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Rahm the Mechanic goes to Washington:

The Jim Zogby Dilemma

By Hesham Tillawi, Current Issue TV, February 12, 2009

Every day, I am assaulted by something in the topsy-turvey world of
US politics that amazes me and makes me say to myself, 'Well I guess
I have seen it all now', only for it to be outdone and replaced the
very next day by something even more outrageous.

Politics can do that to people. Power and the opportunity to play on
the 'big field' is like a drug that makes people do crazy things,
things that defy reason, logic, and sometimes decency.

Take for example the most recent article by Arab American Institute
James Zogby in his defense of President Elect Barak Obama;s decision
to appoint Rahm Emmanuel as White House Chief of Staff. In his piece
entitled "Rahm Emanuel and Arab Perceptions" he writes "The emails
and calls to my office were both troubled and troubling because much
of the reaction was based on misinformation". The "misinformation' in
this case dealt with Rahm Emanuel, the "brilliant strategist" as Jim
puts it and his many "proven" political skills which led to him
being "tapped" by Obama. No more no less. That is, as Jim calls
it, "First, the facts." I just wonder if Rahm's 'proven politics' is
also what dragged Obama to AIPAC's conference this past summer to
deliver that infamous shameful speech, as well as the meeting
afterwards with the board of AIPAC where he was accompanied by Rahm
Emanuel. I don't think Rahm being born to an Israeli parent who once
ran guns for the Irgun Terrorist Organization, his faith as a devout
Jew or his being a staunch supporter of Israel had "nothing" to do
with his appointment as the conventional wisdom would like us to
believe. Of course not, it is his 'brilliancy' that got him
there. "Its that simple" says the spokesman for the Arab-American
community Jim Zogby. Maybe Arabs lack thinking brains to be in
positions of power.

Ok, Emanuel may not be an Israeli Citizen, even though Israeli law
grants citizenship to Jews who are born for Israeli parents abroad.
As a matter of fact the Israeli Law of Return" Grants Israeli
citizenship to any Jew who wishes to have it. As a matter of fact
many American Jews in high power positions are dual citizens. One
such is Douglas Feith, who ran the Office of Special Plans at the
Pentagon, and who concocted the 'Yellow Cake' theory giving George
Bush the ammo he needed to invade an Arab country. Another one coming
to mind is Michael Chertoff, our Director of Homeland Security whose
father fought in the Bitar Brigade, a Jewish terrorist group during
the Palestinian Holocaust which by the way, started way before the so-
called 'Holocaust' of Europe and which continues to this very day. No
doubt the reader is inclined to call me an 'anti-Semite' despite the
fact that there is more 'semitism' in one of my eyelashes than there
is in the whole of European Jewish community because I said
the "so called" Oh well, I guess I am one of those 'self-hating'

Jim goes on to defend Rahm's service in the Israeli Army
saying: "Emanuel volunteered for a few weeks, as a civilian, doing
maintenance on Israeli vehicles." Is he a mechanic? So, not only is
he "brilliant" when it comes to politics, he is 'Rahm the Mechanic'
as well. Talk about a real Renaissance man. Not only is
Rahm "brilliant" in banking and finance, "brilliant" in the way he
stabs a steak knife into a hardwood table repeatedly when talking
about 'enemies' who must be dealt with, but "brilliant" with cars
too, especially the ones used by Israel's military. There is
something so familiar between this and the whole "Joe the Plumber"
business we heard so much about during the campaign.

Ok, let's get back to that then--What vehicles Jim? What is a
civilian volunteer in the Israeli Army? Did you know that there are
no 'civilians' in Israel? If someone volunteers to go help a country
at a time of war, one can safely assume he will be involved in some
kind of a defense position. Was he greasing up the Israeli Tanks
before they took positions on the Northern border with Syria and
Lebanon in 1991? Or did he just write some nice love notes on Tank
Shells? I am not sure, but this "brilliant" American found it
necessary to go and join the Israeli Army- ok in a civilian capacity,
god don't be so uptight on technicalities- but yet, he did not join
the American Army fighting two wars. It makes you wonder what country
comes first in Rahm's mind. Is he one of those Israel's Firsters

As an aside (although one of supreme importance) what should be noted
is that if Mr. Zogby--seeing his homeland of Lebanon being bombarded
by Israel as it was in July 2006--decided to don his US Passport and
go to Lebanon in order to volunteer in protecting another country, he
would be arrested upon re-entry into the US and charged with a whole
assortment of crimes related to terrorism. However, when it is a
Zionist Jew doing so for Israel, he is offered the highest position
in the president's cabinet and the rest of the world is not supposed
to think anything of it.

Oh yes, this is the killer, I almost left it out. Jim wrote: "The
truth is that Emanuel is an effective leader in Congress. He is a
strong supporter of Israel. But then, how many members of Congress
are not?" Its no big deal, he is just one of the many in Washington
who are supporters of Israel. Well Jim you forgot one fundamental
difference between "Rahm the Mechanic" and others, namely that the
other members of congress prostitute themselves for power, influence
and money, but they really don't get much enjoyment out of the deal.
On the contrary--just like prostitutes they want the ordeal to be
over with asap because deep down they feel so ashamed of themselves
seeing Palestinian children dying from Israeli bullets fired by
Israeli settlers as well as Israel's imposed starvation and hunger on
innocent people and they can't do anything about it. "Rahm the
Mechanic" however, Mr Jim Zogby, enjoys what he is doing for Israel.
His father, his family, and his "mother country" are proud of what he
has become. Israeli Newspapers said "one of us in the White House."
He is doing it because he enjoys it. The Arabs are the sworn enemies
of Rahm's father and his last name is a reminder of that. Emanuel
actually is not the last name of the family they changed it when
rahm's uncle, Emanuel was killed by Arabs before the establishment of
Israel, and the family changed their last name to, Emaneul. Now do
you understand why Palestinians, Arabs, Muslims, Christians, and all
freedom-loving people around the World are disturbed by Rahm's
appointment? Can you take your democratic hat off for a second and
voice your concern about Rahm? Can you, Uncle Tom?

I saw you turning the world upside down for a comment that John
McCain did not make-even though, we made a big issue out of it- I for
one made the biggest stink about it, but I did not see you doing the
same when Rahm's father actually, and factually insulted ALL Arabs,
dead, alive and yet to be born. Thank God for Mary Oakar and the ADC
who forced an apology out of Rahm for what his father had said about
how his son will "surely influence Obama's decisions on Israel" while
following it with the comment that "he wasn't Arab" and therefore
will not be going to the White House to "mop floors". The funny thing
in the whole episode is Rahm's apology, and especially when he said
that the comment made by his dad did not "reflect the way he was
raised and did not reflect his family values". I wonder who raised

It was his father who said it, the head of his family, the man who
installed the values in Rahm, the very same man who ran guns to the
Jewish terrorists to massacre the poor souls of Deir Yasin. Now Jim,
do you blame the Arabs for their "perception" of Ram? Is it just a
perception? "Can you hear me now!!!"

Hesham Tillawi, PhD

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