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At a speech in Idaho, former Bush spokesman Ari Fleischer said he had never seen such a “wide-open field” as now exists among prospective Republican presidential candidates, the Idaho Mountain Express reports.

However, he said he did not include Sarah Palin among those who have a reasonable shot at getting elected.

Said Fleischer: “I cannot see any way, shape or form that she can win the Republican primary.”
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Fakhruddin Ahmed starts out well in this op-ed, explaining the genesis of “Islamophobia” with a greater degree of honesty than most Muslim spokesmen in the U.S. have ever displayed. But he soon enough resorts to the familiar Islamic supremacist tactic of evading responsibility, pointing fingers at non-Muslims who dare to point out how Islamic jihadists use the texts and teachings of Islam to justify violence and supremacism and to make recruits among peaceful Muslims. By the end of the piece he has run off the rails entirely, flinging wild charges of racism and bigotry, and blaming Pamela Geller and me for the fact that non-Muslims in America are looking at Islam and Muslims with open eyes, instead of buying into the full-blown campaign of deception, disinformation, and soothing lies that the mainstream media continues to pursue. He never connects up the first half of his piece with the second — in other words, he never explains why Islamic jihad terrorism and Islamic supremacism are real, and yet any resistance to them constitutes racism and hatred.

Yeah, sure, Fakhruddin — as if Pamela Geller and I inspired Khalid Aldawsari, the would-be jihad mass murderer in Lubbock, Texas, or Muhammad Hussain, the would-be jihad bomber in Baltimore, or Mohamed Mohamud, the would-be jihad bomber in Portland, or Nidal Hasan, the Fort Hood jihad mass-murderer, or Faisal Shahzad, the would-be Times Square jihad mass-murderer, or Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad, the Arkansas military recruiting station jihad murderer, or Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the would-be Christmas airplane jihad bomber, or Muhammad Atta, Anjem Chaudary, Omar Bakri, Abu Hamza, Abu Bakar Bashir, Zawahiri, Zarqawi, bin Laden and all the rest.

The Times of Trenton should be ashamed to print such a farrago, but it isn’t really anything special — just another mainstream media outlet printing a deceptive, disingenuous piece claiming victim status for Muslims in order to deflect attention away from jihad terror and Islamic supremacism.

“Examining a painful history fraught with transgressions,” by Fakhruddin Ahmed in the Times of Trenton, March 12 (thanks to James):

There are cogent reasons why roughly half of Americans, according to polls, harbor an unfavorable opinion of Islam. Besides perpetrating the most horrendous crime on American soil on 9/11, Muslims have been responsible for some pretty ugly incidents lately.

The Ayatollah Khomeini challenged one of the West’s core values, freedom of speech, by issuing a “fatwa,” or religious decree, in 1989, for the murder of Salman Rushdie over his controversial book, “The Satanic Verses.”

The attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, were quickly followed by Muslim terror attacks in Bali, Indonesia (2002), Madrid (2004), London (2005) and Mumbai (2008). And when some Muslims went berserk, burning and boycotting in reaction to the Danish cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad in 2006, the rest of the world held its collective breath in consternation.

Muslim terrorists’ attempts to blow up planes, airports, tunnels and subways in America were thwarted. And if Qur’ans had actually been burned by Pastor Terry Jones in Florida last fall, as he threatened to do, some Muslims would have reacted by creating mayhem. Clearly, there is a less-enlightened, fanatically violent underbelly at work in the name of Islam. Understandably, the Judeo-Christian polemic against Islam centers on terrorism.

Submerged in an all-encompassing anti-Muslim hysteria, when non-Muslim Americans see signs of increasing Muslim presence around them, they feel besieged by an intimidating culture. That America’s complexion is transforming from shades of white to brown is difficult for many Americans to stomach; when some of those brown faces belong to Muslims, the transformation becomes downright frightening.

With no prominent Muslim-American voice to assuage those apprehensions, fear begets fear, spawning more virulent anti-Muslim vitriol.

Are Muslims, their religion and their culture a mortal threat to America? Is this the vaunted “Clash of Civilizations” between the West and Islam, as Harvard’s Samuel Huntington had predicted in 1993?

Civilizational narratives are rarely one-dimensional. Western democracies, especially Britain and France, exploited and repressed most Muslim nations as colonial powers over the centuries, souring Muslim taste for democracy. Conceivably, America’s more recent interventions in the Islamic world are fueling Americaphobia. The invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan, with the concomitant collateral death of thousands of civilians, have exacerbated Muslim-American relations, as have the al Qaeda-seeking drone attacks inside Pakistan that inadvertently kill civilians and whose legality stands on shaky grounds.

