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6.18.2005    |    Anti-Semitism...
Or just plain stupidity? There was a gathering of anti-war Democrats who held a mock impeachment hearing (do they have impeach-Clinton-envy?). In a story reporting this lovely event, the normally anti-Bush Dana Milbank's story has the headline "Democrats Play House To Rally Against the War." Thereby belittling the entire klavern. Ooh, can I use the word klavern to describe a meeting of loony lefties?

Yet this was not just another self-righteous gathering of the pure and holy who have opposed the war in Iraq, about which sincere Christians and others may differ strongly. This was an opportunity for some folks to demonstrate that, no matter what the issue, it's those pesky Jews (often pronounced "Jooooos") who are at the root of all evil. Consider this extract from the normally friendly-to-liberals Milbank's article:
The session took an awkward turn when witness Ray McGovern, a former intelligence analyst, declared that the United States went to war in Iraq for oil, Israel and military bases craved by administration "neocons" so "the United States and Israel could dominate that part of the world." He said that Israel should not be considered an ally and that Bush was doing the bidding of Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.

"Israel is not allowed to be brought up in polite conversation," McGovern said. "The last time I did this, the previous director of Central Intelligence called me anti-Semitic."

Rep. James P. Moran Jr. (D-Va.), who prompted the question by wondering whether the true war motive was Iraq's threat to Israel, thanked McGovern for his "candid answer."
Moran, sadly, represents the district in which I live in Virginia. He is most assuredly not a Virginian in temperment nor politics; more the left-leaning Boston Black Irishman that he is; a Kennedy toady, and a reliably anti-Israel voice in the Congress.

What, John Luke, surely you don't accuse those who are anti-Israel with being anti-Semitic? No, not precisely. However, McGovern, and Moran, and many others on the rabid left use "neocon" as barely disguised code for "kike." Likewise, only a fool would think that we went to war simply to aid Israel. Does it help Israel that there's no longer a homicidal maniac in charge of a major nation that is in close proximity to Israel? Yes. It also helps Jordan. It also helps Kuwait. It also helps Iran. But mostly, it helps the long-oppressed Kurds and Shiites of Iraq.

What fools such as Moran and others at the klavern can't abide is the fact that we toppled one of the left's favorite dictators. And why, you may ask, was Saddam a fav? Simply because he had become a thorn in the side of Uncle Sam, and hatred of America is the first and often last reason these idiots need.

Again, serious people may dispute, pro or con, that our war to liberate the people of Iraq was either wise or necessary. But these were not serious people. How do we know they lacked gravity? Simple. Rather than debate the real issues, they played the Jewish card: The war helps Israel; therefore it is bad.

If any of them were Bible-believers, perhaps they should read Psalm 121:4, and reflect on whether getting rid of a threat to Israel was a good, or a bad thing:
Behold, he who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.
Saddam sure isn't keeping Israel, or any other nation, these days. I hope he sleeps well before he is brought to justice, and then before the Throne for his final descent.

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Welcome. My name is John Luke Rich, (very) struggling Christian. The focus here is Christianity in its many varieties, its fussing and feuding, how it impacts our lives and our society, with detours to consider it with other faiths (or lack thereof).

Call this blog my way of evangelizing on the internet.

Putting it differently, we're only here on this earth a short time. It's the rest of eternity that we should be most concerned about. Call it the care and feeding of our souls.

I was born Jewish, and born again in Christ Jesus over thirty years ago. First as a Roman Catholic; now a Calvinist by persuasion and a Baptist by denomination. But I'm hardly a poster boy for doctrinal rigidity.

I believe that Scripture is the rock on which all Christian churches must stand -- or sink if they are not so grounded. I believe that we are saved by faith, but hardly in a vacuum. That faith is a gift from God, through no agency on our part -- although we sometimes turn a deaf ear and choose to ignore God's knocking on the door.

To be Christian is to evangelize. Those who think it not their part to evangelize perhaps haven't truly understood what our Lord told us in Matthew 28. We must preach the Gospel as best we are able. Using words if necessary.

Though my faith waxes and wanes, it never seems to go away. Sometimes I wish it would, to give me some peace of mind. But then, Jesus never said that walking with Him was going to be easy...

Final note: I also blog as Jack Rich on cultural, political and other things over at Wrong Side of the Tracks

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