Back in 1948, liberals were excited when President Harry Truman took to whistle-stopping and scorching the “do nothing 80th Congress” run by Republicans. “Give `em hell, Harry,” they cried. They loved it, too, when Harry recognized the State of Israel, just eleven minutes after it proclaimed independence. Liberals cared a lot about Israel’s precarious existence back then.
No more. Just this week, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was heckled at a convention of “progressives” in Washington. How could progressives not approve the most liberal, most radical Congress in history? Well, they threw things and yelled at Madame Speaker: “Stop Funding Israeli Terror!” Wait a minute, Israeli terror? The whole world could see how the Israeli commandos were set upon by lead pipe-wielding “peace activists” when they tried to board that Turkish ferry that was running the Israeli blockade of Gaza.
Is it “terror” to try to stop rockets from being smuggled into Gaza by Iran to its clients, Hamas?
Progressives apparently think so. Don’t be confused by terminology. A “progressive” is what liberals call themselves when Americans get wise to what liberals want and what liberals do. It’s a little like saying rattlesnake tastes like chicken, though. Pretty soon, it ruins your taste for chicken, too.
We know what progressives think of Israel. Helen Thomas was bounced from her front-row perch in the White House press pool this week. She told partiers at an Israel-friendly event that Israel should “get the hell out of Palestine,” that the Jews there should “go home to Germany and Poland.” Well, after an embarrassingly slow burn, the fuse her incendiary comments lit finally exploded. She was, in quick succession, dumped as a graduation speaker in liberal Montgomery County, dropped as a Hearst columnist, and ejected from her front-row seat in the White House press room. That’s quite a week.
The marvel is that it took so long. Helen Thomas has been giving Israel hell for decades. Israel is the only nation on earth that she wants to see expunged. Lots of people think Iraq and Jordan are artificial entities, unreal “states” created in an afternoon in Winston Churchill’s Colonial Office back in the `20s. Many people would agree with the Egyptian diplomat who said his was the only nation in the Arab Middle East. The rest, he said, “are tribes with flags.”