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Wilson and the Anti Semites

World Net Daily Columnist Jack Cashill in his column today asks the question:

“Did anti-Semitism inspire Joseph Wilson?”

"The three most important groups who have been pressing this country toward war are the British, the Jewish and the Roosevelt administration."

With that one sentence, delivered in Des Moines in September 1939, aviator and America First spokesman Charles Lindbergh condemned himself to pariah status in FDR's America.
"No person with a sense of the dignity of mankind can condone the persecution of the Jewish race in Germany," Lindbergh noted later in the speech, but it didn't matter. The political damage had been done. Indeed, when Lindbergh tried to enlist after Pearl Harbor, FDR personally intervened to squash his bid.

On June 14, 2003, when former ambassador Joseph Wilson spoke at the Education for Peace in Iraq Center, he too laid the blame for an allegedly misbegotten war at the foot of an endangered class of Jews. The major difference, though, is that Lindbergh's analysis of Europe showed more sympathy for those at risk than did Wilson's analysis of the Mideast. In his conspiratorial zeal, Wilson sheds useful light on the not so subtle anti-Semitism oozing through the cracks in the left's kumbaya facade.

"I remain of the view," Wilson told the EPIC forum crowd two months after the fall of Baghdad, "that we will find chemical and biological weapons, and we may well find something that indicates that Saddam's regime maintained an interest in nuclear weapons." Wilson made this extraordinary statement after he had started leaking to the media about President Bush's alleged WMD deceptions and just weeks before his celebrated New York Times op-ed piece. This one sentence would seem to undercut the argument waged by him and literally millions of other self-deluding progressives around the world that "Bush lied" about Iraq's WMD threat. If Bush's most hostile critics in the intelligence community believed Saddam possessed such weapons, one has to ask why Bush would have needed to fabricate evidence."

In the rest of the article Mr. Cahil brings the point I made here about this:

Scowcroft and Wilson shared the view that President Bush’s policy towards the Middle East and Iraq was dominated by a cabal of pro-Israeli “neo-cons" represented by Richard Perle--as Wilson expressed his views in a June 2003 lecture (Bush’s invasion of Iraq “was all done to make Sharon's life easier. . .American soldiers are dying in order to enable Sharon to impose his terms upon the Palestinians. . .American boys and girls are dying for Israel.” (Source: Fedora)

Mr. Cahil then further brings us this Kodak moment from Rep. Conyers “Mock Impeachment Party” a few months back:

"Sharing the podium with Wilson during the question-and-answer session was his ally, Ray McGovern, representing a group called Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity. Some time later, McGovern gave a talk to a group at the Democratic National Committee headquarters in Washington in a forum organized by Rep. John Conyers of Michigan, the senior Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee.

While some members of the audience were distributing literature accusing Israel of staging the 9-11 attacks, McGovern was telling Conyers and other House Democrats that the Iraq War was part of an effort to enable Israel to "dominate that part of the world."
This potentially embarrassing public display goaded DNC Director Howard Dean into talk if not action. "As for any inferences that the United States went to war so Israel could 'dominate' the Middle East or that Israel was in any way behind the horrific September 11th attacks on America," said Dean in response, "let me say unequivocally that such statements are nothing but vile, anti-Semitic rhetoric."

His article goes on to point out that much of the vitriol on the rabid antiwar left is actually rabid anti-Semitism. That said, we must remember that much of the anger that fuels the Jihadist is anti-semitic as well.

This is one of the reasons Israel hating France, Germany and Russia all joined the move against invading Iraq (apart from the the fact they were also getting rich).

For more on the anti-semitism on the left read this. More here. Just a reminder for those who would bring it up, Anti-Zionism is Anti-Semitism.

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