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We Need Better Allies

By Yisrael Medad
9/14/2010, 12:00 AM
There is no doubt that the most vexing problem facing Israel in the diplomatic sphere is coming to terms with the thinking of Washington and more specifically, the mindset of President Barack Obama.  In the past, we had presidents that were very much beholding to oil interests and others who weren't that favorably disposed to Jews as such.  It happens.  These are rational dislikes.

But what are we to make of Obama?

My good friend CK sent me an article which you should read and I'll excerpt just one section:

From a very young age and through his formative years, Obama learned to see America as a force for global domination and destruction. He came to view America's military as an instrument of neocolonial occupation. He adopted his father's position that capitalism and free markets are code words for economic plunder. Obama grew to perceive the rich as an oppressive class, a kind of neocolonial power within America...For Obama, the solutions are simple. He must work to wring the neocolonialism out of America and the West. And here is where our anticolonial understanding of Obama really takes off, because it provides a vital key to explaining not only his major policy actions but also the little details that no other theory can adequately account for.

It was written by an Indian, Dinesh D'Souza, president of the King's College in New York City.  He is a former White House policy analyst. The King's College is a Christian liberal arts college and is listed by the Intercollegiate Studies Institute as one of the top 50 colleges for conservatives.  Born in Mumbai, India, Dinesh D'Souza came to U.S. as an exchange student and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Dartmouth College in 1983.  In a personal sense, he mirrors to a certain extent what Obama stands for: underprivileged geographical origin, non-white.  He is, to put it mildly, controversial.  His enemy, and that of America, is the cultural left, in his words.

D'Souza concentrates on Obama's economic worldview based on his political outlook.  But that neocolonialism also explains much of what has been frustrating Israelis.  His refusal to acknowledge the deep-rooted Zionist character of the Jewish people and what Israel is as the national homeland of the Jewish people.  The Cairo speech, the Holocaust justification, the push on Jerusalem as well as his refusal to take concrete steps against Iran.

It is too unfortunate that there are Jewish liberals who have flocked to Obama's crusade, seeking to undermine Israel's democratic choice to seek out its destiny, its security and its identity.

America has its problems with Obama; so do we.

It is time we seek out those who can be better allies.