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March 11, 2003

Moran Said Jews Are Pushing War

In case you missed this story onTV last evening, The Washington Post writes it up. According to today's papers, there is a growing tide of American support for a war with Iraq, so to call in ignorance a Jewish cabal or lobby group behind a war is simply stupid (if one is to be kind) or viscious hatred. It is after all Israel that is the one country likely to get hit by Saddam should America attack, and though it is advantageous to knock off the dictator of Iraq who funds families of suicide bombers, the American government has declared a war on terror so that the energies of the country are not directed and controlled by "a Jewish group." Not to be overlooked: this dumb speech was given in a church
Jewish organizations condemned Rep. James P. Moran Jr. (D-Va.) yesterday for delivering what they said were anti-Semitic remarks at an antiwar forum in Reston, where he suggested that American Jews are responsible for pushing the country to war with Iraq and that Jewish leaders could prevent war if they wanted to.

At the forum, attended by about 120 people at St. Anne's Episcopal Church on March 3, Moran discussed why he thought antiwar sentiment was not more effective in the United States.

"If it were not for the strong support of the Jewish community for this war with Iraq, we would not be doing this," Moran said in comments first reported by the Reston Connection and not disputed by Moran. "The leaders of the Jewish community are influential enough that they could change the direction of where this is going, and I think they should."

Moran, a seven-term incumbent representing Alexandria, Arlington County and part of Fairfax County, yesterday apologized in a statement, saying, "I made some insensitive remarks that I deeply regret
Ok. He apologized and made some remarks he is sorry he made. He is an asshole. I am now sorry I made this remark. [more]