Friday, September 23, 2005

It Never Ends

On Sept. 6 and 7 in Washington, D.C., a conference entitled, "Terrorism, Security, and America's Purpose" was held. One of the speakers was a man by the name of Stephen Walt. According to someone I met who attended, he spoke of how the alliance with Israel is a detriment to the United States and that we should pressure Israel to give the Palestinians a state. The man's assertions went unchallenged. So was this a pro-Arab conference? Is he a fringe member of some whacked-out group? Were the people there anti-Semites?

Actually, it was sponsored by the New America Foundation, a respected Washington think tank. The audience included former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, retired General Wesley Clark and Senator Joe Biden. And the man himself? Next in line to become the dean of Harvard. We're hardly talking fringe, folks. Unless higher education itself has become fringe, which isn't as far-fetched as it sounds.

You can read some of his writings to see for yourself how tragically uninformed this man is who has some of the best of our children's education in his hands. To say I'm disappointed that the people who attended sat by and said nothing as this man suggested we turn on our staunchest ally would be... well... an understatement.

13 Comments:

At 11:53 AM, Blogger Rory said...

Esther, I'm really glad you did this piece, even though it made me so mad I could spit. But it gives us the opportunity to put the lie to the notion that if we were to just cut Israel loose, the terrorist threat would disappear. I won't even go into the fact that the whole idea of a so-called Palestinian state is probably one of the biggest scams that's ever been perpetrated. But I'll address Stephen Walt's assertion that our alliance with Israel is detrimental to us. If we use al-Qaeda as an example, consider the fact that while the actual attack took place on 9/11, the planning started at least two years previously, based on records from the Florida flight school. At that time, Ehud Barak was the Prime Minister of Israel, the left-wing Labor party was in power and Barak had made the most generous offer the Palestinians had ever been presented with. It would have given them the state they claim they want (although we know that what they really want is to eradicate Israel), but Yasser Arafat turned it down, for reasons which have now become apparent to those involved, and launched his terror campaign. So, that being the case, why was Osama bin Laden plotting such a devastating attack against the U.S. when the Palestinians were being offered a state? This just shows why we really need to be concerned about the fact that someone like Steven Walt is considered an expert on the subject of terrorism, because it isn't only shocking...it's downright dangerous.

 
At 12:01 PM, Blogger Esther said...

I find it dangerous too, Rory. And thanks. I don't think OBL said anything about the Palestinians until months later. He never gave a damn about them and his attacking the US never had anything to do with them.

 
At 1:09 PM, Blogger Mark said...

None of the Arab or Muslim countries or leaders give two shits about the "Palestinian" Arabs. If they did, they would have had staehood under the Jordanian's watch between 1949 and 1967. The "Palestinians" are a stik with which to beat Israel. Nothing more.

 
At 1:13 PM, Blogger Gindy said...

"Actually, it was sponsored by the New America Foundation, a respected Washington think tank. The audience included former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, retired General Wesley Clark and Senator Joe Biden."

All three of these people are relatively solid leftists. My assumption is that this is a leftwing think tank. Although I don't know (Are you familiar with them?). Therefore I am not really surprised.

 
At 3:47 PM, Blogger Esther said...

Mark, soooooo true.

Gindy, I left off one name that the person I met said was there because I couldn't find anything on the net to back it up but it was John Ashcroft.... hardly leftwing. But again, I don't know for sure that he was there.

 
At 4:36 PM, Blogger patrickafir said...

The left is being pulled down more and more by the far left. It's really a shame, because there are plenty of left-of-center folks out there who are sensible, ethical, and who understand the facts about Israel. This is one point on which the right and the left differ—people on the right generally dissociate themselves categorically and quickly from the loons on the far right.

 
At 4:42 PM, Blogger Tran Sient said...

'we should pressure Israel to give the Palestinians a state.'

Didn't we just do that?

 
At 8:04 PM, Anonymous seawitch said...

I am not surprised to see Madeline Albright's or General Clark's name on that list.

 
At 5:49 AM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

Esther,
A big part of the Left's agenda is casting blame on Israel and making excuses for Palestinians.

With those three names (Allbright, Clark, Biden), we know this a far-left thing tank.

Oxymoron: leftwing think tank.

These people aren't thinking at all, and they don't get the big picture, either. A Palestinian state won't satisfy the desires these extremists have--they want more, and the Palestinian state is not the end goal.

 
At 10:55 PM, Blogger Esther said...

Guys, this isn't a left wing think tank. That's why this is so scary.

 
At 8:49 AM, Blogger LASunsett said...

"....he spoke of how the alliance with Israel is a detriment to the United States and that we should pressure Israel to give the Palestinians a state."

He has obviously never considered the fact that Israel is TRYING to give the Palestinians, a state. Ehud Barak gave them everything they wanted except Jerusalem, but they turned it down. Ariel Sharon gave them Gaza, but they are not the least bit satisfied.

The truth is, they want the whole damned thing. But as they are finding out, that is not an option.

 
At 11:00 AM, Blogger Soccer Dad said...

I went to the NAF website and found a couple of other interesting names. One was Martin Halperin. Well actually his name is Morton!
Another is Rita Hauser who is one of a group of American Peace Now nik's who made a pilgrimage to Tunis in the late 80's to give their hechsher to Yasser.
Tom Clancy while conservative in a number of ways also believes that Israel is a liability.

 
At 11:07 AM, Blogger Esther said...

LA, you got that right!

David, thanks for coming by and posting. That is VERY interesting! Didn't know that stuff, especially about Tom Clancy. That's a bummer. Thanks!

 

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