The Philadelphia Jewish Voice
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Volume 1 - Number 2 - August 2005
Like the plans for the destruction of Arthur Dent's home in the "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy," the Downing Street memo hearings, finally addressing after two years the reasons the United States of America invaded Iraq, were to be found hidden away in a disused corner of the basement of Congress.
One of the witnesses, former CIA agent Raymond McGovern, cited Israel and oil interests as major reasons for the war. Republican activists led by the columnist Dana Milbank use a broad brush and paint all Democrats as anti-Semites for that testimony.
It is somewhat ironic that the Republicans criticize the Democrats for the claim that the war was good for Israel, when that claim was essentially *the* talking point of the Republican Jewish Coalition's campaign to reelect the president.
Instead of joining the frenzied discussion about whether Democrats are making this interesting claim, I prefer to address the more relevant question: Is this claim true? Did Israel have anything to gain from the war in Iraq?
The RJC claimed that the wall diverted terrorists attacks on Israeli civilians towards attacking American G.I.'s. Leaving aside the question of whether this is an ethical objective, is it true?
Let's look at the Israeli monthly death toll statistics compiled from The Free Dictionary:
- Dr. Daniel E. Loeb
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