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Leftist Anti-Semitism & Anti-Americanism
The Arab world is openly anti-semitic, and is not ashamed of it. Europe hates Israel too, but claims that this is different.
A vile cartoon, November 14, 2008, in the Emory Wheel student newspaper, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, USA, compares Jews to Nazis.
Obviously, being prevented from killing Jews is the same kind of thing as being herded into a ghetto for extermination.
What kind of mind can regard the life-saving Israeli wall, which has led to a massive drop in suicide bombings, as similar to Nazi walls? I don't remember the Jews of 1940 suicide-bombing German civilians in coffee shops. I don't recall that the Germans herded them into ghettos in order to protect the German people.
What Israel is up against:
Islamists protesting about Gaza, 10 Jan 2009, in Canada (of all places!) call for the extermination of the Jews of Israel.
"Jewish child, you are gonna ****in' die!"
What are these people doing in the West? Why were they allowed in? Why are they not all deported?
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Radical leftists would have us believe that they stand for democracy, progress, human rights and social justice – but when they seize power, they impose slavery, terror, famine, concentration camps and mass murder. As the Marxists used to say, this is no accident.
John Kekes, Why Robespierre Chose Terror
The human costs of radical left-wing ideology during the French Revolution: “A remarkable feature of the ideological frame of mind is that those in its grip actually believe these justifications for disemboweling, lynching, mutilating, burying alive, drowning, and hacking to pieces their unfortunate victims.”
Paul Bogdanor, The Communists As They Really Are
Quotations not taught in the average history class.
Paul Hollander, The Distinctive Features of Repression in Communist States [PDF]
Comprehensive analysis of communist tyranny and mass murder all over the world.
David Marcus, Famine Crimes in International Law [PDF]
Superb paper on the role of the state in creating famines, with detailed case studies of communist famines in the Soviet Union, Ethiopia and North Korea.
Steven Bela Vardy and Agnes Huszar Vardy, Cannibalism in Stalin’s Russia and Mao’s China [PDF]
Cannibalism was one of the countless horrors awaiting the victims of communist famines and purges.
Sergei Melgunov, The Record of the Red Terror [PDF, 1.3 MB]
Lenin mercilessly tortured and massacred hundreds of thousands after 1917.
Peter Boettke, The Soviet Experiment With Pure Communism [PDF]
Peter Boettke, The Political Economy of Utopia: Communism in Soviet Russia, 1918-1921 [PDF]
Peter Boettke, Soviet Admissions: Communism Doesn’t Work [PDF]
Lenin, Trotsky, Bukharin and other Soviet planners admitted to inflicting catastrophe on tens of millions.
Nicolas Walter, The Legacy of Bolshevism [PDF]
A British anarchist on the Bolshevik concentration camps.
Inquiry Reveals Lenin Unleashed Systematic Murder of 200,000 Clergy
Communist Reign of Terror Killed 200,000 Clergymen
Victims were “crucified on royal gates and shot in the basements of the Cheka, scalped, strangled, drowned and submitted to other bestial tortures.”
Soviet Order to Exterminate Cossacks is Unearthed
Peter Holquist, “Conduct Merciless Mass Terror”: Decossackization on the Don, 1919
Bolshevik genocide against the Don Cossacks.
Samuel D. Sinner, The Open Wound: The Genocide of German Ethnic Minorities in Russia and the Soviet Union
Samuel D. Sinner, The German-Russian Genocide: Remembrance in the 21st Century [PDF]
Atrocities included “mass rape of the elderly, women and children, mass drownings, prolonged torture sessions, mutilations, hacking up of bodies, mass shootings of hundreds, even thousands in a single action, the holocaust of entire villages – including the burning of all inhabitants and building structures.”
Edige Kirimal, Complete Destruction of National Groups as Groups: The Crimean Turks
Aurelie Campana, Surgun: The Crimean Tatars’ Deportation and Exile [PDF]
Massacres, famines and ethnic cleansing wiped out hundreds of thousands of Crimean Muslims.
Aleksandr M. Nekrich, The Punished Peoples [PDF, 4.9 MB]
Aurelie Campana, The Massive Deportation of the Chechen People [PDF]
Elza‐Bair Guchinova, Deportation of the Kalmyks (1943–1956) [PDF]
For Victims of Stalin’s Deportations, War Lives On
Genocidal deportations of national minorities created an apartheid system that lasted for decades.
Roman Serbyn, Famine in Ukraine
Summary of the 1921 and 1933 famines.
Kazuo Nakai, Soviet Agricultural Policies in the Ukraine and the 1921-1922 Famine [PDF, 1.3 MB]
Roman Serbyn, The First Man-Made Famine in Soviet Ukraine, 1921-1923
Forgotten Bolshevik famine, in which millions died.
Simon Ertz, The Kazakh Catastrophe and Stalin’s Order of Priorities 1929-1933 [PDF]
Soviet grain confiscations killed a third of the population of Kazakhstan.
James Mace, The Man-Made Famine of 1933 in Soviet Ukraine: What Happened and Why
James Mace, The Famine: Stalin Imposes a Final Solution
D’Ann Penner, Stalin and the Ital’ianka of 1932-1933 in the Don Region
Michael Ellman, The Role of Leadership Perceptions and of Intent in the Soviet Famine of 1931-1934 [PDF]
Michael Ellman, Stalin and the Soviet Famine of 1932-33 Revisited [PDF]
Stanislav Kulchytsky, Why Did Stalin Exterminate the Ukrainians?
Roman Serbyn, The Ukrainian Famine of 1932-1933 as Genocide in the Light of the UN Convention [PDF]
Roman Serbyn, Is There a “Smoking Gun” For the Holodomor?
Roman Serbyn, The Holodomor: Reflections on the Ukrainian Genocide [PDF]
Sergei Maksudov, Genocide Remembered
Nicolas Werth, The Great Ukrainian Famine of 1932-33 [PDF]
Yevhen Zakharov, Legal Classification of Holodomor 1932-1933 in Ukraine and in Kuban
This Soviet famine was the worst peacetime mass murder in the history of Europe.
Michael Ellman, The 1947 Soviet Famine and the Entitlement Approach to Famines [PDF]
Another forgotten famine, in which the Soviets withheld food from the victims.
Harvest of Bones: A Geologist Uncovers One of Stalin’s Killing Fields
A City Built on Bones
Forest Skulls May Tell Where 30,000 Stalin Victims Lie
Examples of the huge mass graves containing victims of the Soviet regime.
Poisons Tested on Stalin’s Prisoners
The Soviets, like the Nazis, perpetrated medical experiments on conscious victims.
Top Soviet Denounces Stalin’s Gulags [PDF]
The true scale of the Gulag.
- Death Tolls
Robert Conquest, Coming to Terms With the Past
Glasnost revelations about the Soviet death toll.
Papers on Soviet Repression Statistics
Post-Cold War academic papers on Soviet mass murder.
Steven Rosefielde, Documented Homicides and Excess Deaths [PDF, 1 MB]
Demonstrates that the number of killings documented in the Soviet archives was only a fraction of the total, which reached 10 million during the 1927-38 period alone.
David Satter, The System of Forced Labor in Russia [PDF]
Juliana Geran Pilon, Slave Labor and the Soviet Pipeline [PDF]
Slavery in the post-Stalin Gulag.
Who Says No Soviet Concentration Camps? [PDF]
Peter Reddaway, Inside Russia’s Concentration Camps [PDF]
Alexander Shatravka, Man of Peace Finds None in Soviet Camp [PDF]
The Gulag: Lost Millions
Human Rights Survey Deplores Soviet Prison Camp Conditions [PDF]
The atrocities included forced starvation, medical neglect, systematic beatings and death by radiation.
Soviet Prisoners Exposed to Fatal Radiation in Uranium Mines
George Schopflin, Radiating a False Picture: Focus on the Difference Between Soviet PR and Reality
On the Nuclear Gulag, where victims were murdered by radiation poisoning.
- Soviet Mass Rape
Red Army Troops Raped Even Russian Women As They Freed Them From Camps
Anthony Beevor, “They Raped Every German Female From Eight to 80”
German Rape Victims Find a Voice at Last
The Soviets mercilessly gang-raped millions of women and girls in Eastern Europe.
Jean C. Bingle, Labor For Bread: The Exploitation of Polish Labor in the Soviet Union [PDF]
Marek Jan Chodakiewicz, Interrogation Methods of the Communist Secret Police in Poland [PDF]
Hundreds of thousands were killed by deportation, massacre and torture in Poland.
Iron Curtain’s 100,000 Dead
Germans Find Mass Graves at an Ex-Soviet Camp
The Soviets used former Nazi concentration camps to wipe out political prisoners in East Germany.
Death Camps, Torture, Experiments on Children
Germany’s Guilty Secret: Beaten, Drugged, Skewered
“More Than 1,000 Died” Trying to Flee East Germany
Systematic torture, medical experiments and mass murder in East Germany.
Jeffrey Herf, An Age of Murder: Ideology and Terror in Germany [PDF]
The terrorism and antisemitism of the Stasi-sponsored Red Brigades in West Germany.
Tamas Stark, Genocide or Genocidal Massacre? The Case of Hungarian Prisoners in Soviet Custody [PDF]
Agnes Huszar Vardy, Forgotten Victims of World War II [PDF]
The Soviets deported hundreds of thousands of Hungarians to their deaths.
Michael Portmann, Communist Retaliation and Persecution on Yugoslav Territory [PDF]
Piles of Bones in Yugoslavia Point to Partisan Massacres
Italy Foots the Bill For Tito’s Ethnic Cleansing
Communist mass murder in Yugoslavia, now erased from the historical record.
Communist Atrocities to be Aired at Prison Camp Commander Trial
Mass killings in the Romanian Gulag.
Bulgaria Ran Brutal Camps For Prisoners [PDF]
Edvin Sugarev, On Camps and Memory
Kolio Kolev, Testimony on the Slunchev Briag Concentration Camp
The brutality of the Bulgarian Gulag.
Justice Delayed For Those Tortured Under Communism
Tens of thousands were tortured and murdered in Czechoslovakia.
Afghan Driver Says He Saw Soldiers Blind and Strangle Children [PDF]
Afghans Disclose Deaths of 11,000
Communist mass murder in the pre-invasion years.
Atrocities and Violations of Human Rights and International Law in Afghanistan [PDF]
Eyewitnesses to Afghanistan at War [PDF]
Accounts of terror bombing and other war crimes.
Rosanne Klass, Lifting the Curtain on Afghanistan’s Horror [PDF]
Freedom House describes the Nazi-style methods of the Soviet invaders, including massacre, torture, maiming and rape.
Jean-François Revel, The Awful Logic of Genocide
Rosanne Klass, The New Holocaust
How the Soviets turned Afghanistan into the world’s worst horror chamber.
The Soviets’ Ugly Exit [PDF]
Retreating Soviet forces scattered millions of anti-personnel mines, planted explosive devices disguised as toys in order to blow off children’s limbs, poisoned food supplies and waged chemical warfare against the civilian population.
M. Hassan Kakar, The Story of Genocide in Afghanistan
Academic history of the Soviet genocide.
Two Millions [PDF]
Human Rights in Mainland China [PDF]
Uncounted Millions: Mass Death in Mao’s China
Scholars Continue to Reveal Mao’s Monstrosities
The communists slaughtered many tens of millions in China through massacre, slavery and famine.
Basil Ashton et al., Famine in China, 1958-61 [PDF]
Jasper Becker, Ex-NPC Chief Admits Maoism Killed Millions
Vaclav Smil, China’s Great Famine: 40 Years Later [PDF]
How the communists caused the greatest man-made catastrophe in the history of the world.
