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A Fan Base Lament: "Say it ain't so, Senator"

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren, left, and state Sen. Dan Wolf chat with Andi Genser, executive director of We Can, during a visit to the We Can facility on Wednesday.
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Writing in Intercept, Glenn Greenwald delivered bad news to progressive Democrats under the glaring headline: Elizabeth Warren Finally Speaks on Israel/Gaza, Sounds Like Netanyahu.

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As I reported in an earlier posting, the information on Warren's views on the Israeli invasion of Gaza emerged during a political gathering in Hyannis. Massachusetts.

The report came from C. Ryan Barber, writing for the Cape Cod Times.

At Hyannis, on July 17, Senator Warren (at left above) was asked about her "yes" vote to give Israel supplemental funding. Her response was disheartening to progressives who had just lived through the dark summer days of Israel's Gaza invasion. She put it this way:

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"I think the vote was right, and I'll tell you why I think the vote was right. America has a very special relationship with Israel. Israel lives in a very dangerous part of the world, and a part of the world where there aren't many liberal democracies and democracies that are controlled by the rule of law. And we very much need an ally in that part of the world."

This was how the Massachusetts senator defended an invasion that killed 506 children and every member of 81 extended Palestinian Gaza families, in a brutal one-sided military assault.

Senator Warren is the current darling of U.S. political progressives. In her interview in Hyannis, she made no mention of the atrocities committed by Israel.

Instead, she maintained that Israel's attack on Gaza was the act of a nation that "lives in a very dangerous part of the world, and a part of the world where there aren't many liberal democracies and democracies that are controlled by the rule of law."

These are not the words of a respected academic. They are the words of a liberal Zionist reading from an AIPAC script.

If Senator Warren has, in fact, embraced the liberal Zionist world view that Israel has the right to do what is needed to support its occupation of Palestine, she may rightly be classified as a PEP (Progressive except for Palestine).

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Elizabeth Warren a PEP? To recall a lament from our early 20th century sports culture:

"Say it ain't so, Senator."

When loyal fans discover that a favored one has taken up with the wrong companions, they respond with a common response of betrayal.

In 1920, there occurred a baseball betrayal so deeply felt that it remains with us today in the common memory of baseball aficionados.

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James Wall served as a Contributing Editor of The Christian Century magazine, based in Chicago, Illinois, from 1999 through 2017. From 1972 through 1999, he was editor and publisher of the Christian Century magazine. Many sources have influenced (more...)

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