Sounds like a Canadian.
Catching up on some old letters.
Steve Head writes from British Columbia:
Thanks for writing, Steve. No doubt Bush, like many pols, suffers from some form of “Little Man” syndrome. Wilhelm Reich had something to say about that (kind of) in his ’40s book Listen, Little Man! This slim, angry volume written in the second person—yeah, that means you!—and full of rants about the “emotional plague” is just like having the late Reich scolding you. Here’s one of the book’s few passages that might apply to the doofus POTUS:
Actually, Steve, there are people more dangerous than this little Texan to whom you’re referring: the little Texan’s handlers. (See the next letter.)
G.M. Wetzel writes:
Thanks for writing, G.M., but I’m not sure that you have to “teach” a puppet anything. You just have to pull the strings.
Marina Mecl writes from Munich:
“For now, what’s fascinating are the new alliances between right-wing Catholics and right-wing Protestants.”
Please elaborate on their alliance with right-wing Jews. This tri-alliance is truly something to be deeply worried about.
Thanks for writing, Marina. A fascinating, complex, scary question indeed. Sad to say, the American Jewish establishment is increasingly in the hands of right-wingers. There’s an active peace movement among Jews in Israel, but you’d never know it by reading the U.S. press. And in fact, most American Jews apparently don’t buy into the blind support given to Ariel Sharon by the big organizations like the powerful AIPAC and ADL. Jewish Voice for Peace, a Left Coast org, pointed that out in April, citing a poll conducted for Ameinu, an American Zionist organization that boasts of “liberal values”:
This is precisely what JVP calls for. We do not call for blind support of one side or the other. We want the US to adopt a policy that pushes both sides into the compromises necessary for peace. It is simply a lie that we represent the views of a small or fringe minority. As the polls reported on in the Ameinu survey below, and another poll released … by the ADL, indicate, we represent as significant a Jewish voice, and as true a Jewish voice, as the myopically pro-Israel groups like the Conference of Presidents, the AJC and the World Zionist Organization. In the case of the latter, the polls demonstrate quite clearly that JVP is in line with mainstream Jewish thought, while the WZO is massively out of step with it.
That’s all just background for the weirdness of evangelical Christians’ support for Israel—which is predicated on the belief by the evangelicals that after Israel is made to thrive, Jesus will finally come, 144,000 Jews will accept him as the true savior, the rest will be burned to death, and there’ll be some sort of heavenly kingdom. Desperate for allies, a lot of Jews have embraced the support of evangelicals—despite that crackpot scenario.
Not that the wacky Christians are hiding their intentions. This is from the group Christian Friends of Israeli Communities, a fanatical pro-settlements group:
Meanwhile, zealous American Jews, like the odious neocon Doug Feith, have deep connections to the West Bank settlements. Feith’s former law partner, Marc Zell, lives in the settlements and is head of the Israeli chapter of Republicans Abroad, which worked hard for the re-election of George W. Bush.
That’s only a taste of the connections between the Christian and Jewish religious-right wings. I guess that, until the Rapture, we’ll have to put up with that unholy alliance.