Once upon a time, Ireland was a colony of the British Empire. A lot of Irish people lived in the United States. They did not like Great Britain. They happened to be a potent political force. Politicians competed to curry favor with the Irish and spoke out forcefully against British rule. They were not accused of supporting violence or revolutionary conspiracies -- except by the British.
Cuba is currently ruled by a revolutionary Marxist-Leninist dictatorship. Many Cubans fled the island to live in American exile. They don't like the Communist regime. They happen to be a potent political force in the state of Florida. Politicians compete to curry favor with the Cubans, and speak out forcefully in favor of "liberating" Cuba. They are not accused of inciting war against a sovereign nation -- except by the Cuban government.
Israel currently occupies land that was intended by the United Nations to form a Palestinian nation. Many Palestinians have fled into exile in the United States as well as throughout the Middle East. They don't like Israel, and just like the Irish, and just like the Cubans, they've sometimes taken violent action against their enemies. Yet all the Democratic candidate for President has to do is sit in the same room as a Palestinian-American Ivy League professor, who happens to be a native of this country, and he is once again accused by the likes of Comrade Palin, the governor of Alaska, of palling around with terrorists.
It seems that Palestinians are unique among the peoples of the earth in having no right to resist an occupation that they consider unjust -- though there are signs that the South Ossetians and Abkhazians would be assigned to this category by American politicians. All the conspiracies of Irishmen and Cubans are patriotic, brave and freedom-loving, while all Palestinian efforts are wicked. No American, apparently, may side with the Palestinians against Israel without risking the charge that he endorses religious fanaticism and an amorphous terrorism that may as well be directed against his own country as far as some people are concerned. Not even Senator Obama concedes a Palestinian right of resistance, yet because he put friendship above politics and attended an event in Rashid Khalidi's honor, the McCain-Palin dead-enders, the anti-Arab bigots and the bigots in general have launched a new round of McCarthyite guilt-by-association tactics on both Obama and Khalidi. Judge Khalidi for yourself, then judge this latest pathetic outburst from the neocons.
Imagine if I dared say that anyone who has ever expressed support for Zionism, including Obama and McCain is a pal of terrorists; that they must have retroactively endorsed and applauded the bombing of the King David Hotel in 1946; that they must be friends of the late Meir Kahane and his acolyte, the mass-murderer Baruch Goldstein. Reader: if you support Zionism, then don't you endorse all these things? No? Then play by the same rules when the subject is Palestine, or shut the hell up. It won't be until Americans decide that neither Israelis nor Palestinians have a monopoly on morality that this problem will have a chance of being settled. So if you're an American, and you don't think Palestinians have any moral standing or any legitimate claims in this dispute, you're part of the problem. Learn some history and grow up already. I'd say the same to McCain and Palin, but it's probably too late for them.