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Tuesday, June 01, 2004

Jews control the world

"Senator Bigot," a Jerusalem Post editorial
General Anthony Zinni says that George W. Bush and Richard Cheney were "captured" by "neocons" who drove them to war. Vanity Fair titled its longest article ever "Neoconned: The Path to War." And now retiring Senator Ernst Hollings has written that the only explanation for the war in Iraq is "Bush's policy to secure Israel." This is not subtle. It is anti-Semitism in one of its most classic and purest forms. Knowingly or not, it tears a page from the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, once again "revealing" that the Jews control the world. Regardless of where one stands regarding American foreign policy, anti-Semitism must be recognized for what it is and condemned like any form of bigotry.

Hollings now claims that charging him with "anti-Jewish stereotyping or scapegoating is ridiculous." If so, one wonders why he did not mention the much larger number of Jewish advisers and cabinet officials who served in the Clinton White House, or the fact that he himself, though a Democrat, voted for the war in Iraq.

As noxious as it is, however, the fact that bigots like Hollings (a former segregationist, who as late as the 1980's was still talking about "darkies" and "wetbacks") are having trouble containing themselves is instructive. It is of a piece with the general rise in anti-Semitism since 9/11. Has anyone stopped to think why this has happened and what it means?

Continue . . .

While at the Post, read the inimitable Mark Steyn:
Most of the guys I hang out with demand to know why Bush is being such a wimp, why's he kissing up to King Abdullah about a few stray bananas in some jailhouse, why's he being such a pantywaist about not letting our boys fire on mosques, why hasn't he leveled Fallujah.

So, on my anecdotal evidence, folks want Bush to stop pussyfooting around. And, blow me, it turns out it's not that anecdotal. An Opinion Dynamics poll for Fox News last week found Bush and Kerry tied at 42%. Nothing very new there. What was interesting was the answers to the follow-up questions, such as this:

"When you hear about the continuing violent attacks against US troops in Iraq, are you more likely to think the United States should be pulling troops out of Iraq, or that the United States should be using more force to help stop the attacks by Iraqi insurgents?
Pull troops out: 32%

Use more force: 52%
In other words, don't make the mistake of assuming that Bush's poll numbers on Iraq have fallen because people want him to be more multilateralist and accommodating. In that respect, for all the media hawks beating themselves into doves, what's more telling is the one guy moving in the opposite direction.

And take heart from Michael Freund, who has cancelled his subscriptions to Yediot, Maariv and Haaretz because of their "decidedly left-wing agenda, anti-religious bias and outright demonization of certain sectors of the population."