Your Views: Charge of dual loyalty a low blow


To the editor:
The Times June 23 issue featured a letter by James M. Roberts (Horns offensive comments put America on the backburner) in which he criticized an article by former Alexandria resident Sanford D. Horn in an earlier issue. Mr. Horn had expressed his disappointment in President Obamas policies toward Israel, and so Mr. Roberts then accused him of putting the interests of a foreign country ahead of Americas. Mr. Roberts claimed Horn never once presents policies that are good for America. 
The last I checked, Israel was both a democracy and a staunch ally of the United States. American policies that recognize the importance of the U.S.-Israeli relationship and mitigate the dangerous conditions thrust on Israelis by hostile regimes that hate America would seem to be the very definition of good for America.
I have no idea if Mr. Horn is Jewish, but Mr. Roberts letter also raised the ugly specter of dual loyalty, especially with his suggestion that Mr. Horn should register as a foreign agent. Dual loyalty, with the not-so-subtle implication that it is treasonous, is a charge brought on many ethnic groups that have expressed support for their native origins and interests. This is no less true of American or European (see Dreyfus Affair) Jews who have voiced support for other Jews, including those in Israel. To raise it is a shameful punch below the belt.