Different River

”You can never step in the same river twice.” –Heraclitus

September 25, 2005

Susan Estrich on Cindy Sheehan

Filed under: — Different River @ 10:42 am

Susan Estrich is no one’s idea of a conservative: she worked on Ted Kennedy’s 1980 presidential campaign, an was the national campaign manager for Michael Dukakis in 1988. She’s a former ACLU national board member and a current member of the board of the California Abortion Rights Action League.

But she sees right through Cindy Sheehan (boldface in the original):

Did an ABC staffer insert the following lines in an e-mail sent by celebrity anti-war mother Cindy Sheehan?

“Am I emotional? Yes, my firstborn was murdered. Am I angry? Yes, he was killed for lies and for a Neo-Con agenda to benefit Israel. My son joined the Army to protect America, not Israel.” That is what Sheehan is claiming.

If you don’t believe that explanation – if you don’t believe an ABC staffer set about to put anti-Semitic words into Sheehan’s mouth – then your hero, my liberal friends, is a raging, ignorant anti-Semite. Sorry, but what are you doing hanging with that crowd?

It is ludicrous to suggest Casey died for Israel, but it is worse to lionize Cindy Sheehan without confronting the anti-Semitism that seems to be accepted not even beneath the surface. If her allies really believe ABC was out to frame her, where is the investigation? Where is the staffer who could include such language? And what of the equation of Israel with Syria and Iran, a statement too foolish to debate? Why isn’t anyone concerned about that?

Or, rather, why is it only the right?

Symbols matter. For better or for worse, they help to define movements. If the “anti-war movement” in America is defined, even remotely, as an anti-Israel movement, it will fail. That is certain to me.

I hope she’s right about that last prediction — because the alternative is that the antisemitic antiwar movement succeeds, and they decide to kill all the Jews. It wouldn’t be the first time. Jews have been murdered for allegedly causing WWI, WWII, the Napoleonic Wars, and even the wars of the Crusades — during which both the Muslims and Christians killed Jews for allegedly siding with the other.

(Hat tip: Soccer Dad.)

2 Responses to “Susan Estrich on Cindy Sheehan”

  1. harold Says:

    To call someone anti-Semitic because they oppose the policies of the state of Israel is a dangerous game.

    What about those Jews who oppose the policies of the state of Israel?

    Are they anti-Semitic?

    Really, how moronic can you be?

  2. Different River Says:

    No one is calling anyone antisemitic “because they oppose the policies of the state of Israel is a dangerous game.”

    However, to use the age-old charge, without any evidence whatsoever, that Jews are somehow conspiring to control U.S. policy is both antisemitic and preposterous.

    Casey Sheehan died serving the United States, and fighting the enemies of all Americans. The fact that those particular enemies happen to hate Israel also is irrelevant. To claim, falsely, and for demogogic purposes that it is relevant is antisemitic.

    Jews, and non-Jews, who oppose the policies of the state of Israel are not ipso facto antisemitic. However, those who oppose the right of Jews to live in peace and security with the same human right as everyone else are antisemitic, even if this is expressed as opposing certain policies of the state of Israel. And yes, this applied to Jews and non-Jews equally. A Jew who opposes the right of Jews to live their lives in peace is antisemitic, just as an African-American who favors lynching African-Americans is anti-Black.

    And, I might add, just as any American who advocates the defeat of America and the triumph of America’s enemies is anti-American — a criterion Cindy Sheeham meets in spades.

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