Thursday, December 30, 2010

If US Really Wants Mideast Peace, Confront anti-Semitism at its Roots

President Barack Obama needs to initiate a national conversation on one of the greatest moral failings of our time -- anti-Semitism. This soul-searching should have happened after World War II.  But it can never be too late to penetrate the veils of self-delusion, that keep us from seeing the role America’s home-grown anti-Semitism played in de-stabilizing the Middle East for more than half a century.        

In June of 1997, President Bill Clinton led the country in a national conversation on race. Critics pooh-poohed the idea at the time. But, there is no doubt in my mind that America's national conversation pushed this nation's deepest racial wounds to conscious awareness.  In so doing, it contributed to the political climate that elected America's first African-American President eleven years later.