the world aren't you guys concerned about the lack of "diversity" on the Court? There are 0 Protestants on it. Somehow, I don't think I will see Leftists bemoaning this fact. Hypocrites!

    • I am supporting Trump, with major reservations, precisely because of the terror he has caused in the neocon's minds. But I don't trust Trump on this issue. Nevertheless, the fact he had the nerve to say he would try to be neutral just boggles my mind. What did he have to gain in saying that? Most Republicans are reflexively pro Israel, though even most of them do not want us going to war for Israel like we did against Iraq. I am hoping that Trump will unredact those 28 pages of the Congressional Inquiry into 9/11 and learn some things that could dramatically damage the "special relationship."

    • how is he a fascist and Netanyahu is not? Why is it ok for Israel to have strong borders, but not the US?

  • Where Were They Radicalized? Here are six instances of Trump supporters getting violent
    • of course Whites are angry, just like any other group. Blacks are angry too. Except the media gives them a pass when they act out. Give me a break. My opposition to Obama has nothing to do with his skin color. I abhore his policies! Just like I abhored W's policies. This political tribalism is so blinding.

  • Netanyahu slams Abbas in wake of killing of American tourist
  • Most Jews want to expel Palestinians -- Pew's ugly portrait of Israel
    • Atlantaiconoclast March 10, 2016 at 1:22 am

      Amen. Every group has racists. This notion that only Whites are racist is so destructive.

    • Atlantaiconoclast March 10, 2016 at 1:04 am

      I keep asking my liberal Jewish FB friends how they can call Trump racist when they never criticize Israel's truly racist immigration system, its wall, and its laws. Not one can answer me. They just keep screaming "Trump is a racist." NO self awareness about their own ethnocentrism.

  • 'No Open House on Stolen Land': CODEPINK disrupts RE/MAX convention to protest settlement profiteering
    • CodePink: Don't appeal to the compassion of Americans for other peoples, for it is overrated. Appeal to their self and national interest. Expose Israel's crimes against the US. Till Israel is as demonized as Iran is, nothing will change.

  • Another instance of Israel lobby influence in this election no candidate will bring up
    • Atlantaiconoclast March 11, 2016 at 12:36 am

      Kasich ain't that bright. How else can one explain his argument that Libya was a mistake, but that we should have intervened in Syria? Can he not see that if we had overthrown Assad, Damascus would now be run by ISIS or Al Qaeda? Cause that is what has happened in Libya. Guess not. What a dolt.

    • Atlantaiconoclast March 11, 2016 at 12:34 am

      We don't have a true free market. Capitalism is not the problem. Corporatism, Fascism and cronyism is the problem. Each of these things thrives on the power of the state.

  • Romney echoes neocons: Trump will lead U.S. 'into the abyss'
    • Atlantaiconoclast March 7, 2016 at 1:43 am

      Racist Republican? These cries of racism are like the boy who cried wolf. The real dog whistles are coming from the Left and their endless war against improper "signaling." The Left cares more about proper signaling than anything else.

    • Atlantaiconoclast March 7, 2016 at 1:41 am

      Trump now says he will follow the law, BUT wants to change the law to make it easier to interrogate. I don't like it, but given the huge media emphasis on terrorism, Trump's perspective has some logic, if you buy the bs from the media.

    • Atlantaiconoclast March 7, 2016 at 1:39 am

      Agreed. I wish the Free Palestine movement would make the intentional PNAC/Israeli destabilization of the ME a very prominent discussion.

    • Atlantaiconoclast March 5, 2016 at 10:42 am

      I find these British know it alls so annoying.

    • Atlantaiconoclast March 5, 2016 at 10:40 am

      But here is the important thing: Once the case for American interest is made, Israel is done, for it will lose support from the US once the public in the US realizes the damage Israel has inflicted on our nation. So it seems selfish, but it is the way to change policy. Americans rarely care about other people, especially ones that look and worship in a different way.

    • By the way, Trump just reversed his position on torture! http://www.cnn.com/2016/03/04/politics/donald-trump-reverses-on-torture/index.html

      More good news about the Trumpster!

