We have witnessed hostility to Israel in various leftist hotbeds throughout Europe, with France being a prime offender in this regard. Now, with a leftist prime minister, we see anti-Semitism is on the rise in Spain, too. (Link via Drudge.)
And at Daily Kos, the voice of the American left, earlier this week, one diarist longingly mused, in a very John Lennon-like tone: "Imagine a world without Israel".
It's so bad at Kos that Little Green Footballs has taken to documenting the ongoing lunacy.
Recently, venerated liberal columnist Richard Cohen said, "The greatest mistake Israel could make at the moment is to forget that Israel itself is a mistake." Only conservative commentators made a peep.
And then there's the case of Joe Lieberman, whose crime is apparently supporting the "neo-con" adventure (read: incursion to protect Jewish interests rather than American ones) into Iraq. What do you think the Democrats' primary challenge to Lieberman says?
It's everywhere. As I mentioned to Julie in this comment thread, there are some strange noises on the "right", as well. That is, these strange noises are from the right if you consider Pat Buchanan on the right.
I am uncomfortable dishing out the anti-Semite label indiscriminately. I think it's an extremely serious charge. So, let's say I am not sure what drives Buchanan. That is, I don't know what is in his heart, but the things he says line up consistently with those who hate Israel. As a practical matter, Buchanan consistently takes the same positions as the anti-Semites.
But I will say this: As Buchanan has drifted farther and farther left and away from the mainstream of American conservatism, he has expressed more and more of his lunacy where it comes to Israel. So then, my thesis remains -- If you will drift toward anti-Semitism, the Left will make a home for you. Or is it the other way around?
The piece Buchanan wrote that did it for me, the piece that indicated that the mast had snapped on the USS Buchanan was when he argued that WWII wasn't worth it. That did it. I decided then and there that he had indeed gone mad. Here was one of Buchanan's jewels from that column:
If the objective of the West was the destruction of Nazi Germany, it was a "smashing" success. But why destroy Hitler? If to liberate Germans, it was not worth it. After all, the Germans voted Hitler in.Conservatives should not have him on their shows. Frankly, hypocritical liberals shouldn't, either. So craven are liberals in their desire to smear Israel and the Bush Administration that they look the other way with Buchanan and wait for him to lob a volley of verbal rockets at the WH and proclaim, "Republican criticizes Pres. Bush."
So full of bravo sierra is Buchanan's latest anti-Israel diatribe from earlier this week that it requires a response.
So, I will respond. Soon.