Miriam and Ivan D. London, The Other China: The Three Red Flags of Death [PDF]
Miriam and Ivan D. London, The Other China: The Case of the Missing Beggars [PDF]
Miriam and Ivan D. London, Hunger in China: The “Norm of Truth” [PDF]
Miriam and Ivan D. London, Hunger in China: The Failure of a System? [PDF]
Forced starvation under communism.
Yongyi Song, The Cultural Revolution and the War Against Fascism [PDF]
Yongyi Song, The Dao County Massacre of 1967 [PDF]
Youqin Wang, Student Attacks Against Teachers: The Revolution of 1966
Youqin Wang, The Second Wave of Violent Persecution of Teachers: The Revolution of 1968
Mass murder during the Cultural Revolution.
Ex-Inmate Recalls Life in China’s Gulag [PDF]
“We Felt We Had Been Buried Alive”
“Class enemies” endured slavery and mass death in concentration camps.
Stephen W. Mosher, China’s One-Child Policy: Twenty-Five Years Later [PDF]
Population control ideology and the resulting atrocities against tens of millions of women.
China: Human Rights Violations and Coercion in One-Child Policy Enforcement [PDF]
Chinese Region “Must Conduct 20,000 Abortions”
Forced abortions and infanticide under the totalitarian one-child policy.
China Reviews “Apartheid” For 900m Peasants
The cruel system of class discrimination imposed on hundreds of millions of peasants.
Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy, Kuxing: Torture in Tibet [PDF]
Report on communist savagery against the population of Tibet.
Mass Buddhist Grave Reported in Mongolia
The communist slaughter in Mongolia.
Jack Rendler, The Last Worst Place on Earth: Human Rights in North Korea [PDF]
From Henry D. Sokolski, ed., Planning For a Peaceful Korea [PDF]. An excellent overview of this totalitarian slave state, where millions have been starved to death or murdered in concentration camps.
Jack Rendler, Horrific Conditions and Suffering Make It the Last Worst Place on Earth
A shorter and more recent account.
Norbert Vollertsen, A Prison Country
Norbert Vollertsen, Prisoner Nation
Fiona Terry, The Deadly Secrets of North Korea
Forced starvation has claimed millions of victims, primarily the elderly, the young and the sick.
David Hawk, The Hidden Gulag: Exposing North Korea’s Prison Camps
Death, Terror in N. Korea Gulag
North Korean Prison Guard Remembers Atrocities
7 Years of Torture in N. Korean Prison Camp
North Korean Imprisoned at Age 10 For Grandparents’ Dissent
Extensive evidence of torture and mass murder in the North Korean Gulag.
Regime That Kills Babies of Foreign Blood
“I Saw an Entire Family Being Killed”
Young Howard, The Hidden Gulag
Torture, medical experiments and racist infanticide.
Lam Thanh Liem, Ho Chi Minh’s Land Reform: Mistake or Crime? [Excerpt]
50 Years On, Vietnamese Remember Land Reform Terror
The bloodbath inflicted during the North Vietnamese land reform was effectively whitewashed by leftist pseudo-scholars in the West, but the victims were not so quick to forget.
The Blood-Red Hands of Ho Chi Minh
Stomach-churning accounts of communist mass murder during the Vietnam War.
The Massacre of Hue
In this communist massacre, thousands of men, women and children were mercilessly slaughtered.
Stephen T. Hosmer, Viet Cong Repression and its Implications For the Future [PDF, 4.9 MB]
Detailed analysis of Viet Cong mass murder campaigns.
The Human Cost of Communism in Vietnam: 1-31 32-65 66-99 101-23 [PDF]
Compilation of research and newspaper reports on communist terror in Vietnam.
Le Thi Anh, Let the Vietnamese Speak For Themselves [PDF]
M. Stanton Evans, Westerners Ignore Vietnam Gulag [PDF]
Ginetta Sagan, Vietnam’s Postwar Hell [PDF]
Concentration camps and mass murder in post-1975 Vietnam.
Declaration of Disinherited Vietnamese on Human Rights [PDF]
Testament of Patriotic Prisoners in Vietnam [PDF]
Victims of state terror beg the outside world for help.
Nguyen Cong Hoan, Human Rights in Vietnam I [PDF, 2.8 MB] II [PDF, 2.7 MB]
Nguyen Cong Hoan, Why I Escaped From Vietnam
Defector’s account of totalitarian slavery in post-1975 Vietnam.
Doan Van Toai, In Vietnam’s Gulag, the Captives Die a Slow Death [PDF]
Survivor’s account of the hidden mass killings of political prisoners in the Vietnamese Gulag.
Theodore Jacqueney, They Are Us, We Were Vietnamese [PDF]
Ginetta Sagan and Stephen Denney, Re-education in Unliberated Vietnam: Loneliness, Suffering and Death
Stephen J. Morris, Glasnost and the Gulag: The Numbers Game [PDF]
Anh Do and Hieu Tran Phan, Camp Z30-D: The Survivors
Starvation, torture and murder in the Vietnamese Gulag.
Hanoi Regime Reported Resolved to Oust Nearly All Ethnic Chinese [PDF]
Vietnam Refugees Fleeced of Possessions, Expelled [PDF]
Escape From Vietnam: Nightmare at Sea Haunts Refugee Who Survived [PDF]
Vietnam Goes on Trial in Geneva Over Its Refugees [PDF]
Communist ethnic cleansing literally drove the Chinese population into the sea, where hundreds of thousands of boat people suffered and drowned.
Stephen Denney, Human Rights and Daily Life in Vietnam
Ongoing political persecution and class discrimination.
40,000 Reported Held in Harsh Laos Camps [PDF]
Thorns Appear in Lotus Land
Tens of thousands of political prisoners were sent to die in concentration camps.
The End of the Hmong
Lao Human Rights Council, White Paper on Genocide in Laos
The Vietnamese and Laotian communists waged a genocidal war against Hmong tribespeople.
- Civil War
The Agony of Phnom Penh [PDF]
Khmer Rouge’s Bloody War on Trapped Villagers [PDF]
“I Watched Them Saw Him 3 Days” [PDF]
Priest Won’t Leave Refugees Despite Khmer Rouge Threat [PDF]
The savagery of the Khmer Rouge was easily discoverable before 1975.
President Ford, News Conference on Cambodia [PDF]
President Ford warns of “an unbelievable horror story” if the communists capture Cambodia.
Fear of Cambodian Bloodbath Seen Key to Senate Vote on Aid [PDF]
More bloodbath predictions; anti-war leftists in Congress successfully cut off the aid shortly afterwards.
- Killing Fields
The Khmer Rouge: Rampant Terror
Yin Savannary, Diary From Darkness [PDF]
Asian Blood Bath [PDF]
Cambodia – An Outlaw Nation [PDF]
Early reports from survivors and journalists.
Leo Cherne, The Terror in Cambodia [PDF]
Leo Cherne, Cambodia – Auschwitz of Asia [PDF]
The chairman of the International Rescue Committee describes the genocide.
Craig Etcheson, The Number: Quantifying Crimes Against Humanity in Cambodia
Bruce Sharp, Counting Hell
Studies demonstrating that the death toll was in the millions.
Henri Locard, State Violence in Democratic Kampuchea (1975-1979) and Retribution (1979-2004) [PDF]
This is the best summary of the Khmer Rouge bloodbath.
Cambodia Steps Slowly Toward a Genocide Trial
Feeble attempts to prosecute the butchers.
Ethiopian Ex-Rulers Go on Trial
The communist record of mass terror and forced famine in Ethiopia
Jason W. Clay, Famine in Ethiopia
Jason W. Clay and Bonnie K. Holcomb, The Politics of Famine in Ethiopia
Cultural Survival accuses the communists of causing mass deaths from starvation.
Peter Niggli, Ethiopian Resettlement: Vomit and Death [PDF]
How the communists tormented famine victims.
Dawit Wolde Giorgis, Power and Famine in Ethiopia [PDF]
Ethiopia’s relief commissioner blames the communists for a million deaths.
National Society for Human Rights, Ending the Angolan Conflict [PDF]
National Society for Human Rights, Criminal Liability in Angola [PDF]
African NGO reports blaming the Angolan bloodbath on the communist MPLA dictatorship and its international apologists.
Global Witness, A Crude Awakening [PDF]
How and why the communist MPLA and its foreign collaborators perpetuated the brutal civil war.
As Guerrilla War Ends, Corruption Now Bleeds Angola to Death
The MPLA dictatorship’s ongoing responsibility for mass starvation and disease in Angola.
Terror of Maputo Jail
Torture, rape, slavery and starvation in Mozambique’s Gulag.
John Sweeney, Inside the Terror-Camp
The massacre of tens of thousands in the Matabeleland.
Claudia Rosett, Dearth of a Nation
Roger Bate, The Killing Fields of Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe’s socialist regime deliberately imposed starvation on millions of people.
Jeff Jacoby, Starving Time in Zimbabwe
The dictatorship used mass rape as a weapon of terror.
Mary Anastasia O’Grady, Counting Castro’s Victims
Cuba’s Lost Population
Mass killings under communism in Cuba.
Deaths in Prison [PDF]
Victims of Che Guevara [PDF]
Executions by Raul Castro [PDF]
Shooting dissidents, murdering pregnant women, drowning children, etc.
The Cuban Rafter Phenomenon
Mary Anastasia O’Grady, The Lives of Cubans
The communists also murder boat people as they try to escape.
Alfred G. Cuzan, Castro’s “Revolutionary” Despotism [PDF]
The enslavement of the Cuban people.
Armando Valladares, Torture in Castro’s Cuba
Armando Valladares, A Firsthand Account of Child Abuse, Castro Style
Armando Valladares, Castro’s Gulag
One of the world’s longest-serving political prisoners on atrocities in Cuba’s concentration camps.
From the Prisons of Cuba: A Cry For Help [PDF]
Chronicle of an Unforgettable Agony: Cuba’s Political Prisons
Cuba’s Abuses of Psychiatry
Political imprisonment and psychiatric torture in Cuba.
Nicaragua Executions Put at 500-1,000 [PDF]
Mass executions started within weeks of the Sandinista takeover.
Jose Esteban Gonzalez, Remember Nicaragua [PDF]
Nicaragua’s leading human rights activist on Sandinista persecution and terror.
New Regime, Old Methods
A defector’s account of Sandinista massacres and torture.
Inside Communist Nicaragua: The Miguel Bolanos Transcripts [PDF]
A secret police defector describes the Sandinista campaign to establish communism in Nicaragua and impose Soviet control over Central America.
Inside the Sandinista Regime: A Special Investigator’s Perspective [PDF, 2.4 MB]
Defector Describes “Bloody,” “Corrupt” Regime [PDF]
A high-ranking defector accuses the Sandinistas of murdering thousands.
Alfred G. Cuzan, Sandinista Goals Were Evident Long Ago [PDF]
Alfred G. Cuzan, The Nicaraguan Revolution: From Autocracy to Totalitarian Dictatorship? [PDF]
The totalitarian fanaticism of the Sandinista National Liberation Front.
John Norton Moore, The Secret War in Central America and the Future of World Order [PDF, 5 MB]
Massive indictment of the Sandinista role in provoking violence and war throughout Central America.
J. Michael Waller, Will Sandinistas Face Justice?
The Sandinistas tortured, raped, mutilated and murdered thousands of innocent people.
J. Michael Waller, Tropical Chekists: The Sandinista Secret Police Legacy in Nicaragua
How the Sandinistas tried to build a police state in Nicaragua.
Peru Indians Take Up Arms Against Rebel Terror
Mass murder and enslavement of the poor by the Shining Path terrorists in Peru.
