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Monday, January 26, 2004

Banagor takes on antisemitism in the Democratic Party

"This must stop."
First, these people hate Bush because he lost the popular vote...

Second, they constantly point to the fact that the Bush family had once dealt with the Nazis as war profiteers...

Third, it is with great amazement that I see the Democratic party latch on to these conspiracy theorists where, only ten years ago, they were deemed absolutely insane...

The word "Cabal" comes up often enough. "Neo-Zionist/Neo-Conservative", being a way to subtly suggest the same thing, but the meaning is plain: Conservative, money-hungry, Jews have taken over the White House and Bush is their slave, or master - depending on which theory you believe. These theories, once whispered in the wilds of militia groups in the wilds of Montana, now are openly spouted online by most Democratic groups. The very word "Cabal", being anti-Semitic in origin, appears to bother these people not at all. It is stated as fact. Some even allude to the Arab conspiracy which explains the attacks away as the work of Israel, the Mossad, and Jews in general. They still spout off the wild story about how four thousand Jews were emailed the night before not to show up for work by Israeli secret agents, and that not a single Jew was killed on that day...

All these things, all these words and theories, emanate from certain places which point the finger in only one direction: the eternal bogeyman known as "the Jew". The vocabulary is unchanged; only the events surrounding the new theory changes to fit the same old stereotype.

And this is a problem: it is absolutely anti-Semitic tripe... I am deeply ashamed that the core of the Democratic party now supports some of these theories as fact, or even discusses them seriously. Where once they would have given no heed to any such wild accusations, they now ponder them and try to "help" to seek out the "truth" behind these stories...

This must stop. It must end now because if it doesn't, more and more people will start to believe it. Democrats and Republicans alike must put aside those stupid differences and come out together and decry it for what it truly is: insanity; lies; anti-Semitism. Howard Dean, Kucinich, and others must stand together and denounce it openly.

Read it all.
In this time, there are too few who will stand up and speak against the fear and lies which proliferate like some cosmic disease. It's never too late to have courage. Kol hakavod -all honor and respect- to you, Banagor. And... could we clone you?

See also Did Hitlerism die with Hitler? He meant what he said by Omer Bartov in the New Republic. This is a MUST-READ; he says the same damn thing as Banagor, though in different fashion:
... the most explicit and frightening link between Hitler's anti-Semitism and the contemporary wave of violence, hatred, paranoia, and conspiracy theories can be found, first, in the testimony given by the perpetrators of the September 11 terrorist attacks, and, second, in the official charter of the Palestinian Hamas movement.
Omer Bartov is professor of history at Brown University and the author, most recently, of Germany's War and the Holocaust: Disputed Histories (Cornell University Press).