We may consider ourselves to be the “good guys” eliminating the “bad guys” before they attack us; but to the child of the civilian we kill in Afghanistan, we are the bad guys. He or she may vow to exact vengeance.

Quid pro quo is in vogue in international relations. America garnered the Muslim world’s gratitude when it rushed to bolster the Afghans after the Soviet invasion of 1979 (which led to Muslim participation in Gulf War I in 1991), and liberated the Bosnians (1995) and the Kosovars (1999) from the Serbs. Muslims were not thrilled, however, when America attacked Afghanistan in 2001 (and has occupied it since); the neoconservatives fabricated WMD “evidence” to facilitate President George W. Bush’s attack of Iraq in 2003; and America started waging an undeclared war inside Pakistan.

Excluded from the debate about them inside America, and reduced to passive observers, Muslim-Americans are chagrined at the spectacle unfolding right before their eyes. Right-wing Republicans see no downside to demonizing the Muslims. It energizes their base, carries no political penalty, and forces the Democrats to defend a progressively unpopular minority.

Democratic defense of Muslim-Americans has not been stellar either, perhaps because they, too, secretly covet the bigot vote. Deprecators realize that Muslim-Americans, who number only 7 million, cannot retaliate electorally, making Muslim-baiting a win-win proposition.

Sarah Palin tweeted last July, imploring “peaceful Muslims” to “refudiate” the proposed New York City mosque near Ground Zero. Other Republicans and some Democrats jumped on the bandwagon, attaching intellectual heft to an originally ignorant far-right-fringe viewpoint.

A “moderate” Muslim is being redefined as one who condemns on demand. Detractors are not interested in Muslim points of view; they want Muslim condemnation of Islam. For them, Islam-bashing is the new normal, the new acceptable form of racism. If any other ethnic or religious group was so maliciously mauled, the attackers would be branded incurable racists.

What astonishes Muslim-Americans is that those hurling imprecations at them on television, on the radio and in the blogosphere do not seem to care that Muslim-Americans are watching and listening. It’s as though Muslim-Americans are apparitions that do not really exist or have feelings. Muslims feel like screaming: “Hey, I am in the room. Stop backbiting!”

The virus incubated by right-wing bloggers Pam Geller and Robert Spencer has been spread so far and wide by Fox News that all of America is now infected with an anti-Muslim epidemic. It hurts Muslim-Americans to see their patriotism questioned, their faith defined, distorted and defiled beyond recognition by anti-Muslim bigots through blatant lies. It is un-American to attempt to sacrifice an entire America-loving community, already reeling under vicious attacks, at the altar of higher television ratings.

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Fakhruddin Ahmed starts out well in this op-ed, explaining the genesis of “Islamophobia” with a greater degree of honesty than most Muslim spokesmen in the U.S. have ever displayed. But he soon enough resorts to the familiar Islamic supremacist tactic of evading responsibility, pointing fingers at non-Muslims who dare to point out how Islamic jihadists use the texts and teachings of Islam to justify violence and supremacism and to make recruits among peaceful Muslims. By the end of the piece he has run off the rails entirely, flinging wild charges of racism and bigotry, and blaming Pamela Geller and me for the fact that non-Muslims in America are looking at Islam and Muslims with open eyes, instead of buying into the full-blown campaign of deception, disinformation, and soothing lies that the mainstream media continues to pursue. He never connects up the first half of his piece with the second — in other words, he never explains why Islamic jihad terrorism and Islamic supremacism are real, and yet any resistance to them constitutes racism and hatred.

Yeah, sure, Fakhruddin — as if Pamela Geller and I inspired Khalid Aldawsari, the would-be jihad mass murderer in Lubbock, Texas, or Muhammad Hussain, the would-be jihad bomber in Baltimore, or Mohamed Mohamud, the would-be jihad bomber in Portland, or Nidal Hasan, the Fort Hood jihad mass-murderer, or Faisal Shahzad, the would-be Times Square jihad mass-murderer, or Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad, the Arkansas military recruiting station jihad murderer, or Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the would-be Christmas airplane jihad bomber, or Muhammad Atta, Anjem Chaudary, Omar Bakri, Abu Hamza, Abu Bakar Bashir, Zawahiri, Zarqawi, bin Laden and all the rest.

The Times of Trenton should be ashamed to print such a farrago, but it isn’t really anything special — just another mainstream media outlet printing a deceptive, disingenuous piece claiming victim status for Muslims in order to deflect attention away from jihad terror and Islamic supremacism.

“Examining a painful history fraught with transgressions,” by Fakhruddin Ahmed in the Times of Trenton, March 12 (thanks to James):

There are cogent reasons why roughly half of Americans, according to polls, harbor an unfavorable opinion of Islam. Besides perpetrating the most horrendous crime on American soil on 9/11, Muslims have been responsible for some pretty ugly incidents lately.

