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Kos, Hezbollah, and Israel

Israel's war reveals a division between the liberal blogosphere and the Democratic party.

12:00 AM, Jul 24, 2006 • By DEAN BARNETT
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THESE DIARIES AND COMMENTS come from the people who power the people-powered movement. It is worth remembering that less than a month ago a Who's Who of elite Democratic politicians trundled off to Las Vegas for the Yearly Kos convention, desperately seeking the community's imprimatur. Among those groveling before the Kossacks were such luminaries as Wesley Clark, Mark Warner and Bill Richardson.

Other prominent Democrats have sought to associate themselves with the Kos community, too. John Kerry and Jimmy Carter have written multiple diaries for the site. Virginia Senate candidate James Webb ran a recurring advertisement on the Daily Kos. Joe Lieberman's Democratic primary opponent, Ned Lamont, has so closely identified himself and his candidacy with the site that he gave Moulitsas a starring role in one of his campaign advertisements.

Yesterday on his website, Lamont issued the following proclamation:

At this critical time in the Middle East, I believe that when Israel's security is threatened, the United States must unambiguously stand with our ally to be sure that it is safe and secure. On this principle, Americans are united . . . All Americans want the kidnapped [Israeli] soldiers to be returned and this cycle of violence to end, based on the principles of U.N. Security Council Resolution 1559 of 2004, which calls for Hezbollah militias to be disbanded and disarmed, with the government of Lebanon taking full control of all of its territory. It is not for the United States to dictate to Israel how it defends itself.

But a glance through the Daily Kos diaries reveals that not all Americans are united on such matters as whether it is "for the United States to dictate to Israel how it defends itself." Indeed, not even all Americans are united on whether or not Israel is a "terrorist state." Some Americans believe that Israel should not exist. And these are the Americans that Lamont and other Democrats have so eagerly embraced.

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