Within a 24-hour period, Rep. Alexandra Ocasio Cortez, D-N.Y., “AOC,” once again demonstrated the undeniable and incorrigible double standard she applies to self as opposed to others. She epitomizes the “liberal gone wild” persona of one so blinded by ignorance, she undoubtedly even fails to recognize her blatant hypocrisy.
The recent hostilities erupting between the Israelis and Palestinians after the latter fired more than 150 rockets (now totaling in the thousands) into Israel generated verbal fireworks between AOC and Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga.
AOC had criticized President Joe Biden for saying “Israel has a right to defend itself.” Such criticism basically translates not only into AOC's denying Israel the right of self-defense but also into support for the terrorist group Hamas which launched the attack against Israel. AOC’s anti-Israel/pro-Hamas comment, coupled with her clear support for groups like Black Lives Matter (BLM) and Antifa, triggered Greene to personally confront AOC as the two were leaving the Capitol building.
Green shouted out AOC’s name twice to get her attention but the New York congresswoman only quickened her pace. That did not stop Green from asking her why she supported the violent far-left group Antifa and BLM. Green also accused AOC of failing to defend her “radical socialist” beliefs by not accepting a challenge to debate. In a parting shot, Greene exclaimed, “You don’t care about the American people. Why do you support terrorists and Antifa?”
But here is where part of AOC's abject hypocrisy enters the picture. Obviously upset by Greene’s verbal attack, she immediately exercised her right of self-defense--having just denied it to Israel! Drawing on her wisdom as a bartender before getting elected to Congress and taking the opportunity to incorporate her trademark claim of racism whenever possible, AOC said, “These are the kinds of people that I threw out of bars all the time. For me, this isn’t even about how I feel. It’s that I refuse to allow young women, people of color, people who are standing up for what they believe, to see this kind of intimidation attempts by a person who supports white supremacists in our nation’s Capitol.”
Meanwhile, an equally hypocritical Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif), called for the AOC/Greene confrontation to be investigated--a call made only weeks after Pelosi refused to investigate Rep. Maxine Waters', D-Calif., inciteful remarks calling for violence during the trial of Dexter Chauvin--the white police officer accused, and later convicted, of killing black suspect George Floyd.
AOC’s hypocrisy is further demonstrated by the exaggerated claim she made about suffering a “near death” experience during the January 6th Capitol building riot. While she never even saw a rioter as she was in a different building at the time, she--like the race card she so often plays--sought to play a totally unearned “trauma card.”
Contrast AOC’s near-death non-experience claim with the photograph of an Israeli woman, perhaps a little younger than AOC, hunkered down behind a stone wall, in hysterics as two Israeli men attempt to comfort her while sirens wail, and a blanket of rocket fire explodes overhead. While that is true trauma, AOC’s “experience” was true drama.
Also ignored by AOC is that Israel, unlike Hamas, makes every effort to limit civilian casualties by using loudspeakers, even calling phone numbers, in advance to warn Palestinian civilians an Israeli strike is imminent at certain locations harboring Hamas assets. This is the difference between an Israeli culture that loathes civilian casualties, regardless upon which side of the battlefield they fall, and a Palestinian terrorist culture that cherishes all civilian casualties, even its own, in order to generate international condemnation of Israel.
While Hamas co-locates weaponry among its civilian population, effectively using them as human shields which is a war crime AOC ignores, she and her fellow military law mental midget experts incredulously seek to deny Israel the right of self-defense despite being the victim of an unprovoked initial attack.
Any military conflict involving the Israelis and Palestinian terrorists immediately becomes a contest of laws. For Israel, it is application of the Queensbury Rules; for the terrorists, it is application of the law of the jungle. But not even the Queensbury Rules would deny Israel the right of self-defense. It is abject hypocrisy for AOC to claim otherwise.
Lt. Col. James G. Zumwalt is a retired Marine infantry officer who served in the Vietnam war, the U.S. invasion of Panama and the first Gulf war. He is the author of three books on the Vietnam war, North Korea, and Iran as well as hundreds of op-eds.
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