Who wrecked the rally against Mahmoud Ahmadinejad? (see: Priorities: Ahmadinejad, Palin, Clinton
) Anti-Semites always blame the Jews
for everything. This time, they might be right.
Palestinian leader Musa Kazim El Husseini told Winston Churchill:
The Jews have been amongst the most active advocates of destruction in many lands... It is well known that the disintegration of Russia was wholly or in great part brought about by the Jews, and a large proportion of the defeat of Germany and Austria must also be put at their door.
. (source: Zionism) The Jews, as we learn from the Hamas charter, are also responsible for the French Revolution. In thousands of publications, you can also find that the Jews are responsible for World War I and World War II, for the Iraq war and for the attacks of 9-11 as well. We Jews are a very busy people.
In the previous installment of the rally tragedy, Priorities: Ahmadinejad, Palin, Clinton, Hillary Clinton had reneged on a commitment to speak, after learning that Republican Vice Presidential candidate Governor Sarah Palin would speak at the rally. To add insult to injury, it seems that the Democrats offered to send Florida Representative Robert Wexler instead. Wexler would not not necessarily be the most tactful choice for a strong bipartisan statement on Iraq. He had previously said that the choice of Governor Palin as VP candidate was an insult to the Jewish people. He also favors changing a symbolic House resolution on Iran to include a call for "engagement." It doesn't seem the best idea to discuss the dinner menu with a cannibal, and Neville Chamberlain is not the man to speak at an anti-Nazi rally.
Democrats were widely suspected of having applied pressure to get Governor Palin "disinvited" from the rally as well. But we Jews should not let anyone rob us of credit. This time, the culprits have confessed. This time, there is no doubt about the culprit. The Jews of the J-Street lobby have not only confessed to wrecking the anti-Ahmadinejad rally, they are quite proud of it:
We Won! Palin Not Speaking at Iran Rally
We collected over 20,000 signatures in 24 hours asking Iran Unity rally organizer Malcolm Hoenlein to take Sarah Palin off the schedule for Monday's rally, and he caved to our pressure on Thursday afternoon citing the fact that the rally had become too partisan.
This is the right decision. A unity rally to express communal solidarity is no place for partisan politics. And to give such prominence to Sarah Palin alone would have spoken neither to, nor for, the American Jewish community.
This is a victory not just for the 20,188 others who signed J Street's petition. It's a victory for the broader community. And we're pleased the rally's organizers came to their senses so quickly.
Victories like these don't come easily - or often. But when they do, we should savor them, at least briefly.
We'll be back at it tomorrow, because our next task is making sure that the messages at the rally reflect the view of a majority of Americans - Jewish and otherwise - that the best way to deal with Iran is through tough, smart diplomacy - not saber rattling and threats of force.
. So let's if we got this right. Because partisan politics have no place at a rally, J-street wrecked the rally in order to prevent some hypothetical advantage that would accrue to Palin, or so they claim. But they tell us they aren't done. They are going to continue to fight for fair play and negotiations with Mr. Ahmadinejad. They neglect to mention that the Bush administration already tried negotiations and got turned down flat, and that Russia and China are blocking new sanctions against Iran, despite alarming findings of the IAEA that indicate Iran is building an aggressive nuclear weapons capability and is not cooperating with IAEA inspectors. It doesn't look like tough, smart diplomacy has budged Iranian policy one millimeter.
J-Street is too small minded to understand that the problem of Ahmadinejad transcends politics and patronage. They perhaps understand only too well that whatever the policies of the Democratic party, every person who attends that rally will be opposed to allowing Iran to continue to develop nuclear weapons, and will become antagonistic to J-Street when they understand the implications of J-Street policies, which will encourage Mr Ahmadinejad and the Iranian government to continue in their present course.
The Jewish Lobby, of course, will inevitably get its way. Iranian President Ahmadinejad will be honored and feted in the next few days as he spouts more rhetoric about destroying America and Zionism, and nobody will pay attention to the handful of protesters with no political backing. Save the J-Street statement. Some day, when the Arabian peninsula is ruled by Shi'a fanatics and oil costs $1,000 a barrel, the world will remember who to blame - the Jews, as usual.
Nonetheless, if you are in New York, whatever your religious faith or ethnic roots, if you believe in human decency, please go to the rally. Please express your outrage about this regime that hangs homosexuals and Bahai, persecutes women, and threatens to destroy the United States and Israel. Forget about Palin, and Obama, and McCain and Biden. In December, the campaign issues will be forgotten and in January, whoever is elected will hopefully do whatever needs to be done. But they will only act against Iran if they know that the American people are solidly opposed to Mr. Ahmadinejad.
It may be a hopeless cause, but at least you will have made a moral statement. Don't be afraid to speak truth to power.
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Obama buddies threatened to sue rally organizers and remove their tax exempt status if they did not disinvite Gov Palin. Liberal Fascism and Chicago political tactics.
Mark Nystedt, Monday, September 22nd
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