As we head into Memorial Day, a day when we should remember the horror and devastation that war inflicts upon both the victors and the defeated, my mind turns to World War II, and the terror, tragedy and ultimate triumph of the Allies over pure evil.
And yet, there seems to be a determined effort by our corporate media, our President, and the American left to minimize or obscure one of the great lessons learned in that war: Anti-Semitism, when allowed to flourish unchallenged, can lead to catastrophe.
Take the recently-foiled terrorist plot against the temple and community center in Riverdale (a temple in which I’ve sung many services, by the way). Riverdale, for those who do not know New York City, is in the Bronx – an area north of Manhattan, with no national monuments or landmarks to be seen. It is a largely Jewish area, and quite wealthy in some parts. Simply put, there could be no other interpretation for the reason behind this planned attack except for anti-Semitism. (It’s not as if they were going after the Brooklyn Bridge.)
And yet, when the attack made it to the 11:00 local news, the lead-in was something like this:
“New York City was the target of a terrorist plot once again…”
New York City was the target? Since when are a temple and community center in Riverdale synonymous with New York City?
This is not just political correctness from the corporate media. It is deliberate obscuring of the truth.
Read the New York Daily News story. It is only six paragraphs down that you read the motivation behind the bombing attempt:
“They wanted to make a statement,” a law enforcement source said. “They were filled with rage and wanted to take it out on what they considered the source of all problems in America – the Jews.”
The group’s alleged ringleader, James Cromitie, according to the complaint, discussed targets with an undercover agent. “The best target [the World Trade Center] was hit already,” he allegedly told the agent. Later, he rejoiced in a terrorist attack on a synagogue.
“I hate those motherf—–s, those f—ing Jewish bastards. . . . I would like to get [destroy] a synagogue.”
Nowhere in this article is the word anti-semitism used. In fact, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Senator Chuck Schumer, who are both Jewish, emphasized the terrorism aspect of this attempted crime, and never once mentioned the ringleader’s hatred of Jews as a motivational factor.
What is going on here?
I know this is a very small thing, but in conjunction with so many other stories, and the disturbing memes I’ve seen both coming from the President and filtering through the left blogosphere, I am becoming more and more worried about the rise of a new anti-Semitism: Political correctness.
Political correctness means that you can’t ever mention the Holocaust in conjunction with Israel, even though the fact that 6 million Jews were killed in the Holocaust was certainly one reason that the United Nations finally agreed to grant the Jewish people a home of our own, a place where we could defend ourselves in the future.
Political correctness means that our President feels he can wait till the end of the year to deal with the possibility of Iran being able to produce a nuclear bomb, even though its President, a man whom I fondly refer to as Achmadinnerjacket, is a known Holocaust denier and anti-Semite extraordinaire, who has called for the destruction of Israel.
Political correctness means that President OBushMa feels it is appropriate to continue a Bush deal to sell nuclear power and expertise to the United Arab Emirates, yet expects Israel to join the Nuclear Proliferation Treaty and get rid of its (alleged) nukes.
Political correctness means that Holocaust denial exists at all. Can you imagine anyone practicing “slavery denial,” putting years of time and effort into “proving” that slavery never happened? The very idea is ludicrous. Anyone who attempted such a ridiculous exercise would be laughed out of existence. Yet the Holocaust deniers are many, and hold large conferences earnestly explaining about how “only” a few hundred thousand Jews died in the death camps, and it was all an elaborate hoax by the International Zionist Conspiracy that really runs the world, ZOMG!!! The world tepidly condemns Holocaust deniers, and yet, nothing ever happens to prevent them from spreading their lies and poison, does it?
Into this toxic mix comes a new form of political correctness – the idea that anything the Allies did to defeat the Nazis could possibly compare with the Holocaust. The right-wing blogs are abuzz with a new story, one which is rife with speculation. I am posting it here because it is so shocking, with the caveat that I don’t know if it is true or not. The sad thing is that I would not be surprised if it were.
The President of the United States may be planning on equating the strategic bombing of a German city with the deliberate murder of millions of innocents.
