If you are concerned about peace in the middle east and seek security for Israel when the entire neighborhood is in turmoil, if you want to avoid a needless war with Iran, (a war which we will not win), and if you are looking for someone with great negotiating skills and experience in understanding the needs and point of view of the other, someone with knowledge of the region and its history, someone known for diplomacy, then, where do you turn?
Of course, you call on professional football players. Who better to understand what it is like to be ordinary people trying to survive in an oppressive situation than those who grew up and continue to live in what the news media calls a “culture of entitlement?”
That’s why Robert Kraft, ultra Zionist, and owner of the New England Patriots led a delegation of 20 former National Football League players to
where they met with Benjamin Netanyahu. The Prime Minister wanted an
opportunity to explain to them why Obama’s effort to avoid a war with Iran is a dumb
move. It’s not that Netanyahu himself seeks a war with Iran where
Israel would have to pay the price in lives and money, he is clear in
proclaiming that he wants the United States to go to war with Iran. So, he
chose the bright minds of the NFL to make his case. He put it in terms that
even they could understand. Call it football diplomacy.
“I lead my life according to the four F’s – at least phonetically,” Kraft is often reported as having said; “family, faith, football and philanthropy. This trip has connected all those dots for me.”
Some one needs to ask, which of these “dots” includes the right of Jews to steal land from Palestinians, kidnap and imprison their children, take their water, blow up their homes and lock them up behind cement barrows and barbed wire fences? Which of his four F’s justifies the past and on-going war crimes committed by
Israel every day?
Kraft also chooses to live by a few other “F” words, such as the word foolish, or even fantasy. Or what about fiction? It’s make believe to think that a team of football players could have a better grasp of how to deal with
Iran than President
Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry.
Mr. Kraft needs another “F" word to connect his dots. It’s the word fairness.
Football is an entertaining game, but when it gets involved in foreign affairs, which causes so much pain to so many people, it is no longer amusing. Mr. Kraft should stick to something he knows something about for when he gets into defending
Israel, he has
fumbled and somebody needs to blow the whistle on him.
When I read that wealthy professional football players are recruited to influence
US policy in
the Middle East, the best “F” word to describe
me is flabbergasted with an equal measure of fear.
William Sloane Coffin said it well. “If what you think is right causes some one else to suffer, there is something wrong with what you think is right.”
July 13, 2015