Skip to comments.The Protocols of Pat Buchanan ...And the LewRockwell, Hate-America Right.
Posted on 07/21/2006 5:53:01 AM PDT by SJackson
Since the outbreak of the Hezbollah-Israeli conflict, Pat Buchanan and other paleoconservatives have made themselves true exponents of populism: the Jew-baiting, conspiracy-driven demagoguery of 1890s agrarians.
In two columns, posted at WorldNetDaily this week, Buchanan accused President Bush of being a puppet of nefarious Jewish warmongers. Outlets of the Hate America Right especially Paul Craig Roberts and LewRockwell.com have joined him, and then some.
Nothing sets Buchanans imagination racing like a Bush-backed Israeli war. On Tuesday, Pat asked, Who is whispering in his ear? His answer: bloodthirsty Hebrews.
That Tel Aviv is maneuvering us to fight its wars is understandable. That Americans are ignorant of, or complicit in this, is deplorable.
This occurred after Israel instructed the United States to terminate all aid to the Palestinian Authority, and Our Crawford cowboy meekly complied. In an overtly ethnic reference, he added, Bush sounded less like the leader of the Free World than some bellicose city councilman from Brooklyn Heights.
In Thursdays column, entitled No, This is Not Our War, Buchanan writes America is impotent because we have allowed Israel to dictate to whom we may and may not talk.
Worse, blood-drenched Jews are using America equipment to commit war crimes. Israeli airstrikes [are] an outlawed form of collective punishment, that has left [Hezbollah supporters] with no sanitation, rotting food, impure water and days without light or electricity in the horrible heat of July. (Days without light in July?)
He sagely concludes: And we wonder why they hate us.
So effusive was his most recent offering that Pat felt a need to add halfway down the article, None of this is written in defense of Hamas, Hezbollah, or Iran.
No, but its all designed to smear the Jews and paint the terrorists as the victims rather than the aggressors and sole instigators of this war. He accomplishes this by highlighting only Muslim suffering which Israel has taken extraordinary lengths to avoid while ignoring the daily panic that fills the heart of an average Israeli boarding a bus, attending a wedding, or lunching at a corner deli.
He does this by overlooking the fact that Hezbollah and other Muslim terrorist groups hide in residential neighborhoods to maximize the number of innocent civilians killed by IDF retaliation in the hopes the world media will highlight Israeli brutality as Pat has so willingly obliged.
Buchanan keeps mum that Hezbollah terrorist are blocking Lebanese civilians from evacuating southern Lebanon, making members of this largely Christian nation human shields. Islamist terrorists targeted fellow Arabs and Muslims in Jordan, Turkey, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia why would this surprise Pat?
Pat makes genocidal lunatics the moral superiors of Binyamin Netanyahu by claiming, for instance, that there is no solid proof Iran is in violation of the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, which it has signed, but Israel refuses to sign.
All of this is perpetrated with the single aim of making Israel an international pariah, his pastime for decades one other paleocons share, few more than LewRockwell.com.
That paleocon paradise has become a hub of the Hate Israel, Hate America Right. On Wednesday, Butler Schaffer, a what else? professor at the Southwestern University School of Law, wrote, Wars are intentionally put together by two or more states to enhance their power interests. the United States was a clear wrongdoer in Vietnam and bewailed the terrorism practiced upon the same people by the United States to reduce the Iraqi people to obedience.
LR.com columnist Jim Lobe gave this deadly conspiracy a Jewish face, writing, [T]he neo-cons have succeeded in aligning U.S. policy with the right-wing government in Israel, a key goal going back to the first Likud government of the late Menahim Begin.
When Israel finally responded to years of terrorist provocations, LR columnist and professor Christopher Westley discovered the problem is the existence of Israel itself. [T]he existence of a state overrides whatever mutually beneficial arrangements that might otherwise promote civilization between Jews and Islamist murderers. He quickly notes, To argue this has nothing to do with love or hate for Israel, because you can love Israel without equating it with the Israeli state. Still, Israel must know that governments cannot kill and dismember the innocent without creating blowback later. It also applies to the U.S., which funds Israels military.
