Wednesday, March 24, 2010

eppie nails it

Justin Raimondo has a pretty average article about Israel.

Ho hum.

But one of the comments in there caught my eye, and I will quote it in full.


Years ago, a friend of mine invited me to a concert given by a Jewish choral group she belonged to. The concert was of Israeli music, and was given in a majestic classical hall, with soaring tones and emotions; it was quite a beautiful event. But at the very end, something weird happened. Well, I thought it was weird, but no one else seemed to notice. From the stage, they asked us all to stand, in deference, while they performed the Israeli national anthem. I waited for them to announce the US national anthem as well. As a hockey fan, I understood the idea of playing two national anthems and standing for both. But this was different. The US national anthem was never played, yet everyone in the audience stood at attention for the Israeli national anthem. I couldn't understand. WHY WOULD WE STAND AT ATTENTION FOR ANOTHER NATION'S NATIONAL ANTHEM WITHOUT OUR OWN BEING PLAYED?

It took me a long time to understand what I experienced that day - that many Americans have strangely confused loyalties over Israel. As an Irish American, I could partially understand this. Back in the day, IRA sympathies led many in the American Irish community to have conflicted loyalties, but even so, it was hard for me to imagine Americans standing at attention for the Irish National Anthem alone at a major public event. I suppose that must have happened, though I never experienced it.

I've wondered since then if I just hallucinated and maybe the US anthem was played and I just missed it or didn't remember it. But more and more it's become clear that a lot of Americans need to rethink about Israel, need to clarify their loyalties. Yes, it's fine to support Israel. Hardly anyone questions that. But when support becomes conflicted loyalty, then there is a serious problem. Most of us would recognize this issue if we could just talk about it honestly and openly, without dreading the accusations of 'anti-semite'.

I think this nails it.

It is fine to support Israel as an American citizen, but there is a line that should not be crossed.

And, just as a closing statement, I was disgusted that some idiots in the audience at the latest AIPAC treason fest were waving American flags.

I don't know whether to cry or laugh anymore.


Anonymous said...

Well, regardless of whether you decide to laugh or cry just don't stop blogging.

Anonymous said...

Your writing sucks. Seriously, it's bad, your teachers must be ashamed.

Open Minded Like You said...

I'm glad to see that you are here to define for us what is and is not okay for an American citizen to do. Seriously, we need more pseudo-intellectuals who have read the first 50 pages of a Chomsky book and a couple of issues of the Economist (to impress mommy and daddy) to define when it is okay to stand or sit for a national anthem other than our own. Oh wait, I mean other than your own. See for the Jewish people in the auidence, Israel's anthem is their national anthem. But uh-oh, Mr. Irish descendant isn't included in that, poor little goy felt left out. That must have been tough, afterall the U.S. was made for people like you.

BTW, your writing isn't that bad, I bet most the other kids at your high school are writing their blogs about Twilight. You are tackling the real issues, like how white Christians are being left out of the mix at Jewish events.

The EternalWho? said...

You might be interested in hearing what an investment banker with close ties to Pakistani and American intelligence says:

Gordon Duff:

At [16:51/55:24] of the podcast below he says:

"I have heard the same thing [that Israel was behind 9/11] from the directors of national intelligence agencies who told me this in confidence...I've been assured that they know and they can prove that Israel did it."

Alan Sabrosky says the same thing 20 minutes into this podcast. He is the director of studies at the US Army War College.

AmericanGoy said...

I must have struck a nerve, I have gotten a bunch of name-calling responses to this one.

I am not open minded at all - I write, and do, what I perceive is best for THIS country, the United States of America, and its citizens.

I can tell you what this country does NOT need - more neocon, Israeli-firsters, who wave American flags at an AIPAC conference (sic!).

Cool Hand Luke said...

You need to come face to face with a muslim terrorist strapped with a bomb.