I am not a Liberal. Maybe I was once, but with my views on foreign policy as they are today I just don’t fall in line with what has become the “liberal” way of thinking. Sadly, the more I think about it, the more I realize that the liberal way of thinking has been hijacked by those with self-serving devious agendas who have no willingness to truly advance a liberal viewpoint. What they are doing instead is manipulating the minds of those who think being liberal means listening to anything new, even if it means hurting the innocent.
I’ve been very bothered in recent weeks by one question. When did the Palestinian cause become a liberal anti-Israel cause? If a liberal is to say that all they care about is peace at all costs, and they are against anyone who opposes or obstructs that peace, I would be happy to accept any logical conclusion that might come from that position. But when looking at Israel and its ongoing conflict, a true analysis of the situation should result in that liberal being anything but against Israel’s position. To be liberal is one thing. To be partisan at all costs, or even worse to be ignorant and stupid, doesn’t justify a misguided stance on a very serious situation.
There are both Liberals and Conservatives out there that are outspoken and loudmouthed who consider themselves smarter than everyone else. If a Liberal is to take a strong stance on the situation in Israel and oppose Israel, he or she may think they’re smarter, but their very position shows stupidity and ignorance. Anyone who looks at the situation with a clear and open mind will see 67 years of evidence to prove that Israel has always wanted peace. Just because that desire has translated more often into strength than weakness does not mean that desire is not there. A liberal stance may be to back the weak, and that is fine, but does that mean it should oppose the strong, especially when the strong are doing more to pursue good than bad and more often than not merely defending their right to live in peace?
The Palestinians are weak. But is it really Israel’s fault? Money has been plundered by Palestinian leaders for decades. Yasser Arafat, “the statesman”, died a very wealthy man. Statesmanship clearly has its privileges, especially when you take billions of dollars meant for your people and keep it for yourself. Similar “privileges” have been taken by the leaders of Hamas. Meanwhile the Palestinians are taught by their leaders to hate Israel and the Jewish people, to some extent at least to make sure the profit remains in “statesmanship”. After all, if you teach Palestinians to hate Israel, they may never realize where the money is really going and who it is that is actually keeping them down.
If I am to be as objective as possible I would say I have compassion for a people who don’t know better because their leaders keep them from the truth. But people in the western world need only to open their eyes to see the truth, and the truth is that Israel’s government’s may not have always done everything right, but they do not hold most of the culpability for the Palestinians’ plight. Yet somehow organizations like the BDS Movement and terrorist groups like Hamas have hijacked the narrative and led those either too lazy to research the truth, too dumb to understand, or far too willing to distort it into believing Israel stands for everything intolerant in the world. That distortion of reality doesn’t make it a true liberal position, it makes it a destructive one.
If you are someone opposed to right-wing governments, and you are a liberal in another country, than be sincere about your efforts. Realize that as right-wing as you might conclude Benjamin Netanyahu is, he is still a democratically elected official in a free society. If you have chosen to stand against Israel in favor of its enemies, you have somehow come to a choice that is diametrically opposed to one of the most important things you claim to believe in, the right to a free society. I always thought that to be liberal meant to be tolerant, sometimes to a fault. If the debate of the Conservative against the Liberal is over what one should be tolerant of or not, that is fine, but both sides need to be true to their position. Israel is a country where women are treated as equals, where gays can live openly and politicians are elected democratically. Israel had a great woman as Prime Minister before many young people with the new distorted liberal stance were even born. To oppose Israel in favor of totalitarian governments and societies just because you believe what is written and said by devious manipulators doesn’t make you a Liberal, it makes you a fool. If you really want to forward a liberal agenda than do so with some semblance of intelligence. Not all will have the brilliance of an Alan Dershowitz, but that doesn’t excuse the stupidity of so many today who claim to be liberal. We all have a lot more to gain if the argument is between the Conservative and the Liberal as opposed to what some want to turn it into, a debate between the educated and the ignorant, all to suit their ultimate goal of dividing what would otherwise be primarily decent people.
It is my hope that those Conservative Republicans who are vehemently opposed to anything Liberal and Democrat will be put into a position to battle them based on issues that really are issues of how much tolerance is acceptable. I believe both sides should be fighting against this for the following reasons. Conservatives who love Israel more than partisan politics should want the discussion to change because it will unite people in support, and Liberals should realize if the discussion does not change, not only are they losing a lot of support, they are basically aligning themselves with evil forces that ultimately want their destruction. So you see, it benefits everyone to change the discussion. We just need to help everyone see how important it really is.
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