The Ayatollah Khomeini challenged one of the West’s core values, freedom of speech, by issuing a “fatwa,” or religious decree, in 1989, for the murder of Salman Rushdie over his controversial book, “The Satanic Verses.”

The attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, were quickly followed by Muslim terror attacks in Bali, Indonesia (2002), Madrid (2004), London (2005) and Mumbai (2008). And when some Muslims went berserk, burning and boycotting in reaction to the Danish cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad in 2006, the rest of the world held its collective breath in consternation.

Muslim terrorists’ attempts to blow up planes, airports, tunnels and subways in America were thwarted. And if Qur’ans had actually been burned by Pastor Terry Jones in Florida last fall, as he threatened to do, some Muslims would have reacted by creating mayhem. Clearly, there is a less-enlightened, fanatically violent underbelly at work in the name of Islam. Understandably, the Judeo-Christian polemic against Islam centers on terrorism.

Submerged in an all-encompassing anti-Muslim hysteria, when non-Muslim Americans see signs of increasing Muslim presence around them, they feel besieged by an intimidating culture. That America’s complexion is transforming from shades of white to brown is difficult for many Americans to stomach; when some of those brown faces belong to Muslims, the transformation becomes downright frightening.

With no prominent Muslim-American voice to assuage those apprehensions, fear begets fear, spawning more virulent anti-Muslim vitriol.

Are Muslims, their religion and their culture a mortal threat to America? Is this the vaunted “Clash of Civilizations” between the West and Islam, as Harvard’s Samuel Huntington had predicted in 1993?

Civilizational narratives are rarely one-dimensional. Western democracies, especially Britain and France, exploited and repressed most Muslim nations as colonial powers over the centuries, souring Muslim taste for democracy. Conceivably, America’s more recent interventions in the Islamic world are fueling Americaphobia. The invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan, with the concomitant collateral death of thousands of civilians, have exacerbated Muslim-American relations, as have the al Qaeda-seeking drone attacks inside Pakistan that inadvertently kill civilians and whose legality stands on shaky grounds.

We may consider ourselves to be the “good guys” eliminating the “bad guys” before they attack us; but to the child of the civilian we kill in Afghanistan, we are the bad guys. He or she may vow to exact vengeance.

Quid pro quo is in vogue in international relations. America garnered the Muslim world’s gratitude when it rushed to bolster the Afghans after the Soviet invasion of 1979 (which led to Muslim participation in Gulf War I in 1991), and liberated the Bosnians (1995) and the Kosovars (1999) from the Serbs. Muslims were not thrilled, however, when America attacked Afghanistan in 2001 (and has occupied it since); the neoconservatives fabricated WMD “evidence” to facilitate President George W. Bush’s attack of Iraq in 2003; and America started waging an undeclared war inside Pakistan.

Excluded from the debate about them inside America, and reduced to passive observers, Muslim-Americans are chagrined at the spectacle unfolding right before their eyes. Right-wing Republicans see no downside to demonizing the Muslims. It energizes their base, carries no political penalty, and forces the Democrats to defend a progressively unpopular minority.

Democratic defense of Muslim-Americans has not been stellar either, perhaps because they, too, secretly covet the bigot vote. Deprecators realize that Muslim-Americans, who number only 7 million, cannot retaliate electorally, making Muslim-baiting a win-win proposition.

Sarah Palin tweeted last July, imploring “peaceful Muslims” to “refudiate” the proposed New York City mosque near Ground Zero. Other Republicans and some Democrats jumped on the bandwagon, attaching intellectual heft to an originally ignorant far-right-fringe viewpoint.

A “moderate” Muslim is being redefined as one who condemns on demand. Detractors are not interested in Muslim points of view; they want Muslim condemnation of Islam. For them, Islam-bashing is the new normal, the new acceptable form of racism. If any other ethnic or religious group was so maliciously mauled, the attackers would be branded incurable racists.

What astonishes Muslim-Americans is that those hurling imprecations at them on television, on the radio and in the blogosphere do not seem to care that Muslim-Americans are watching and listening. It’s as though Muslim-Americans are apparitions that do not really exist or have feelings. Muslims feel like screaming: “Hey, I am in the room. Stop backbiting!”

The virus incubated by right-wing bloggers Pam Geller and Robert Spencer has been spread so far and wide by Fox News that all of America is now infected with an anti-Muslim epidemic. It hurts Muslim-Americans to see their patriotism questioned, their faith defined, distorted and defiled beyond recognition by anti-Muslim bigots through blatant lies. It is un-American to attempt to sacrifice an entire America-loving community, already reeling under vicious attacks, at the altar of higher television ratings.

