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Marginalizing Buchanan

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“Instead, then, of trying to distance himself from the anti-Semitic associations of the old America First movement, Buchanan moved with all due deliberation in the opposite direction, and kept right on moving for the next ten years. By the time the Bush Doctrine was enunciated, the whiff of anti-Semitism emitted by his writings had become so strong that they helped to discredit the isolationist ideas that might otherwise have gained him an audience beyond the small cadre of his paleoconservative followers. An American success in Iraq—which he called the main “laboratory and proving ground” of the neoconservative foreign policy Bush had “imposed on Ronald Reagan’s party”—threatened to marginalize him even further. On the other hand, if Buchanan’s ideas about the American role in the world were to be vindicated by a failure in Iraq, their anti-Semitic emanations might no longer be so great an obstacle to the expansion of his influence. For anti-Semitism disguised as anti-Zionism (and often not bothering to disguise itself at all) had been making a strong comeback after being banished from respectable society since 1945, when knowledge of the Holocaust had revealed where this most ancient of bigotries could end if permitted to go unchecked.”

 

Excerpt From: Podhoretz, Norman. “World War IV.” Doubleday, 2007-09-11. iBooks.

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Buchanan was quickly marginalized by the right for his anti-Semitic tilt.  The left was far more tolerant of more odious comments from Noam Chomsky and others.

 

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Avoiding The Truth in Israel

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From Sultan Knish Daniel Greenfield, How To Write About Israel:

Avoid mentioning all the mansions that you pass on the way to interviewing some Palestinian Authority or Hamas bigwig. When visiting a terrorist prisoner in an Israeli jail, be sure to call him a militant, somewhere in the fifth paragraph, but do not mention the sheer amount of food in the prison, especially if he is on a hunger strike. If you happen to notice that the prisoners live better than most Israelis, that is something you will not refer to. Instead describe them as passionate and embittered. Never ask them how many children they killed or how much they make a month. Ask them what they think the prospects for peace are. Nod knowingly when they say that it’s up to Israel.

Weigh every story one way. Depersonalize Israelis, personalize Muslims. One is a statistic, the other a precious snowflake. A Muslim terrorist attack is always in retaliation for something, but an Israeli attack is rarely a retaliation for anything. When Israeli planes bomb a terrorist hideout, suggest that this latest action only feeds the “Cycle of Violence” and quote some official who urges Israel to return to peace negotiations– whether or not there actually are any negotiations to return to.

Don’t dig into the relationships between Arab clans, the depth of nepotism within the Palestinian Authority or the lack of elections. Don’t discuss Israeli poverty except when your NGO friends ask you to write about their work. Don’t mention the epidemic of car thefts or land seizures. Don’t try to understand what all the different religious subgroups are really all about. You were sent here to tell a simple story and your job is to tell that story.

Then go home.

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Another excellent post from Daniel Greenfield.  I strongly encourage you to read the entire link.  He has become one of my favorite blog reads.

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The Convenient Dead

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From Daniel Greenfield at The Sultan Knish, Are All Dead Children Created Equal?

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If they genuinely cared about children, they would be at least as outraged, moved and pained by the death of a child at the hands of Saddam Hussein, as they were by ISIS terrorists dying at the hands of American and British soldiers. Instead dead Iraqi children inspired apathy and dead Al Qaeda outrage.

If it was the children that they cared about, then the death of an Israeli child or a Muslim child at the hands of Hamas would matter as much to them as the ones on the bloody placards they now brandish.

But they don’t and they never did.

Muslim children being killed in clan feuds between huge families whose local branches claim to be the leaders of the Palestinian people even as they fight with equal ferocity for control over Syria and Iraq is not a subject that any of the placard wavers are interested in. Open that door a crack and their whole self-righteous campaign collapses into incoherent bleating as they struggle to justify the primacy of one terrorist group over another based on the claims of descent from Mohammed by its leading clans.

There are stories that are simply not told.

That is the same attitude that the placard wavers have toward the children of Gaza, of Iraq and of countless other places. They use them to wage war in the name of peace when they come in handy.

And when they die of Hamas rockets and clan feuds, when they are killed by ISIS and the entire murderous alphabet soup of Islamic terrorism, they drop them like yesterday’s garbage.

For Hamas and its supporters screaming “Free Gaza” at the top of their lungs, children, dead or alive, are just another propaganda weapon in the arsenal of terrorist theocracy.

