Saturday, September 22, 2007

Bipartisan Consensus on Israel

Fox News has already lined up Columbia students to speak about their school's invitation to the President of Iran, including the presidents of the College Democrats and Republicans, Josh Lipsky and Chris Kulawik: "The Fox Lineup," Bwog, 21 September 2006.

I looked up Lipsky and Kulawik to learn about their foreign policy views and found that both are united against Norman G. Finkelstein, accusing him of "support of terrorism": Chris Kulawik and Josh Lipsky, "Hate Comes to Columbia," Columbia Spectator, 1 March 2006.

That is a good indicator of their position on Washington's Iran campaign, no matter what they think of Columbia's right to invite President Ahmadinejad, and suggests the depth of bipartisan consensus on Israel in particular and the Middle East in general, reaching all the way down to future party operatives.


Frank Partisan said...

The Young Democrats and Young Republicans, are the breeding ground of bourgeoise politicians. The tradition continues.

Yoshie said...

Quite true. Given the bipartisan monopoly of electoral politics, those who are critical of the Israeli government and the US government's use of it are just about completely excluded from the corridors of power.

Juan Cole noted in one of his blog entries:

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Ahmadinejad: "I am not anti-Semitic" Palestinians should Decide on Two-State Solution

Dennis Kucinich and Ron Paul continue to show themselves among the few in Congress with any integrity and backbone. They declined to go along with a resolution charging Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad with incitement to genocide, given his alleged call for Israel to be 'wiped off the face of the map.'

As most of my readers know, Ahmadinejad did not use that phrase in Persian. He quoted an old saying of Ayatollah Khomeini calling for 'this occupation regime over Jerusalem" to "vanish from the page of time.' Calling for a regime to vanish is not the same as calling for people to be killed. Ahmadinejad has not to my knowledge called for anyone to be killed.

If we are down to Ron Paul and Dennis Kucinich, we are in big trouble.