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style="color: #000000;">3.10.11 — Unions are about to put a shoe in Wisconsin GOP, the Black murder rate in NYC is nothing to mess with and the Obamas give the 411 on bullying.

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style="color: #000000;">* Unions are going to bug out and disrupt the Wisconsin vote today href="http://news.google.com/news/url?sa=t&ct2=us%2F0_0_s_0_0_t&bvm=list&topic=blended&usg=AFQjCNGJPB11rSII9UtqRqFERmTpcfZWlA&did=5b1a9c7c4508fc13&cid=17593870138904&ei=ct14TZnsA8SFgweyycH4AQ&rt=HOMEPAGE&vm=STANDARD&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.foxnews.com%2Fpolitics%2F2011%2F03%2F10%2Funions-aim-disrupt-wisconsin-vote-today%2F" target="_blank"> style="color: #000000;">[Fox News]

style="color: #000000;">* There will be heightened security at Peter King’s Muslim witch hunt because…it makes it seem a lot more grave and witch hunt-y href="http://news.google.com/news/url?sa=t&ct2=us%2F0_0_s_2_0_t&bvm=list&topic=blended&usg=AFQjCNFzJMd-O8HLerTg65cF6C2uab8KTg&did=a5c390b4457c7a60&cid=17593868027460&ei=Rdp4TbDvKcSFgweyycH4AQ&rt=HOMEPAGE&vm=STANDARD&url=http%3A%2F%2Fcontent.usatoday.com%2Fcommunities%2Fonpolitics%2Fpost%2F2011%2F03%2Fpeter-king-radical-muslim-hearings-congress-%2F1" target="_blank"> style="color: #000000;">[USA Today]

style="color: #000000;">* Vivian Schiller set to post her resume on theladders.com after losing her post as NPR’s CEO href="http://news.google.com/news/url?sa=t&ct2=us%2F0_0_s_6_0_t&bvm=list&topic=blended&usg=AFQjCNESDznhYswtIb9LYaTGdHbyDCHzpA&did=d57d5a0dde373523&cid=17593869220118&ei=ct14TZnsA8SFgweyycH4AQ&rt=HOMEPAGE&vm=STANDARD&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.washingtonpost.com%2Fwp-dyn%2Fcontent%2Farticle%2F2011%2F03%2F09%2FAR2011030901802_2.html" target="_blank"> style="color: #000000;">[WaPo]

style="color: #000000;">* The 2010 murder stats for Black men in New York City is terrifying, like 31% increase terrifying href="http://news.google.com/news/url?sa=t&ct2=us%2F0_0_s_6_0_t&usg=AFQjCNGLcFh0kJVkFaGZlogmvudH4Tko1g&did=dd594f1d1ddfed6e&cid=17593869991074&ei=J9t4TaDIHMSFgweyycH4AQ&rt=SEARCH&vm=STANDARD&url=http%3A%2F%2Fbed-stuy.patch.com%2Farticles%2Fnypd-murder-report-offers-alarming-stats-for-black-males" target="_blank"> style="color: #000000;">[Patch]

style="color: #000000;">* Getting thrown in the clink hurts the collective Black wallet href="http://theloop21.com/money/prisons-and-black-wealth" target="_blank"> style="color: #000000;">[The Loop 21]

style="color: #000000;">* The Libyan civil war continues href="http://news.google.com/news/url?sa=t&ct2=us%2F0_0_s_1_0_t&bvm=list&topic=blended&usg=AFQjCNEMkBP4Kfbd7BozmjyWSC3Vwq8mWA&did=40431f2d33b0a7d4&cid=17593869383260&ei=ct14TZnsA8SFgweyycH4AQ&rt=HOMEPAGE&vm=STANDARD&url=http%3A%2F%2Fedition.cnn.com%2F2011%2FWORLD%2Fafrica%2F03%2F10%2Flibya.civil.war%2F" target="_blank"> style="color: #000000;">[CNN]

style="color: #000000;">* Oil prices have eased, though you may not notice as you curse gas that $ 3.55 a gallon href="http://news.google.com/news/url?sa=t&ct2=us%2F0_0_g_1_0_t&gid=BNB&bvm=list&usg=AFQjCNH1cy00TxHc_tS8dE4BrE-VAbZU_A&did=52c351820dfed228&cid=17593870223012&ei=ct14TZnsA8SFgweyycH4AQ&rt=HOMEPAGE&vm=STANDARD&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.nytimes.com%2F2011%2F03%2F11%2Fbusiness%2F11markets.html%3Fsrc%3Dbusln" target="_blank"> style="color: #000000;">[The NY Times]

style="color: #000000;">* VIDEO: The Obamas want you to know bullying is not a rite of passage href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pWlOSdOUQRU&feature=player_embedded" target="_blank">[The AP]

style="color: #000000;">Penultimate Thought: When you’re musical about Spider-Man is beset by one disaster after another, perhaps it’s a sign that you should not do musicals about Spider-Man.

style="color: #000000;">Final Thought: Thursday, JJPers. Only you can set you free.