Chris Floyd, a columnist for the Moscow Times, posted a mock Imperial Edict allowing our most steadfast and faithful satrap, Ehud Agrippa to continue his destruction of the Arab rabble.
William S. Lind seems positively disposed to Hezbollahs brilliantly conducted raid because, as a terrorist gang, its popularity is pushing the Arab and larger Islamic worlds further away from the state. And One can only imagine how [shelling Israel] resonated world-wide with people who are often bombed but can never bomb back.
Eric Margolis assessed the conflict as Israeli revenge, because Hezbollah was the only Arab military force to ever defeat Israel. More importantly, terrorist kidnappings were merely a gesture to help the embattled Palestinians.
All this appeared at the website that prominently featured of Lyndons Larouche associate Karen Kwiatkowski, published the columns of Cindy Sheehan, and rallied with leftists. (Pat Buchanans rag, The American Conservative, also published Kwiatkowski; not Sheehan, though.)
LewRockwell.com is also the home of former assistant secretary of the treasury and right-wing nutcase Paul Craig Roberts. In March, LR posted a piece by PCR insinuating a black opts [sic.] group will orchestrate [an] attack on America in order to gain a pretext for attacking Iran. As recently as last month, he reaffirmed America had a secret plan to nuke Iran.
In response to Israeli defense, Roberts noted some neocons, mostly Jew, had been accused of dual loyalties. In fact, the kidnapping of the IDF soldiers was all a Jewish conspiracy. Shrewd Jews knew removing Saddam from power would open the door for Israel to provoke attacks from Hizbollah. Besides, what is decried as Arab terrorism against Israel is, in fact, the only tactic Muslims have for calling the worlds attention to the plight of the Palestinians.
David Duke liked that article, just as he defended Cindy Sheehan. Holocaust deniers also linked to articles by Roberts (and Buchanan).
What more eloquent testimony can one hope for than seeing anti-Semites recognize their own?
Since the onset of the war, Roberts and LewRockwell.com have lashed out at the crazed David Horowitz. Thomas DiLorenzo reveals the original sin of the (supposedly) former Commie: he likes Abraham Lincoln.
The real sin David Horowitz commits is that he recognizes a moral distinction between terrorists who cross international borders to kidnap soldiers in order to secure the release of convicted Muslim terrorists, including a child murderer and a long-overdue response by a freedom-loving state aimed at ending the endless cycle of victimization negotiating with terrorists inevitably inspires.
Some of Lew Rockwells cohorts didnt comprehend this during the Cold War, some did, including Buchanan and Roberts. None of them comprehend it when the principle is applied to the Jewish State, implying something else is clouding their reasoning.
And to think I was once a fan of Buchanan. I can barely stand to listen to him anymore.
Just as with the left, the paleo right believes it does not need the luxury of outlining concrete positions apart from a vague wish that the followers of Pat Buchanan can join with those of Ralph Nader to effect a united coalition. But one can deduce what paleos believe by reading its magazine, The American Conservative. The latest issue (July 31) starts off cheering the Supreme Court for ruling against the Bush administration to try Guantanamo detainees (as does the left) It then supports the fact that Hamas now wants a two-state solution, mourning that millions of Palestinians have no electricity, no services, no government, ignoring all the excesses of Hamas that have blocked negotiations in the past (as does the left) Then it is depressed by the defeat of immigration hard-liner John Jacobs in the Utah Republican primary to Congressman Chris Cannon, ignoring the statement by Jacobs that Satan is involved with Jacobs opposition
A column by Buchanan recommends we get out of Korea now (The way to Guam and home lies open) which is also supported by the left Economist Paul Craig Roberts, a paleo new recruit, worries about the looming deficit but was caught blind-sided after publication with the announcement that the deficit has dropped from $423 billion to $296 billion, largely due to the Bush tax cuts which Roberts in his former incarnation used to celebrate. No mention of the tax cuts in his pessimistic piece which apes the left It minimizes any information turned up by the NSA that has been data-mining telephone, fax and e-mail transactions (as does the left) It pronounces the Afghanistan effort as a model only for disaster (as does the left) It defends The New York Times in publishing the facts of the Terrorist Finance Tracking program, saying that todays conservatives are eager to trade freedom for security warning that the Bush administration cannot be trusted to defend our freedoms (as does the left).