    • https://www.donaldjtrump.com/press-releases/donald-j.-trump-announces-senator-sessions-to-serve-as-chairman-of-national

      It all but disavows neo-conservatism!

      DONALD J. TRUMP ANNOUNCES SENATOR SESSIONS AS CHAIRMAN OF NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISORY COMMITTEE

      Senator Sessions to Provide Strategic Counsel to Mr. Trump on Foreign Policy and Homeland Security

      (New York, NY) March 3rd, 2016 – Today Donald J. Trump announced Senator Jeff Sessions, who has advised the GOP frontrunner on issues such as trade and immigration and endorsed Mr. Trump on Sunday in Alabama, will serve as Chairman of Mr. Trump’s National Security Advisory Committee. Senator Sessions has been on the Armed Services Committee for almost 20 years and is Chairman of the Strategic Forces Subcommittee.

      Mr. Trump stated, “It is an honor to have Jeff as a member of the team. I have such great respect for him and I look forward to working with him on the issues most important to Americans.”

      Senator Sessions added, "I am grateful for the opportunity to recommend and facilitate discussions among exceptional and experienced American military and diplomatic leaders to share insight and advice with Donald Trump, regardless of their political views. Mr. Trump and the American people know our country needs a clear-eyed foreign policy rooted in the national interest. We need to understand the limits of our ability to intervene successfully in other nations. It is time for a healthy dose of foreign policy realism. In the Middle East, this means forming partnerships based on shared interests, not merely overthrowing regimes in the dangerous attempt to plant democracies. We must also combat the refugee crisis by creating regional safe zones, rather than depopulating the region by migration. The only path to long-term stability and resolution of this humanitarian crisis for the United States and our European allies is to work towards the safe return of migrants to their home countries, as Mr. Trump has noted. This strategy will also protect our own national security.”

      Sessions continued, “A national-interest foreign policy, combined with a military second to none, stands in contrast to interventionist ideas that could enmesh us further in the region's chaos. After over a decade of war and conflict, this country has a host of smart, experienced, and proven leaders. That wisdom must be sought. These meetings will be the beginning of a process that Mr. Trump has called for and which he believes must result in a clear and realistic bipartisan global strategy that will guide our nation for years to come.”

      Mr. Trump will continue to announce members of his National Security Advisory Committee and other advisors on key issues over the next few weeks.

    • Atlantaiconoclast March 4, 2016 at 2:19 pm

      First, if you look at the entire quote from which Romney took one statement of Trump's out of context, it is clear that Trump was not advocating letting ISIS take down Assad.

      But regardless, much of what Trump says DOES cause me to cringe and gives me pause. His rants on the Iran deal and his ban on Muslims are pretty outrageous. HOWEVER, given the dominant meme in the media about terrorism being such a profound danger for America, Trump's arguments in relation to torture and Islam have some logic. Neocon media loves to amp up fear about terror, then pretends it cares about preventing torture and Islamophobia.

      Trump gets my vote, despite his many obnoxious statements, because he does support US sovereignty, and because he has repudiated W and highlighted the false case behind the Iraq War. For that, he is my hero. This will have profound effects for years to come in the GOP. I just read Donald Trump's statement on his hire of Senator Jeff Sessions as his national security adviser, and it pointedly rejects the sort of interventionism that has been in vogue over the last 25 years. Hallelujah!

  • Divestment opponents attack University of Minnesota SJP with swastika graphic
    • I think it is really important to be cautious before assigning blame for any campus "hate" incident. Frequently, they are faux or false flag hate crimes, done by the supposed target of the epitaph. Jews painting swastikas, Blacks writing the N word on a wall. Each has happened a number of time.

  • Neocon savages Christie for failing 'months and months of careful coaching' by foreign policy experts
    • Atlantaiconoclast March 1, 2016 at 1:24 am

      that racket? Give me a break. Those hypocrites NEVER criticize Israeli racism.

    • neocons are not conservative at all

      I hate what they have done to that word!

