If the most informative response to the Hamas atrocities was Victor Davis Hanson’s Twitter post on Israel’s “50th anniversary war,” then the most interesting was written in The Spectator by Brendan O’Neill, who asked “why isn’t Antifa condemning the tide of anti-Semitism?”
“Where is Antifa?” he wondered. “Where are those self-styled anti-fascists who love to rage against anything that is even vaguely reminiscent of the 1930s?”
He knows what the rest of us do: That there’s nothing anti-fascist about Antifa.
“To the modern left, everything is fascism except actual fascism,” says O’Neill.
“They’ve been fighting fantasy fascism for years, yet when real fascism came, they hid, they looked the other way, they made excuses.”
While Antifa conspicuously stays out of sight, Black Lives Matter, the darling of the Democrats, shows up in party hats and whistles, with “chapters across the country,” Mediaite reports, “celebrating the terrorist attacks that have claimed hundreds of innocent lives in Israel.”
Harvard students made a splashy appearance, as well – nearly three dozen campus groups have sided with the barbarians. According to the media, a coalition of 34 Harvard student organizations issued a joint statement in which they said they “hold the Israeli regime entirely responsible for all unfolding violence,” as “millions of Palestinians in Gaza have been forced to live in an open-air prison,” and “the apartheid regime is the only one to blame.”
Harvard President Claudine Gay says that the groups don’t speak “for Harvard University or its leadership.” But don’t they? Aren’t they saying out loud what most administrators and professors – not just at Harvard but at universities and colleges across the West – want to say, but don’t yet feel free to publicly voice? Isn’t contempt for Israeli Jews exactly what the students have been taught?
Elements in both groups have since tried to retreat from their hateful actions and comments, but it’s too late. One, their “repentance” is based on public backlash, not the horrors perpetrated by Hamas, and, two, they clearly showed the world who they really are.
One of Harvard’s most famous graduates, Barack Obama – whose puppet has sullied the Oval Office for almost four years now – was for a while also as absent as Antifa. In fact he was so late in defending humanity that the New York Post called him out in an editorial for his silence.
Obama eventually arrived, tweeting on Monday evening about “the brazen terrorist attacks on Israel and the slaughter of innocent civilians.” The semi-former president said we must “stand squarely alongside our ally, Israel,” and support that nation’s “right to defend itself against terror.”
It’s meaningless boilerplate language that only true Barack Believers will accept as the sincere expression of his feelings. The rest of us know, as the New York Post editorialized, that this newest war “is the future of the Middle East that Obama, in effect, wanted, fought for and now has achieved: Iran ascendant; nascent normalization between Israel and Arab states in jeopardy; the terrorist group Hamas emboldened and abetted by Tehran to strike viciously against soft targets within Israel.”
But like the Harvard administrators, Obama has to engage in a charade to cover a vile bigotry while waiting for the pro-Hamas, pro-Palestinian propaganda campaigns to finally poison at least half of the American electorate, at which point animosity toward Israel is no longer a political liability.
Hanson, who is always measured in his brilliant analyses of the rising tide of policy failures from Sacramento to Washington, also finds Obama culpable, pointing out that “a general Hamas and Iranian perception that the Biden administration had resumed the discredited Obama madness” empowered “Iran, Hezbollah, and Hamas.” It’s obvious that the $6 billion in frozen oil assets that the White House released to Iran, and refused to refreeze, was a part of the effort to fortify those three malevolent parties. The administration finally denied Iran access to the money on Thursday, but it was a decision made based on growing political pressure rather than an internal moral compass.
We further note that in The Obama Factor, journalist David Samuels reminded us of Obama’s “hostility to Israel,” as well as his “main objective” of “integrating that country into America’s security architecture in the Middle East, while limiting Israel’s power in the region.”
“Obama and his acolytes used his presidency to destabilize the Middle East in the service of a left-wing ideology that excuses antisemitism and justifies terrorist violence,” Federalist book editor Mark Hemingway wrote earlier this week.
The ideology includes Obama’s sweetheart deal with the mullahs of Iran who fund and spread Islamic terrorism. His administration boasted that the 2015 agreement was a historic pact that would block Tehran’s attempts to build atomic weapons. But in reality it set up Tehran as a future nuclear power.
Now that we are in Obama’s “third term” in the White House, we can see just how his vision is playing out.
— Written by the I&I Editorial Board