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style="color: #000000;">3.10.11 — Unions are about to put a shoe in Wisconsin GOP, the Black murder rate in NYC is nothing to mess with and the Obamas give the 411 on bullying.

title="YouTube video player" width="515" height="416" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/NzdUy90vTuk" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen>

style="color: #000000;">* Unions are going to bug out and disrupt the Wisconsin vote today href="http://news.google.com/news/url?sa=t&ct2=us%2F0_0_s_0_0_t&bvm=list&topic=blended&usg=AFQjCNGJPB11rSII9UtqRqFERmTpcfZWlA&did=5b1a9c7c4508fc13&cid=17593870138904&ei=ct14TZnsA8SFgweyycH4AQ&rt=HOMEPAGE&vm=STANDARD&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.foxnews.com%2Fpolitics%2F2011%2F03%2F10%2Funions-aim-disrupt-wisconsin-vote-today%2F" target="_blank"> style="color: #000000;">[Fox News]

style="color: #000000;">* There will be heightened security at Peter King’s Muslim witch hunt because…it makes it seem a lot more grave and witch hunt-y href="http://news.google.com/news/url?sa=t&ct2=us%2F0_0_s_2_0_t&bvm=list&topic=blended&usg=AFQjCNFzJMd-O8HLerTg65cF6C2uab8KTg&did=a5c390b4457c7a60&cid=17593868027460&ei=Rdp4TbDvKcSFgweyycH4AQ&rt=HOMEPAGE&vm=STANDARD&url=http%3A%2F%2Fcontent.usatoday.com%2Fcommunities%2Fonpolitics%2Fpost%2F2011%2F03%2Fpeter-king-radical-muslim-hearings-congress-%2F1" target="_blank"> style="color: #000000;">[USA Today]

style="color: #000000;">* Vivian Schiller set to post her resume on theladders.com after losing her post as NPR’s CEO href="http://news.google.com/news/url?sa=t&ct2=us%2F0_0_s_6_0_t&bvm=list&topic=blended&usg=AFQjCNESDznhYswtIb9LYaTGdHbyDCHzpA&did=d57d5a0dde373523&cid=17593869220118&ei=ct14TZnsA8SFgweyycH4AQ&rt=HOMEPAGE&vm=STANDARD&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.washingtonpost.com%2Fwp-dyn%2Fcontent%2Farticle%2F2011%2F03%2F09%2FAR2011030901802_2.html" target="_blank"> style="color: #000000;">[WaPo]

style="color: #000000;">* The 2010 murder stats for Black men in New York City is terrifying, like 31% increase terrifying href="http://news.google.com/news/url?sa=t&ct2=us%2F0_0_s_6_0_t&usg=AFQjCNGLcFh0kJVkFaGZlogmvudH4Tko1g&did=dd594f1d1ddfed6e&cid=17593869991074&ei=J9t4TaDIHMSFgweyycH4AQ&rt=SEARCH&vm=STANDARD&url=http%3A%2F%2Fbed-stuy.patch.com%2Farticles%2Fnypd-murder-report-offers-alarming-stats-for-black-males" target="_blank"> style="color: #000000;">[Patch]

style="color: #000000;">* Getting thrown in the clink hurts the collective Black wallet href="http://theloop21.com/money/prisons-and-black-wealth" target="_blank"> style="color: #000000;">[The Loop 21]

style="color: #000000;">* The Libyan civil war continues href="http://news.google.com/news/url?sa=t&ct2=us%2F0_0_s_1_0_t&bvm=list&topic=blended&usg=AFQjCNEMkBP4Kfbd7BozmjyWSC3Vwq8mWA&did=40431f2d33b0a7d4&cid=17593869383260&ei=ct14TZnsA8SFgweyycH4AQ&rt=HOMEPAGE&vm=STANDARD&url=http%3A%2F%2Fedition.cnn.com%2F2011%2FWORLD%2Fafrica%2F03%2F10%2Flibya.civil.war%2F" target="_blank"> style="color: #000000;">[CNN]

style="color: #000000;">* Oil prices have eased, though you may not notice as you curse gas that $ 3.55 a gallon href="http://news.google.com/news/url?sa=t&ct2=us%2F0_0_g_1_0_t&gid=BNB&bvm=list&usg=AFQjCNH1cy00TxHc_tS8dE4BrE-VAbZU_A&did=52c351820dfed228&cid=17593870223012&ei=ct14TZnsA8SFgweyycH4AQ&rt=HOMEPAGE&vm=STANDARD&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.nytimes.com%2F2011%2F03%2F11%2Fbusiness%2F11markets.html%3Fsrc%3Dbusln" target="_blank"> style="color: #000000;">[The NY Times]

style="color: #000000;">* VIDEO: The Obamas want you to know bullying is not a rite of passage href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pWlOSdOUQRU&feature=player_embedded" target="_blank">[The AP]

style="color: #000000;">Penultimate Thought: When you’re musical about Spider-Man is beset by one disaster after another, perhaps it’s a sign that you should not do musicals about Spider-Man.

style="color: #000000;">Final Thought: Thursday, JJPers. Only you can set you free.


