Richard Silverstein already gets far too much attention being that he’s a total whack job. So I didn’t pay much attention to this typically Dickish rant:
(h/t Michael Behar of The Mike Report) which might credibly be confused with a horoscope from Cosmopolitan’s Bedside Astrologer:
I chart [Aipac’s] power like an astronomer charts the waxing and waning of the Moon. . . since last September, two momentous events have occurred which have put a huge dent in Aipac’s aura of invincibility.
I got bored with the Aquarius meets Pisces scenario and skipped down to read the comments. And that was the really interesting part. A guy named “Bluto” was pontificating about the need to create a new paradigm:
Simply put – it’s time to create a whole new paradigm where to be a ‘Pro-Apartheid Zionist’ makes one AUTOMATIC SCUM – just as the old ‘Anti-Semtie’ [sic] charge WIELDED by these ‘Pro-Apartheid Zionist’ has been, continues to be, and will in the future continue to be TRIED to be used to destroy anyone trying to stop Apartheid.
In other words, it’s no longer enough to be called an anti-Semite.
‘Pro-Apartheid Zionist’ must make Dershowitz feel like SCUM, persecuted, enlist all his worst ‘everybody hates me because I am a Jew RATHER than the fact I am such an incredible sociopathic Asshole’-fantasies
The American Zionists still desperately supporting’ the Apartheid state – including ALL US Senators/Congress who support the Apartheid State – must START FEARING their ‘Pro-Apartheid Zionist’ support for Apartheid Zionism as MUCH as most every single human being on the face of the earth has come to fear being labeled an ‘Anti-Semite’ by the likes of a ‘Pro-Apartheid American Zionist’ like Dershowitz or a ‘Pro-Apartheid Israeli Zionist’ like Netanyahu or Bennett
Being a ‘Pro-Apartheid Zionist’ must be made to NOT be a civilized option – but rather a CHOICE that will likely destroy your career, livelihood, and VOICE – like a Dershowitz would relentlessly destroy a Finklestein. THAT RAW
Ooh. That’s RAW all right. And in case you didn’t get the point:
Automatic Scum, Beyond the Pale, for ANY American to STILL be trying to drive the US into a war with Iran or Syria or whatever to protect the Israeli crimes – ‘Pro-Apartheid Zionist’ must make one AUTOMATIC SCUM
‘Pro-Apartheid Zionist’ must be come to be looked at as ‘Automatic Scum’, with support for the Apartheid State ALONE being enough to qualify a person as ‘AUTOMATIC SCUM’
‘Pro-Apartheid Zionist’ must be enough, where Brooks or Mort Zuckerman or Andrea Mitchell or Dick Gregory or DERSHOWITZ can no longer come out into the American public as a ‘Pro-Apartheid Zionist’
“Automatic scum.” Interesting. Reminds me of the rumors that, um, were floated about regarding the swimming pool of a certain public high school I attended in Pittsburgh back in the day. Supposedly, a student was paid each morning to dive into the pool, to break the surface scum. Well, the school was in a Jewish neighborhood.
It’s important to note the tactic inherent in Bluto’s paradigm. The facts aren’t enough for the anti-Israel crowd to eliminate Israel. Because were they to focus on the facts, Israel would come out smelling like a rose. There IS no Apartheid in Israel, as Silverstein and his ilk well know. Arabs serve in the Israeli parliament and in Israel’s Supreme Court. They vote. They ride on buses and walk freely on Jerusalem streets.
Thus, the anti-Israel crowd must resort to dirty tricks in order to do their damage because the truth simply will not do. They have to lie.
The unclean tactics of people like Bluto include Pavlovian conditioning of the world at large so that the term “Pro-Zionist” will evoke a negative emotional response. Bluto wants to shame those of us who support the State of Israel as the only democracy in the Middle East. He wants to drive the defenders of Israel into the closet.
The only way to do that is to hurl epithets and insults and to come up with an ugly catch-phrase. Bluto clearly spent several happy hours coming up with the catchiest hook possible: “Automatic Scum.”
It does have a sort of ring to it.