I’m getting an odd feeling reading this article because as I was thinking about the vile Netanyahu’s speech yesterday Rabbi Lerner and his pacifist organization Tikkun popped in my mind and I was wondering what happened to them because they were prominent during period after Sept 11, 2001 and during the Iraq Invasion, then they vanished. I figured Lerner must have died and Tikkun disbanded.
It just now occurred to me that, like so many other activist groups like United for Peace and Justice - Lerner and Tikkun vanished on November 5, 2008. Typical.
So I guess I wasn’t surprised when even after 6 1/2 years of Obama showing us exactly the sort of person he is, Lerner STILL wrote this:
" …because the Obama Administration, fearing that it might be ridiculed as believing in “kumbaya politics,” used its first six years to pursue policies that better fit the Strategy of Domination than the Strategy of Generosity."(emphasis mine)
NO. NO. NO. A thousand times NO! Obama is hardly motivated by “fear of ridicule”! He absolutely believes in, and always has believed in, US/Israeli imperialist exceptionalism and its exercise through violence… Period.
Otherwise, Rabbi Lerner certainly makes a lot of important points. However I was surprised to hear him say Iranians generally have not been traumatized over the past 70 years - has he forgotten the Fascist Shah and the torture chambers of his secret CIA organized police SAVAK? I guess it is true that Iranians do live more peaceful and normal lives than other parts of the mid-east region but by forgetting this fact he forgets that Iranians already have peacefully overthrown a totalitarian government once, in 1979, and also suffered through the horrible war against Saddam’s Iraq. I suspect a majority of Iranians, both old and young (they teach history in Iran) find the current state of affairs to be perfect but an improvement over the Shah and the days of war.