However, looking at the country’s two main political parties strictly from a foreign-policy perspective, there appears to be a stark contrast, particularly where Israel is concerned.
On the one hand, the RNC featured a video illustrating “Mitt Romney’s commitment to Israel,” according to reports, while on the other hand, the Democrats will feature a speech by infamous Pro-Palestinian, Israel-basher Jimmy “the nutcase” Carter.
He of the ferocious, giant swimming bunny, recently declared “unacceptable” an Israeli court’s conclusion that American pro-Palestinian activist Rachel Corrie’s death was an accident, and said it “confirms a climate of impunity, which facilitates Israeli human rights violations against Palestinian civilians in the Occupied Territory.”
During the Republican convention, Sen. John McCain noted in his speech the “existential threat” under which Israel is living, exacerbated, he says, by the Obama Administration’s misguided foreign policies vis-à-vis Iran and the Arab world. And Republican senators reportedly will introduce a non-binding resolution declaring it has Israel’s back, militarily, economically and diplomatically, should the Jewish state find it necessary to stop, by military means, Iran’s nuclear bomb development and oft-repeated desire to destroy Israel.
This is nice, since Israel does seem to be moving that direction, as evidenced by the fact that the Israeli muppet on the cover of a new, emergency pamphlet being distributed nationwide “puts a happy face on some grim warnings in a country preparing for possible war with Iran,” according to Reuters.
Reuters reports the 15-page military-issued booklet instructs Israelis how to prepare a safe room or shelter and says people would have between 30 seconds and three minutes to find cover from the time air raid sirens sound to “when rockets slam into their area.”
Israeli ministers have said they expect up to 500 civilian casualties in any war following a strike on Iran.
Israel stepped up the public distribution of gas masks and other protective gear several weeks ago, but, reports say, the mailing of what-to-do pamphlets suggest an escalation in conflict preparedness.
The pamphlet urges Israelis to have a “family talk” about preparing for a national emergency, suggesting such discussion should “not be done during mealtime or when you are watching television. It should not be held after a family argument or when you are agitated about some other pressing matter.”
So, as The Islamic Republic of Iran threatens to annihilate half the world’s Jews even as it goes about developing the means to accomplish that mission, anti-Semitism is rising everywhere, from Europe to American college campuses.
For instance, JTA reported just today that four Arab assailants who attacked a rabbi in Berlin also threatened the life of his 6-year-old daughter.
Police there also said in a statement that insults from the attackers were directed “towards the man, his beliefs and his mother.”
This follows the recent murders at a Jewish day school in Toulouse, France. Neither has elicited the type of reaction one would hope for, according to reports.
“After the murders in Toulouse we expected one of two things to happen. On the one hand it could have sent shock waves across Europe that there is a massive problem and it has to be dealt with, leading to a lessening of these types of attacks,” one Jewish community leader said. “The other option was that the reaction would be meager and it would send a message to extremists that life continues as normal.
“Unfortunately, the second option seems to have prevailed.”
At the same time, just across the channel, a new report by the UK’s ultra-right British National Party suggests a new argument is under way among Europe’s far-right: “Who’s the enemy, Jews or Muslims?”
Such a quandary.
Meanwhile, Israel’s State Archive released 45 formerly classified documents related to the murder of 11 Israeli athletes at the 1972 Munich Olympics; the same atrocity for which the International Olympics Committee couldn’t find the courage to commemorate with one minute of silence at the London Games.
In one of the documents, which were released in honor of the 40th anniversary of the massacre, Mossad chief Zvi Zamir said that Germany “did not make even a minimal effort” to save the Israeli hostages.
And back at home, some 66 of the California State Assembly’s 80 members approved a symbolic resolution calling on colleges and universities in the state to fight anti-Semitism and quash anti-Israel demonstrations on campus, which have become increasingly obvious and violent.
Jewish students reportedly have felt under siege at several University of California campuses, where pro-Palestinian demonstrations – like their annual Israel Apartheid Week events – are a regular occurrence.
I really can’t help thinking that were this information dated Sept. 1, 1933 instead of 2012, very little would seem out of place.
And it seems to me that to a large degree, we’re not talking about people who have forgotten history and are therefore condemned to repeat it, but about people who are totally familiar with history, as much as they attempt to deny it, and are electing to repeat it.
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