October 10, 2007

Discussing and Discussing and Discussing the Un-discussible

We begin today’s humble “post,” dear reader, with a confession. We, the crack young staff of “The Hatemonger’s Quarterly,” have recently not been keeping up with the Huffington Post. Yeah, yeah, we know: We’re an embarrassment.

And why wouldn’t you want to keep abreast of the ole’ Huffy Po, Arianna Huffington’s e-orgy of e-self-celebration? As far as we can intuit, writing for that “website” is tantamount to jury duty for various C-List celebrities. Rip Torn; Alyssa Milano; Idi Amin; Garfield the cat; Billy Joel—has any irksome pseudo-celebrity not crafted a poorly-worded essay for Ms. Huffington?

The other day, however, we attempted to make up for our lapsed attentions and tune in to the Huffy Po once more. As you might imagine, we were not disappointed. In point of fact, we thoroughly enjoyed the dimwitted carping of all and sundry. A good time was had by all.

Toward the end of our Huffing (if you will), we discovered something rather interesting. Amongst the official list of potential topics for Huffy Po writers is one called the “Israel Lobby.” Yep: In addition to carping on “Rush Limbaugh,” “Donald Rumsfeld,” and other official inanities, Huffy Posters can also feel free to excoriate the “Israel Lobby.” Further, readers can troll around all the “posts” that refer to this nefarious Hebraic outfit.

And this, dear reader, got us to thinking. It seems to us that one of the cardinal arguments of the Mearsheimer and Walt crowd is that people are frightened to discuss the ominous power of the “Israel Lobby” (a.k.a. the “Jewish Lobby,” the “Zionist Lobby,” or “Jews”). Apparently, folks are petrified—petrified!—that any mention of this dreaded cabal will ruin one’s life.

After merely uttering the words “Israel Lobby,” apparently, one is tossed from polite society. One loses one’s job (especially if it’s at a bank), one’s girlfriend, one’s clothing, and is forced to join some sort of neo-Nazi cover band.

We, the crack young staff of “The Hatemonger’s Quarterly,” politely contend that this is not the case. In fact, if you ask us, the incessant blather about the danger of invoking the “Jewish Lobby” demonstrates this argument’s utter fatuousness.

Think about it: How many times have you heard some anti-Zionist nutter complain about the “fact” that people are frightened to criticize Israel? If this is so, why do we hear this complaint so much? Why does the brave Huff Po add “Israel Lobby” to its official list of evils?

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