    • Atlantaiconoclast March 1, 2016 at 1:19 am

      Good point, though I suspect Israel might be mentioned in those 28 pages too, as SA is already mentioned in the non redacted portion of the full Congressional inquiry document.

    • The "progressives" I know care little about Libya and Syria, and think I make too much about Israel/Palestine. In fact, they supported an anti regime intervention in both Libya and Syria. Humanitarian interventionist leanings manipulated by neocon liars.

  • Don't condemn Palestinians for resisting the occupation of their land, condemn the occupation itself
    • The very people who are most condemnatory toward Palestinian resistance are the same ones pushing hardest for violent rebellion against Syria. And the mainstream media NEVER calls them out on their hypocrisy.

  • Trump repeats 'neutrality' vow on Israel, surely sensing shift in US opinion
    • I don't see self hatred in Phillip at all. I see a wise man unafraid to speak his truth.

    • I don't buy that the shift in public opinion is as significant a development as the writer of this piece claims. Sure it is better than if there was no change, but most Americans still see Israel as the victim and the Arab as the terrorist. However, if the masses of Americans who now fear Muslims knew what Israel has done to this nation, Israel would be finished, no matter what they think about Muslims and Arabs. Of course Christian Zionism makes the task harder, but most people are not THAT religious and would have a much lower impression of Israel if they only knew the truth. The movement to change our Mideast policy needs to expose Israel's long history of crimes against the US if there is to be any change any time soon.

      But the fact that Trump had the balls to say this, and also slam W for failing to protect us on 9/11 and taking us into a "big, fat mistake!" is enough for him to get my vote.

  • Did dodging foreign policy doom Bernie Sanders?
    • good point

    • He is already beating her in some polls. He will bring in much more enthusiastic voters from different demographics and interests than Hillary can.

    • I should have said, with the exception of Leftists like Code Pink, Cindy Sheehan and a few journalists like the great Glenn Greenwald.

    • I think the anti War Left is full of it. As soon as W left the scene and their crown prince Obama came to power, they lost concern for war and our neocon driven foreign policy. How else can you explain the silence from the Left in regards to our meddling in Ukraine, Libya, Syria, Yemen, etc.?

      The true anti War mantle was carried not by a Leftist but by a libertarian named Ron Paul. His son could have continued to carry that mantle, but waited too late to try to do it. Trump was able to take on that mantle, however idiotic he sounds on the Iran deal, and other matters.

      Given my objections to some of his positions, I had originally decided not to vote for him. But after seeing him single handedly take on and destroy the W legacy, he gained my vote. I don't think those on the Left fully appreciate what just happened in the GOP.

      And the icing on the cake? Trump said he would have to be neutral on Israel/Palestine. Do I believe he will really be neutral? Hardly, BUT, he has changed the tone, in a huge way. The neocons are on the run. Finally. And it had nothing to do with a Lefty.

  • Haim Saban warned Clinton that Tea Party is 'chickensh--' to the neocon 'Coffee Party'
    • Hopefully, the pro Trump and pro Bernie folks will realize one day that the neocons are responsible for the disaster in the Middle East and will realize that Jewish supremacists and Jewish neocons (which are a powerful minority of Jews) are not looking out for America's interests.

  • Trump says he must be 'neutral' on Israel/Palestine, then slags Palestinians as anti-Semites
    • Well I think it is very ingrained for people to assume that Palestinians hate Israelis for being Jews rather than for being deadly and brutal occupiers and colonizers. The media presents Palestinian rage as if it was arising in a vacuum. THIS is true privilege, Jewish privilege.

    • I agree. Trump is showing some mixed signals. But I think it is important to realize that his movement is real and has the potential to transform the currently neocon infested GOP. I would prefer an economic nationalist, somewhat non interventionist over any of the neocon approved candidates.

    • rugal_b February 18, 2016, 12:27 pm
      Kanye does not identify himself with the same culture that practiced chattel slavery on men and women and children, that built their civilisations from the thievery and terror, that doesn’t even respect their own women and daughters, worships money and that are addicted to pornographic pleasures in all forms. Kanye is Kanye, a real human being. That is why white people pathologically hate him, because he distrupts their white supremacy drug-induced psychosis through his unchecked, unfiltered realness. White people don’t really hate Kanye, they hate the truth Kanye always bring along with him.

