Friday, October 19, 2012

Obama, the Brotherhood, and the American Jewish left

Mike L.

{Originally published at the Times of Israel.}

Is the American Jewish left suffering from cognitive dissonance?

The Muslim Brotherhood is the foremost anti-Semitic organization in the world today. During the Morsi campaign they called for the conquest of Jerusalem. During World War II they supported the Nazis. Sayyid Qutb, one of their founding figures, wrote a pamphlet entitled “Our Struggle with the Jews.” They believe in an international caliphate in which sharia would reign throughout the world, thus making Jews, and other dhimmis, second- and third-class citizens; women the property of men; and gay people, quite frankly, dead. Yet, somehow, against all reason or common human decency, the American Jewish left supports the Muslim Brotherhood.

Barack Obama supports the Muslim Brotherhood and progressive-left American Jews support Obama; thus those Jews, whether they will admit it to themselves or not, and however they might otherwise justify it, support the Muslim Brotherhood. I find this situation to be absolutely unfathomable. How is it possible that after so many centuries of abuse throughout Europe and after 1,400 years of unjust violence and oppression against us in the Muslim Middle East, American Jews could possibly support an American president who helped usher the Muslim Brotherhood into power in Egypt? How is this possible? How is it possible that American Jews would support a president of the United States who referred to the rapes, and murders, and riots that collectively make up the misnamed “Arab Spring” as something akin to the American Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and, revoltingly enough, as something akin to the Revolutionary Spirit of 1776?

Denial plays a big role in this phenomenon, because if you were to ask your average American Jewish supporter of Barack Obama just why they are supporting the Muslim Brotherhood they probably would not know what the heck you were talking about. When explained to them that the Muslim Brotherhood is not only anti-Semitic, but even genocidal toward Jews, and that Barack Obama has supported their rise throughout the Muslim Middle East, particularly in Egypt, they would probably look at you as if you yammering at them in Swahili.

It’s pure denial. It is a willful turning away from very serious facts and a deadly serious situation for the Jews in Israel.

And if you do not think that Obama has actively supported the Muslim Brotherhood, how do you explain the fact that administration officials met with the Brotherhood on several occasions before they came into power in Egypt? How do you explain the fact that, over Mubarak’s objections, Obama invited the Brotherhood to his Cairo speech of 2009? How do you explain the fact that when Obama called for the deposing of Mubarak he knew that the Brotherhood would likely fill the power vacuum? How do you explain the fact that Hillary Clinton flew to Egypt to ensure the transition from military control of the country to Brotherhood control? However one slices and dices these facts, it is simply undeniable that Obama promoted the Muslim Brotherhood in the Middle East.

Another reason, aside from mere denial, is a suicidally naive faith in the wisdom of Barack Obama, in the good-will of Barack Obama, and in the intelligence of Barack Obama. After eight years of a militaristic and jingoistic Bush II administration, Obama seemed like a huge weight off the shoulders, a huge relief from all the hokum and trumpery, as Kurt Vonnegut might have put it, of the Bush years. Obama was president of the Harvard Law Review, after all. This is therefore a highly intelligent man. And, like us, and unlike Bush, he’s a liberal. And, on top of that, he’s a black man, and G-d bless America, racist as it allegedly remains, for finally raising up an African-American to the foremost political position in the land.

I mean, I voted for Barack Obama, and I couldn’t have been more pleased that we had elected our first black president. These things, taken together, can form quite an emotional attachment to the individual, which is particularly true when almost everyone you know keeps telling one another how the Democrats stand for human decency, social justice, and universal human rights, while the Republicans stand for racism, greed, misogyny, guns, and all things that are just plain wrong.

But there is yet another way in which “progressive” Jews justify their support for Obama, despite his support for the Muslim Brotherhood: democracy. That’s right: The Muslim Brotherhood is misogynistic, homophobic, anti-Semitic, and anti-democratic, yet we must support Obama’s efforts to bolster the Brotherhood out of support for democracy! After all, democracy can be a messy business, so who are we to deny the legitimate national aspirations of the Egyptian people? Sure, those national aspirations may include the conquest of Jerusalem and the genocide of the Jews but, hey, that’s democracy.

This line of reasoning is just rampant on the Jewish left. I see it constantly on places like “Daily Kos” or “The Huffington Post” or the “Guardian.” They seem to think that supporting democracy is some sort of suicide pact, and that we are obligated to honor any choices made by any people anywhere so long as those choices are expressed via the voting booth. Well, excuse me, but didn’t a particularly nasty individual rise to power in Germany during the 1930s via democratic means? I think he did.

We should support democracy, but we are also allowed to take sides — and we are under no obligation to support any political party, much less the foremost anti-Semitic political party on the planet. What I think is that American Jews are making a truly awful mistake in supporting this presidency. I voted for the guy in 2008, but I also watched and learned. The main thing that I learned was that I was dead wrong to support Obama to begin with. No Jewish person should support a politician who supports the Brotherhood.

Progressive-left American Jews are holding two contradictory notions in their minds. They, for the most part, support the State of Israel, but they also support president Obama. Obama supports the Brotherhood and the Brotherhood tells us that they want to conquer Jerusalem.

Is this not cognitive dissonance?


