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Friday, September 29, 2006

Poor folks...they want to protest the "horrors" of the rebuilding of Iraq, but that pesky Jew-hate gets in the way: Questioning the Anti-War Coalition

As liberals and members of the reality-based community, we are firmly opposed to the war in Iraq. It's awful; it's pointless; and it is a tragic waste of human life that flies in the face of every American ideal. That's why, two weeks ago, one of us went to a meeting of the Campus Anti-War Coalition (CAWC) to try to organize an active anti-Iraq movement on campus. It seemed like an easy enough task. Most Columbia students, like most Americans, oppose the war. Because the war is so baseless and infuriating, it should not have been hard to provide good reasons to convince other people to join the cause. But at this meeting, which was called to talk about ways to organize opposition to the war in Iraq, there was only one idea that people wanted to discuss: protesting Israel.

This sad fact leaves us and most other liberals on campus in a bit of a bind. We support Israel. Israel is a liberal democracy in a part of the world that is decidedly illiberal and pointedly undemocratic. The groups attacking Israel are usually armed religious fundamentalists. Just like our opposition to the war in Iraq, our support of Israel flows naturally from our progressive values. And what CAWC told us is, "To work with us on Iraq, you have to work with us against Israel."

This isn't just wrong on a moral level (and boy, is it wrong there). It's wrong on a pragmatic political level. In order to accomplish anything politically, people have to form coalitions. Since everyone can't agree on everything, strong majorities can only be formed if people look past some of their differences. For the sake of an irrational ideological purity test, CAWC turned away people eager to help with their main cause. There are thousands of students on campus who oppose the war in Iraq. But because of their stance on Israel, CAWC will never get support from more than a few dozen people.

Today, CAWC is having its first major event of the year: a commemoration (read: celebration) of the second Intifada. For those who don't know, the Intifada is an organized movement to stop the Israeli-Palestinian peace process and destroy Israel through terrorist attacks and the murder of innocent civilians. To join CAWC in opposition to the War in Iraq you now not only have to oppose Israel, you have to support terrorism...

Related: Here's the pro-terror event in question: Passions Flare at Intifada Rally

"Syme: It's a beautiful thing, the destruction of words. You wouldn't have seen the [Newspeak] Dictionary 10th edition, would you Smith? It's that thick. [illustrates thickness with fingers] The 11th Edition will be that [narrows fingers] thick. Winston Smith: So, The Revolution will be complete when the language is perfect? Syme: The secret is to move from translation, to direct thought, to automatic response. No need for self-discipline. Language coming from here [the larynx], not from here [the brain]" -1984 (film)


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