Ron Paul and Dennis Kucinich: How do you say “Israel must be wiped off the map”?


[H/t to Jewlicious]

Ron Paul and Dennis Kucinich were the only members of congress to vote against a call to charge Ahmadinajad with violating the 1948 Genocide Convention.

The U.S. House of Representatives urged the U.N. Security Council to charge Iran’s president under genocide conventions.The non-binding resolution, initiated by Reps. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) and Steve Rothman (D-N.J.), passed Wednesday by 411-2. It cites an Oct. 27 speech in which Mahmoud Ahmadinejad allegedly called for Israel to be “wiped off the map” in its call for the Security Council to charge him under its 1948 convention for the prevention of genocide.

Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) attempted to have read into the record alternate translations of Ahmadinejad’s remarks that suggest the Iranian leader was calling Israel to come to an end through democratic means, and not through violence.

The two Representatives who voted against the resolution were Ron Paul (R-TX) and Dennis Kucinich (D-OH), both running for President who doubted the translation of Ahmadinejad’s comments. Kucinich cited faulty information leading up to the Iraq War as grounds for concern about the accuracy of Ahmadinejad’s comments. In other words, Kucinech and Paul thinks that this is all part of a new “war with Iran” propaganda.

Rep. Rothman asserted that Ahmadinejad had expressed the desire to “wipe Israel off the map” in an October 2005 speech and had made subsequent comments of a similar nature. Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), expressing her support for the bill, stated: “Let us be clear, [Ahmadinejad] is calling for the genocide of Jews.” Under the 1948 Genocide Convention, “direct and public incitement to commit genocide” is illegal.

[read more at Jewlicious]

Here are a couple of choice comments posted by the Paul’s supporters:

“can’t the jews fight their own wars?”

“AIPAC has bought and paid most American politicians, and honest politicians like Ron Paul and Kucinich are gonna have to deal with smear tactics of AIPAC, who want America to deal with Iran for Israel.”

These comments by Ron Paul’s minions are emblematic of a disturbing but predictable political phenomena, the convergence of the far left and far right. Disturbing because both display elements of what historian Richard Hofstadter termed “the paranoid style in American politics” but predictable given the weakness and marginalization of the political extremes in the United States. Thankfully, neither Paul nor Kucinich has a chance of winning the election. But the candidates “no” votes–and the comments of their boosters–show that populist isolationism still has some support in the U.S.

The National Jewish Democratic Council recently named Paul one of the “the worst of the worst for the Jewish community in the 109th Congress.” This is not only due to his routine anti-Israel votes and rhetoric, saying nonsense like “Israel is not an ally of the United States.” He also contributes to anti-Semitic left rags like “Counterpunch” and is highly lauded by the fascists at the “National Vanguard.”

He does not seem to care for African-Americans either. Back in 1992 during the Los Angeles riots, his “Ron Paul Survival Report” newsletter had an article titled “Los Angeles Racial Terrorism.” In it, Paul described African-Americans as “barbarians” and called the rioters “thugs and revolutionaries who hate Euro-American civilization”.

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    AIPAC tries to represent itself as though it and its policies represent mainstream American Jewish interests. In reality, the 100,000 members of AIPAC represent a small minority of American Jews; yet their leaders’ voices are shrill, and their influence is grossly out of proportion to their actual numbers. According to a recent Gallop Poll, 70% of American Jews are against both the Iraq war and the belligerent neoconservative policies of the Bush Administration, thus putting to rest the rather nasty accusation in some circles that Jews pushed the Bush Administration toward the war in Iraq.

    In fact, AIPAC speaks neither for American Jews nor for Israelis. Unfortunately, it has evolved into a mouthpiece for the Bush Administration in the US and Israel’s Likud-Kadima right-wing alliance in Israel. In other words, it speaks not for the will of the majority of the citizens in either country, but rather for powerful government officials, neoconservative think tanks, politicized Christian Zionists, and others who wield power in both Israeli and American governmental circles.

    When Yitzhak Rabin became Israel’s prime minister in 1992, he informed leaders of major American Jewish Organizations that he would be speaking, not through them, but directly to the president and to congressional leaders [Bruce S. Ticker, Philadelphia Jewish Voice]. Unfortunately, Rabin was assassinated by a right-wing Israeli zealot.

    Today in Israel there is a broad range of political parties and shifting alliances, matched by an equally broad spectrum of opinions by Israelis themselves, who debate openly about the merits of government policy; yet in the United States, debate about Israel has been stifled effectively by cries of anti-Semitism, even against citizens who are practicing Jews.

    Glenn Greenwald points out that “There is a real, and quite disturbing, discrepancy between the range of permissible views on these issues within our mainstream political discourse and the views of a large segment of the American public. The former almost completely excludes the latter.” [From The New York Sun, Enforced orthodoxies and Iran,” (2/03/2007)]

    AIPAC sucks…

  2. There are a lot of errors in the comment by Santos. The most glaring to anyone familiar with Israeli politics is there is no “Likud-Kadima right-wing alliance in Israel.” In fact, Kadima has been running the country with Labor as a partner. And Likud loyalists are still fuming over the disastrous consequences of the Gaza withdrawal.

    I’m not sure if it was intentional, but a reader unfamiliar with the divergent ideological slants of the New York Sun and Mr. Greenwald would come away thinking that the Greenwald quote is from “The Sun”:

    “From The New York Sun, Enforced orthodoxies and Iran,” (2/03/2007)]”

    It is not. This quote came from Greenwald’s blog where he is commenting on article that appeared in “The Sun”. The larger piece by Ann Galloway that this was taken from has even more problems.

    For the rest of my replies to Santos see:

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