- Campaigns For Eugenics
Jonathan Freedland, Master Race of the Left
“Nearly every one of the left’s most cherished, iconic figures espoused views which today’s progressives would find repulsive... Indeed, contempt for ordinary people and outright racism were two of the defining creeds of British socialism.”
- Collaboration With Fascists
Oliver Kamm, The Far Left Meets the Far Right: A Historical Note
Japanese communist support for genocidal racist expansionism.
Nazi-Soviet Relations 1939-1941
Soviet-Nazi collaboration was the immediate cause of World War II.
E. Germany Ran Antisemitic Campaign in West in ’60s
Stasi Supported West German Neo-Nazi Groups
East Germany essentially created the neo-Nazi movement in West Germany.
- Collaboration With Jihadists
Paul Bogdanor, Leftists For a Second Holocaust
Eugene Goodheart, The London Review of Hezbollah
How the radical left embraced jihadist mass murderers who plan to annihilate the Jewish people.
Steven Stalinsky, Islamist-Left Alliance A Growing Force
John Perazzo, Platforms of the Enemy
The radical left’s open collaboration with the most virulent hatemongers in the Middle East.
- The Post-9/11 Left
Brink Lindsey, Terrorism’s Fellow Travelers [PDF]
Paul Hollander, The Resilience of the Adversary Culture
Radical leftists blamed the victims and excused the perpetrators of the 9/11 massacres.
Edward Alexander, Suicide Bombers and Professors
Edward Alexander, Ward Churchill and the Politics of Campus Extremism
The murderous fanaticism of the American campus left.
Information on the role of radical leftists in promoting hatred of Jews and denial of the Holocaust.
Tyler Cowen, The Socialist Roots of Modern Anti-Semitism
Left-wing movements have often vilified Jews as capitalist exploiters.
Max Geltman, On Socialist Anti-Semitism [PDF, 1.7 MB]
Many of the founders of socialism peddled hatred of Jews.
David Cesarani, The Left and the Jews/The Jews and the Left [PDF]
Detailed study of left-wing antisemitism.
W. H. Chaloner and W. O. Henderson, Marx/Engels and Racism [PDF, 1.7 MB]
The origins of Marxist antisemitism.
Werner Cohn, From Victim to Shylock and Oppressor: The New Image of the Jew in the Trotskyist Movement
How the Trotskyist movement became antisemitic.
Mark Strauss, Antiglobalism’s Jewish Problem
Dave Rich, The Barriers Come Down: Antisemitism and Coalitions of Extremes
The ideological convergence of far-left anti-capitalists and far-right antisemites.
Ben Cohen, The Ideological Foundations of the Boycott Campaign Against Israel [PDF]
Why left-wing anti-Zionists are in the vanguard of antisemitic boycott campaigns.
Arieh Stav, Notes on the Dialectics of Israeli Antisemitism
Paul Bogdanor, Jews Who Hate the Jewish State / Juden, die den jüdischen Staat hassen
Steven Plaut, The Scourge of Jewish Anti-Semites [PDF]
How anti-Zionist Jews promote antisemitism, often quite deliberately.
- Soviet Union/Russia
A. Mark Clarfield, The Soviet “Doctors’ Plot”: 50 Years On
Moshe Decter, “Judaism Without Embellishment”: Recent Documentation of Russian Anti-Semitism [PDF]
Soviet antisemitic campaigns during the Cold War.
Russian Communist Leader Denounces “Zionist Capital”
Top Communist Party Official Accuses Jews of Genocide
Russia’s communists are still fomenting hatred of Jews in the post-Soviet era.
Ben Cohen, The Persistence of Anti-Semitism on the British Left
Mark Gardner, “The Zionists Are Our Misfortune”: On the (Not So) New Antisemitism
Excellent analyses of left-wing incitement against Jews in Britain.
Alan Elsner, Race, Tolerance and the NUS [PDF]
Jewish Students Charge Left Groups With Anti-Semitism
Jewish Students Gagged at Leeds
Campus leftists, who once banned Jewish student groups, now silence protests against their own bigotry.
Leo McKinstry, Shame on the Left and its Vicious Hatred of Israel
Leftist intellectuals have played a crucial part in making antisemitism respectable in Britain.
“Harry’s Place,” Socialist Worker: Jews Killed Jesus
Michael Ezra, Anyone But Tom Hickey
“Judeosphere,” A Caricature of Anti-Racism
The Socialist Workers Party defends antisemites supports the violent destruction of Israel.
Eran Benedek, Britain’s Respect Party: The Leftist-Islamist Alliance and its Attitude Toward Israel
British far leftists tried and failed to unite with Islamic supremacists on the basis of shared hatred for Americans and Jews.
Jillian Becker, The Red Army Faction: Another Final Battle on the Stage of History [PDF]
Susanne Urban, Being Leftist and Anti-Semitic in Germany
Left-wing activists in Germany demand the destruction of Israel and blame Jews for global capitalism.
Karl Pfeifer, “Israel Shamir” and the Austrian Left
Austrian socialists promote a Nazi fanatic.
In Spain, Anti-Semitism is New Leftist Trend
Left-wing politicians in Spain vilify Jews.
Chavez: Israel Worse Than Hitler
Anti-Semitism in Venezuela: It is Planned
Venezuelan leftists threaten that Jews “will undergo another Holocaust.”
Philip Mendes, New Manifestations of Anti-Zionist Fundamentalism on the Australian Left [PDF]
An Unholy Alliance
Australian campus leftists are so blatantly antisemitic that their Muslim allies are embarrassed by them.
IsraCampus / AlefWatch
Documenting the antisemitism of totalitarian leftists in Israel.
“Judeosphere,” “Zionist Groups”
Jeff Weintraub, Lunacy About Darfur (in Monthly Review)
“Archontan,” The Left on Darfur: Genocide Denial and Antisemitism
Radical leftists deny the major contemporary genocide and blame the Jews for trying to stop it.
Pacifica Lectures Decried As Anti-Semitic
Campus anti-Zionists promote neo-Nazism and Holocaust denial.
Oliver Kamm, Atzmon Watch / Atzmon, Mosley and Respect / Keeping the Faith / Respect and Antisemitism
“Judeosphere,” Gilad Atzmon Makes For Glorious Commentary on the Nature of Contemporary Anti-Semitism
David Hirsh, Openly Embracing Prejudice
“Harry’s Place,” Atzmon Slams “Jewish Tribal Activists”
Radical leftists promote an ex-Israeli antisemite.
“Harry’s Place,” Counterpunch
“Harry’s Place,” Counterpunch on Israel and 9/11
“Judeosphere,” Still Crazy After All These Years
“Judeosphere,” Counterpunch Columnist is Writing Iranian Propaganda
“Judeosphere,” The Anti-Zionist Left Versus Barack Obama
Alexander Cockburn’s far-left hate site promotes virulent antisemites and neo-Nazi apologists.
Lanny J. Davis, Liberal McCarthyism
Robert Goldberg, Do the Right Thing
“Judeosphere,” Media Without Conscience
Documenting antisemitism on other American leftist sites.
Kate Raynes-Goldie, Race Baiting
Antisemitic McCarthyism in a Canadian leftist magazine.
Jeremy Jones, Alternative’s Reality
Antisemitic incitement on an Australian Indymedia site.
“Judeosphere,” Ordfront’s Affront
Antisemitic conspiracy theories in a Swedish leftist magazine.
Daniel Berrigan’s Speech to Arabs Stirs a Furor Over Award [PDF]
Report on the notorious diatribe by militant priest Daniel Berrigan.
Jason Maoz, Coffin’s Mideast Conformity
The antisemitic rhetoric of radical icon William Sloane Coffin.
Norman Podhoretz, Vidal’s Outburst: An Ominous New Stage in Anti-Semitism [PDF]
Deplores left-wing indifference to Gore Vidal’s infamous essay in The Nation.
Brian Carnell, Cockburn on Jewish Control of the Media
Alexander Cockburn asserts that Jews control the media and blames Jews for 9/11 and the anthrax scare.
William Grim, The Strange Case of Horst Mahler
How a founder of Germany’s Red Army Faction turned into a prominent Nazi.
Mr. Nader’s Baiting
Ralph Nader warns that the Israeli “puppeteer” controls the White House and Congress.
“Judeosphere,” Moonbats in Glass Houses
The antisemitic ravings of leftist fanatic John Kaminski – and of the leftists who pretend to repudiate him.
Norway up in Arms After Author Asserts Israel Has Lost Right to Exist
Jostein Gaarder’s vicious outburst against “God’s chosen people.”
David Hirsh, John Wight, Organizer of Edinburgh Stop the War Coalition, Pushes Antisemitism
“Harry’s Place,” What is Going on in the Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign?
British leftists cite neo-Nazis and Holocaust deniers, blame “international Jewry” for the “hydra-headed monster” of Zionism, equate Judaism with Nazism and justify the murder of Jewish teenagers.
Geoffrey Alderman, An Old Enmity
Keith Dovkants, Anti-Semitism – and a Timely Question For Ken
Mayor Culpa [PDF]
The shocking record of former London Mayor Ken Livingstone and his antisemitic Trotskyist allies.
- North America
Rachel Neuwirth, Noam Chomsky and Anti-Semitism
The sordid record of the cult leader’s involvement with Jew-hatred.
Norman G. Finkelstein, Interview: A Man Sees Red [Excerpts]
Norman G. Finkelstein, Interview: “Jews Are Immune From Any Kind of Criticism” [Excerpts]
Deborah Passner, Norman Finkelstein’s Fraudulent Scholarship
Paul Bogdanor, Exchange: The Scholarship of Norman Finkelstein
Steven Plaut, DePaul University’s Moment of Truth
Alan Dershowitz, Finkelstein’s Bigotry
Noam Chomsky’s disciple Norman G. Finkelstein dismisses the Holocaust as an extortion racket against Germany, says that Jews run America, compares Israelis with Nazis, justifies al-Qaeda, champions Hezbollah, speaks alongside Hamas supporters and gives interviews to Holocaust deniers.
Jonathan Kay, Trent University’s Problem Professor
Philosopher Michael Neumann admits to encouraging vicious antisemitism and the destruction of Israel.
Jeffrey Blankfort’s Hate Message
Sixties veteran Jeffrey Blankfort blames Zionism for the Holocaust and describes the existence of Israel as a “cancer” that threatens the future of the planet.
University of Michigan Distributes Anti-Zionist Book
According to former Green Party Senate candidate Joel Kovel, “the power-Jews have restored nothing so much as Moloch, the child-devouring shadow-form of Yahweh.”
Ben Cohen, Counterpunching the “Neo-Jews”
David Hirsh, “I Get Accused of Antisemitism Because I Criticize Israel”
Academic activist Jennifer Loewenstein vilifies the “the Neo-Jewish Masters and their allies in the United States” for the ritual sacrifice of human beings as a “burnt offering.”
Banned Mag Storm [PDF]
The British magazine Return, edited by Uri Davis, Tony Greenstein and Roland Rance, equated Zionism and Judaism with Nazism. Jewish students and national student leaders condemned it as antisemitic.
Paul Bogdanor, The Mark Elf Files
British blogger Mark Elf portrays Zionists as ritual child-murderers and bloodthirsty psychopaths, looks forward to Israel’s destruction and warns that the world’s Jews are “heading for a disaster” thanks to their “grotesque culture of deceit.”
Jewish Pro-Palestinian in Hot Water For “Satanic” Israel Jibe
Boycott campaigner Deborah Fink regards the Jewish state as “Satanic.”
Michael Ezra, From Cranks to Clowns
Britain’s Jewish antisemites are now accusing each other of lying and bigotry.
