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    Media Matters: Egypt Erupts, So Let’s Blame …The Israel Lobby!

    Media Matters: Egypt Erupts, So Let’s Blame …The Israel Lobby!

    As of this writing, it remains unclear whether Mubarek will hold onto power in Egypt.  As I pointed out before, the implications for peace in the region are enormous, as an undermining of the 1979 peace treaty with Israel could spark regional war.

    There is understandable caution among the governments of the U.S. and Israel, and people who care about avoiding a destabilizing Iranian-style revolution. 

    But the Media Matters anti-“Israel lobby” machine never pauses for thought or reflection.  And neither does M.J. Rosenberg of Media Matters, a former “Israel lobbyist” whose new religion is bashing the “Israel lobby.”

    Media Matters “Political Correction Project,” through Rosenberg, already is seeking to blame Israel’s supporters in the U.S. for the crisis, AIPAC’s Egypt Miscalculation:

    If one needs additional proof that the “pro-Israel” lobby and the policies it dictates to US policymakers are bad for both the U.S. and Israel, look no further than what is happening in Egypt.

    The regime that the Israeli government and its U.S. lobby have depended upon to enforce the status quo is going down. It is not clear when, but it’s going to be soon, much sooner than anyone ever anticipated. And you can be sure that any democratic government that takes Mubarak’s place is not going to play the role of America’s (let alone Israel’s) enforcer in the Middle East.

    The notion that the “Israel lobby” is responsible for the problems in Egypt is preposterous. 

    Using that logic, why isn’t the anti-Israel lobby to blame; after all, those who argued that the U.S. needed more “balance” in the Middle East long have advocated greater support for existing governments of Egypt and other Arab countries.  The calls for greater democracy in the Middle East, even at the risk of destabilizing authoritarian governments, have come not from the anti-Israel lobby, but from the pro-Israel “neocons” and George W. Bush.

    In the quest to demonize the “Israel Lobby,” Media Matters and Rosenberg take two unconnected issues and create a false causation argument.

    At least they haven’t blamed Sarah Palin.  But give it time.

    Update:  By the way, if you want a good example of how Media Matters deceptively spreads its talking points, Rosenberg wrote the column linked above for a Media Matters project as part of his job for Media Matters, but then re-posted the same column at TPM without any indication that the column originally was written for and paid for by Media Matters.

    Update 2-1-2011:  I brought the lack of attribution to Josh Marshall’s attention on January 29, but so far no response or updated disclosure at TPM.

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    The Obama administration reacts to the situation in Egypt:

    What MJ neglects is that in stirring up potential anti-Israel feelings, which then lead to anti-Jewish stirrings, he has forgotten that he is Jewish and eventually, he'll pay for his own stupidities.

    What do Egyptians really want?

    “about three out of four agree with seeking to "require Islamic countries to impose a strict application of sharia," and to "keep Western values out of Islamic countries." Two-thirds would even like to "unify all Islamic counties into a single Islamic state or caliphate."

    Mideast Expert Phares: Egyptian Turmoil Could Push It Into Jihad hands

    “prominent Egyptian cleric, Sheikh Muhammad al-Ghazali, an official of Al Azhar University,… "A secularist represents a danger to society and the nation that must be eliminated. It is the duty of the government to kill him.";

    In Herman Wouk's classic story of World War II 'War and Remembrance' there is an unforgettable character who reminds me strongly of people like Rosenberg. the character was a Jew who became a Catholic and wrote a best-selling book called 'A Jew's Jesus'. He and his daughter (who was married to one of the main character's sons) eventually ended up in Auschwitz. The old man died; the daughter managed to survive.

    That character was a perfect example of the Rosenberg mindset. "Oh, I'm so sophisticated and un-Jewish, they won't come for me because I write what they like to hear.' Well, sooner or later, forces like Islam or Communism (both ideals that Rosenberg apparently professes to favor)WILL come for those on their enemies' list. And history shows over and over again that it doesn't matter then how 'un-Jewish' one is. In your enemy's eyes, it doesn't matter. Rosenberg is one more useful idiot egging on the forces that will eventually destroy him. And the poor fool doesn't even realize it.

    Remind me again why we should pay any attention to these supposed 'intelligentsia'?

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