Radical Anti-Israel Advocate Appointed to Genocide Prevention Board

Arnold Ahlert is a former NY Post op-ed columnist currently contributing to JewishWorldReview.com, HumanEvents.com and CanadaFreePress.com. He may be reached at atahlert@comcast.net.


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Last August, president Obama created an Atrocities Prevention Board. “Preventing mass atrocities and genocide is a core national security interest and a core moral responsibility of the United States of America,” stated a presidential directive. He appointed Samantha Power, Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Multilateral Affairs and Human Rights, as chair. Ms. Power won a Pulitzer Prize for her book, “A Problem from Hell: America and the Age of Genocide.” That’s the good news. The bad news? Ms. Power is a leftist dedicated to moral equivalence with respect to the Middle East peace process: in 2002, she called for U.S. invasion of Israel and an American-imposed two state solution to the ongoing impasse between Israel and the Palestinians.

Harry Kreisler, director of the Institute for International Studies at the University of California, Berkeley asked Ms. Power to respond to a “thought experiment” about what she would do with respect to the Palestine-Israel problem, if one party appeared to be moving “toward genocide.” Power’s answer was extremely troubling:

What we need is an actual willingness to put something on the line in service of helping the situation. And putting something on the line might mean alienating a domestic constituency of tremendous political and financial import. It may more crucially mean sacrificing, or investing I think, more than sacrificing, literally billions of dollars not in servicing Israel’s military, but actually investing in the new state of Palestine. In investing billions of dollars, it would probably take also to support what I think will have to be a mammoth protection force, not of the old Sebrenica kind or Rwanda kind, but a meaningful military presence, because it seems to me…you have to go in as if you’re serious, you have to put something on the line and, unfortunately imposition of a solution on unwilling parties is dreadful, I mean it’s a terrible thing to do, it’s fundamentally undemocratic. But…it’s essential that some set of principles becomes the benchmark, rather than a deference to people who are fundamentally, politically destined to destroy the lives of their own people.

Ms. Power has subsequently denied she has any animus for Israel, claiming she had “erred significantly in offering hypothetical comments that did not reflect how she felt.” She further claimed that opponents of the president had taken her comments out of context in order to promote her as anti-Israel. Yet she avoids the most damnable aspect of the above quote, which is the pernicious notion that both Arabs and Jews are “fundamentally destined” to be self-destructive to the point of national suicide.

In other words, aggression and self-defense become interchangeable terms. Those who strap on explosive vests and detonate them among innocent civilians are the same as those who are trying to stop such slaughter. Those who destroy missile launchers aimed at civilian centers are no better than those who launch the missiles themselves. Those who would willingly annihilate the Jewish State are no different than those who would prevent it from happening.

In fairness, if such reasoning were an isolated case, one might be tempted to buy into Ms. Power’s assertion the above interview does not reflect her true sentiments. But it is not. In a 2004 review of a book by radical leftist Noam Chomsky, Power put Israel in the same category as Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Pakistan, Russia, and Uzbekistan when she referred to the “sins of our allies in the war on terror.” A book published in 2003, “Ethnic Violence and Justice,” contains a quote by Power directed at New York Times reporter David Rohde, who covered the second intifada. “I have a question for David about working for the New York Times,” said Power. “I was struck by a headline that accompanied a news story on the publication of the Human Rights Watch report. The headline was, I believe: ‘Human Rights Report Finds Massacre Did Not Occur in Jenin.’ The second paragraph said, ‘Oh, but lots of war crimes did.’ Why wouldn’t they make the war crimes the headline and the non-massacre the second paragraph?”

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  • Ken

    Anti-Semites abound in this administration!!

  • Anamah

    A despicable prospect to hear again that woman talking about to create a mammoth force to protect Palestine from genocidal Israel… Only the Audacity of Hope can be your presentation card for this incredible nonsense. This show a new obsessive step of Soros- Obama anti Israeli hate, so antisemitic as always. What is wrong with this people unable to improve knowledge over their prejudices. Hands off Israel Samantha! The world is watching you and is not going to allow you to fabricate your Middle East genocide by design.

  • hammar

    islam is the phony faith of death…it will never be at peace with Israel or any other country that doesn't proclaim mohammed the phony prophet of islam. They will never live in peace…even in America. Wake up people ..your life
    and country and faith…even if its leftism… is at stake.

  • oldtimer

    Just how many of these Czars and so-called advocates are we the taxpayers supporting? How much $$$ is going to this government within our government?
    Islam, Sharia law, honor killings are against women.(plus other atrocities), how could any women in her right mind support such a religion, I just answered my own question, she isn't in her right mind.

  • StephenD

    Just make sure you vote on Novemeber 6th. Clean out the White House!!

  • Hank Rearden

    What is missing from the "thoughts" of this appalling woman is that Israel is guided by and restrained by Jewish morality. THAT is why the Palestinians have not been wiped out long since. Imagine, for instance, if Russia had won the 6-day war. Do you think that the losers would be a thorn in their side 40+ years on? Or if the Chinese had won that war. Or if the roles were reversed and the Arabs had won that war.

    Although I know it would invite international ridicule, I still think that Israel is making a mistake by not openly claiming that it is guided and restrained by Jewish morality. After the laughter died down, after the snide remarks by Maureen Down had dried on the page, after Gunter Grass had written another poem, what would be left? The fact that it is true! Israel has a citizen army. After a war, its soldiers go back to their families,their parents, their wives, their children. They go back to a society whose moral principles are the foundation of Western civilization.

