Once again vast sums of money are being spent on a war, this time a hot one and getting hotter. Once again parties with a vested interest are out to smear and destroy anyone who dares ask if the wars are worth the sacrifice of our young people (not to mention the money), indeed if there really is any point at all to the wars aside from justifying the flow of money to defense contractors.
But the Soviet Union has gone out of business. The word "communist" doesn't carry the same psychological impact it used to, so the war hawk smear squad has come up with a new one, "Anti-Semite." Like "Communist", "Anti-Semite" is used to ruin the lives of people who have not actually done anything wrong other than to challenge the war profiteers. It is a new word for an old trick, and I am amazed that they are still playing the same old game, but I guess the FBI can always find some dumb-assed idiot to fall for it and do their dirty work of wrecking a career for them.
A lot of people are wagging their fingers at Joan Rivers and Al Franken for their unquestioned support of Israel's attack on Gaza even as Israel finally admits HAMAS had nothing to do with the killing of those three teenagers. Yes, there are some fanatics who believe Israel must be right no matter how wrong they are, but we should cut some slack for people in entertainment who "sin by silence" in these dark times. They have invested a lot of time in building their careers. Many actually become addicted to their fame (which is why you see this flow of stars from cancelled TV shows migrating to the scandal sheets at the supermarkets). A successful career in film and TV, or simply being known for your well-knowness, is not likely cast aside, and as this article points out, there is a new McCarthyism stalking Hollywood, only instead of "communist", the word used to wreck careers is "Anti-Semite!" Film and TV, although no longer the high ground in the war for the minds of Americans, was once dominant, and as such, was a target for political influence of every agenda. Those who went along had good careers. Those who did not were destroyed. That is a fact of life in Hollywood, as the trashing of my own career during the Vincent Foster affair illustrates.