It publishes approvingly an article by liberal Democratic Senator Byron Dorgan (D-ND) attacking Wal-Marts low prices that have come from free trade, warning that these prices come at a high economic cost and declaring that corporate greed is selling out America in small towns where Mom and Pop stores cannot compete with the giant and hence are closing, the recommendation being that Wal-Mart must be stopped and prices hiked
The same issue of the magazine reviews a book Where Did the Party Go? . Its a book that bashes Hubert Humphrey for being too anti-Communist. The reviewer, Bill Kaufman, says Humphrey hated pacifists, isolationist and radical American dissenters and purged them with the fervor of Tailgunner Joe. As one who knows something about Humphrey and knew him, I would say thats correct-and not a derogation, although Kaufman insists it is. He says Humphrey persecuted drove harmless populist Farmer-Laborites out of his Democratic party and what a shame that was. The only ones who say this now are the few radical leftists still alive in Minnesota who rue the day the followers of pro-Communist governor Elmer Benson were shown the gate by Humphrey. As I knew who they were and Kaufman doesnt, I can congratulate him on buying the old Commie jargon that Humphrey was a conservative in sheeps clothing. You will find that same estimate in the favorite organ of the left, The Nation
Finally, as a final piece, a snide put-down of conservative scholar and intellectual Paul Johnson for his book The Creators. So in one issue just about the entire panoply of issues favored by the left is glowingly presented (one exception: it is pro-life). The attack on Humphrey particularly appalls me: Humphrey never was found on the populist side of an issue. As one who covered him, particularly on the farm issue, I was so mis-led I didnt recognize it? He red-baited ferociously in the late `40s and sponsored legislation to outlaw the Communist party USA. Thats a criticism now in Pat Buchanans magazine as it most assuredly would be in any leftist publication. He opposed the traditional Farmer-Labor party in the mid-`40s. That group was supporting Henry A. Wallace against Harry Truman. [He opposed] the Mississippi Freedom Democratic party in the mid-1960s, the New Left and counter-culture in the late 1960s Guilty as charged. Then the reviewer projects a hope for realignment between the paleos and the Green Party on the left. There would be trouble fusing it together because of social policy, he says, but then brightly recommends the fusion anyhow. Let San Francisco be San Francisco and let Utah be Utah. Mind your own damn place.
Wonderful. Elect the paleos and the Greens and let `er rip. To those who occasionally write here in defense of paleo-conservatism (and youre welcome) what do you have to say about that? All thats missing is an article by Kevin Phillips denouncing our theocracy-but he was in last months issue.
Great article! Thank you very much for posting this, I found it very informative.
I took the liberty of going to the original FrontPage Magazine article and emailing a link to it to a local talk show host who purports to be conservative, but is overly fond of Pat Buchanan and Lew Rockwell for my taste.
Rush probably has the same regrets for having been on Pat's payroll during those critical moments of the '00 election.
I cannot fathom Pat's thesis: This is not our war.
We're fighting the same enemy. Every victory by Israel aids the U.S. Every terrorist killed and terrorist weapon destroyed is one less that is equally pointed at us.
We are allies against the Islamofacists. Pure naked selfish national interest would have us back Israel with all we have.
"Hey, do you know Pat Buchanan had a relative who died in a Nazi concentration camp?
Yeah, poor schmuck fell out of a guard tower..."
I look at LR.com maybe twice a month (at most). I must be missing the really bad stuff, but even the little I have read comes off like it was written by Democrats (LR seems to be contrarian only against Republicans).
I stumped for him in 96.
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