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I know of no other network...concerned with the Middle East that has comparable...power

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Submitted by Quijybo (United States), Jul 5, 2006 at 21:55

This is a very telling statement. What is this cohesion and power? If we take the example of campus watch: honesty, transparency, exposing what people are saying in an open forum. If any of these professors wish to speak, they are free to with the full weight of their professional status and education. But their speech has consequences. They may ***GASP*** have to explain themselves, make sense and defend their ideas in an open forum - the internet. Is that so horrible?

The primary features of this "network of people" is eloquence, honesty and exposing the ideas and positions of one's interlocutor in his own words. This is its power. The pro-Israel (i.e. Jewish) lobby is just simply comprised of more intelligent, ethical, outspoken, focused and competent people who have succeeded by their own merits. This is the source of the one-sidedness of this debate, and no other. This is why there is no "countervailing network". No such network can exist, because those able to create it can see the weakness of its raison d'etre, and desist or defect.

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