The Closing of the Zionist Mind | Informed Comment

Tom Usher wrote or added | Well, I don't agree with everything Juan Cole has written here, but I can relate. At least Juan will discuss things.

I've never met him. I've never had a conversation with him. I've seen him in videos though. He doesn't strike me as the type who would be unwilling to discuss whatever. He might lose patience. I don't know.

I disagreed with him over the Iran elections. He came across as sure that the fraud was widespread. I took my cues directly from independent pollsters with solid reputations in the US and world who said that Ahmadinejad won the election not by fraud but by having more voters in favor of him. That said, I still enjoy reading professor Cole's post and won't hesitate to say that I learn things from them – valuable things. He's very knowledgeable. No one should attempt to take that away from him.

He deserves huge credit for translating Ahmadinejad's quoting Ayatollah Khomeini so that we would all come to know that Ahmadinejad did not say, "wipe Israel off the map." I hammered on that one over and over and over until the mainstream media dropped it. That's what it takes.

So, I reserve judgment as to whether or not there is archaeological evidence for David and Solomon beyond "nice tents." (Juan did make me laugh there but not at anyone. It was just funny.) I've seen some pretty wild stretches on both sides of the arguments when it comes to these types of issues. Some of the conclusions of "biblical scholars" of the Protestant Higher Criticism variety for instance just leave me shaking my head as to how in the world they could come to such conclusions (what-if's? maybe; hard and fast conclusions based upon their "points"? never).

There is a huge body of "disputed" evidence for much of the Old Testament. That's not narrowing it down to a 100-year window, but it's still relevant. In addition, whole peoples have been wiped out without much of a trace if any and regardless of the chattiness and recordkeeping of their enemies. There are examples of leaders having the names of their predecessors stricken from the record including statues and monuments. Who knows how much of that went on? We weren't there.

On balance though, Juan Cole's piece here is most important for pointing out how people hit and run. They say things but duck out before they are challenged to support their statements. I run into this constantly.

I don't agree that homosexuality is harmless. I based that upon all sorts of things. I've handled every point ever thrown at me on it; yet, even recently, I've had two people call me names and then run away – one even blocked me. When I was engaged by one of them on another thread that had nothing to do with the subject, I answered point-by-point and leveled my own points only to be met with exactly what Juan Cole is talking about in his piece. In fact, one of my points was exactly that the other party was using tactics typical of Zionists. It's ironic in that the one who blocked me is the leader of the Free Gaza Movement, Greta Berlin – just summarily blocked me before I even responded to her comment on my Wall-post. Well, I'm still an anti-Zionist, and Greta needs to comprehend that Hamas is decidedly anti-homosexuality. She doesn't duck the Zionists, but she ducks those who are anti-homosexuality even when non-coercive, which I am. That should tell you something about her heart.

I explain that I'm not coercive, but I get accused as if I'm killing people with whom I don't agree. I'm not killing them. I'm watching out for people who are fed lines just the way the Zionists are fed lines, just as Juan correctly says that they are.

The same thing applies to the issues of capitalism and war-making. I engage capitalists in discussions, and invariably to-date, none concedes points but rather goes silent or dodges. Silence should mean that they are convicted by their consciences, but it hasn't meant that yet – not once. It has only meant that they want to leave and continue with others who don't know the inherent falsehood that lies at the base of capitalism, which base is utter selfishness and hypocrisy.

I have yet to meet the militarist who can handle the Golden Rule {"Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets" (Matthew 7:12)} as Jesus enhanced it via his New Commandment that he lived. "A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another." (John 13:34)

It's not easy to love each other as Jesus loved his closest disciples. However, once there, it is the lightest yoke to bear.

Peace, love, and giving and sharing all,


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    Employment: 2008 - present, website developer and writer. 2015 - present, insurance broker. Education: Arizona State University, Bachelor of Science in Political Science. City University of Seattle, graduate studies in Public Administration. Volunteerism: 2007 - present, president of the Real Liberal Christian Church and Christian Commons Project.
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