July 2, 2009

Oy Vey!

Sorry, Children of David, you've been had. Alan Dershowitz writes in the WSJ Ed Page:

Many American supporters of Israel who voted for Barack Obama now suspect they may have been victims of a bait and switch. Jewish Americans voted overwhelmingly for Mr. Obama over John McCain in part because the Obama campaign went to great lengths to assure these voters that a President Obama would be supportive of Israel. This despite his friendships with rabidly anti-Israel characters like Rev. Jeremiah Wright and historian Rashid Khalidi.

At the suggestion of Mr. Obama's Jewish supporters -- including me -- the candidate visited the beleaguered town of Sderot, which had borne the brunt of thousands of rocket attacks by Hamas. Standing in front of the rocket shells, Mr. Obama declared: "If somebody was sending rockets into my house where my two daughters sleep at night, I'm going to do everything in my power to stop that. And I would expect Israelis to do the same thing." This heartfelt statement sealed the deal for many supporters of Israel.

Dershowitz's IQ is probably three times mine. I've enjoyed several of his books and even though he has gone pretty far left in recent years, I always appreciated his commitment to personal civil liberties (if not property rights). But do they never listen to The Who? They get fooled again. Every Time.

Who (not, The Who, I have moved on from that) seriously thought that Obama would be a friend to Israel? I was very happy with his choice of Clinton for SecState because I felt she would balance out an administration that I was sure would be anti-Israel,

But they will get fooled again (back to The Who again). Every time.

Politics Posted by John Kranz at July 2, 2009 11:07 AM

I've often thought there is a Heinlein quote for every occurence in human events. Here's one for this story:

"Human beings hardly ever learn from the experience of others. They learn; when they do, which isn't often, on their own, the hard way."

-Robert A. Heinlein

Posted by: johngalt at July 2, 2009 1:51 PM

Isn't it ironic: Dershowitz is quite far left, except he supports freedom of speech and freedom of property far more than pro-Israel-but-you'd-better-live-by-God's-law Republicans.

He supports freedom of speech more than these "tolerant" liberals who want anyone silenced who they don't like. The same liberals who, of course, don't support property rights at all, or Israelis' right to defend themselves.

Posted by: Perry Eidelbus at July 3, 2009 10:14 AM | What do you think? [2]