Recently, Congressman Dr. Ron Paul and MTV game-show host Ben Stein were on Larry King, where Ben Stein slandered the good doctor’s non-interventionist principles as “anti-Semitic”. Due to the controversy caused, Ben Stein has issued a clarification at the American Spectator. In truth, it clarifies quite a lot, though not perhaps in the way Stein hoped.
Stein goes to great lengths to make the reader aware that he is hardly familiar (if at all) with Dr. Paul’s political positions, or with what he (Dr. Paul) was saying to Ben Stein on that very broadcast. “I could be mistaken,” he writes, about Paul’s comments. “Maybe I am misinformed,” he writes, about Paul’s position on foreign aid to Israel. For a man whose recollections of Dr. Paul’s positions are so hazy, he was surprisingly eager to tar Dr. Paul as an “anti-Semite” because (as Ben Stein explains) Dr. Paul asserted that America is “occupying” Muslim lands (Ben Stein does not agree that we are currently “occupying” Afghanistan or Iraq), and because many people who make that claim go on to criticize American foreign policy vis a vis Israel, and to do such is “anti-Semitic”.
The neoconservatives have twisted political discourse in America to the extent that the locution “Orwellian” no longer does it justice. Ben Stein claims that to acknowledge reality (that we are occupying Muslim lands) is to reveal oneself as an “anti-Semite”. To acknowledge – as the Defense Science Board Task Force (charged by Donald Rumsfeld to assess the ramifications of American Foreign Policy) concluded in 2004 – that the “underlying sources of threats to America’s national security” are “American direct intervention in the Muslim world,” America’s “one sided support in favor of Israel,” and “the American occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan” exposes one (somehow) as a Jew-hater, according to Ben Stein. If one acknowledges – as that same Task Force did in 2004 – that “Muslims do not ‘hate our freedom,’ but rather, they hate our policies” then you will be tarred by Ben Stein and his ilk as a quasi-Nazi.
Ben Stein is acting as enforcer for the neoconservative Thought Police. If one criticizes or fails to show obeisance to Israel – if one even questions whether our one-sided support of that foreign nation is wise – he will tar you as a Jew-hater, he will subject you to a Two Minutes Hate, he will slander you, he will play the race card with more dexterity than Al Sharpton, and he will use all the tools at his disposal to crush any inclination you might have to keep America first in your heart – because it is not first in his.
Stein’s AmSpec clarification consists of nothing but that lone slander. Its sole purpose is to slander Ron Paul as an anti-Semite, along with anyone else who questions America’s support of Israel or acknowledges that the American military bombing, invading and occupying Muslim lands increases rather than alleviates the hatred that leads to terrorism – as the aforementioned 2004 Defense Science Board Task Force concluded. You would think such a serious accusation would be accompanied by proof, or at least some evidence. Well, you would think wrong. It is foul calumny; naked, underhanded slander, backed by zero evidence. That is how blithely neoconservatives toss that term around – as it is meaningless to them, so it becomes meaningless to everyone else. Let him blather on – Ben Stein is irrelevant. Ben Stein’s comrades had their chance at the helm and ran us aground, stranded us in two wars, cost us the lives of thousands of American soldiers and quite literally nearly destroyed the entire world’s economy. That is the reality. So utterly have they been discredited that to watch them continue to shriek “anti-Semite!” and “appeaser!” now thankfully engenders pity more than anything else.