Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Ed Koch Denounces Obama's Anti-Israel Stance

In 2008, Israel National News reported that 77% of American Jews voted for Barack Obama for president.  Perhaps we might call this a suicidal commitment to political correctness.  It was fairly evident at the time of the 2008 election that Obama would be anti-Israel.  First, at a minimum Obama's upbringing was heavily influenced by the Islamic faith. He attended Islamic schools for several years while he lived in Indonesia.  Second, Obama grew up with numerous far left influences.  His mentor while he was growing up was Frank Marshall Davis. His mother was committed to a left-wing viewpoint.  Third, Obama's cousin in Kenya, Raila Odinga, has led a violent insurrection that may have included appeals to support the imposition of Sharia law, and Obama went to Kenya to support him.  Fourth, Obama has associated with far-left anti-Semites Reverend Michael Pfleger, Reverend Jeremiah Wright, and Louis Farrakhan as well as violent felon Professor William Ayers. 

In a Washington Post article in January 2008, Richard Cohen wrote about Obama's membership in the Trinity United Church of Christ and that church's newsletter's having given an award to Louis Farrakhan. The newsletter said that Farrakhan ""truly epitomized greatness."  

Cohen pointed out that "the Obama camp takes the view that its candidate, now that he has been told about the award, is under no obligation to speak out on the Farrakhan matter."  Despite his perceptiveness, Cohen lapses into denial:  "I don't for a moment think that Obama shares Wright's views on Farrakhan."

Based on what?

During the course of the election, a televised interview of former Manhattan Borough President Percy Sutton (see video embedded below) revealed that Khalid Abdullah Tariq al-Mansour, personal advisor to the king of Saudi Arabia (recall Obama's bow to King Abdullah), had called him when Obama was applying to Harvard Law School. Mansour asked Sutton to intervene with Harvard on Obama's behalf.

I know that Ed Koch knew about all of this because I recall writing him an e-mail two years ago when I was shocked to hear of his support for then-candidate Obama.  Mr. Koch was intelligent enough to know better. His failure was moral.  He allowed political correctness and the desire to conform to the benighted opinions of the Democratic Party media to overcome his sense of decency. 

The same is true of the Jewish community at large.  The 77% of Jews who voted for Mr. Obama in 2008 are worse enemies of their fellow Jews than the most virulent of anti-Semites in America. They are a moral disgrace.

Now, in the video directly below (h/t Phil Orenstein and my cousin Don, the video of Sutton follows) Mr. Koch complains about Mr. Obama's all-out attack on Israel.  The one perplexing question:  why is Mr. Koch surprised?

1 comment:

Phil Orenstein said...

Many of us were thrilled, qvelling with pride over Koch's righteous anger directed at Obama. Especially as we are way-worn and weary in the desert of Obamanation, any good news helps as we wait impatiently till 2012. But your point is so true - why is he surprised? Why did allegedly reasonable people suddenly drop all vestiges of reason and common sense?