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Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Wednesday, 13 July 2005
It was Jeane Kirkpatrick at the 1984 Republican Convention in Dallas who identified the Liberal Democrat compulsion to “blame America first.” In any confrontation between America and any other country or disaffected group, liberals could be trusted to say it was their own country’s fault.

This compulsion seems to be a defining characteristic of liberals to this day, from Baghdad Jim McDermott (D-WA) to Dick Turban Durbin (D-IL) to Howard Dean and Teddy Kennedy. What’s not widely recognized is how this compulsion has infected the brains of certain conservatives.

A case in point is how Pat Buchanan and his American Conservative magazine are swooning, along with the New York Times and the Liberal Media, over a new book - Dying to Win -- by a goofy University of Chicago professor named Robert Pape.

In an interview in the magazine’s current issue, Pape goes to great lengths to demonstrate perverse ignorance of what he calls “the logic of suicide terrorism” (the subtitle of his book). Let’s start with his geographic illiteracy.

He asserts that Osama Bin Laden believes in a “grand plan” of the US: “Use combat forces to conquer Iraq, break it into three pieces, give a piece of it to Israel so that Israel could enlarge its country, and then do the same thing to Saudi Arabia.”

Professor Pape’s hatred of Israel blinds him so much he cannot read a map: Israel has no border with either Iraq nor Saudi Arabia. Yet, he continues: “As you can see, we are fulfilling (Bin Laden’s) prediction.” If this isn’t goofy enough (sho’ nuff, prof, ask any of our soldiers in Iraq and they’ll tell you their mission is to break Iraq apart…), try this:

“Now, of course, today we have 150,000 troops on the Arabian Peninsula…” Since the only troops we have in Saudi anymore are about 500, and small numbers in Oman, Yemen, and Qatar, this means Iraq is in the Arabian Peninsula. Who knew?

Pape’s thesis, so eagerly embraced by Buchanan, is that Islamic fundamentalism is not the cause of Moslem suicide bombing - religion has nothing to do with it, because after all, suicide bombing was invented by the Hindu “Tamil Tigers” in Ceylon and only copied by the Palestinians and other Moslems. Moslem terrorism and suicide bombing is rather, “a response to foreign occupation.”

It’s all our fault, we brought the terrorism on ourselves - America and the Jews. If America would only take its soldiers out of Iraq, no Moslem would think of blowing up 18 Iraqi children in Baghdad as one of them did today. If Israel would just cease to exist then no Moslem from the “Occupied West Bank” would have to blow himself up trying to kill Jews in Netanya as happened yesterday.

Buchanan entitled a paean to Pape in the virulently anti-Semitic/anti-American website, Why Are They Killing Us?. His answer: “The 9/11 terrorists were over here because we were over there. They are not trying to convert us. They are killing us to drive us out of their countries.”

Moslem terrorists slaughtered thousands of Americans and destroyed the World Trade Towers here in New York because there were American soldiers “there” (Saudi at the time, not occupying but at the express desire of the Saudi government for protection from Saddam, a neighboring Moslem dictator). It’s all our fault. Blame America first.

Maybe Buchanan can now fly to London and give a speech about British born and raised kids with Pakistani parents becoming suicide bombers because they’re upset about British troops in Iraq - which of course has nothing to do with their being Moslem fanatics.

What would drive conservatives to such craziness? Let’s not pussy-foot around and face the core ugliness squarely. The cause is anti-Semitism. Anti-Semitism trumps patriotism to America. Hatred of Israel causes a desire for America’s defeat. Blame-America-First Conservatives hate Israel more than they love America, they hate Jews more than they love their country.

There is no other excuse for espousing the views of some crackpot who thinks the War in Iraq is being fought so Israel can occupy Mesopotamia.

Ever wonder why so many Jews remain Democrats? Because they remember the days when Republicans wouldn’t allow them to join their country clubs. Those days may seem long ago - but not to Jews who see how many Republicans tolerate an anti-Semitic screed that dares to call itself “American Conservative,” rather than denouncing it as neither.

Republican conservatives need tolerate this travesty no longer. And until they cease doing so, Jews in droves will remain leery of the political party and the political ideology they should otherwise embrace: pro-capitalist, pro-liberty, pro-individual.

So watch for a growing number of conservative leaders to demand that “American Conservative” change its name and stop attempting to hijack conservatism. “Blame America First Conservative” should be and must be an oxymoron.


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