Monday, March 19, 2007

Jewish leaders 'Wary' on Obama.

Because he made some tepid comments that didn't portray Palestinians as animals. I've been trying to think of what the Israel lobby in the U.S. is like, what it resembles. One of the parallels I've come to is the Iraqi National Congress, i.e. the group of Iraqi exiles who have never actually lived in Iraq but have been nourished on hardline political rhetoric. Or maybe the similar organization for Iranians. Maybe a better parallel is the Cuban exile community in Miami, most of whom have never set foot in Cuba but have been nourished on an absolute hatred for Castro.

The difference is that Jews can visit Israel. But visiting isn't like actually living there full time. Or they can give 'experience Israel' tours to their kids, with indoctrination as a goal. The Palestinians are cast into the same mold as Castro for the Miami Cubans for Jews living abroad.

People from exile organizations always act in ways that are disconnected from the normal reality of their countries. The Israel lobby is no different.

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