sábado, 5 de septiembre de 2009

The Sources of Obama's Anti-Israel Policy

A Obama y a nuestro presidente del gobierno les separan la formación, las lecturas y las amistades (en el caso del primero, mas elitista, extensas y refinadamente cultas).

Pero se asemejan en muchas cosas. Tantas, que dan miedo.

Su ideología se expresa mejor en ideas simples, de poco calado, capaces de entrar en un slogan y una pancarta. Son ideas-trampa, fruto de simplificaciones y mitologías. Ambos esmascaran su extremismo sectario, en un modo de expresarlo, un "talante", que parece hacer aceptable su resentimiento desclasado.

Son especialista los dos en dar la impresion de escuchar, mientras dicen a cada uno lo que cada cual quiere oir. No importa: sus posiciones se forjaron antes, en algún comic de su infancia, en una historía familiar o un panfleto de su juventud. Son inamovibles. Es, en ambos casos, su eterna adolescencia.

Torturan las palabras como si entre las ideas y su representacion no debiera haber relacion alguna, hasta que significante y significado se disocian, hipnotizando a sus crédulas audiencias con una especie de somnolencia buenista, un rubendariismo idelológico.

Es cierto que uno es un pobre hombre, y el otro un hombre mas pobre de lo que parece. Los dos son francamente peligrosos.

The Sources of Obama's Anti-Israel Policy

Submitted by Bishop E. W. Jackson Sr. *
June 16, 2009

Like Obama, I am a graduate of Harvard Law School. I too have Muslims in
my family.

I am black, and I was once a leftist Democrat.

Since our backgrounds are somewha t similar, I perceive something in
Obama's policy toward Israel which people without that background may
not see.

All my life I have witnessed a strain of anti-Semitism in the black
community. It has been fueled by the rise of the Nation of Islam and
Louis Farrakhan, but it predates that organization.

We heard it in Jesse Jackson's "HYMIE town" remark years ago during his
presidential campaign. We heard it most recently in Jeremiah Wright's
remark about "them Jews" not allowing Obama to speak with him. I hear it
from my own Muslim family members who see the problem in the Middle East
as a "Jew" problem.

Growing up in a small, predominantly black urban community in
Pennsylvania, I heard the comments about Jewish shop owners.
They were "greedy cheaters" who could not be trusted, according to my
family and others in the neighborhood I was too young to understand what
it means to be Jewish, or know that I was hearing anti-Semitism.

These people seemed nice enough to me, but others said they were "evil".
Sadly, this bigotry has yet to be eradicated from the black community.
In Chicago, the anti-Jewish sentiment among black people is even more
pronounced because of the direct influence of Farrakhan and the Nation
of Islam.

Most African Americans are not followers of "The Nation," but many have
a quiet respect for its leader because, they say, "he speaks the truth"
and "stands up for t he black man."

What they mean of course is that he viciously attacks the perceived
"enemies" of the black community â€" white people and Jews. Even
some self-described Christians buy into his demagoguery.

The question is whether Obama, given his Muslim roots and experience in
Farrakhan's Chicago, shares this antipathy for Israel and Jewish people.
Is there any evidence that he does.

First, the President was taught for twenty years by a virulent
anti-Semite, the Reverend Jeremiah Wright.

In the black community it is called "sitting under."

You don't merely attend a church, you "sit under" a Pastor to be taught
and mentored by him.

Obama "sat under" Wright for a very long time.

He was comfortable enough with Farrakhan â€" Wright's friend â€"
to attend and help organize his "Million Man March."

I was on C-Span the morning of the march arguing that we must never
legitimize a racist and anti-Semite, no matter what "good" he claims to
be doing.

Yet our future President was in the crowd giving Farrakh an his
enthusiastic support.

The classic left wing view is that Israel is the oppressive occupier,
and the Palestinians are Israel's victims. Obama is clearly sympathetic
to this view.

In speaking to the "Muslim World," he did not address the widespread
Islamic hatred of Jews.

Instead he attacked Israel over the growth of West Bank settlements.
Surely he knows that settlements are not the crux of the problem.
The absolute refusal of the Palestinians to accept Israel's right to
exist as a Jewish state is the insurmountable obstacle.

That's where the pressure needs to be placed, but this President sees it
differently. He also made the preposterous comparison of the Holocaust
to Palestinian "dislocation."

Obama clearly has Muslim sensibilities.

He sees the world and Israel from a Muslim perspective.

His construct of "The Muslim World" is unique in modern diplomacy. It is
said that only The Muslim Brotherhood and other radical elements of the
religion use that concept.

It is a call to unify Muslims around the world.

It is rather odd to hear an American President use it.

In doing so he reveals more about his thinking than he intends.

The dramatic policy reversal of joining the unrelentingly anti-Semitic,
anti-Israel and pro-Islamic UN Human Rights Council is in keeping with
the President's truest â€" albeit undeclared â€" sensibilities
Those who are paying attention and thinking about these issues do not
find it unreasonable to c onsider that President Obama is influenced by a
strain of anti-Semitism picked up from the black community, his leftist
friends and colleagues, his Muslim associations and his long period of
mentorship under Jeremiah Wright.

If this conclusion is accurate, Israel has some dark days ahead.

For the first time in her history, she may find the President of the
United States siding with her enemies.

Those who believe as I do that Israel must be protected had better be
ready for the fight. We are.


* E.W. Jackson is Bishop of Exodus Faith Ministries, an author and
retired attorney.

Email: bshpjksn@gmail.com

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