Collaboration With the PLO: The Case of Abraham Melzer
German Court Rules on “Kosher Anti-Semitism”
Abraham Melzer, a publisher who sought funding from the PLO, and Hajo Meyer, an Auschwitz survivor who belittles the importance of the Holocaust, are Jewish antisemites according to the German courts.
Philip Mendes, Denying the Jewish Experience of Oppression: The Jewish Anti-Zionism of John Docker
Cultural critic John Docker inveighs against “Zionist control of the Australian media.”
Steven Plaut, Uri Avnery Finds a “Fascist”
The fascist background of Israel’s most notorious PLO apologist.
Jonathan Rosenblum, An Israel Prize For Wagner?
The murderous rhetoric of Yigal Tumarkin and his comrades.
Paul Bogdanor, The Abominable Dr. Shahak
Paul Bogdanor, The Legacy of Israel Shahak
Werner Cohn, Shahak: The Jews Are Bad!
Diana Muir, Review of Israel Shahak and Norton Mezvinsky
Jason Maoz, The Wicked Son
The Blood Libels of Israel’s worst antisemite and his American collaborator.
Alan Dershowitz, Neve Gordon Can’t Take Criticism
Susan L. Rosenbluth, Accusations of Slander, Plagiarism and Holocaust Revisionism [PDF, 1.5 MB]
Susan L. Rosenbluth, Prof Steven Plaut’s Appeal Reverses Earlier Ruling [PDF, 1.1 MB]
Neve Gordon defended the killers of Jewish children and then resorted to a Holocaust-denying judge to silence his critic Steven Plaut.
Steven Plaut, A Second Blood Libel Anti-Semite From Israeli Academia
Yehiam Sorek offers his support to discredited Blood Libel historian Ariel Toaff.
Left-Wing Holocaust Denial
Pierre Vidal-Naquet, The Fantastic Calculations of Paul Rassinier
French socialist Paul Rassinier was one of the first Holocaust deniers.
Pierre Vidal-Naquet, On La Vieille Taupe and Cannibalism
The far-left outfit La Vieille Taupe – led by Pierre Guillaume and Serge Thion – became a major source of Holocaust denial propaganda.
Abraham H. Foxman, Letter to The Nation
The Nation is caught running an ad for Holocaust deniers.
Oliver Kamm, Chomsky’s Outlets
Kamm exposes a Holocaust denier at Z Magazine.
Peter N. Kirstein, Should Respectable Historians Attend and Speak at Conferences Hosted by David Irving?
Kirstein wants to “build coalitions” with Holocaust deniers such as the “provocative and intrepid” Irving.
Steven Plaut, The Neonazi Ties of the Leftist Lunabrits
“Judeosphere,” Former Counterpunch Columnist Questions the Holocaust
“Harry’s Place,” Denying the Denial
Alexander Cockburn and other left-wing Israel-haters have promoted and defended Holocaust deniers.
Professor Disputes Holocaust
Holocaust denial by 9/11 conspiracy theorist Jane Christensen.
“Judeosphere,” The Professor Meets the Holocaust Denier
Daniel McGowan of PLO front group Deir Yassin Remembered backs an admirer of Adolf Hitler.
Holocaust Denial on University of Haifa Chat List
Anti-Zionist Miriam Reik posts material supporting Holocaust deniers on a leftist Israeli discussion list.
Adam Holland, Oregon “Peace” Group to Mark Kristallnacht With Holocaust Denial Conference
Oregon campus leftists commemorate an infamous Nazi pogrom by hosting an infamous Nazi apologist.
“Judeosphere,” Partners in Denial
Noam Chomsky’s sidekick Edward Herman argues that opposition to Holocaust deniers is a Jewish plot.
The “Zionist-Nazi Conspiracy” Lie
US Holocaust Memorial Museum, Jewish Aid and Rescue
How Zionists saved tens of thousands of Jews from the Nazis.
Joint Emergency Committee, Program For the Rescue of Jews From Nazi-Occupied Europe
Zionist rescue demands during the Holocaust.
Zionists Debate Rescue of Hungarian Jews
Jewish Agency Receives Offer to Trade Jews for Trucks
The Brand Mission: Messages From the Jewish Agency [PDF, 1.1 MB]
Zionist Rescue Efforts: Records From the Eichmann Trial
Zionist attempts to save the Jews of Hungary.
WZO/Jewish Agency, Ben Hecht’s Perfidy: An Analysis of His Rewriting of History
The Hollywood screenwriter’s right-wing polemic was exploited by a generation of left-wing antisemites.
Soviet Antisemites on the Holocaust
The communist propaganda campaign blaming Zionists for the Holocaust.
Jacob Gewirtz, The Lie of Zionist-Nazi Collaboration [PDF]
Inevitably, the propaganda campaign inspired antisemites everywhere.
Sever Plocker, Zizek and the Zionist-Nazi Alliance
Former Yugoslav intellectual Slavoj Zizek has attempted to revive the conspiracy lie.
Sean Matgamna, With Hitler on the Road to Samara
A sane Marxist points out that the lie is itself reminiscent of Nazi propaganda.
- Lenni Brenner
C. C. Aronsfeld, Review of Zionism in the Age of the Dictators [PDF]
Louis Harap, “Zionist-Nazi Collaboration” Refuted: Lenni Brenner’s Trickery Exposed [PDF, 1.3 MB]
Michael Ezra, A Disputation With a Disputer
American Trotskyist Lenni Brenner echoed the Stalinist propaganda line on the Holocaust.
Brenner’s Complaint [PDF]
Bad Boy Brenner [PDF]
Lenni Brenner’s record of antisemitic activism.
- Jim Allen
A Curtain Call For Courting Perdition [PDF]
David Pryce-Jones, The Perdition Affair [PDF]
Michael Ezra, Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign Remembers the Holocaust by Blaming the “Zionists”
Stan Crooke, “Anti-Zionist” Play Will Mark Holocaust Memorial Day
British Trotskyist Jim Allen promoted the conspiracy lie in his virulently antisemitic play Perdition.
- Tony Greenstein
Paul Bogdanor, Tony Greenstein and the Nazi Apologists
Michael Ezra, Questions For Tony Greenstein
Michael Ezra, Anti-Racists Against Anti-Zionists
Michael Ezra, Tony Greenstein: More Errors Than Paragraphs
British Trotskyist Tony Greenstein lies about Zionism and the Holocaust while praising antisemites and Nazi apologists.
Nigel Savage, Letter: Tony Greenstein [PDF]
“Judeosphere,” Tony Greenstein Considers Anti-Semitism to be a Strategic Inconvenience
Paul Bogdanor, Atzmon Versus Greenstein
Exchange: Greenstein, Stalin, Hitler
Exchange: Tony Greenstein on Mass Murder and the Protocols of the Elders of Zion
Tony Greenstein’s unique approach to fighting antisemitism includes the accusation that “Zionist groups... are seeking to replicate what the Protocols described.”
Other Holocaust Falsifiers
Jacob Robinson, The Arendt Book: A Report on the Evil of Banality [PDF, 1.6 MB]
Michael Ezra, The Eichmann Polemics: Hannah Arendt and Her Critics [PDF]
Hannah Arendt – whose mentor was a fascist collaborator – pretended that Adolf Eichmann’s ideology was Zionism rather than Nazism and blamed his Jewish victims for millions of deaths during the Holocaust. Her infamous book was repeatedly exposed as a litany of falsehoods.
Goal Pinto, The Specialist is Almost Entirely a Perverse Fraud
Anti-Zionist filmmaker Eyal Sivan produced a thoroughly deceitful documentary on the Eichmann trial.
Alvin H. Rosenfeld, The Assault on Holocaust Memory [PDF]
Dave Rich, The Left and the Holocaust
Dave Rich, Holocaust Denial as an Anti-Zionist and Anti-Imperialist Tool For the European Far Left
Michael Ezra, The Abuse of Holocaust Memory: The Far Right, the Far Left and the Middle East
The radical left’s Blood Libels about “Zionist-Nazi collaboration,” “the Holocaust industry,” etc.
Allan J. Lichtman, The Terrible Whys of German History
Richard Breitman, A Nazi Crusade?
The ideological fictions of historian Arno Mayer, who pretended that the Holocaust was an unplanned result of the invasion of the Soviet Union and that most of the victims died from “natural” causes.
Shraga Elam and David Irving
Anti-Zionists “Debate” Hitler’s Guilt
Anti-Zionist Shraga Elam sends a friendly message to Holocaust denier David Irving in which he denies Hitler’s responsibility for Auschwitz. Then he debates the subject with his fellow Israel-haters.
Paul Bogdanor, Letter: David Stannard, Ward Churchill and the Holocaust
Other far-left pseudo-scholars who publish falsehoods about the Holocaust.
Decent people dismiss Holocaust deniers and other far-right propagandists with ridicule and contempt, but far-left apologists for mass murder rarely elicit the same reaction. This page seeks to correct that double standard.
* = denial material
Leopold Labedz, Of Myths and Horrors [PDF]
In the aftermath of the Cambodian killing fields, a leading Sovietologist shows how the “progressive” left supported totalitarian terror and mass slaughter while cultivating a self-image of pristine innocence.
Arch Puddington, The Wounds of Glasnost
On American leftist nostalgia for the Soviet era.
Paul Hollander, Soviet Terror, American Amnesia
Explores the blatant double standards in academic and media discussion of Soviet and Nazi mass murder.
Wojciech Roszkowski, In the House of the Hanged Man [PDF]
A leading Polish intellectual addresses the standard excuses offered by apologists for communist crimes.
David Pryce-Jones, If Commissars Wrote History
Neil McInnes, The Long Goodbye - And Eric’s Consoling Lies
David Pryce-Jones, Stalin’s Professor
Paul Hollander, A Man of Faith
Communist historian Eric Hobsbawm openly justifies the murder of millions.
Leszek Kolakowski, My Correct Views About Everything
The brilliant philosopher mercilessly exposes New Left guru E. P. Thompson.
Anders Lewis, An Ugly Anti-American
The totalitarian propaganda of New Left historian Gabriel Kolko.
Ian Williams, Ramsey Clark, The War Criminal’s Best Friend
Michelle Malkin, Ramsey Clark’s Bloody Resume
The ultra-leftist former US Attorney-General defends every anti-American mass murderer he can find.
Gerard Jackson, How the Diseased Left See the World
Apt comment on the communist apologetics of Philip Adams.
- Soviet Apologists:
-- Bolshevik Apologists
Richard Pipes, 1917 and the Revisionists
“Revisionist” historians portrayed the Bolshevik coup as a popular revolution.
-- Famine-Genocide Deniers
James Mace, Letter to the Editor of Ukraine Report
The history of attempts to deny the famine-genocide.
Roman Serbyn, The Last Stand of the Ukrainian Famine-Genocide Deniers
On the notorious Soviet-sponsored denial tract.
Robert Conquest, James Mace et al., Replies to Jeff Coplon [PDF]
Ukrainian Famine Research Committee, Response to Jeff Coplon [PDF]
Exposing some of the lies in Jeff Coplon’s Village Voice essay.
Taras Kuzio, Denial of Ukrainian Famine and Terror Continues Unabated
David Marples, Debating the Undebatable? Ukraine Famine of 1932-33
Mark Tauger denies that there was criminal intent – even though the Soviets confiscated grain from the starving, deprived villages of supplies, blocked outside assistance and deliberately trapped the victims!
* J. Arch Getty, Letter to the London Review of Books [PDF]
Paul Mitchinson, Another Kremlin Apologist?
Gabriel Schoenfeld, Review of The Road to Terror [PDF]
The discredited historian J. Arch Getty once reduced the death toll to thousands.
Robert Conquest, Stalin: The Revised Edition
Crushing review of academic revisionist Robert Thurston.