Indeed, Rosenthal states that it would be impossible for Obama to go to Dresden and not mention the bombing. And what of his stop at Buchenwald?
It is virtually unthinkable that Obama could give a speech in Dresden and not allude to the bombing of the city. Most of the city’s historical monuments – which Obama’s advance team were apparently inspecting – were severely damaged or destroyed in the bombing and had to be rebuilt. Moreover, for Obama to visit both Dresden and Buchenwald would suggest precisely the sort of outrageous parallels that have become commonplace in Germany at least since the publication of Friedrich’s The Fire.
…No doubt Obama will speak strongly against Nazi terror while in Dresden. But what does it say about our president that he may very well equate what happened to the Jews with what happened to German citizens during the war? Is he capable of recognizing the moral difference? Is he capable of recognizing evil at all?
In addition, the story says that Obama may be planning to apologize to the Germans for the firebombing of Dresden. Oh really? Was he President during that time? What in the world would prompt him to do this, if he truly is planning to do it? To paraphrase his beloved Michelle, doesn’t Obama need to take care of his own house before tracking dirt into someone else’s; in other words, shouldn’t he deal with the war crimes taking place ON HIS WATCH (torture, anyone?) before condemning a terrible event that happened on someone else’s?
In any case, a real war crime is not mitigated by an apology. It is mitigated by food, military and monetary aid – all of which were offered to Germany by the United States after World War II. I’d say considering that they started the war by trying to take over the world, not to mention “purify” the German “race” by destroying all the Jews in existance, they got off pretty fucking lightly.
Political correctness means that the American left must abdicate the issue of Israel entirely to the right, for fear of not being sympathetic enough to the “Palestinian” cause. (See: Jimmy Carter’s book, “Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid,” which in my mind legitimized and spread the meme to an unprecedented degree.) In order to do this, left bloggers have allowed themselves to become dangerously misinformed about both the historical and current situation of Israel and the reasons for the Palestinians’ current state of misery and oppression. (How else could they arrive at a place where they claim that Israel has no right to exist?) Yet where does that leave American Jews, who are by and large politically left-leaning? Despite the claims of the right, George W. Bush was a disaster for Israel. He completely refused to engage in the peace process until near the end of his second term, when he held a Middle East “Peace” conference in a fruitless attempt to prop up his legacy. And it was, after all, Bush’s invasion and occupation of Iraq which scared the bejesus out of the Iranian people, who then voted in the aforementioned nutcase Achmadenijad in 2005 to scare Bush away from invading Iran for ITS oil. Bush’s toppling of the dictator Saddam Hussein merely paved the way for a Shi’a resurgence in Iraq, putting Iranian puppet Al-Maliki in charge of Iraq’s government and handing Achmadinnerjacket an unimaginably powerful position in the Middle East. Do I need to remind anyone as to why that was a really, really bad idea?
Maybe it’s not politically correct of me to bring all these things up at once. Maybe I should look the other way, see these things as isolated incidents. After all, we Jews are fully integrated into American society, and we have Israel, and besides which, what happened in Germany could never, ever happen again. Right?
But with Barack Obama as President, I’m starting to wonder just how far he’ll go to appease the Arab states, which, after all, do have the oil that America needs to survive.
Or do we already know the answer to that question?
As for the corporate media, it is owned by the military-industrial complex, and thus, perpetual war will always be its goal. Misinforming the public about Israel and the situation there is an easy way to keep selling bombs and bullets. And besides, Israel doesn’t have any oil, anyway. Who gives a shit about it?
I hate to say it, folks, but that leaves us; you and me and our like-minded brethren and sistren in the left-leaning blogosphere. Our only hope to fight this spreading anti-Semitism is to find our spines again. Like Shtuey, we have to be brave enough to talk about what’s really going on, even if people are going to flame us and call us monsters simply because we refuse to see only one side of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. We have to inform ourselves; read as much as we can about what’s going on in Israel, and stop making any support of Israel AT ALL something that only right-wingers do.
Otherwise, I truly fear what will happen both to Middle Eastern Jews, and to American Jews; for those who do not learn from history are indeed doomed to repeat it.
This Jew says, on Memorial Day: Never forget.