      - See more at: http://mondoweiss.net/2016/02/trump-says-he-must-be-neutral-on-israelpalestine-he-then-slags-palestinians-as-anti-semites/#comments

      Um, White people did not invent chattel slavery. Africans were very involved in selling one another to the "White man," and the slave traders, many of whom were Jewish. Stop pretending that Kanye's people are perfect. And I can assure you, I don't hate anyone, but I do dislike Kanye's rudeness and I see him as a stupid, childish person. I feel sorry for him. And no, I don't like Trump's nastiness either, but I do enjoy seeing him take on the neocons.

    • I find your anti White screed very offensive. Your attitude is why the vast majority of Whites don't give a damn about Palestine. You cannot get most Whites to care about another people by putting them down as a group. Just imagine if you had used the word "Jew" instead of White. You should be ashamed of yourself. Progressives are so bad at actually changing our Mideast policies. Maybe take some time to reflect on why.

      By the way, for every Trump, I can show you a Kanye, and other non Whites who are just as crass and rude as Trump. Yes Trump is mean, but I care more about his policies, and of all the candidates right now, he might just be the most anti war.

  • Resisting anti-Semitism does not contradict resisting the Israeli state
    • Too often, it seems that "anti Semitism" means any criticism or truth telling about an individual Jew or a group of Jews. And too often the idea is that any pushback against the idea that Jews have always been the victims in their interactions with the larger Gentile community is anti Semitic. This has to change. Otherwise, it will be very difficult to convince Americans that our policy must change toward Israel.

  • The list of foreign policy experts Bernie Sanders should be consulting
  • 'Let the one-state era begin'-- Tom Friedman explains there will never be a Palestinian state
    • Don't forget the Israel Lobby's push for aid to the Syrian "rebels" as well as a direct intervention. I wish everyone here knew about the Oded Yinon Plan to destabilize the ME.

  • Anti-Zionist protest at LGBTQ conference was smeared as anti-Semitic
    • Too many Gays think that Israel should be favored, simply because it is more tolerant of homosexuality. I have never understood that logic, even though I am Gay. Being somewhat tolerant or even pro-Gay does not excuse a nation from its crimes against another people.

  • In Photos: Israeli forces close down village of 25,000 following deadly attack by three youths
    • What in the world makes you think that an occupying soldier deserves anything other than a bullet in his head? If any Palestinian dared to occupy an Israeli village, he would be liquidated with no hesitation. Your Jewish supremacism keeps you from appreciating this logic.

  • 'New York Times' picks up Bernie Sanders's 'socialist' kibbutz but leaves out the ethnic cleansing
  • Define 'establishment candidate': Rubio and Clinton both love Netanyahu
    • If Sanders really cared about income inequality, he would work to end the Federal Reserve.

    • This is why it is so foolish to expect any real change in policy till the masses turn against Israel. There will always be powerful elites who support Israel, no matter what it does. But if the masses learn the truth about what Israel has done to the US, it is finished. Too many are afraid to take this route, out of fear of being called "conspiracy theorists" and anti Semites. But it is the only way to get meaningful change.

    • One day, maybe not till after I die, an American leader will come forward who is not afraid to tell the truth about Israel, and what it has done to the US. When that happens, wave goodbye to your precious Israel.

    • America could have had Ron Paul. It didn't deserve him.

  • Park Slope Food Coop puts up firewall against boycott of Israeli goods
    • You have some nerve complaining about Arab dictatorships, when Israel has yet to grant full rights to the people of Palestine and the Arab citizens within Israel. And do tell us if you prefer Al Qaeda to Assad? I bet you do. And so does the Israeli govt.

  • Kerry and Shapiro bring the one-state news the NYT failed to deliver
  • National Labor Relations Board rejects Shurat HaDin complaint against United Electrical Workers
    • Unelected courts have way too much power. People should not have to rely on court rulings to practice their right to purchase, boycott, or take part in any other voluntary transaction.

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