Misunderstood Stalin “Killed Only 1.3m”
Oxford University Press gives the deniers a platform.
George Walden, Back to the Soviet Future
Moshe Lewin’s attempt to rehabilitate the Soviet dictatorship.
How Shaw Defended Stalin’s Mass Killings
George Bernard Shaw denied the Great Famine and justified the Great Terror.
Richard Grenier, The Shrillest Stalinist
Bertolt Brecht was another totalitarian playwright.
Jason Maoz, The Abominable Izzy Stone
Radical journalist I. F. Stone was notorious for his Soviet sympathies.
Rocco DiPippo, A Scholar For Stalin
On the denial propaganda of English professor Grover Furr.
Ronald Radosh, The Left’s Lion
Historian Eric Foner regrets the demise of the USSR.
* William Blum, The Wonderful World of Anti-Communism
Bin Laden’s recommended radical doubts that Stalin murdered millions.
- China Apologists
Alan H. Ryskind, Red Refugees Refute Old China Hand [PDF]
Edgar Snow was undoubtedly the worst of the Maoist sycophants.
* William Hinton, On the Role of Mao Zedong
William Hinton was a lifelong champion of the Maoist revolution.
Keith Windschuttle, Mao and the Australian Maoists
The role of academics in defending one of history’s bloodiest tyrants.
Livingstone Compares Poll Tax Riots to China Massacre
Editorial, Ditch Livingstone
Far-left London Mayor Ken Livingstone belittles the Tiananmen Square massacre.
Jamyang Norbu, Acme of Obscenity
Eviscerates Tom Grunfeld’s pseudo-scholarly tract on the Chinese communist record in Tibet.
- North Korea Apologists
Anders Lewis, Useful Idiot
Paul Hollander, Pariah Lies
Historian Bruce Cumings is the premier academic apologist for the North Korean mass murderers.
- North Vietnam/Viet Cong Apologists
-- Pre-War Bloodbath Deniers
Anita Lauve Nutt, On the Question of Communist Reprisals in Vietnam [PDF]
Refutes various arguments by left-wing deniers of North Vietnam’s land reform bloodbath.
* Gareth Porter, The Myth of the Bloodbath: North Vietnam’s Land Reform Reconsidered [PDF]
The key bloodbath-denial work, relying on official communist propaganda sources.
Robert F. Turner, Expert Punctures “No Bloodbath” Myth: Gareth Porter Refuted [PDF]
Point-by-point refutation of Porter’s thesis. Porter could barely speak the language he accused others of mistranslating!
Hoang Van Chi, Reply to Gareth Porter [PDF]
An early historian of the land reform rebuts the charge that he was a CIA propagandist.
-- War Crimes Deniers
* Gareth Porter, The 1968 “Hue Massacre” [PDF]
* Edward Herman and Gareth Porter, The Myth of the Hue Massacre [PDF]
Porter and Herman denied the Viet Cong massacre of thousands in the South Vietnamese city of Hue - even though the perpetrators repeatedly admitted their responsibility.
Robert F. Turner, The Fonda Fallacies
Robert J. Caldwell, She’s Still Hanoi Jane
On Jane Fonda’s conduct during the Vietnam War.
-- Post-War Bloodbath Deniers
* Sophie and Paul Quinn-Judge, Viet Nam: Reunification and Reconciliation [PDF]
Far-leftists applaud the North Vietnamese conquest of South Vietnam and paint a glowing picture of the concentration camps.
Stuart Elliott, Americans Still Traveling Down the Ho Chi Minh Trail
Sickening report on the conduct of Gareth Porter, Noam Chomsky, Richard Falk and other “apologists engaged in the systematic cover-up of genocide and gross violations of human rights.”
* Vietnam: A Time For Healing and Compassion [PDF]
Far-leftists deny the post-war bloodbath and reprisal policy, urging that the dictatorship “should be hailed for its moderation and for its extraordinary effort to achieve reconciliation among all of its people.”
* The Truth About Vietnam [PDF]
Far-leftists justify the concentration camps and boast that “Vietnam now enjoys human rights as it has never known in history.”
Gerard Jackson, The Lies and Hypocrisy of the America-Hating John Pilger
The squalid performance of the “investigative journalist” John Pilger, who tried to conceal communist guilt in the mass drowning of the boat people and the attempted starvation of millions in Cambodia.
Mark D. Tooley, Hanoi Lifted Me
On the shameful conduct of the National Council of Churches in present-day Vietnam.
- Khmer Rouge Apologists
Stuart Elliott, From Collective Guilt to Collective Silence
A report on the far left’s early reaction to “one of the most brutal bloodbaths of modern history.”
* Human Rights in Cambodia: 1-10 11-25 26-40 41-56 57-70 [PDF]
Congressional hearings in which David Chandler expressed agnosticism about the bloodbath reports and Gareth Porter openly defended the Khmer Rouge. Porter’s performance was considered so disgraceful that one Senator compared him to apologists for Nazism.
Sophal Ear, The Khmer Rouge Canon 1975-1979: The Standard Total Academic View on Cambodia [PDF]
Important study documenting the academic campaign to defend the Khmer Rouge during the Cambodian genocide. The deniers included Gareth Porter, George Hildebrand, Malcolm Caldwell, Noam Chomsky and Edward Herman.
* The Thoughts of Ben Kiernan [PDF]
Sophal Ear, One Side of the Two-Sided Switch: Benedict Kiernan and the Khmer Rouge
The shocking record of scholar Ben Kiernan, who supported the Khmer Rouge during the slaughter and then defended the brutal dictatorship imposed by communist Vietnam. Kiernan has been described as “poacher-turned-gamekeeper in the field of genocide.”
- Frelimo Apologists
Paul Bogdanor, Western Leftists and Third World Sadists
A leading activist in Britain’s Stop the War Coalition celebrates a brutal dictator in Mozambique. NB my exchange with the head of the state propaganda agency, who turned up in the comments section.
- Cuba Apologists
Norman Luxenburg, Castro’s Effect on Life in Cuba [PDF]
Alfred G. Cuzan, The Undisputable Achievement of the Cuban Revolution [PDF]
Kirby Smith and Hugo Llorens, Renaissance and Decay [PDF]
Refutations of the propaganda fantasies about stunning advances in welfare under the communist dictatorship.
Lawrence Solomon, Bad Cuban Medicine
Lawrence Solomon, Fidel Batista!
Lawrence Solomon, Cuba’s Cruel Joke
Investigative series reporting mass poverty under the communists.
Jay Nordlinger, The Myth of Cuban Health Care
Humberto Fontova, Moore’s Pro-Castro Propaganda Hides Cuban Suffering
On the filmmaker-clown’s grotesque propaganda documentary Sicko.
Jeff Jacoby, Castro’s Cheerleaders
The seemingly endless list of apologists for the Castro dictatorship.
Alvaro Vargas Llosa, The Killing Machine: Che Guevara, From Communist Firebrand to Capitalist Brand
The absurd distortions of the Guevara cultists.
* Human Rights and Cuba
Liars pretend that “there has not been a single case of disappearance, torture or extra-judicial execution” in Cuba. Signatories include Harold Pinter, Tariq Ali, José Saramago, Rigoberta Menchu, Nadine Gordimer, Harry Belafonte, Danny Glover and Ramsey Clark.
Michael C. Moynihan, Still Stuck on Castro
Fawning media coverage of Castro’s retirement.
- Sandinista Apologists
Alfred G. Cuzan, Tourists Duped by Sandinistas [PDF]
Alfred G. Cuzan, The Latin American Studies Association vs. the United States: The Verdict of History [PDF]
Radical leftists, having learned nothing, flocked to worship another dictatorship.
Alfred G. Cuzan, The Nicaraguan Election [PDF]
Robert S. Leiken et al., The Nicaraguan Tangle: Another Exchange
Sandinista apologists fell over themselves to assert the authenticity of the rigged 1984 election.
- Ethnic Cleansing Apologists
Marko Attila Hoare, Nothing is Left
Marko Attila Hoare, The Left Revisionists
Marko Attila Hoare, Srebrenica and the London Bombings: The “Anti-War” Link
On the far-left campaign to whitewash the atrocities in the former Yugoslavia. Deniers discussed include Noam Chomsky, Edward Herman, Michael Parenti, Michel Chossudovsky, Diana Johnstone, John Pilger and Harold Pinter.
Balkan Witness, Bosnia / Kosovo
Articles debunking far-left deniers such as Noam Chomsky, Edward Herman, Diana Johnstone, Ramsey Clark, John Pilger and William Blum.
Alan Kocevic, Proving Genocide in Bosnia
Diana Johnstone’s denial arguments answered.
- Baathist Apologists
Charles M. Brown, Confessions of an Anti-Sanctions Activist
How Western far-leftists became propaganda tools of the Baathist mass murderers.
* John Pilger, Crime Against Humanity [PDF]
* William Blum, Great Moments in the History of Imperialism
Respect Watch, Galloway Backs Saddam’s Bloody Deputy
Far-leftists argue that Iraqis were better off under Saddam Hussein and champion his murderous foreign minister.
Oliver Kamm, Propagandists For Barbarism
Trotskyists line up to celebrate the terrorist mass murderers in Iraq.
- 9/11 Deniers
Panoply of the Absurd
“Judeosphere,” Conspiracy Theorists of the World, Unite!
The lies of the 9/11 conspiracy theorists.
Mark Roberts, Loose Change Creators Speak [PDF]
Mark Roberts, Loose Change Second Edition Viewer Guide
“Internet Detectives,” Loose Change
The lies of Chomsky cultist Dylan Avery and his comrades, who cite neo-Nazi Holocaust deniers and mock 9/11 victims.
“Archontan,” Michael Moore on Afghanistan
The filmmaker-clown explains his doubts about bin Laden’s guilt.
James Crowl, Concealing the Famine, 1932-1934 [PDF]
James Mace, Collaboration in the Suppression of the Ukrainian Famine
Publications such as the New York Times and The Nation covered up the worst peacetime mass murder in European history.
Media Research Center, Back to the “Peaceable” Paradise: Media Soldiers For the Seizure of Elian
The successful campaign to return a child to slavery after his mother gave her life to free him.
- New York Times
Marco Carynnyk, The New York Times and the Great Famine
James Mace, A Tale of Two Journalists [PDF]
Jacob Heilbrunn, The New York Times and the Moscow Show Trials [PDF, 2.1 MB]
America’s premier newspaper whitewashed the Ukrainian genocide and the Soviet purges.
Carl D. McMurray and Charles W. Dunn, Castro and the New York Times: An Image in Transition [PDF]
The newspaper’s disastrous misreporting of Cuba.
* Sidney Schanberg, Indochina Without Americans: For Most a Better Life
This infamous commentary was published days before the Khmer Rouge victory.
- The Nation
* Alexander Cockburn, A Million Here, A Million There
Cockburn’s infamous column claiming that “Stalin did not plan or seek to accomplish genocide.”
* Editorial, Blood-Bath Talk [PDF]
* Noam Chomsky and Edward S. Herman, Distortions at Fourth Hand
The Nation defends the Khmer Rouge.
Abraham H. Foxman, Letter to The Nation
The Nation is caught running an ad for Holocaust deniers.
- Z Magazine
Oliver Kamm, Chomsky’s Outlets
Kamm exposes a Holocaust denier at Z Magazine.
Balkan Witness, Debate: The Srebrenica Massacre
Z Magazine contributor Edward Herman denies the Srebrenica massacre, provoking outraged replies.
Balkan Witness, Edward Herman on the Lists of Missing at Srebrenica
Evidence refuting Z Magazine’s denial of the Srebrenica massacre.
