Thanks for the clarification you wrote in response to my previous entry. Yes, it’s a different story in the southeast. I lived for forty years in central Florida, then moved to Lexington, KY in May 2006. There seems to be quite a bit of sympathy for Israel here in Kentucky, but only a few Jews; much of what my friends know about Judaism comes from me. Did you see my entry from January 26, where I told how it’s hard to find a good bagel here?
I forgot about the Paleo-con factor. Maybe it’s because the leading Paleo-con in Orlando, Charley Reese, retired in July 2001. I hate to think about how he might have interpreted 9/11, had he kept writing columns a few months longer. When I first read him, he was a great defender of Israel, saying the United States could learn a lot from the Israelis. Then something happened, and my first inkling of it came when he wrote a piece in 1989 entitled “Israel must negotiate with the PLO.” From then on it was a steady stream of anti-Semitism, a la Pat Buchanan. To this day I have wondered if the Saudis bought him out, or if an imposter kidnapped/eliminated the real Charley Reese and took his place.
For what it’s worth, I bookmarked your blog for future reference. Have a nice day!