My name is Fred and I am a gay conservative living in Ottawa. This blog supports limited government, the right of the State of Israel to live in peace and security, and tries to expose the threat to us all from cultural relativism, post-modernism, and radical Islam. I am also the founder of the Free Thinking Film Society in Ottawa (

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Israeli Anger Syndrome...

It's the latest's a column by Theo Caldwell...
For some people, it’s always about Israel.

Over the past few weeks, I and other columnists have written about Sakineh Ashtiani, a woman sentenced to death by stoning in Iran for the crime of “adultery.”

The good news is folks from all walks of life and political persuasions have rallied to Ashtiani’s cause. The strange news is, some still suppose Israel is the problem.

You can extrapolate the Ashtiani case to any number of issues — the growing danger of Iran, the cruelty of Sharia law, the misogyny of Islamic regimes — but even if you spend a paragraph, as I did last week, pointing out Israel is irrelevant to the topic, that’s still the part that gets people animated.

Every public opinion engenders some measure of response, and there are those who perceive hypocrisy whenever one injustice is given press rather than another.

They’ll complain, “I notice you didn’t write about the expulsion of the Acadians” or “the theft of the Elgin Marbles” or whatever. But as a reliable tangent and an object of anger, the Jewish state stands alone.

And I don’t just mean anonymous ravings by people who post opinions online. I’m a sanguine sort, but even I don’t expect to read surpassing wisdom from “ChunkyLover54” on some Internet comment thread.

A while back, I was invited to speak at an educational institution, which posted the transcript of my remarks on its website.

The speech was not about the Middle East, but one member of the school’s community, on poring through the canon of my columns, discovered I had, from time to time, written positive things about Israel. He demanded a disclaimer and link to an Arab advocacy group be posted under my comments.

After a business partner and I went our separate ways, he opted to punctuate our relationship by sending me a hand-written screed about “the Arabs” — a topic we had never discussed and on which I was unaware he held any view — stating he had harboured anger with me for years because of public statements I made in support of Israel.

One of the most affable journalists I know (to the extent that’s any kind of distinction) finds it impossible to discuss current affairs for any length of time without making reference to my “twisted defense of Israel.”

Look — I’m just a Presbyterian. Why should these people care what I think about the Jewish state?

The answer is, they don’t care about my opinion, but their anger is so strong it blinds them to anything else. And Israel, as with politics in general, becomes the focal point for their other frustrations.
Thanks to Rightchik for finding this....


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