- The Guardian
* Seumas Milne, Catastroika Has Not Only Been a Disaster For Russia
* Seumas Milne, The Battle For History
* Seumas Milne, Communism May Be Dead, But Clearly Not Dead Enough
“Harry’s Place,” So Goodbye Then, Seumas Milne
Denier stands up for Stalin, laments the demise of the USSR and thanks communist mass murderers for their “genuine idealism and commitment.”
* John Gittings, A Great Leap Backward?
Denier tries to rehabilitate Mao.
* Seumas Milne, Why the US Fears Cuba
* Brian Wilson, Revolution Revisited
* Richard Gott, The Future of the Revolution in the Hands of Teenage Pump Attendants
Deniers champion the Castro dictatorship.
* Jonathan Steele, Darfur Wasn’t Genocide and Sudan is Not a Terrorist State
Denial of the genocide in Darfur.
- New Statesman
* Christopher Hitchens, Iraq Flexes Arab Muscle
The Baathist mass murderers were praised in Britain’s major leftist magazine.
* Neil Clark, Milosevic: Prisoner of Conscience
Portrays the Serbian ex-dictator as a persecuted socialist dissident.
* James Sparshatt, The Communist Heaven That is Cuba
* John McDonnell, Why Cuba is a Beacon
The titles say it all.
- Institute for Policy Studies
* Gareth Porter, Congressional Testimony on Cambodia [PDF, 1.6 MB]
The IPS defends the Khmer Rouge.
Joshua Muravchik, “Communophilism” and the Institute for Policy Studies [PDF, 1.4 MB]
Detailed analysis of the far-left think tank’s disgraceful record of support for totalitarian mass murderers.
- National Lawyers Guild
Jesse Rigsby, NLG: The Legal Fifth Column
The totalitarian ideology of the National Lawyers Guild.
Shawn Macomber, North Korean Lawyers Guild
Shawn Macomber, Real Revelations
Michael P. Tremoglie, The NLG: Shilling For Stalinists
The NLG’s revolting apologetics for North Korea.
- Amnesty International
Christopher Archangelli, Amnesty For Iraq
Argues that the leftist “human rights group” suppressed Baathist atrocities so that it could concentrate on denunciations of America and Britain.
* Canon Paul Oestreicher, A Line Has Been Crossed
The former UK chairman of Amnesty International compares Middle East terrorists to French Resistance heroes and justifies the killing of Israelis, Americans and Britons.
Ted Lapkin, Defining Terror
The secretary-general of Amnesty International whitewashed jihadist massacres.
Editorial, “American Gulag”
The secretary-general of Amnesty International asserts that American detention facilities for captured terrorists are no different from the Gulag.
Patrick Devenny, Amnesty: For North Korea
Amnesty International downplayed the North Korean horrors.
Jamie Weinstein, Amnesty Irrational
In just one year, “Amnesty produced more country reports on the United States than on Cuba, Syria, North Korea, the Palestinian Authority, China, Iran, and Saudi Arabia combined.”
Israel and the Middle East
Israel and the Middle East
Some neglected information on the Arab-Israeli conflict and Middle East terrorism.
The War Against Israel
Paul Bogdanor, Understanding the Arab-Israeli Conflict
Statements not quoted in the average news report.
Louis Rene Beres, Attempted Genocide From the Start
An excellent summary of the conflict.
Andrew G. Bostom, The Legacy of Jihad in Historical Palestine I II
The history of atrocities against Jews in Israel/Palestine.
Nazi Activities in North Africa and the Middle East During the Era of the Holocaust [PDF]
Klaus-Michael Mallmann and Martin Cuppers, “Elimination of the Jewish National Home in Palestine” [PDF]
David Trafford, Beyond the Pale: Nazism, Holocaust Denial and the Arab World
Anti-Zionists claim that the peoples of the Middle East paid the price for the Final Solution in Europe. The truth is that many Arab nationalists supported the Holocaust and eagerly anticipated the destruction of their own Jewish populations.
Efraim Karsh, The Long Trail of Arab Anti-Semitism
Robert Wistrich, Muslim Anti-Semitism: A Clear and Present Danger [PDF, 3.5 MB]
Fomenting genocidal hatred in today’s Middle East.
Bat Yeor, Culture of Hate
Steven Plaut, Who Stole the Holy Land?
The Zionism-is-colonialism lie.
Chaim Herzog, Response to Zionism-is-Racism Resolution
Alexander Yakobson and Amnon Rubinstein, Democratic Norms, Diasporas, and Israel’s Law of Return [PDF]
David E. Bernstein, Unasked Questions
The Zionism-is-racism lie.
Ted Lapkin, The Hidden Meaning of Anti-Zionism
Amnon Rubinstein, On Dreams and Nightmares
The meaning of the anti-Zionist “one-state solution.”
As’ad Ghanem and Asher Susser, Dialogue on The Future Vision of the Palestinian Arabs in Israel
Brian Klug and Robert Wistrich, When is Opposition to Israel and Its Policies Anti-Semitic?
Debates between anti-Zionists and Zionists.
Diana Muir, “A Land Without a People For a People Without a Land”
CAMERA, False Zionist Quotes
Misquotation is a key tactic of anti-Zionist propaganda.
Israel Eldad, Jabotinsky Distorted
Letter to the New York Times: Israeli Freedom Party [PDF]
The Revisionist-Zionism-is-fascism lie.
Mitchell Bard, Myths and Facts [PDF, 3.6 MB]
Best online resource on anti-Israel disinformation.
William J. Bennett, Jack Kemp and Jeane Kirkpatrick, Twenty Facts About Israel and the Middle East
Dennis Prager, Explaining the Arab-Israeli Conflict Through Numbers
Daniel Pipes, Palestinian Word Games
Useful summaries of the relevant facts.
Efraim Karsh, Arab Imperialism: The Tragedy of the Middle East [PDF]
Efraim Karsh, Pan-Muslim Fiction
The causes of violence in the Middle East.
Efraim Karsh, 1948, Israel, and the Palestinians
The Zionists accepted the two-state solution; Arab leaders rejected it and started a genocidal war, causing a refugee tragedy and decades of conflict. Essential reading.
Michael B. Oren, The Second War of Independence
Israel might not have survived without the 1956 war.
Michael B. Oren, Did Israel Want the Six-Day War? [PDF]
Moshe Gat, Nasser and the Six Day War, 5 June 1967 [PDF]
Isabella Ginor, The Cold War’s Longest Cover-Up: How and Why the USSR Instigated the 1967 War [PDF]
Arab and Soviet culpability for the 1967 war.
Efraim Karsh, What Occupation?
The Israeli record in the West Bank and Gaza.
Efraim Karsh, Were the Palestinians Expelled?
Arabs Urged to Flee From Palestine in 1948 [PDF]
PA Daily: Arab Leaders Caused the Refugee Problem
Evidence of Arab evacuation orders in 1948.
Efraim Karsh, The Palestinians and the “Right of Return”
The “Right of Return” is a euphemism for the destruction of Israel.
Sidney Zabludoff, The Palestinian Refugee Issue: Rhetoric vs. Reality
Causes and extent of the problem examined in detail.
Yaacov Meron, Why Jews Fled the Arab Countries
Andrew G. Bostom, Recognition for the Silent Jewish Refugees
Jewish Refugees From Arab Countries: The Case For Rights and Redress [PDF]
Ethnic cleansing of Jews in the Middle East.
Efraim Karsh, Rewriting Israel’s History
Efraim Karsh, Historical Fictions
Efraim Karsh, The 60-Year War For Israel’s History
The New Historians, who portrayed Israel as the villain in 1948, are guilty of academic fraud.
Efraim Karsh, Benny Morris’s Reign of Error, Revisited
Efraim Karsh, The Fight Over 1948
Robert B. Satloff, Benny Morris and Israel’s Border Wars
Benny Morris has become infamous for some of his misquotations.
Efraim Karsh, Pure Pappe
Seth J. Frantzman, Flunking History
Ilan Pappe has also participated in propaganda hoaxes.
Michael B. Oren, Who Started It?
Tom Segev’s falsification of the 1967 war.
Cameron S. Brown, Answering Edward Said’s The Question of Palestine [PDF]
Efraim Karsh and Rory Miller, Did Edward Said Really Speak Truth to Power?
The most influential of the PLO propagandists exposed.
Efraim Karsh, The Iron Illusions of Rashid Khalidi
Reviews a typical example of PLO historiography.
Menachem Kellner, Resisting Falsehood and Protecting Integrity
Merciless refutation of anti-Israel boycott rhetoric.
Meyrav Wurmser, Made-Up Massacre: The Tantura Affair
Yoav Gelber, Folklore Versus History: The Tantura Blood Libel [PDF]
PA Paid Legal Defense Fees of 1948 Tantura Affair Historian
The Katz Directory
The Tantura massacre hoax is the most blatant example of fabrication by the New Historians.
Yehuda Kraut, Palestinian Spokesmen, Jenin Lies and Media Indifference
Yagil Henkin, Urban Warfare and the Lessons of Jenin [PDF]
The Jenin massacre hoax.
The Red Cross Ambulance Incident
The Human Rights Watch Report
Faked Israeli attacks on Red Cross ambulances in Lebanon.
Richard North, The Corruption of the Media [PDF]
The staging of the Qana tragedy.
Avi Bell, Whose War Crimes in Lebanon?
HonestReporting, Covering the Conflict in the North
The Srifa and Hula massacre hoaxes.
Steven Stotsky, Questioning the Number of Civilian Casualties in Lebanon
The manipulation of Lebanese casualty statistics.
Justus Reid Weiner, The Use of Palestinian Children in the Al-Aqsa Intifada
Justus Reid Weiner, Child Abuse: The New Islamic Cult of Martyrdom [PDF]
The use of child soldiers by the Palestinian Authority.
Jacob Laksin, Media Lies and Hezbollah’s Human Shields
Hezbollah efforts to increase the civilian death toll in Lebanon.
Hizbullah Presents: How to Recruit Children
Egyptian Weekly on Hizbullah’s Armed Children’s Militias
The use of child soldiers in Lebanon.
Hamas Exploitation of Civilians as Human Shields [PDF]
Gazans Tell How Hamas Used Them As Human Shields
CAMERA, Hamas’s Palestinian Victims: Human Shields
Daniel Mandel, Human Shields
Hamas terrorists in Gaza stored weapons in homes and mosques, sheltered in hospitals, fired rockets from schools, rigged school buildings with explosives, etc.
Syrian Human Rights Committee, The Massacres of Hama
The mass murder of tens of thousands in Syria.
How Many People Has Hussein Killed?
The mass murder of hundreds of thousands in Iraq.
Daniel Polisar, Yasser Arafat and the Myth of Legitmacy [PDF]
Justus Reid Weiner, Human Rights of Christians in Palestinian Society [PDF, 1.4 MB]
The criminality of the Palestinian Authority.
Mohamed Eljahmi, True to His Terrorist Ways
J. Peter Pham, Still at Large: Qadhafi the War Criminal
The Libyan dictator has been involved in war crimes and genocide throughout Africa.
United States Committee for Refugees, 1.9 Million Dead From Sudan’s Civil War
The genocidal slaughter in Sudan.
“The International Community”
Eli E. Hertz, Mandate For Palestine: The Legal Aspect of Jewish Rights [PDF]
The legal right of the Jewish people to a homeland in Israel.
Julius Stone, International Law and the Arab-Israeli Conflict [PDF]
The legal status of the West Bank and Gaza, Jerusalem, the Geneva Conventions, settlements, etc.
Ruth Lapidoth, Legal Aspects of the Palestinian Refugee Question
Alex Safian, The Palestinian Claim to a “Right of Return”
The “Right of Return” has no basis in international law and virtually no counterpart in world history.
