The Economist blog makes an observation:
So now that is out of the way. What is undeniable is that, as if they thought as one, (though I’ll say it again: I do not believe in conspiracies), various Jewish-American groups who have my Economist e-mail have together taken a very strong interest in Iran lately.
Funny, I’m on a couple of Jewish mailing lists myself and things have mostly been quiet with respect to Iran. Are there that many Jewish groups out there?* At any rate it isn’t surprising to see co-interested groups acting together. Evangelicals do it, the right wing noise machine does it with a vengeance. For any grassroots/astroturf group coordinated action is a basic prerequisite for getting noticed. Sure I think that people who attack Iran right now are nuttier than a fruitcake, but at least they are messaging smart.
Why Jewish groups? Well, absent a massive missile upgrade Iran doesn’t threaten the U.S. like it does Israel. Even without attacking her outright a nuclear Iran will force Israel to be much more circumspect about Iran and Iran’s interests. Neighboring countries will give Iran far more leeway, and in general the mideast power center will tilt noticeably towards Persia. The thought of a Sunni-Shia nuclear arms race ought to keep anybody up at night. Nobody particularly wants to see this come to pass, but it seems safe to say that Jewish groups will feel it with particular urgency**.
Of course attacking Iran is a counterproductive move that is unlikely to work. As clear as that seems to me I doubt that Richard Perle and Paul Wolfowitz are the only Jewish hawks who see things differently than I do. As they say, ask two of us and get three opinions.
Anyhow, we all know the drill. Even though the Economist‘s observation is ordinary to the point of banal, cue antisemitism charges in 5, 4, 3, 2…
(*) Quick answer: yes.
(**) What about those evangelical pro-Israel millenarians? I can’t think of anyhting that would please them more than an unstable mideast bristling with nukes. Revelations,here we come.