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    • 29.05.05 | 01:04 (IDT)

    "No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other." Matthew 6:24 I couldn't care less if Israeli citizens or Jews who are citizens of other countries sing Hativka or The Internationale (There were plenty enough American Jews singing that last in the pre-Israel, American Communist Party heyday, weren't there?) But when I see American citizens meeting with the leaders of a foreign government on a regular basis, singing the anthem of a foreign country, working tirelessly in the interests of a foreign country and - in effect - pledging allegiance to a foreign country, I regard those people as possible seditionists. I would feel the same if those citizens were working in the interests of Germany and singing "Deutschland Uber Alles" or were of any other hyphenated American stock and singing the anthems of their old countries. In these manic days when we are commanded to be ultra-national and to support our troops blindly and when people of other democratic nations who disagree with us are so freely and easily slandered and trashed in so much of our media, I feel insulted when I see other Americans devoting so much time, energy and money to ANYTHING that doesn't advance the domestic American cause. When I see how the Republican party under Reagan and the two Bushes has driven America further and further into massive debt while engaging in foolish military adventures, I have to think back to the French King Louis XVI to find such similar folly. France was already in bad enough trouble when Ben Franklin and company arrived on it's shores to cajole the French into supporting the American cause. Tax exemptions for the nobility and clergy had ruined the French economy to a large extent - the masses were either totally impverished or groaning under the weight of burdensome taxes and Louis was finding his ability to do anything almost impossible without further massive debt. But he succumbed to the temptation and not only pretty much piled on the final fiscal straw that broke the nation's back, but provided fertile ground in which the seeds of revolution took root in his own land. And I have to wonder if, in those moments before his head finally parted company from his body, he came to regret his blind support for a foreign nation to the detriment of himself and his own country.

    from the article: Think before you sing `Hatikva'
    First published 00:00 27.05.05 | Last updated 00:00 27.05.05
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