Barry Levenfeld, Israel’s Counter-Fedayeen Tactics in Lebanon [PDF, 3.5 MB]
Robbie Sabel, Hezbollah, Israel, Lebanon and the Law of Armed Conflict
David B. Rivkin Jr. and Lee A. Casey, Israel is Within its Rights
J. Peter Pham and Michael I. Krauss, No Justice, No Peace?
Israeli military operations in Lebanon were lawful defensive actions.
Laurence E. Rothenburg and Abraham Bell, Israel’s Anti-Terror Fence: The World Court Case
Eli E. Hertz, Reply to the Advisory Opinion [PDF]
The right to deny entry to suicide bombers.
Justus Reid Weiner and Avi Bell, International Law and the Fighting in Gaza [PDF]
Michael I. Krauss, Collective Punishment and Newspeak
David B. Rivkin Jr. and Lee A. Casey, The Myth Of Occupied Gaza
The right to stop missile attacks on Israeli cities.
- United Nations
Anne Bayefsky, The UN and the Jews [PDF]
Anne Bayefsky, One Small Step
The United Nations has a long and sordid record of promoting anti-Zionism and antisemitism.
Harris O. Schoenberg, Demonization in Durban: The World Conference Against Racism [PDF]
The best analysis of the UN Third World Nuremberg Rally.
Arlene Kushner, The UN’s Palestinian Refugee Problem [PDF]
Gina Benevento and Arlene Kushner, Exchange: Palestinian Refugees [PDF]
James G. Lindsay, Fixing UNRWA [PDF]
The United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) not only perpetuates the Palestinian refugee tragedy but even assists Palestinian terrorists.
NGO Monitor, Summary Reports on NGOs
NGO Monitor, The NGO Front in the Gaza War [PDF]
The ideological corruption of dozens of NGOs monitoring the conflict.
NGO Monitor, Amnesty International’s Reporting of Human Rights Issues in the Arab-Israeli Conflict
Steven Plaut, Amnesty International: Not a Reliable Source
Amnesty International’s endless falsehoods about Israel and its enemies.
NGO Monitor, Experts or Ideologues: Systematic Analysis of Human Rights Watch
CAMERA, Senior Human Rights Watch Staffer Once Called For Israel’s Destruction
HRW employs anti-Israel fanatics who shamelessly fabricate political libels in the guise of human rights reporting. One of them excused massacres of Jews by the PLO and lectured on Israel’s destruction in Baathist Iraq. Another was an obsessive collector of medals from Nazi Germany.
Alexander A. Weinreb and Avi Weinreb, Has Israel Used Indiscriminate Force?
Tamar Sternthal, B’Tselem, Los Angeles Times Redefine “Civilian”
Tamar Sternthal, B’Tselem’s Annual Casualty Figures Questioned
B’Tselem, an Israeli far-left front group, is notorious for manipulating casualty statistics.
Edwin Black, Funding Hate
The Ford Foundation has a shocking record of backing anti-Israel and antisemitic NGOs such as LAW.
“The Peace Process”
Efraim Karsh, Arafat’s Grand Strategy
The best analysis of the Oslo Accords and their inevitable implosion.
Jonathan D. Halevi, Understanding the Breakdown of Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations
Fatah’s strategy for the destruction of Israel.
Ido Zelkovitz, Fatah’s Embrace of Islamism
Fatah’s cynical conversion from Third World revolution to Islamic jihad.
MEMRI, The (Revised) Palestinian Account of Camp David I II III
Saul Singer, Camp David, Real and Invented
David Makovsky, Taba Mythchief [PDF]
Fatah sabotaged the peace negotiations and started a bloodbath.
Joshua Muravchik, The Road Map to Nowhere
Yaakov Amidror, The Geneva Accord: A Strategic Assessment
The hopeless ideas of politicians who refuse to learn from their mistakes.
Ben Fishman and Mohammad Yaghi, The Palestinian National Accord: Consensus at Any Cost
Gilead Ini, Prisoners’ Document: Peace Plan or “Phased Plan”?
C. Jacob and Y. Carmon, The Mecca Agreement
Caroline Glick, The Saudi Plan For Israel’s Destruction
Daniel Mandel, Giving the Process Precedence
Proposals to establish the State of Palestine without a state of peace.
Daniel Pipes, Accept Israel as the Jewish State?
Palestinian nationalists are unanimous in their rejection of Israel.
“The War on Terrorism”
Daniel Pipes, What is Jihad?
Daniel Pipes, What Do the Terrorists Want?
The ideological superstructure of the terrorist base.
Jonathan D. Halevi, Al Qaeda’s Intellectual Legacy
MEMRI, Contemporary Islamist Ideology Authorizing Genocidal Murder
Surrender to the terrorists would produce an epoch-making slaughter.
John Perazzo, “Why Do They Hate Us?”
Haim Harari, The Eye of the Storm in the Middle East
David Meir-Levi, Terrorism: The Root Causes
The absurdity of blaming the West, Israel or poverty for the crimes of Middle East mass murderers.
Max Boot, The End of Appeasement
Barry Rubin, The Truth About US Middle East Policy [PDF]
The history of American surrenders in the Middle East.
Michael Rubin, Who is Responsible For the Taliban? [PDF]
Michael Rubin, Sanctions on Iraq: A Valid Anti-American Grievance? [PDF]
Anti-American myths exploded.
The War in Iraq
Norman Podhoretz, Who Is Lying About Iraq?
On the attempts to rewrite the history of the war debate.
Robert J. Lieber, The Folly of Containment [PDF]
Richard Spertzel, Have War Critics Even Read the Duelfer Report?
Robert Kagan, Whether This War Was Worth It
Oliver Kamm, We Were Right to Invade Iraq
Buried WMD Scoop
Without military action, the containment system would have collapsed and the world’s most aggressive dictatorship would have acquired nuclear weapons.
Paul Leventhal, Iraq’s Nuclear Capabilities
The Nuclear Control Institute notes the absurdity of worrying about stolen nuclear materials falling into the hands of terrorists but not the states that sponsor them.
Iraqi Perspectives Project, Saddam and Terrorism
Stephen F. Hayes, Saddam’s Dangerous Friends [PDF]
Mark Eichenlaub, Regime of Terror
“Saddam supported groups that either associated directly with al Qaeda (such as the Egyptian Islamic Jihad, led at one time by bin Laden’s deputy, Ayman al-Zawahiri) or that generally shared al Qaeda’s stated goals and objectives.”
The Modern Left
The Modern Left
Introduction - What is the left?
The left has a proud history on some issues (mainly social issues) and a less proud history on others (mainly foreign policy). The left pioneered rights for women, blacks, gays, atheists and other minorities. It opposed religious and sexual censorship, and enabled sexual freedom. This is the greatest part of its heritage. But this is history now. All this is uncontroversial now. Most of the modern right agrees with this basic agenda. Certainly I do. So what defines "the left"?
I would submit that the main thing that defines the left in the modern world is its approach to foreign policy - with the economy and crime being lesser issues that distinguish them. And while I basically agree with the left on civil liberties, on the issues of the economy, crime and foreign policy I think the left is simply wrong. Its ideas will lead to a less, not more, prosperous society. Its ideas will lead to more, not less, crime. And its ideas will lead to a more, not less, dangerous world.
The moderate peacenik leftist's foreign policy is the most dangerous of all his ideas. He does not explictly love tyranny and hate democracy. But he talks as if he does. He is disgusted by the West (especially leadership and front-line countries like America and Israel), does not admire it, mocks its leaders, spits on its military and on any soldier fool enough to die for it, and in general (whether he likes it or not) gives support and encouragement to the barbarians outside the gates who wish to destroy the West and everything we love.
The mind of the left is very familiar to me. He does not really believe in the existence of barbarians outside the gates. He thinks violent communist or third-world or Islamic revolutionaries must have logical reasons for what they do. They must be responding to rational grievances, rather than be driven, say, by demons inside their heads. He believes that if the West - and in particular America - was weaker, it would be a less (rather than infinitely more) violent and dangerous world. In short, he is someone whose foreign policy ideas will lead to the triumph of tyranny abroad and ultimately at home too.
Modern leftists (on foreign policy and economics at least) are the counter-Enlightenment - those who refuse to believe that we basically solved these problems in the 18th century, and instead look to some imaginary utopia that won't actually work. Safe in the bosom of capitalist democracies, they attack their protector, and praise foreign tyrannies, without fear of consequences. But their ideas do have consequences. Western leftist intellectuals have spread endless misery to the third world, leading to the death of millions. And there is always a threat at home too. So far, their ideas have not been successful at home. If they ever were, Israel, and Europe, and the West itself, would fall.
If we define the modern left as those who do not support the West against its enemies, then it has a wide range - from violent communist revolutionary totalitarians to peace-lovers who simply abhor war and imperialism and prefer to appease foreign tyrants. What they have in common - the moderates as well as extremists - is a dream of a utopian society that is different in some revolutionary way from modern bourgeois, western, capitalist consumerist democracy. But perhaps the single most important lesson of the past century is that this dream of utopia has been responsible for more deaths and suffering than any other human idea.
The lesson of the 20th century
In the 20th century, 100 million people were killed for the dream of a new revolutionary socialist society, and the killing continues today. 2 billion more lives were ruined through state-caused poverty, famine and emigration. 1 billion more people in the West lived for decades under the threat of nuclear annihilation by Marx's followers. The lesson of the 20th century is that boring bourgeois conservatives are not the mass killers - starry-eyed idealists are.
And yet the western left seems to have learned nothing from the 20th century. Here they are again, those siren voices, unashamed and free of guilt, still insulting the West, still looking for alternatives. If we listen to them, 100 million more will die in the 21st century.
Read the Communism page first. Understand the butchery that has already taken place first, before you follow the siren voices of any new revolutions. Revolutions do not necessarily liberate. Historically, revolutions have enslaved as often as they have liberated. 100 million dead
The Museum of Communism has an excellent FAQ summarising a number of points I've felt for years:
The Museum of Communism also makes the point that, despite their denials, fascism and communism are pretty much the same thing. Both are totalitarian ideologies with contempt for dissent, debate and elections. In both ideologies, the individual is worthless and exists to serve the state. Indeed, fascism is merely a school of socialism.
The moderate, peacenik leftist does not of course want violent communist revolution. He believes the left's 20th century tolerance of communism was a mistake in some way. He thinks the left can reject this, and a "new left" can be formed which is still admirable.
But the consequences of his hostility to America, Israel, Britain, and all front-line western states, will be the same - Western weakness and decline, and the victory of anti-Western totalitarians around the world.
The moderate, peacenik, atheist, gay-friendly leftist does not really support the medieval Islamofascist agenda of Iran, Hamas, Hezbollah, Al Qaeda and the Iraqi "resistance". But he acts as if he desires their victory.
Bumper sticker in The Goode Family sums up the bizarre moral universe of the modern peacenik leftie.
The left's historical support for tyranny and terrorism
The left's modern support for Islamic fascism
The mind of the left - The continued appeal of socialism and totalitarianism to the young
Leaving the left
The Irish left
"Communism is not a reaction against the failure of the nineteenth century to organize optimal economic output. It is a reaction against its comparative success."
- John Maynard Keynes, 1934.
"I do think America is a great idea. I think the American revolution is the only one which has lasted, the only one left. It still has a dynamic. It is the only one capable of a universal application."
- Christopher Hitchens with the last word on the end of the murderous utopian century of the left.
