Yesterday many of us viewed the circular firing squad known as the Democrat Party. The following gives context to the spectacle.... "WHY DOES THE LEFT HATE ISRAEL? For decades, most American Jews have believed there were far greater threats from the fringe right than the fringe left in this country. While this view may have been reasonable in the past, it is certainly not so today. The fringe right still exists the neoNazis in Northwest Idaho, Matthew Hale, and David Duke, and the remnants of the KKK. But the views of the fringe right have been marginalized by their repudiation by virtually all mainstream elements on the political right. The fringe left, on the other hand, has evolved into a broader left, and become more mainstream. The political perspective of this new left is vehemently antiIsrael, and the power and reach of this movement represent a real threat to Israel, and by extension to Jews who support Israel. The left in this country includes large numbers of academics, journalists, human rights activists, environmental and animal rights activists, entertainers, and some church groups, women's groups, racial advocacy groups and unions. There are also liberals who are members of these same groups. I distinguish between leftists and liberals by one key test: how they feel about the country in which they live. If you tend to regard America as a primarily flawed, evil, unjust, racist country (or at least when Republicans are running it), and most importantly, believe that the US is the primary threat to world peace internationally, then you are a leftist, and not a liberal. I believe there are several reasons: 1. It is an easy way to express one's hatred for America. 2. Israel is viewed as an outpost of colonialism , and an active practitioner of it. 3. Israel is a western nation, and hence can be judged by the left. Israel is not protected by cultural relativism, as the Arabs are. 4. Leftist Christian churches can escape any lingering guilt about the Holocaust, by turning Israel into a villain. Some leftist churches hate Israel because they think this will help protect their members in the holy land in other words they feel threatened. 5. Ferocious Muslim hatred of Israel and the Jews reinforces the natural cowardice of many on the left who go along with the Muslims to stay out of their line of fire. 6. Jewish leftists are prominent in the antiIsrael movement. This opens the floodgates for everybody else. 7. Israel is attacked because the secular left is appalled by the influence of religious settlers and their biblical connections to the land of Israel, and by the support for Israel by evangelical Christians, and Christian Zionists." Archived-Articles: Why Does the Left Hate Israel? Also from the article, and clearly directed at Jewish Obama-supporters: "The reason for this hypocrisy I think is the triumph in the academy, and among many in the journalistic profession and the intelligentsia of many western nations, of the noxious notion of moral and especially cultural relativism....that Israel faces far greater threats from the left than the right." Be aware.