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  •  I'm confused about dual loyalty (5+ / 0-)

    Are people claiming that an assertion of "dual loyalty" is antisemitic? That seems odd for a few reasons:

    1. Some people ARE loyal to both Israel and the United States. And UNDERSTANDABLY SO!!! Israel holds a special place in the hearts of many.

    2. Others simply have loyalty to the United States (and maybe also the world as a whole).

    When the interests of Israel and the United States collide (and on a real-politic level, this happens all the time) group #1 and group #2 become annoyed at each other.

    Group #2 accuses group #1 of having a dual loyalty. This is correct. Group #1 is pulled in both directions here.

    Group #1 accuses group #2 of abandoning Israel. This is also technically correct (in the sense that they are prioritizing US interests - as they perceive them - over Israeli interests).

    What I find odd about the antisemitism charge (in this case) is that the most rabidly "dual loyal" politicians tend to be right-wing Christians and/or neo-con "hawks" (who range in creed from atheist to Jewish to Christian to whatever).

    My point? Why is this an "out of bounds" charge to make? If I'm debating US foreign policy with someone and they have conflicting interests, then we might as well be talking past each other.

    There are many other examples of "dual loyalty". People are understandably proud of their heritage or their native countries. People are complicated like that.


    by Mark Warner is God on Tue Sep 20, 2011 at 08:17:53 PM PDT

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