Wednesday, September 24, 2008

The double standard

The Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is urging the FEC to investigate whether the Clarion Fund, a shadowy non-profit organization that distributed DVDs containing “Obsession: Radical Islam’s War Against the West,” is really a front for an Israel-based group seeking to help Sen. John McCain win the U.S. presidential election. (No information about a board of directors, staff or even a physical address is offered on the fund’s website.) Source

I'm sure CAIR is very sincere in their concern for foreign initiatives trying to influence another country's elections. You may remember the great dust they kicked up in 2004 when British citizens tried to influence American voters to vote against George Bush, or when Gaza Palestinian students undertook to campaign on behalf of Barack Obama, or when Bill Clinton sent his most trusted political consultant, James Carville, to plot and promote a strategy for Ehud Barak's election victory in 1999.

Whether CAIR's charges are legitimate or not, it is important to note the double standard at play here: Jews are not supposed to promote their interests, and when they do, the conspiratorial charge is flashed out, in no time.

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