    Why not say so? The feminists were right about at least one thing: if something is not acknowledged, then it doesn't exist.

  • Dispozadaburka

    She went to the Kennedy School.

    What do you expect?

  • flyingtiger

    This reminds me of a story that reflects how nations view matters. When WW II broke out, there was a meeting of the irish government. They decided that the country would be neutral. Then one person asks, "Who are we neutral against?"
    If foreign policy, you have to make a choice.. Since September 11, 2001, I have to admit that I could not care less if some moslems are massacred somewhere. That is the world we live in.
    You just know ms powers would not consider the mass killings of jew and christains to be genocide.

    • Chiggles

      Funny you should bring that up, since Samantha Power is from Ireland.

  • SoCalMike

    Jew-hating Obama appoints Jew-hating Samantha Powers.
    No surprise here. They are 2 very ugly people.

  • BS77

    There is genocide going on right now in Sudan, Syria….starvation, squalor and death in Somalia, and constant terror and death in Afghanistan, Iraq and Egypt…but these idiotic committees do nothing, say nothing and stop none of the atrocities….they are just paper pushers and talking heads on TV.

  • WilliamJamesWard

    Judge Obama by his detestable actions, appointing people who would fit nicely in and SS uniform
    to one of his phony human rights humbugs shows his contempt for not only Jews but America and
    all people of good will. He is the ultimate false person and acts with evil intent, see him through
    who he has empowered and what they would and can do. Before he can create any more destruction
    and turn our world into a litteral battlefield he must be removed from the Presidency where he
    disgraces every American that ever lived and gave for righteous freedom, appointments like this
    one of Samantha Powers literally spits in our face while undermining all we hold of value……William

  • Ghostwriter

    I'm wondering something. Did Samantha Power and Schlockmotion or any of the usual Jew hating swill which pop up on this site ever date? It sound like these people have similar views about Israel.

    • Obama Fodder

      Those psychopaths are not even capable of love or passion.

  • downtown dave

    Happy Birthday, Israel. Praise God for the fulfillment of His promises to bring His people home and to make you a nation in a day. http://483years.blogspot.com/

  • Schlomotion

    AIPAC is not too big to fail. I am always amused when someone speaks candidly about how we really think about Israel, that Israel and Palestine are two equally sized, equally obnoxious pests that are supposed to be hammering out a peace deal, but BOTH want to keep sabotaging it until the end of time. It is unremarkable the vast quantity of people, myself included who think we should just go hammer on both of their heads, smash up all their stuff and evenly distribute the pieces between them. Jews freak out when Americans talk about Israel the way Israel talks about Palestine, or Iran. They know deep down that we think that way, and still, they chip away at opportunities, at patience, and at time, knowing instinctively that one poke will be too far and either someone will end up shoving peace up their rear ends really hard, or simply do an end run around their Lobby and leave them in the dust.

    • truebearing

      "I am always amused when someone speaks candidly about how we really think about Israel, that Israel and Palestine are two equally sized, equally obnoxious pests that are supposed to be hammering out a peace deal, but BOTH want to keep sabotaging it until the end of time."

      Who is "we"? You mean depraved leftists, of course. No one else thinks that way, except the Nazis.

      Apparently you aren't bright enough to comprehend the entire article or understand that moronic Leftist equivalencies don't survive the scrutiny of logic. israel defending itself isn't remotely equivalent to firing rockets at civilians from Gaza, but I guess that is too complicated for your meager intellectual facility.

      Maybe someone can hammer your head until you understand simple logic. I'll refrain from countering your moronic theories on imposing peace. You don't merit the time I have already wasted.

      • Schlomotion

        You presume that "rightists" are all Christian Zionists. There is nothing inherent in right wing politics that says Israel is a sacred cow. You are one of those people that uses the term "leftist" to mean someone who is "bad for the Jews" though. Your repeated reference to intellect and logic marks you as a university system parasite. By intellect and logic you mean cheap sophistical discourse a la religious evangelism. Very Campus Crusade of you. Very 1990s.

        • reader

          You're not a "rightist," troll. You've left too many alinskyite spots on this board to infer that. Get lost already.

          • Schlomotion

            Where would you be if someone only slightly more intelligent than yourself hadn't written the word "alinskyite" somewhere?

          • reader

            The question is where would you be? I don't live by his rules, you do.

          • Schlomotion

            Oh yeah? What are Saul Alinsky's rules? I never studied them.

          • reader

            You never studied anything at all then. Just do what you're said by your senior comrades.

          • Schlomotion

            You're ready for the HUAC now.

          • reader

            This is so lame, you're way over your head even for a troll, troll.

  • Fred

    Of course Barry (our ILLEGAL PRESIDENT) will have a radical like Power to advise him just like he had the Jew and white hating "Rev" Wright advise him. And Jews voted for this freak.

    • Schlomotion

      The President is only "illegal" according to the ravings of that lunatic, Orly Taitz.

  • http://cybergatis.blogspot.com cybergatis

    She pretends to be a human rights activist but yet she orders invasion under the cover of " demending human rights"..

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  • The Truth

    Samantha Power is a very dangerous radical leftist. She and her leftist husband, Cass Sunstein, have been pawns for George Soros and the NWO for many years.

    Please do some research on both Powers and Sunstein….you will find that these two “Warrior’s For The Left” are 1960′s Radical Extremists, bent on destroying our Constitution and American way of life.