I can only add a couple of brief points to Max’s analysis. First, Andrew Sullivan tries to put the best face possible on Joe Klein’s venom by stating that all Klein did was point out “the increasingly obvious fact that the Iraq war was in part launched to assist Israel (even though many Israelis were against it).” But of course that’s not what Klein did at all– he singled out Jews and accused them of not acting in their country’s interests but at the behest of a foreign power, Israel. What’s more, he didn’t have the intellectual honesty to say that he was making that accusation — it was just coming up, you see. You can dress it up any way you please or try to excuse it however you like, but it is the same anti-Semitic tripe that is recycled century after century. I’m disappointed that Andrew could not be more candid about Klein’s attack, not on those who launched the war (whom he agreed with at the time), but on Jews.
Second, I would note that the contrast in reaction to this incident between the Left and Right blogosphere is startling. It is clear from just a sample of views on the Right that anti-Semitism is beyond the pale among conservative commentators. The same is not true on the Left which is either silent or cheering Klein on. I would also urge readers to look at the comments which Klein’s postings have elicted — and note that the invitation to blame the Jews was warmly accepted by so many.
After being read the Joe Klein comment about “divided loyalties” in a Hugh Hewitt interview John McCain deemed it “disgraceful” and “an old saw.”
Meanwhile, under the title, “TIME’s Joe Klein Makes Charges of ‘Divided Loyalties’ and Then is Shocked to be Attacked For It” the Institute for Public Affairs (the public policy arm of the nation’s largest Orthodox Jewish organization) reviews Klein’s postings and comments:
Mr. Klein may not like the “unbalanced” views held by, presumably, a minority of American Jews, but that still does not entitle him to put forth the classic canard of dual loyalty for those with whom he disagrees.