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Dr. Charles Jacobs has an article in Boston’s Jewish Advocate entitled “Why the Jews are Losing the Battle for the Campus” in which he reflects on the changing climate towards Jews and Israel on many of America’s college campuses. And make no mistake, the two are intimately related.


The warnings have been there. In 2006, the US Commission on Civil Rights found that “many college campuses thought the US continue to experience incidents of anti-Semitism.” Gary Tobin in his 2005 book “Uncivil University: Politics and Propaganda in American Education,” concluded that “anti-Semitism and anti-Israelism are systemic in higher education and can be found on campuses all over the United States.” Across the country too many Jewish and pro-Israel students are patronized, mocked, intimidated and sometimes physically attacked, while anti-Israel professors poison the minds of America’s future leaders. Yet Jewish leaders have by and large not responded effectively.

How did the Jewish community, known for its rhetorical genius, lose a critically important political battle on American campuses? Here is a thumbnail sketch:

In 1990, James Zogby, president of the Arab American Institute, explained on Jordanian TV how the Arab Lobby can and will match Jewish political and organizational success in America (the clip is on YouTube). Zogby and his allies recognized that the campus and the media, unlike Capitol Hill, are two battle grounds that Arabists could win by allying themselves with the American left. In both venues they already had beachheads and feet on the ground. The campus was in transition politically, influenced by ’60s tenured radicals who had adopted the dogma of post-colonialism, and its Palestinian version, Professor Edward Said’s “Orientalism.”

Moreover, America was experiencing a significant increase in foreign born Muslim students as well as increased Muslim immigration (many from countries with a culture of vicious anti-Semitism). Zogby focused on forming alliances with Marxist professors, die-hard socialist activists, African- American student groups, gay-lesbian groups and, most importantly, Jewish progressives. He also realized that an emerging anti-Israel Left/Muslim axis on campus could be better organized and benefit from an inflow of Arab petro dollars into prestigious American universities. All this was happening while many Jewish leaders, intoxicated by the Oslo agreement, were abandoning Israel programming.

Today, we can see the brilliance of Zogby’s strategy: Anti-Israel sentiment suffuses the campus atmosphere. In the classroom, radical professors express the the dominant narrative that the Palestinians are right and the Israelis are in the wrong. In its mild form, the Palestinians suffer needlessly at the hands of Israeli occupiers; in its more vicious version, Israel is a racist, genocidal apartheid nation. Outside the classroom, anti-Israel groups hold conferences, screen films and conduct theatrical demonstrations that portray Israel in the harshest of terms. Israel’s advocates are rudely interrupted, prevented from speaking; pro-Israel events are disrupted; Jewish students are intimidated verbally or even physically, and are excluded from pro-Palestinian events. Pathetic attempts by Jewish groups to initiate dialogue with Palestinian students are rejected. Any acknowledgment of Israelis’ humanity is seen as a validation of Palestinian oppression. Our epoch’s secular religion – political correctness and multiculturalism – judges people by who they are, not what they do. Israelis are by definition always guilty, while darker skinned, impoverished, indigenous Palestinians are eternally innocent.

Far more than their parents and their community suspect, Jewish students find it challenging and often unpleasant, if not actually frightening, to support Israel on many campuses today.

Dr. Jacobs then goes on to relate a few ( but by no means all) of the more egregious examples, but fails to get to the root of the problem.

I have to chuckle grimly at this.

The strategy Dr. Jacobs outlines was and is very real. But it could never have worked if it wasn’t for those Jews on campus (and their parents and supporters) whom supported the Left. They were happy to ignore the fact that a substantial component of the Left doesn’t support them, and as Dr. Jacobs quotes from an e-mail to one Jewish student activist who fled Hampshire College, Amherst, wants them to ‘die slow.’

Obama’s ascension, with the support of these same Jews, put an official stamp of approval on this. In Obama, we saw someone who paid no price at all electorally for his lifetime of intimate association with open racists and anti-Semites.Leadership and elections after all are a product of historical resonance

Dr. Jacobs quotes the example of a noose found on one campus and how differently a university reacted to the concerns of black students. And that’s the key to the whole issue at hand.The reason the university reacted as it did, of course, is that they’re afraid of how black students would violently react to even a hint of racism.

