Barack and the Sonim

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My neighborhood — Downtown and Brownstone Brooklyn — is graced by diversity of commercial and religious enterprise. Restaurants of high and low quality, stores (ditto), and of course people. So it’s not surprising that you can buy, no trouble at all, copies of the “Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion,” both in the street from vendors and from a number of bookstores.

Now one of these stores that has featured this work in its shop window has just begun to display a great big sign: Obama Needs You, Sign Up to Help as Volunteer, or words to that effect. This particular store is run by “Afrocentric” sonim, haters of Jews. (There is now an absolutely hair-raising account of “Afrocentric” sonim at Wellesley College, of all places, by Mary Lefkowitz: “History Lesson.”)

I do not for one minute believe that Obama shares the views of these sonim, nor do I think that he would be aware of what they do in his name. But, as I have pointed out before on this blog, it is a curious fact that haters of Israel and of the Jews endorse him. Why ? Do they know something that the rest of us don’t ?

By and large, the media and even the McCain campaign have given Obama a free pass on his twenty years in a Church of Hate and on his connections with other extremists. Now Commentary Magazine, God bless it, has broken this silence and has published a comprehensive (almost) account of these matters in an article by Joshua Muravchik in its latest issue.

I do not endorse the doctrines and dogmas of Commentary, which to some extent inform this article. Nevertheless, I think that the factual account is sound (except that it leaves out, surprisingly, the Hamas connection with Trinity United Church). I do hope that the article will find the readership it deserves. Some material on Obama’s connection with the Weather Underground’s Bill Ayers, for example, has not been widely known before.

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