criticism of Israel still not an option

So just in case you still weren’t aware just how impossible it is for someone in the US, especially in the government, to criticize Israel, take a little look at this (short-ish) NY Times article: Israel Stance Was Undoing of Nominee for Intelligence Post.

A few excerpts:
“Mr. Freeman had long been critical of Israel, with a bluntness that American officials rarely voice in public about a staunch American ally.”
[Freeman said:] “Israel is driving itself toward a cliff, and it is irresponsible not to question Israeli policy and to decide what is best for the American people.”
“The critics who led the effort to derail Mr. Freeman argued that such views reflected a bias that could not be tolerated…”
“Some of Mr. Freeman’s defenders say his views on Israel are extreme only when seen through the lens of American political life, and they asked whether it was possible to question American support for Israel without being either muzzled or marginalized.”

I think that last quote is the most interesting: it basically says those in “American political life” (and once could say everyone in the US) are not to criticize Israel.  Period.

I heard someone say last night that what we need to teach our children to help them succeed, and to better the world in general, is critical thinking skills.  She said that we’re all taught to just accept and receive information without questioning it.  And how true that is, especially when it comes to issues of government — we’re taught to accept the beliefs and doings from high above as correct and step in line, or risk being called unpatriotic, a traitor, a communist/socialist, or something similar.

Until we allow for people to step forward and criticize others, including those who might be close to us — when done out of love for them and for all — we’ll continue to have so many of the problems that seem to have no solution, because we don’t give ourselves the tolls to fix them.

(For words of Freeman himself, see this statement.)


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