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  • Thursday, March 23, 2006

    Overuse of "antisemitic" argument is morally bankrupt

    I came across this piece, over at Comment is Free, and will post here what I have said there in reaction:

    Why should people in general be labelled as "anti semitic", or "conspiracy theorists" when they question the policies of the state of Israel, or lay out arguments which do appear to show that the Israeli lobby in the US does have enormous influence?

    As commenters before myself have stated, Israel receives a huge amount of American tax payers' money, and, additionally, there is an ongoing criminal investigation by the FBI into Israeli espionage in the US.

    Why should people be ridiculed as "conpiracy theorists", or, even worse, labelled as "vicious anti semites" for either raising these sorts of issues, or saying that nation interests should come before any other countries' interests?

    The argument used in the post is morally bankrupt, just as arguments that people who oppose Bush regime policy are "anti American". After all, is being "pro American" supporting torture and abuse, breaking all kinds of international laws, and basically becoming a pariah state?

    Only a few weeks ago, Bush stated quite frankly that he was prepared to attack Iran for Israel, and a former member of the rogue regime's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board has stated quite openly that Iraq posed absolutely no threat at all to our so called "civilised societies", if there was indeed any threat at all, it was against Israel, not the west.

    Why is it "anti semitic", or a so called "conspiracy theory" to state the facts? Why is it "anti semitic", or a "conspiracy theory" to say that the Israeli lobby has a huge amount of power in the US? It's the truth.

    Finally, a quote from Colin Powell: "It is not antisemitic to criticise the policies of the state of Israel".

    Constant use of the morally bankrupt "vicious antisemite" argument argument does the cause of peace no good at all, if anything, overuse creates a strong reaction, unsurprisingly.

    See all recent "A Logical Voice" posts

    3 Comments:

    At 3/24/2006 02:43:00 am, Blogger DJEB said...

    "Why should people in general be labelled as "anti semitic", or "conspiracy theorists" when they question the policies of the state of Israel...?"

    Because the charge is correct and supporters of the state have nothing but the cheapest rhetoric with which to defend their position.

     
    At 3/24/2006 07:25:00 am, Blogger Truth Seeker said...

    The thing is, it really does their cause no good does it? I mean, it just isn't reasonable to attack everyone as being "antisemitic" who criticises Israeli policies.

     
    At 3/24/2006 12:15:00 pm, Blogger DJEB said...

    It's very inimical to their cause. It turns people very much against them. So if they ever need support, there's a chance they won't get it when they need it. It does get you right in there with lover's of specious arguments, though.

     

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