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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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    On the other hand, Michael Scheuer (CIA terror analyst) is reading today's latest developments, particularly Mubarak shipping his family to London and elevating his cronies, as an ominous sign that he is determined to win and will soon launch a violent military assault.

    Ah, well, just remember Tom Lehrer's classic, National Brotherhood Week, which reminds us that:

    Oh, the Protestants hate the Catholics
    And the Catholics hate the Protestants
    And the Hindus hate the Moslems
    And everybody hates the Jews

    Now King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia is denouncing the protests.

    This is a real mess for us diplomatically. It is the direct of forming unholy alliances based on expediency and devoid of principle. On the one hand, we may be witnessing the demise of some really ugly regimes that fund much of the anti-West terrorism were Egypt and Saudi Arabia to fall. But then they would be replaced by radical anti-West regimes who want to destroy all of Western civilization and will start with Israel first.

    This is not going to work out well for us if we don't find the spine to defend our principles when engaging in international diplomacy. America is not an anachronism constrained by an obsolete Constitution. We Americans embrace our Constitution yet our leaders insist on kow-towing to foreign interests by denigrating the American culture seeking tomorrow's profit unconcerned about the destruction waiting for us at the end of that road.

    If this Egyptian uprising is going to result in a favorable outcome of freedom for Egyptians who feel warmly about America, we are going to have to stop this "on the one hand but on the other hand" dialog that is going on among our top leaders. Stand on principle! American principles!

    Part of the dialogue should include a "grown up talk" that the Egyptian people have never given us an alternative to forging agreements with their Mubaraks. If they want to be free, they have to FIGHT for freedom and then INSTITUTIONALIZE it. Freedom is not a gift that someone can give you and not a single American life should be wasted fighting the fight for them.

    We need to know what they plan to do once Mubarak is out and the Muslim Brotherhood is not acceptable. With that as a backdrop, we have a foundation for giving the possibility of a better life for Egyptians. Without that, the odds of this working out well are near zero.

    This uprising will be just another opportunity for "workers of the world" or "Muslims of the world" to unite to bring about a world that is much more violent and less free.

    The worst kind of coward is a man who eagerly throws the most vulnerable under the bus in order to appear "charitable", and to selfishly shield himself from any criticism that (supposedly) would otherwise be directed his way. That's M.J. Rosenberg, typing away from his safe, cozy confines while the Israelis live in perpetual fear for their very existence.

    Phil, you must also accept that these are not people with Western values that are protesting. They are, first and foremost, Muslims and in Islam, there is no such thing as "free will" since all human events have already been predetermined by Allah. Iran is a prime example of why totalitarianism is allowed to flourish. Do you think that life in Iran is now better than it was under the Shah? Think again.

    We, as Americans, tend to view the Middle East through the eyes our own values. But when you are a member of a religious group that believes you really have nothing to say in the events of your life because a higher power controls all things, individualism is lost and that gives groups like the Muslim Brotherhood an advantage.

    There is NO good that will now come out of Egypt.

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