Monday, September 27, 2010

Raiding Americans to Protect Israel

One of the reasons for my post below, though I had insufficient links/information at the time to say much, was the raid on the Chicago and Minneapolis peace and solidarity activists that was just a fishing expedition for information about alleged ties to foreign terrorist organizations, including the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. Attorneys linked the raids to the Holder v. Humanitarian Law Project decision saying even the most nonviolent protester could be prosecuted if they had any truck with alleged terrorists. See this and this article.

As usual Justin Raimondo is very insightful, including amusing histories of the Obama-supporting lefty groups under attack. In "The Obama Boomerang" he writes in part:
Since the PATRIOT Act and subsequent legislation gave the feds a blank check to spy on us, law enforcement agencies have taken the opportunity to cast as wide a net as possible over the legal activities of American citizens whose only goal is to change American foreign policy. Under Bush, and now under Obama, the government is engaged in a systematic campaign to disrupt, dismantle, and defeat the anti-interventionist movement on the home front, all under the rubric of “anti-terrorism.”

Raiding domestic groups who may have had some minor connection to groups the U.S. government - and the powerful interest groups that support it - deem terrorist is just practice for eventually raiding domestic groups that may have even the most innocent association with people who shoot their mouths off about doing violence someday, or break a window or two today. A fact Tea Party members, with all their gun loving friends, should worry about under Obama.

Meanwhile practicing on all the individuals and groups who support ending the blockade of Gaza, ending Israel's murderous military attacks on Muslims and Arabs, ending the U.S. government's middle east wars to protect Israel, including the coming war on Iran, is just peachy keen with Obama, the U.S. Congress and the Supreme Court. Well, at least the latter doesn't have any of those crazy Apocalyptic Protestants on it. (Or any Protestants at all for that matter.)

Below is an incredible assemblage of cartoons criticizing Obama and Israel for its policies against the Palestinians. I'm sure one of these days they'll haul me away just for embedding it here, after all it's got all sorts of images sympathetic to people deemed terrorists by the U.S. government.

Update: George Washington said it best in 1796 in his FAREWELL ADDRESS

....a passionate attachment of one nation for another produces a variety of evils. Sympathy for the favorite nation, facilitating the illusion of an imaginary common interest in cases where no real common interest exists, and infusing into one the enmities of the other, betrays the former into a participation in the quarrels and wars of the latter without adequate inducement or justification. It leads also to concessions to the favorite nation of privileges denied to others, which is apt doubly to injure the nation making the concessions by unnecessarily parting with what ought to have been retained, and by exciting jealousy, ill will, and a disposition to retaliate in the parties from whom equal privileges are withheld; and it gives to ambitious, corrupted, or deluded citizens (who devote themselves to the favorite nation) facility to betray or sacrifice the interests of their own country without odium, sometimes even with popularity, gilding with the appearances of a virtuous sense of obligation, a commendable deference for public opinion, or a laudable zeal for public good the base or foolish compliances of ambition, corruption, or infatuation....

Against the insidious wiles of foreign influence (I conjure you to believe me, fellow-citizens) the jealousy of a free people ought to be constantly awake, since history and experience prove that foreign influence is one of the most baneful foes of republican government.

But that jealousy, to be useful, must be impartial, else it becomes the instrument of the very influence to be avoided, instead of a defense against it. Excessive partiality for one foreign nation and excessive dislike of another cause those whom they actuate to see danger only on one side, and serve to veil and even second the arts of influence on the other. Real patriots who may resist the intrigues of the favorite are liable to become suspected and odious, while its tools and dupes usurp the applause and confidence of the people to surrender their interests.

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