 

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The New Willing Executioners

Hitler’s Willing Executioners was a book written in 1996 by Daniel Goldhagen about how the German and European culture paved the way for the common German citizen soldiers to willingly participate in the greatest mass murder in history.  In Constantine’s Sword (2002) author James Carroll traced the history of European anti-Semitism.  The killing fields of the Holocaust were fertilized for over a thousand years by a culture led by the church which demonized the Jews as Christ killers and with the blood libel of killing Christian children to use their blood to make matzohs.

Anti-Semitism morphed with each new social development, from the Reformation to the Enlightenment to the modern era. Like a virus adapting to a new environment each change made it stronger.

The oldest hatred did not die with Hitler.  It was exported to the Middle East, initially by some of the very same perpetrators, and developed into a strain of violent anti-Semitism that would have made the Hitler Youth blush.  This new strain was then exported back to Europe where we see displays today that are reminiscent of the violent hatred that immediately preceded the final solution.

Ordinary people facilitated the final solution and cooperated with the murderers because they had been given moral clearance from the institutions and leaders beforehand.  Words had consequences and the demonization of the Jews had legitimacy because the pulpits of Europe, intellectual leaders, and other public officials supported the defamatory myths that paved the road to this destruction.

The divestment boycott by the Presbyterian Church (USA) and others, the demonization of Israel’s defense as genocide by Hollywood celebrities such as Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz, the protests against Israel on our college campuses, and much of the media as they promote their intellectually empty, morally corrupt and sinister cesspool of moral equivalence, are as complicit in the current war on the Jews as they were when they ignored the screams from the trains headed to the death camps in Europe, and when they ignored the smell from the smokestacks within their site.

Bardem and Cruz’s accusation of Israeli genocide in Gaza is as destructive and as insulting as previous demonizations of Jews.  Genocides involve a sudden and significant destructive reduction in ethnic populations.  Palestinian populations have continued to grow since Israel’s statehood.  Jews know what genocide is.  Bardem and Cruz do not have to be concerned with truth or reality.  That is not how they make their living.

Where was their outrage when the Syrians killed 150,000 fellow Muslims, or when Hamas killed fellow Palestinians?  Does any death other than at the hand of Israel justify such outrage?

Rarely is the morality of a conflict as clear as this one.  Gaza had the opportunity to build a nation and they squandered the opportunity in a wasted effort to destroy one instead.  When a society defines itself by those they hate, they always lose: even if they succeed in the destruction of their victims they are left with no other purpose and will likely just turn on each other.

When mothers cheer the martyrdom of their children their society is so poisoned that there are few outcomes other than death.  This did not happen in secrecy.  This has been promoted in Mosques and Arab media for a generation.  Where did those leaders and other world leaders think this nihilism would lead? What we tolerate we teach.

The only difference between this war on the Jews and the one before is they now have a state and the means to defend themselves from an existential crisis.  There can be no clearer statement of the importance of the existence and survival of the State of Israel.

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Ignoring the Smell

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Rarely is a conflict been as morally clear as the current Gaza campaign.

The history is clear and indisputable. Israel left Gaza, painfully uprooting committed settlers.  Thriving greenhouses were left for the Palestinians to have a productive enterprise.  The new owners preferred the destruction of millions of dollars of productive greenhouses to taking even a gift from the Jews.

In no time the Gaza Palestinians through their elected representatives, Hamas, began its attack launching thousands of missiles at civilian populations, and violating every Geneva convention by hiding arms and missiles near schools, hospitals, and civilian centers.

Jimmy Carter certified the election of Hamas and George Soros encouraged us to have relations with them.

The history is clear, yet Europe erupts in violent anti-Israel protests that only demonstrates that their holy rotten core still survived the holocaust.  If there was a shred of dignity left on the continent these attacks would have been crushed by police immediately.

The UN still disproportionately cites Israel for human rights violations. The Presbyterian Church (USA) voted to divest themselves of Israel as have several universities.  Biased coverage from much of the media is equally culpable.

It is a tearful comedy to watch the inmates of the liberal asylum side with the most illiberal entity on earth- one with no tolerance for gays or women’s rights or any semblance of religious freedom, free press, due process  or political choice.

To all of you who have boycotted Israel, or created your intellectually empty, morally corrupt and sinister cesspool of moral equivalence, you are as complicit in the current war on the Jews as you were when you ignored the screams from the trains headed to the death camps in Europe, and when you ignored the smell from the smokestacks within your site.

You have lent credibility and credence to those who are attacking synagogues and Jews in Paris and New York. You have no shame or credibility in this conflict.

I hope Netanyahu ignores these critics, completes his mission, with no Hamas weapons remianing , all tunnels destroyed , and Hamas completely destroyed.

There is no compromise or peace with such an evil.