Obviously Zaid Jilani has a special feeling for Pakistan as Ali Gharib, who describes himself as a “Proud Iranian-American,” does for Iran, yet there is nothing productive to be gained by tarring them with such labels as Pakistan Firster or Iran Firster. Name-calling does nothing to enhance the dialogue; neither do accusations of treason. It’s not unreasonable for Jilani and Gharib to have special sympathies for the countries of their ancestry or to engage in special pleading on their behalf, even if that pleading is thinly disguised as analysis. What is ridiculous is for them to go on the warpath against anyone who doesn’t share their national hatreds for Israel by accusing them of being Israel Firsters.
But the antics of Zaid Jilani and Ali Gharib tell us more about the Center for American Progress and the willingness of the left to descend into stereotypical bigotry that is inconsistent with their own program in order to demonize the opposition. Faiz Shakir, the editor of CAP’s Think Progress blogs where Jilani and Gharib’s writings appear, admitted in an email that some of the language used was anti-Semitic, but it isn’t really the language that is the issue.
The Center for American Progress is the brain of the Obama Administration, the think tank whose talking points feed back and forth out of the White House and into the media. Its attitude that anyone who defends Israel is the enemy speaks volumes about the ideological tenor in the highest offices of this government. Jilani and Gharib are at CAP because they fit its agenda and CAP fits the agenda of its corrupt billionaire backers. And it’s that agenda, more than the slurs of some of CAP’s bloggers who are doing the dirty work that they are paid to do, that should really worry anyone who cares about the future of this country and the free world.
George Soros has said, “It is a sort of disease when you consider yourself some kind of god, the creator of everything, but I feel comfortable about it now since I began to live it out.” In 2003 we all began living out Soros’ power mad fantasies when he declared that the central focus of his life was to force Bush out of office. That same year the Center for American Progress came into being under the impetus and with the financial backing of America’s newest self-made god.
Taking the loot of a Nazi collaborator to smear the United States of America is an ugly enough thing that denies those who let the dirty money cross their palms the right to spout on about patriotism. It is even uglier when a man who described his role in the Holocaust as the most exciting time in his life enlists flunkies to spread his hatred of Jews and the Jewish state.
The most damning allegation to be made is “Soros Firster.” Soros has always looked after his own interests first. His delusions of grandeur lead him to place himself above the world and ordinary mortals. And those who serve him in his Shadow Party and pursue his agenda have no loyalty to any country or creed. They are Soros Firsters.
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