I am writing in response to Tom Maerten’s My View, “Israel pushing USA toward war,” published June 21.
The author, a centrist by his analysis, is anti-Semitic, a description he refutes before it is advanced, by declaring he is criticizing a state (actually, the Jewish leadership of that state and not the many Arab citizens there) and not the Jewish people.
His viewpoints are dangerously similar to those held by almost all Germans and other Europeans toward Jews for 100-plus years before World War II: The Jews are a problem just because they exist; they are not honest; they buy influence, involve us in wars, foster disloyalty, take advantage of us, want us to manage their struggles. They are not worth the trouble. It is their fault oil costs so much. They are damaging our economy. Their government is unfair to Arabs. They delude us into agreeing with them, and if such is the case, we are fawning.
That they have ideals and a government similar to our own is not important.
Never mind that Iran and some Arabs have declared war on Israel and the United States and are dedicated to our total demise.
There needs to be a solution somewhere between pre-emptive war and abandonment.
The greater danger is the promotion of these upside-down analyses of the situation, e.g. that Iran is not a real problem, but Israel deserves our condemnation.
Maertens is not by himself with these prejudices. There must be other centralists competent to examine or re-examine their own attitudes and find value in the Jewish people and the State of Israel.