Uh Oh! Now Im in trouble. I have been declared an anti-Semite in the tradition of Father Charles Coughlin.Joseph Tobin, senior online editor of Commentary, finds my posts on Israel's influence on U.S. foreign policy and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's lobbying our Congress and our president for a U.S. war on Iran to be smack dab in the tradition of Catholic anti-Semitism going back toI dont know, Paul of Tarsus? His analysis of my comments on dotCommonweal is inaccurate and unfair. I plan to address these in a future post.In the meantime, two points:First, Commentary may be of one mind on most matters, but Commonweal is not. Therefore, my views are my own and not necessarily (or unnecessarily) those of the editors, or Father Coughlin, or Paul of Tarsus.Second, read my current column on Netanyahu's demand for red lines and consider whether support for the sanctions and opposition to bombing Iran is anti-Semitic. Or just opposed to another U.S. war in the Middle East.
Margaret O'Brien Steinfels, a former editor of Commonweal, writes frequently in these pages.