Think about it - just how do you think Black students would react to an on-Campus, university sanctioned event by the Aryan nation or the Klu Klux Clan? Black students have earned respect for their concerns because they are more than willing to raise hell, go to the barricades and make your average university rue the day they ever thought about sponsoring that kind of racism.

For the most part, no one at these university is afraid in the least of how Jews at their campuses would react to the racism known as ‘anti-Zionism’. For one thing, they’re aware from experience that there are far too many self-hating Jews willing to prove their Leftist bonafides by taking sides against their own people. Experience has also shown them that the typical Jewish response even to the most blatant Jew hatred on campuses has been, at worst, puerile requests for ‘dialogue’ or the setting up of a few card tables to pass out leaflets.

‘Anti-Zionism’ is not a subject to be dealt with by debate or even education, for the most part. To approach it on that level gives it dignity as serious point of view worthy of discussion, rather than the contempt it deserves.

‘Anti-Zionism’ is the kinky new version of an old, old product. It involves the denial of self-determination to Jews, and Jews only and their dehumanization as apes and pigs, exactly as it says in the Qu’ran. Scratch an ‘anti-Zionist’ and you will almost always find a Jew hater, or a pathetic, deluded Jew mired deep in Stockholm Syndrome.

Our fathers knew how to handle Jew hatred much more effectively, perhaps because their generation was far closer to a time when the world essentially turned its back while millions of Jews were slaughtered without even the dignity or amenities commonly afforded animals.


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Mitch Daniels may be getting heat from a well-organized socially conservative grassroots, but Republicans nationally are on his side, the new WSJ/NBC poll finds:

Nearly two thirds of Republican primary voters said they would be “more likely” to vote for a GOP primary candidate who says the party should focus more on the economy and the deficit and less on social issues such as gay marriage and abortion. Only 8% said they would be less likely to vote for such a candidate. The rest said they were unsure.

A caveat: I’m not sure it would poll this well in Iowa.





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Mitch Daniels may be getting heat from a well-organized socially conservative grassroots, but Republicans nationally are on his side, the new WSJ/NBC poll finds:

Nearly two thirds of Republican primary voters said they would be “more likely” to vote for a GOP primary candidate who says the party should focus more on the economy and the deficit and less on social issues such as gay marriage and abortion. Only 8% said they would be less likely to vote for such a candidate. The rest said they were unsure.

A caveat: I’m not sure it would poll this well in Iowa.





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Eyes Wide Shut: Unbundling the Middle East

How Western Foreign Policy Experts Got The Middle East Wrong 
and Why They’re Getting It Wrong Again

Lecture by Dr. Barry Rubin

Thursday, March 10, 2010 • 7:00 p.m.
Luxe Hotel Sunset
11461 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles

“The world has gone mad today, and good’s bad today.”
- Cole Porter, “Anything Goes”

Amid all the speculation and panic, opinion and punditry about the current ongoing turmoil in Egypt and the Middle East, one man’s perspective cuts through the fog like a lighthouse beam.
Dr. Barry Rubin will discuss how the country-by-country changes happening in the Middle East overlap, converge, or work at cross purposes.

The protests cascading across the Middle East are shaking much more than the Arab autocracies that have dominated the region for decades. Things that we thought were stable in the Middle East have turned out to be fragile, while movements that were supposed to be weak have turned into powerful tsunamis of change. Long-held beliefs are falling by the wayside.

Despite these upheavals, the same old self-styled experts are trotting out the same tired and debunked conventional wisdom about the region.

They have had to change the players around, but the apologies and fantasies are all the same. Instead of secular Arab nationalists like Yasser Arafat moderating before signing Oslo, now it’s that fanatical Muslim leaders like Yusuf al-Qaradawi can be dealt with. Instead of Hamas professionalizing after seizing Gaza, now it’s that Hezbollah will integrate into Lebanon. The contexts are different but the excuses remain the same.

Meanwhile Barry Rubin has been working tirelessly to dispel exactly this fog of misinformation. Dr. Rubin has been a Middle East writer and analyst for more than 30 years, and is director of the Global Research in International Affairs (GLORIA) Center. He has written 23 books, edited an additional 32 books, and is the editor of the Middle East Review of International Affairs (MERIA) Journal. There is literally not a topic in the Middle East that Dr. Rubin has not addressed, often in terms strikingly different than the conventional wisdom - and always with analysis that proves to be more incisive, and predictions that turn out to be more accurate, than the conventional wisdom.

There is perhaps no one able to speak about the instability rocking the Middle East, both in specific contexts and in the broadest of terms, than Barry Rubin.

