Wednesday, March 19, 2008

McCain Bear Hugs Israel to World's Detriment

First John McCain visited the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial. Having visited the notorious concentration camp Dachau, I know how disturbing and deeply moving such an experience can be. Senator McCain etched "never again" on the guestbook. I hope that "never again" means the cessation of genocide against any of our world's various ethnic or tribal groups, not just the Jewish people.

That would include the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, who've paid dearly for their choice of Hamas leaders in the 2006 elections. Recent reports from the United Nations cited humanitarian conditions in Gaza as the worst in forty years. The people in Gaza reside behind huge walls with armed guards. Their freedom of movement is limited and their economy in shambles.

Today's lead stories in the Jerusalem Post include Senator McCain's visit, but also an admonition from a leading rabbi. The rabbi issued a religious ruling forbidding the renting of apartments to Arabs or employing them anywhere in Israel - regardless of whether they are Israeli citizens. That conjures up images of Germany's yellow stars, the very thing Mr. McCain never wants to see again. Also, recall there are Christian Arabs in Israel and the Middle East.

For John to sincerely want peace in the Middle East, he didn't balance his time. McCain met with Israeli leaders Livni, Olmert, Peres and Barak. He chatted with Palestinian leader Abbas by phone. The news reported one curious item about the visit:

Speaking to reporters, McCain declined to discuss what his Middle East policies would be as president. He said he was in Israel on a congressional fact-finding mission and it was not appropriate to discuss his campaign.

That's funny, on March 19th he's fact finding, while the next day John will fund raise in London at a Lord Rothschild sponsored event. Will it be appropriate to discuss his campaign then? Despite his denials, John hinted at his position on Israel.

"I really think that we should understand that the US and Israel are partners. Israel is not a client of the United States," he said. "If you are partners, then you don't dictate what you think the terms of the survival of a nation should be."

"I think Iran is a threat to the region," McCain said, adding that not only were the Iranians "obviously pursuing nuclear weapons."

Carte blanche, which means "never again" is right around the corner. How many more millions will suffer and die at the hands of madmen occupying seats of power? Stop the insanity, please. We don't need to repeat the cycle. During the Nazi declared boycott upon Jewish stores on April 1, 1933, yellow Stars of David were painted on windows.

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