Thursday, August 11, 2005

Leftist Kumbayayas

The New York Sun has just started a blog, at which their editorial, Cindy Sheehan's Crowd, can be read.

In it, Ira Stoll, the Vice President and Managing Editor, [who has authored all the pieces on it thus far] exposes the the extremist views propounded by some of the anti-war movements backing Sheehan, a group made up of the following: GSFP, Code Pink, Veterans for Peace, Military Families Speak Out and the Crawford Peace House.
Well, the Crawford Peace House Web site helpfully includes a photo depicting the entire state of Israel as "Palestine" and it carries a link to a report that when Prime Minister Sharon visited Crawford, the "peace house" greeted him with an "800-foot-long banner containing all of the United Nations resolutions that Israel is in violation of." The Crawford Peace House site also features a photo of Eugene Bird, who has suggested that Israeli intelligence was responsible for the abuses at Abu Ghraib.

Code Pink, Veterans for Peace, and Military Families Speak Out all have representatives on the steering committee of United for Peace and Justice, the big anti-war umbrella group. (They share that distinction with the Communist Party, USA). United for Peace and Justice organized the big march during the 2004 Republican National Convention in New York, at which a New York Sun poll of 253 of the protesters found that fully 67% of those surveyed said they agreed with the statement "Iraqi attacks on American troops occupying Iraq are legitimate resistance." In other words, Ms. Sheehan's "coalition" includes a lot of people who think the people who killed her son were justified....

The news that Congressman Conyers and Congresswoman Waters are involved fits with the rest of the picture. Mr. Conyers was the host of a Democratic "hearing" in June on the Iraq war that his fellow Democrat, Rep. Jerrold Nadler, protested was a forum for "people motivated by anti-Semitic or anti-Israel animus." And Ms. Waters is still best known for having endorsed the conspiracy theory that the CIA caused the crack epidemic in American cities.
This rather bizarre belief of Ms. Waters, by the bye, seems an excellent example of the theory aired below. The genuine far leftist view underlying so much of what they spew is that the military and intelligence arms of our government is willfully harming its citizens. Puts responsibility on the sinister intelligence services, and removes it from the people at fault. A worldview, I note, that is more in keeping in its conspiratorial tone with today's Middle East or the authoritarian European 19th century rather than what is normative in America today.

Meanwhile, according to Drudge, some members of Sheehan's family are urging her to desist in her crusade. It's clear enough, anyway, that her extremist views are not the views of her son, who chose to volunteer for the army.

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