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Barry Rubin is director of the Global Research in International Affairs (GLORIA) Center and editor of the Middle East Review of International Affairs (MERIA) Journal. His latest books are The Israel-Arab Reader (seventh edition, Viking-Penguin), the paperback edition of The Truth about Syria(Palgrave-Macmillan), and The Long War for Freedom: The Arab Struggle for Democracy in the Middle East (Wiley). The website of the GLORIA Center is at http://www.gloria-center.org and of his blog, Rubin Reports, at http://www.rubinreports.blogspot.com.

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Now that his two year post-Senate “cooling off” period is over, totally not gay toe-tapper Larry Craig is once again trolling the halls of Congress, but this time it’s as a lobbyist.

Craig’s firm, New West Strategies, wouldn’t actually confirm lobbying was now part of his portfolio. “I didn’t say that,” said Mike Ware, a principle at New West, adding, with emphasis, that “the cooling off period IS over.” But the mere spotting of Craig back on the Hill was enough to raise alarms from those good-government groups who see danger in the coercive influence former members can have on old colleagues. “This is sort of the way of Washington right now. It is not the exception to the rule but more or less a rule itself,” said Dave Levinthal, Communications Director at the Center for Responsive Politics. “When you get out of federal office you think about how you can cash in that experience you gained from working in the public sector by going into the private sector.”

Former members of the House and Capitol Hill senior staffers are only required to wait one year before that revolving door grants their corporate clients access to the very legislation their new emissaries once authored. According to the above-linked story, so far this year 90 former members of Congress and former Hill staffers have already registered as lobbyists.

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The Hartford Courant’s Don Stacom reports: 

The revolving door in the top office of the state Department of Transportation is spinning again: Interim Commissioner Jeffrey Parker announced his resignation Tuesday.

Parker’s departure isn’t entirely surprising, since Gov. Dannel P. Malloy made clear soon after winning office in November that he’d bring in a new leader to run the $ 1 billion agency.

But Parker, at Malloy’s invitation, has been staying on as interim commissioner until a replacement is chosen. It’s unclear whether the resignation announcement signals that Malloy is closer to naming a new DOT chief, or whether Malloy will promote Deputy Commissioner Al Martin to run operations in the meantime.

In an e-mail to the agency’s 3,300 employees, Parker emphasized that he’s leaving under amicable terms and pointedly praised Malloy.

“Both as mayor of Stamford and now as governor, he has always impressed me as a public servant that recognizes the importance of investing in transportation,” Parker wrote.

It will be a very different transition than the abrupt, acrimonious breakup when Joseph Marie was forced out in late June.

Then-Gov. M. Jodi Rell’s staff said an employee complained of “inappropriate behavior” by Marie, and they decided after a preliminary investigation that Marie had to go. Staffers brokered a deal in which Marie and Rell would publicly claim he was resigning to spend more time with his family, but days later it was revealed that Rell had pressured him to walk out immediately.

 

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A new Gallup poll of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents finds they have no clear favorite for the party’s 2012 presidential nominee, with Mike Huckabee at 18%, Mitt Romney at 16% and Sarah Palin at 16%.
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A new University of Texas/Texas Tribune poll finds David Dewhurst (R) leading the Republican race for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX) with 27%, followed by Michael Williams (R) at 5% and several other potential candidates with even less support.

On the Democratic side, Chris Bell (D) leads with 16%, followed by Chet Edwards (D) at 13% and John Sharp (D) at 12%.
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Sen. Jim Webb‘s (D-Va.) decision to not seek re-election leaves a big gap for Old Dominion Democrats as the state’s bench of top-tier political talent is relatively thin, especially after losing three House Democrats in last year’s midterms. Virginia Democratic strategists said that Democratic National Committee chairman Tim Kaine, the commonwealth’s former governor, would have the right of first refusal for the party’s nomination.

But while Kaine’s fundraising ability and name identification as a popular former governor puts him in pole position if he chooses to run, the Democratic field would be wide-open if he stayed out - with a laundry list of candidates who might look at the race. Here’s a look at the strengths and weaknesses of some prospective candidates:

1. Kaine

PROS: A two-time statewide winner, the former Richmond mayor understands the state’s political map, sports universal name recognition and can raise lots of money thanks to his perch as DNC chairman. He would be well-positioned to run up the score in the growing Northern Virginia suburbs - he took 60 percent of the vote there in the 2005 gubernatorial race.

CONS: Unlike 2005, Kaine will have to run as his own man, and would not have Sen. Mark Warner‘s (D) coattails to run on. Instead, he’d be connected to Pres. Obama, and his fortunes will be tied to a president in a state that Democrats have won only once since 1964 in a presidential election. There are likely to be few Obama-George Allen ticket splitters if the former Senator is the GOP nominee.

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