Are the McCain-Palin Rallies Putting Obama’s Life in Greater Danger Than It Already Is? An Israeli Observer of American Politics Offers a Disturbing Parallel Between This Election and The Election of Yitzhak Rabin

An Israeli reader of Andrew Sullivan’s blog thinks the overheated atmosphere surrounding McCain-Palin rallies (with some individuals in the crowd yelling out “kill him!” and shouting that Obama is a “traitor” and “terrorist”) is disturbingly reminiscent of the period before an assassin took Yitzhak Rabin’s life:

Your post on “The Danger of Obama” immediately brought to mind what happened here in Israel in the period leading up to Yitzhak Rabin’s assassination.  Even allowing for the differences in political culture between the two countries, some of the sounds we’re hearing in the public debate around the election have a haunting echo.  Here no one would have thought it possible that an Israeli Jew would take the life of a high official.  There’s little doubt that the crescendo of demonization toward Rabin – including accusations of treason, flyers picturing Rabin as an SS officer – and the difficulty, in a society guaranteeing free speech, of ‘civilizing’ the public debate before it creates a fertile bed for actual violence, all helped create the context in which Rabin’s murderer decided to take matters into his own hands.

I’d like to see which Republicans will denounce this turn towards demonization.  And if there are no takers – maybe Joe Lieberman?

And how about Sarah Palin toning this thing down?

Isn’t she supposed to be a Christian?

The way that McCain-Palin are stoking the fires of demonization against Obama is callous and reckless.

They are practically inviting a Bobby Kennedy-style tragedy for their own political ends.

About Santi Tafarella

I teach writing and literature at Antelope Valley College in California.
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