The Warmongering Jews – Deja Vu WWII

It is now two years since this latest European war began. From that day in September, 1939, until the present moment, there has been an over-increasing effort to force the United States into the conflict.

That effort has been carried on by foreign interests, and by a small minority of our own people; but it has been so successful that, today, our country stands on the verge of war.

These were words spoken by Charles Lindbergh in Des Moines, Iowa on September 11, 1941 during his famous, “America First,” speech.

The same wrongheaded opinion is today being broadcast throughout the world. This time, hopefully, it will not be less than three months before America is attacked. Yet, America does once again have a justifiable fear of war and it is, just as it was in September of 1941, a potential war against a power spreading evil in its region, against our allies, and against our own forces.

In that same speech, Charles Lindbergh spoke of the Jewish agitators for war and his words are also all too closely connected to sentiments that we are all hearing and seeing expressed about Israel today. Lindbergh said:

No person with a sense of the dignity of mankind can condone the persecution of the Jewish race in Germany [ignore the threat posed to Israel (or to America) by Iran].

But no person of honesty and vision can look on their pro-war policy here today without seeing the dangers involved in such a policy both for us and for them. Instead of agitating for war, the Jewish groups in this country should be opposing it in every possible way for they will be among the first to feel its consequences.

Tolerance is a virtue that depends upon peace and strength. History shows that it cannot survive war and devastations. A few far-sighted Jewish people realize this and stand opposed to intervention. But the majority still do not.

I think we can safely say that the sentiments expressed in this paragraph have been simply altered and applied to Iran in precisely the way that I did above by countless pundits and politicians, religious organizations, and many others over the past few years. If you want to see the worst of it, just Google the terms “Warmongering Jews” or “Israel Lobby”. Better yet, try “Occupy AIPAC” or just about anything written by MJ Rosenberg over the past few years. MJ Rosenberg is referring to any attack on Iran’s nuclear sites as the “AIPAC war”.

Having sat through the plenary sessions at AIPAC, I can tell you that not one speaker called for immediate strikes against Iran. Not one speaker suggested that Israel attack before waiting to see if sanctions work. The discussion was and will continue to be about avoiding war with Iran, not about entering war with Iran. The path to avoiding war requires that Iran stop its nuclear weapons program.

There was at AIPAC and continues to be much discussion about the potential fallout of an Israeli attack on Iran’s nuclear sites. Iran would lash out. Everyone seems to agree that Iran would retaliate heavily against Israeli and potentially American targets both directly and through its proxies. Many people might well be killed. The price of any attack would be steep. That is certain.

There is no desire for war with Iran. The consequences of any military action against Iran could well be severe for the Israelis. The consequences of Iran possessing a nuclear weapon are beyond severe. The Israelis are not warmongering, not selling war; they are instead peace-mongering, finding a way to broker peace. The question is whether or not peace can be sold. Iran is the consumer. Will it buy peace instead of war?

About the Author
Rabbi David Kaufman is the Rabbi of Temple B'nai Jeshurun in Des Moines, Iowa, a congregation affiliated with the Union for Reform Judaism. He is also the President and Co-Founder of We Are For Israel, the home of "Centrist Advocates for Realistic Peace" and created the news site about the crisis in the Nuba Mountains, Rabbi Kaufman maintains an informational blog on which he posts sermons and other materials related to Jewish practice and belief at