Others Who WorryI got a call from my wife's uncle (yeah, that makes him my uncle too) after Obama's Cairo speech. He was worried about Israel. My wife's side of the family is Catholic. She converted. Her uncle's call was surprising only because we'd never really discussed politics before. He's a family man who's worked hard all his life and raised his children to do the same. He didn't vote for Obama, but like many of us, the more Obama sets forth policy, the more he worries.
My uncle's mother, my wife's grandmother was Polish. During World War II, her family helped hide Jews from the Nazis. It's something she never talked about until my wife started dating me.
My uncle wanted to be reassured. I didn't have anything reassuring to tell him. I did let him know about my own Israel advocacy and how he can get involved if he really wants to help battle the forces of barbarism. I let him know about CAMERA, Honest Reporting, and MEMRI. There are more useful sites that I didn't mention simply because I didn't want him to become overwhelmed. There are: Myths and Facts, Stand With Us, Debbie Schlussel, and lots of smaller sites. I'm also gathering some SWU material to give to him when I see him at a family gathering next week.
Some people would applaud my uncle's call. I am grateful that he called, because I now know that others are worried about Obama's "reach out to America's enemies with one hand while stabbing America's friends in the back with the other hand" foreign policy stance. I would feel better though if my uncle hadn't had to make that worried call, you know, like if we had a president with knowledge of the situation, the moral fiber to correctly tell good from evil, and the will to battle evil rather than taking the foolish approach of evenhandedly trying to negotiate with it.
I'm going to use this upcoming family gathering not only to give my uncle some good information and advice on fighting for Israel (which is in the best interest of the United States, in addition to the purely moral aspect of this battle) and I'm going to see if I can pique the interest of a few more of my wife's relatives. Knowing them, I bet I can.