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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Liberal Richard Cohen; Who's in a Cult?

Jack Kemp

In the National Budget battle, Brent Bozell recalls recently that:

Washington Post columnist Richard Cohen got the ball rolling on July 4 by describing the GOP as the "Grand Old Cult" that needs a "mental health professional," and its presidential field was "a virtual political Jonestown."

The GOP needs a "mental health professional?" This is the same Richard Cohen who, in July of 2006, writing in
the Washington Post, stated that his fellow Jews should go back to Europe and abandon Israel. Specifically he stated in words indistinguishable from what Helen Thomas said that:

"...the idea of creating a nation of European Jews in an area of Arab Muslims (and some Christians) has produced
a century of warfare and terrorism of the sort we are seeing now."

This was a famous article that drew criticism from myself in American Thinker on July 19, 2006 and Ralph Peters in the NY Post and others a few days later (they citing a different group of facts).

Cohen's ignorance of the hundreds of thousands of dark skinned Sephardic Jews thrown out of Arab countries in 1948 through 1956 was appalling. As I wrote in that American Thinker article:

"One could also make a case that by Richard Cohen’s ignoring the history of dark skinned Jews from Arab
countries seeking safe haven in Israel, he is practicing a not-so-subtle form of liberal elitist racism against people
who do not look like him. Cohen’s answer to anti-Semitism, moving former European Jews into new affluent ghettos in present day Europe or North America instead of Israel, leaves Jews without any self defense, totally dependent on other people for their safety and national identity."

If all this weren't enough cult like Kool-Aid drinking on the part of Richard Cohen, his daughter was one of the passengers killed in the 1988 Pan Am bombing over Lockerbie, Scotland. and he still chose to write years later that Jews should leave Israel for the "peace and tranquility" of Europe.

If anyone is a member of a "virtual political Jonestown," it is Cohen himself, a pathetic excuse for a liberal and, in my opinion a pathetic excuse for a man. Even the article he wrote in March 2011 about Libya is in an obtuse third person voice where Cohen stated:

"On Dec. 21, 1988, Moammar Gadhafi killed Theodora Cohen. That's one way of putting it. Cohen was one of 259
passengers and crew on Pan Am Flight 103. I remember her for obvious reasons and also because, to paraphrase
the writer Erich Maria Remarque, the death of one woman is a tragedy, the death of millions is a statistic."

Notice that Cohen can't even bring himself to state that this particular Theodora Cohen was his daughter, only
citing "obvious reasons." Obvious to whom? Those inside the Washington Beltway? There are a lot of people in the Jewish community named Cohen. Why should we assume Theodora was his daughter? Maybe he is ashamed to
fully admit it, particularly to a national readership that includes conservatives. This quote of Cohen's most strongly
resembles the writing of someone in a cult who can't come to term with reality. And as for his claim that the
Republicans are a cult, I'd rather be in their balanced budget, strong national defense "cult" than in Richard
Cohen's liberal cult.

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