Martin Peretz, editor-in-chief of the New Republic magazine that 'exposed' the racist remarks in Ron Paul's 20 year old newsletters last week is himself a full-fledged racist. This is what Eric Altman, a writer for the liberal magazine 'The American Prospect', had to say about him in My Marty Peretz Problem -- And Ours:
I have gotten this far and not even gotten to the topic that usually comes up in discussions of Peretz of late, which is his obsessive and unapologetic hatred of Arabs, the evidence of which is visible nearly every day on Peretz's "The Spine." Here are just a few of the choice descriptions Peretz has had occasion to employ in his magazine about assorted Arabs, whether Palestinian, Iraqi, or of the generic variety: They are "violent, fratricidal, unreliable, primitive and crazed … barbarian"; they have created a "wretched society" and are "cruel, belligerent, intolerant, fearing"; they are "murderous and grotesque" and "can't even run a post office"; their societies "have gone bonkers over jihad" and they are "feigning outrage when they protest what they call American (or Israeli) atrocities"; they "behave like lemmings,"
It doesn't end there. One of the criticisms that James Kirchick, the 21 year old author of the Ron Paul smear article, levied against the newsletters, is that:
"The newsletters display an obsession with Israel; no other country is mentioned more often in the editions I saw …"
The New Republic magazine doesn't mention of course, that they themselves have an obsession with Israel, as noted by Eric Altman:
"It would be theoretically possible, I imagine, to overstate the centrality of Peretz's obsession with the Arab-Israeli conflict to the magazine's politics and to its editorial voice. But … it is really not too much to say that almost all of Peretz's political beliefs are subordinate to his commitment to Israel's best interests, and these interests as Peretz defines them almost always involve more war."
The most prolific critics of the anti-war candidate Ron Paul are extremely racist themselves (against Arabs), are absolutely obsessed with Israel, and support the brutal war against Iraq.
Who is leading the attack on Ron Paul?
Here's a break down of who the leading critics of the anti-war candidate are:
The New Republic. As has been noted, the New Republic's editor in chief, Martin Peretz, is obsessed with Israel and has made outrageous and hateful remarks about Arabs.
James Kirchick, the 21 year old author of the smear article, and writer for the New Republic, is a Giuliani supporter (one the most racist and pro-war candidates in the running) and was funded by extremely pro-Israeli foundations when he attended Yale (thanks Jeff), the John M. Olin Foundation and the George Frederick Jewett Foundation. This is what sourcewatch.org says about John Mr. Olin Foundation for example:
In 2001, the Foundation expended $20,482,961 to fund right-wing think tanks including the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), the Brookings Institution, the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), the Claremont Institute for the Study of Statesmanship and Political Philosophy, the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), the Heritage Foundation, the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace, the Hudson Institute, the Independent Women's Forum, the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University, the Manhattan Institute for Public Policy Research, and the Project for the New American Century (PNAC). "The Foundation also gives large sums of money to promote conservative programs in the country's most prestigious colleges and universities."
^ For those who don't know: The Heritage Foundation has been the leading campaigner for the Iraq war. The American Enterprise Institute has had several former advisors to the Israeli government sit on its board, as well as several members of the Bush administration, and was the number one proponent for the invasion of Iraq. The Project for the New American Century (PNAC) is similar to the American Enterprise Intitute and had many of the same members.
The other major critic of Ron Paul is the website Little Green Footballs. This website has been writing articles accusing Ron Paul of being racist and being an apologist for 'Islamofascists' for months. Little Green Footballs is widely known as the most racist anti-muslim website on the internet. Little Green Footballs is also extremely pro-Israel and pro-Iraq war. From wikipedia:
For "promoting Israel, and Zionism" and "presenting Israel's side of the conflict," LGF won the "Best Israel Advocacy Blog" award from the Jerusalem Post in 2005 . According to Gil Ronen, a reporter for Internet news outlet, Israel National News:
If anyone ever compiles a list of Internet sites that contribute to Israel’s public relations effort, Johnson's site will probably come in first, far above the Israeli Foreign Ministry's site.
"First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, then you win."
-- Mahatma Gandhi