I Am Beginning To Sense A Trend
By Pejman Yousefzadeh Posted in Democrats — Comments (42) / Email this page » / Leave a comment »
Rep. James P. Moran Jr. (D-Va.) has again come under fire from local Jewish organizations for remarking in a magazine interview that the "extraordinarily powerful" pro-Israel lobby played a strong role promoting the war in Iraq.
In an interview with Tikkun, a California-based Jewish magazine, Moran said the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) is "the most powerful lobby and has pushed this war from the beginning. I don't think they represent the mainstream of American Jewish thinking at all, but because they are so well organized, and their members are extraordinarily powerful -- most of them are quite wealthy -- they have been able to exert power."
Moran's remarks were criticized by the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington and the National Jewish Democratic Council. Ronald Halber, executive director of the first group, said Moran's remarks are anti-Semitic and draw on ugly stereotypes about Jewish wealth, power and influence.
"He uses several age-old canards that have been used throughout history that have brought violence upon Jews," Halber said this week. "He uses clearly anti-Semitic images such as Jewish control of the media and wealthy Jews using their wealth to control policy."
Ira N. Forman, executive director of the National Jewish Democratic Council, said in a published statement that there is nothing wrong with criticizing the pro-Israel lobby but that Moran's statements go beyond that to defamation by making a "phony" connection between AIPAC and the Iraq war.
"Rep. Moran's comments are not only incorrect and irresponsible," Forman said. "They are downright dangerous."
You know, if Jewish lobbying groups were as powerful as Moran thinks they are, there would have been a war in Iraq a long time before 2003. Heck, the Administration of George Bush the Elder would have pushed on to Baghdad after having liberated Kuwait. A basic review of the historical record will reveal that war was waged in 2003 because it was deemed in the American national security interest to do so.
But of course, we don't discuss that fact in circles where people like Jim Moran are popular. Instead, for decisions perceived to have gone wrong, the Jews get blamed. Plus ça change . . .