Anthony Weiner brought it all on himself
By Ray Hanania — Congressman Anthony Weiner brought his demise all on himself. No one celebrates in someone’s fall, except him. Weiner was one of the most vicious, outspoken and hollier-than-thou member of the U.S. Congress who attacked other members of Congress without compassion or magnanimity.
So why should he get any himself?
If this scandal involved any other member of Congress, the truth is Weiner would be making the most vicious, hateful and personal attacks against his colleague, demanding not only that he resign but that he be prosecuted.
That’s how Weiner is. What goes around, comes around and it came around hard for Weiner.
Weiner destroyed himself, and few can say it was not something that is undeserved.
His hypocrisy on moral an ethical issues are notorious. He has been a loudmouthed foe of peace in the Middle East, solidly backing Israel’s rightwing governments but going even further to destroy the leadership of the Palestinians, attacking the moderates as not being moderate enough, and even arguing that Palestinians do not exist and should not have a state.
His speeches to the far-rightwing pro-Israel groups have been among the most incendiary. Given his vicious hatred of Arabs, most of whom are Muslim, it is hard to believe that his wife, Huma Abedin, who is a Muslim, would even marry him.
Love is blind, but it is not unprincipled. Weiner’s hatred could never be covered up. And it can’t be excused away as simply bad politics.
My wife and I come from different sides, too. She’s Jewish. I’m Palestinian. But we could never have come together if I was a Jew-hater, as are many of the small but vocal extremists in the pro-Palestinian movement. My wife recognizes the tragedy and suffering of the Palestinians and I recognize the need for compromise, a rejection of violence and the creation of two sovereign states. We both embrace those fundamental principles.
The question is, what does Huma Abedin Weiner believe, a Muslim whose parents are Indian and Pakistani.
There is a clear divide between non-Arab Muslims and Arab Muslims, one that is often exploited by the rightwing pro-Israel movement. They seek out “interfaith” relations with Muslims, as long as those Muslims are non-Arab and especially not Palestinians. There are very few interfaith groups where Jews and Muslims come together that are dominated by Arab Muslims. While the inner spirit of the peace and love that is the foundation of the Islamic religion drives its members and faithful to seek compassion even for their foes, the strategy to seek out interfaith relations with non-Arab Muslims has damaged the righteous cause of the Palestinians, but more importantly has undermined the ability of Palestinians and Israelis to achieve peace.
Weiner would be the first to stand up and denounce those who express sympathy for someone who has acted so irresponsibly as he has. He would be the first to call for their resignation from office. He would be the first to attack the odd-couple relationship that brings his rightwing anti-Arab and anti-Muslim views together with a Muslim. And he would be the first to stand up and exploit the tragedy for his own political benefit and the benefit of the anti-peace efforts in the Middle East that he supports.
Weiner’s anticipated resignation could bring to a close this sordid scandal, a scandal in which the Congressman sexually preyed on women using his Twitter account, sending them explicitly sexual images of himself, and then denying it so ferociously he convinced so many that maybe his account was hacked.
But the facts were so obvious to those who could see past his vicious political behavior on the floor of the U.S. Congress.
Good riddance to this arsonist against peace, and hypocrite to morality.
He’s only fortunate that he escaped federal prosecution, so far, for having lied and called for a federal investigation of his phony claims that his Twitter account was hacked. Had they investigated and he had perjured himself, as he would have had to if he testified in the probe that never happened, he would be facing criminal prosecution.
He should consider himself so lucky that it did not go that far.
(Ray Hanania is an award winning columnist and media consultant. He can be reached at www.hanania.com.)
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Hanania covered Chicago Politics and Chicago City Hall from 1976 through 1992. Hanania began writing in 1975 when he published The Middle Eastern Voice newspaper in Chicago (1975-1977). He later published “The National Arab American Times” newspaper which was distributed through 12,500 Middle East food stores in 48 American States (2004-2007).
Hanania writes weekly columns on Middle East and American Arab issues for the Arab News in Saudi Arabia at www.ArabNews.com, and at www.TheArabDailyNews.com, www.TheDailyHookah.com and at SuburbanChicagoland.com. He has also published weekly columns in the Jerusalem Post newspaper, YNetNews.com, Newsday Newspaper in New York, the Orlando Sentinel Newspapers, and the Arlington Heights Daily Herald.
Palestinian, American Arab and Christian, Hanania’s parents originate from Jerusalem and Bethlehem.
Hanania is the recipient of four (4) Chicago Headline Club “Peter Lisagor Awards” for Column writing. In November 2006, he was named “Best Ethnic American Columnist” by the New American Media. In 2009, Hanania received the prestigious Sigma Delta Chi Award for Writing from the Society of Professional Journalists. He is the recipient of the MT Mehdi Courage in Journalism Award. He was honored for his writing skills with two (2) Chicago Stick-o-Type awards from the Chicago Newspaper Guild. In 1990, Hanania was nominated by the Chicago Sun-Times editors for a Pulitzer Prize for his four-part series on the Palestinian Intifada.
His writings have also been honored by two national Awards from ADC for his writing, and from the National Arab American Journalists Association.
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