  1. Just curious if you have anything to say about a national co-chair of Arab Americans for Romney having been an attorney for a Hamas-linked group, a fact they were undoubtedly aware of prior to the appointment.

    1. Reuven, thank you for dropping by.

      I will try to answer your question either later this evening or tomorrow sometime, probably in the morning.

      Peace to you, please, and good Sabbath.

    2. Damn that Jihad lovin' Romney! I demand to see his Birf Certificate right now!!!;)

  2. “It's not like Romney got the Hamas endorsement,” Goldfarb said, referring to a Hamas official’s warm words for Obama at one point in 2008."


  3. Very good points expressed in this article, Mike.

    But just a point/note:

    "Progressivism" is not "liberalism". I think that the "Progressive" movement was, and always has been, a Leftist -- Socialist -- (and, therein, totalitarian) political movement, and began in the early twentieth century.

    I think that "liberals" and/or "Progressives" began to use the term "progressive" instead of the term "liberal" some time in the 1990's, when the concept of "liberalism" and the term "liberal" began to be having a strong negative connotation in the U.S.

    And, then, there is Classical Liberalism and there is Social Liberalism. And what for the past several decades has been called "liberal" is Social Liberalism -- "modern Liberalism".

    1. And, BTW: Until just a few years ago, I considered myself to be "liberal" -- that is: I, took for granted that I was "liberal". I no longer consider myself to be "liberal". However, I agree with some of the "tenets" about life and politics that self-professed "liberals" hold and think of as being part and parcel with being "liberal" (help to those who need help; protecting the natural environment).

      However, I now agree with more views that are held by contemporary "Conservatives" than I agree with views that are held by contemporary "Liberals".

      Now I'm not "Liberal". Now I'm not "Conservative. Now I'm not "Left-Wing". Now I'm not "Right-Wing". Now I'm not "Socialist". Now I'm not "Libertarian". Now I try to discern what is the most beneficial action to do with regard to any particular situation and try to do that action -- with regards to "politics" and with regards to all other things.

      But, I think that the political views that I hold are a balance between Classical Liberalism and Social Liberalism.

      But it's not about "identity". It's about doing what will be of benefit -- what will be of benefit for oneself and others. It's about protecting oneself and others from harm.

      "The liberal project began to fail when it began to lie."
      -- Daniel Patrick Moynihan

  4. A great interview with Andy Bostom & Joe Sabag about the current political situation and Jewish people in the U.S.:

    However the audio quality of the video is bad. The audio is distorted and loud. But the audio is less distorted, and less loud, in the latter part of the video than it is at the beginning of the video. And the interview is great. (Just turn down the volume.)

    Andy Bostom & Joe Sabag

    22m33s to 27m34s: about Jewish support for "a 'Two-State Solution'" versus the current U.S. administration's "support for a 'Two-State Solution'"

    29m10s to 34m10s: about the history of the issues involved with the proposition of, and concept of, 'a Two-State Solution'

    34m10s to 56m16s: about the Democratic party's current agenda toward Israel, and about American Jewish people's response to the Democratic party's current agenda toward Israel -- includes video footage from the recent Democratic National Convention, including video footage of Democratic National Committee Chair, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, at the Democratic Nation Convention

    And BTW:

    Why was the using of the term "God" in the Demoratic Party Platform and the recognizing of Jerusalem as the capital city of Israel included together as a unit to be voted on as a policy to be kept or rejected by the Democratic party at the Democratic national convention -- A POLICY WHICH WAS REJECTED BY VOTE AT THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY AT THE DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL CONVENTION?

    What does the inclusion of the term "God" in the U.S. Democratic Party Platform have to do with inclusion of the U.S. Democratic Party Platform recognizing Jerusalem as the capital city of Israel?

    What would the inclusion of the term "God" in any U.S. political party's platform have to do with the inclusion of that U.S. political party's platform recognizing Tokyo as the capital city of Japan?

    And why was the inclusion of the Democratic party recognizing Jerusalem as the capital city of Israel PUT UP TO VOTE BY THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY AT THE DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL CONVENTION?

    Jerusalem is the capital city of Israel; Tokyo is the capital city of Japan: These two things are the case regardless of what the U.S. Democratic Party votes about at the U.S. Democratic National Convention and regardless of what any U.S. Presidential administration expresses it's view of what is the case about any particular matter.

    Jewish people are a group of normal human beings -- an ethnic and cultural group -- an ethnic and cultural group of normal human beings. Israel is the nation of the Jewish people. Just like Japan is the nation of the Japanese people. And just like Ireland is the nation of the Irish people. And just like Thailand is the nation of the Thai people. And just like Italy is the nation of the Italian people. Israel is a normal nation. Israel is a nation of normal human beings.

    Jewish people have to realize this. Only then will other people realize this and then, as a result of that, start to treat Jewish people like normal human beings and start to treat the nation of the Jewish people, Israel, like a normal nation -- that is: only then will other people start to treat Jewish people, and the nation of the Jewish people, with at least normal human decency.

  5. (I, by mistake, previously posted these comments on the post titled "Progressive-Left Authoritarianism" instead of on this post.)

  6. More proof the USA is aligning itself with radical Islam. But where's the evidence the right will do any better? Where do we see Romney bashing Obama for cozying up to Islamic Nazis?