CNN's Mideast editor writes: one of Hezbollah's giants I respect a lot
CNN's Mideast editor writes on Twitter: "Sad to hear of the passing of Sayyed Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah ... one of Hezbollah's giants I respect a lot"
Her own words, in a tribute to the cleric who green-lighted Hizballah's suicide attacks, including the 1983 barracks bombing that killed 241 Americans. "One of Hizballah's giants," indeed. "CNN reporter on terrorist: 'I respect him a lot'," by Aaron Klein for World Net Daily, July 5:
TEL AVIV - CNN's senior Middle East affairs editor yesterday professed her "respect" for an anti-American Islamic extremist who was an ideological guide to the Hezbollah terror group and who was accused of masterminding a 1983 attack on U.S. Marine barracks in Beirut that killed 241 Americans.
"Sad to hear of the passing of Sayyed Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah ... one of Hezbollah's giants I respect a lot," wrote CNN senior editor for Middle East affairs Octavia Nasr on her personal Twitter page.241 dead Americans and their families would disagree.
Fadlallah, Lebanon's top Shiite Muslim cleric who was once regarded as the spiritual leader of Hezbollah, has a long history of supporting terrorism against the U.S. and Israel. He was accused, for example, of masterminding the 1983 U.S. Marine barracks bombing. Although he had strenuously denied any connection to the attack, he continued to publicly support anti-American and anti-Israeli attacks.
He also supported the seizure and hostage-taking at the U.S. Embassy in Tehran in 1979 and has been known to praise Palestinian suicide bombings.
He has said of America, "In its policy that aspires to impose hegemony on the world is an evil with no good in it."
News media reports claim that in recent years Fadlallah drifted away from radical Islamist politics and has espoused policies of moderation.
However, media watchdog HonestReporting.com points out that he praised the Palestinian shooting massacre of eight Israeli students at a Jerusalem yeshiva on March 6, 2008, and has praised Iran's efforts to build long-range missiles as the "pride of the Islamic world" in 2008.
Just last week, Reuters reported that when asked what he needed by a nurse at the Lebanese hospital in which he was being treated, Fadlallah replied: "For the Zionist entity to cease to exist."
Fadlallah also has engaged in Holocaust denial.
In a March 2008 interview with Al-Manar TV Fadlullah stated, "Zionism has inflated the number of victims in this holocaust beyond imagination. They say there were six million Jews - not six million, not three million, or anything like that. ... But the world accepted this [figure], and it does not allow anyone to discuss this."
Fadlallah survived several assassination attempts, including a 1985 car bombing near his south Beirut home that killed 80 people. During Israel's 2006 war in Lebanon, Fadlallah's residence was bombed and reduced to rubble by Israeli warplanes. Fadlallah was not at home.
Nasr, meanwhile, has a history of controversial remarks on terrorism, WND has learned.
In 2006, while serving as CNN's senior editor for Arab affairs, Nasr stated in an online CNN interview that "terrorism for one person is a freedom fight for another."
"So, you know, if you think about it, 'terrorism' is a subjective term depending on which side you are on," Nasr continued.
Nasr previously worked for the Lebanese Broadcasting Corporation, a brainchild of Lebanon's former President Bashir Gemayel. At the time of the LBC's founding in 1985, the pro-Western Gemayel was leader of the Lebanese Army.
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NY Times Article Called Political Collusion with Radical Left
NY Times Article Called Political Collusion with Radical Left
A New York Times article suggesting that the United States gives preferential tax breaks to Jewish organizations and movements in Judea and Samaria was written in collusion with the radical leftist pro-Palestinian movement, and timed to coincide with a meeting between U.S. President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, according to a report by media watchdog Honest Reporting.
The NYT article alleged that Jewish residents of Judea and Samaria are taking advantage of U.S. tax breaks in order to conduct illegal building and settlement in the region. The article states that the residents' organizations have an easier time raising and using money from American donors for their cause than they have doing so in Israel. Over 40 pro-Israel groups in the United States have raised more than $200 million on behalf of Jewish life in Judea, Samaria, and eastern Jerusalem in the last 10 years, according to the article.
Yet an analysis conducted by non-governmental organization watchdog NGO Monitor and publicized by Honest Reporting has concluded that the NYT report is very similar to an anti-Zionist campaign run by the anti Zionist Gush Shalom organization in 2009.
According to Honest Reporting, a confidential memo of July 2009 outlined a campaign to wrench federal tax exempt status from all U.S. charities providing support to Jews in Judea and Samaria.
Furthermore, while the NYT article did make quick mention of the fact that pro-Palestinian organizations also enjoy tax-exempt status in the United States, the article states that because American policy is against a Jewish presence in Judea and Samaria, tax-exemption for charitable organizations which support them is objectionable. "The donations to the settler movement stand out because of the centrality of the settlement issue in the current talks and the fact that Washington has consistently refused to allow Israel to spend American government aid in the settlements," said the article. It then quoted a senior State Department official who said the tax-exemptions are detrimental to US policy. “It’s a problem," he said. “It’s unhelpful to the efforts that we’re trying to make.”
Honest Reporting noted that the article did not state the fact that there are also a significant number of pro-Palestinian tax exempt NGOs which promote policies contrary to that of the United States, such as a one-Arab-state solution or anti-Israel delegitimization programs.
CAMERA, the media watchdog organization, noted in its critique of the NYT article that there are obvious omissions: The New Israel Fund heavily subsidizes radical anti Zionist Israel-based organizations like Adallah, Breaking the Silence, Gisha, B'Tselem and Machsom Watch. These five organizations, together with many similar groups supported by the New Israel Fund, effectively work to undermine Israel's standing in the world and its ability to defend itself. Yet among literally hundreds of organizations funded by the NIF not one is mentioned in the article. The only similar group the Times does mention is Peace Now, though it is termed an "Israeli civil and human rights group," which the paper allows might be "accused of having a blatant political agenda."
The NYT article itself states that the money "goes mostly to schools, synagogues, recreation centers and the like, legitimate expenditures under the tax law" and that "most contributions go to large, established settlements close to the boundary with Israel that would very likely be annexed in any peace deal, in exchange for land elsewhere", leading CAMERA to ask" "So why the front page story?"
The Jews’ Liberalism Addiction »
The Jews’ Liberalism Addiction
Rabbi Byron L. Sherwin explains why, with growing anti-Semitism on the Left, American Jews still won't shift to the Right
by Jamie Glazov
Frontpage Interview’s guest today is Byron L. Sherwin, an accomplished theologian, ethicist, scholar and teacher. Ordained a Rabbi by the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, he received his PHD in Cultural History from the University of Chicago. Sherwin is the author or editor of 28 books and over 150 articles and monographs, most recently Faith Finding Meaning: A Theology of Judaism (Oxford, 2009). For 40 years, he has served at Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies at Chicago, where he currently is Distinguished Service Professor and Vice-President for Academic Affairs Emeritus.
FP: Rabbi Sherwin, welcome back to Frontpage Interview.
In our recent interview, we discussed why the vast majority of American Jews identify themselves as political liberals and what the self-destructive consequences are of them doing so.
I would like to continue today by discussing why a shift to conservatism has not yet occurred among American Jews and if you think that such a shift might soon occur.
Let me first begin with this question: What have been some changing realities of American Jewish life? And how have they influenced Jewish political views and behaviors?
Sherwin: Thanks Jamie.
These are the kinds of questions that would really take at least a book each to answer completely. But, simply put, there have been enormous changes in American Jewish life, especially in the last century, particularly in the decades since World War II. Nonetheless, I suggest that even though it seems surprising, illogical, ironic and counter-intuitive, these major changes have not had a real influence on American Jewish political views and behaviors.
Widespread social and economic discrimination, rampant anti-Semitism, poverty, lack of employment opportunities, political marginalization, a feeling of vulnerability, and a perception that conservatives considered Jews as personas non grata in America—along with other conservative attitudes and policies that were reminiscent of those experienced by Jews in Europe—propelled Jewish immigrants and their children into the liberal and radical camps, including the American Communist and Socialists parties. The outset of the Great Depression, and the presidency of Franklin D. Roosevelt, solidified the overwhelming allegiance of Jews to the Democratic Party. Jews voted more heavily for Roosevelt than any other group of Americans, increasing the percentage of their vote to 90 percent for his last two terms. This led one Jewish observer to say that “Jews believe in three veltn (“worlds”): die velt (the natural world), yene velt (the supernatural world), and Roose-velt.
FP: Let me interrupt for a second. Why this support for Roosevelt and what were the consequences?
Byron: The overwhelming majority of American Jews perceived the Roosevelt administration–its advocacy of government activism in support of economic growth; its support of unions, the poor and middle-class workers; and, the opportunities of government service afforded to Jews and others–to be in their best interests.
Now, the almost unanimous alignment of American Jews with Roosevelt’s Democratic Party led to the decline of Jewish affiliation both with the Republican Party on the right and the Socialist Party on the left. Jews embraced the Democratic Party’s program of using government initiative to address poverty, economic issues and discrimination. Jews who came to America as immigrants and their children, saw the Democratic Party as a powerful and dominant force in American political life committed to the social, economic and political advancement of a liberal agenda and of social programs that resonated with Jewish convictions, needs and aspirations, and which affirmed many of the political impulses they had carried with them from Europe. Jews perceived the Democratic coalition as a source, not only of opportunity but also of protection and safety from the attitudes and actions of hostile American institutions, which they identified with the oppression by conservatives that they had experienced in Europe.
Given the socio-economic conditions of American Jewry back then, and given the attraction of the ideology and activities of liberal politics to a generation of Jewish immigrants and their immediate progeny who sought amelioration from the disabilities of those conditions, the Jewish allegiance to liberal values and to the Democratic Party, seemed to make perfect sense. Jewish interests, as most Jews saw them, were best represented by the liberal politics of Roosevelt’s New Deal Democrats.
FP: Contemporary American Jews?
Byron: American Jews today are far removed from the immigrant generation, and the conditions that characterized it. The self-image and correlative political strategies of past generations were rooted in the conviction that in America, as in Europe, the Jews were an out-group, perhaps the paradigmatic out-group. But, this is no longer the case. In recent decades, Jews have become an in-group in American cultural life, the professions, higher education, science, business, politics, etc.
For example, no longer is Jewish access to our elite academic institutions either precluded or restricted by quotas, as it was not so long ago. Rather, Jews now serve as presidents, deans, faculty and students at our premier academic institutions in numbers far exceeding their percentage of the American population. Socio-economic-based discrimination is largely a distant memory. The pervasive poverty of the immigrant population is long gone.
American Jewry has achieved extraordinary socio-economic upward mobility and social acceptance, perhaps unparalleled in the past two millennia of Jewish historical experience.
Yet, despite vast changes in American Jewish life historically, socially and economically, Jewish political affiliations and behaviors largely fail to reflect those changes. Rather, it has been other phenomena in American Jewish life, especially the growing secularization of American Jewry, their progressive detachment from traditional Jewish teachings, and their increasing liberalization of the form of Judaism they do affirm, that has kept them squarely in the liberal camp. Though the Jewish theologian Emil Fackenheim considered “liberal Judaism” as an oxymoron, the vast majority of American Jews who continue to maintain synagogue affiliation, affiliate with liberal forms of Judaism. The largest synagogue movement is Reform Judaism, and in the words of one observer, “the only difference between the left wing of the Democratic Party and Reform Judaism are the Jewish holidays.”
Liberalism’s economic program is oriented primarily toward the poor. When American Jews were struggling to establish themselves economically, liberal policies made sense, as a matter of self-interest. But today, when American Jews have achieved a position of unparalleled affluence and influence, such policies seem to conflict with Jewish self-interest. Yet, studies consistently show that Jews largely endorse the programs for “income distribution,” increased government spending on domestic programs and less on defense, and higher taxes, characteristic of liberal Democrats. For instance, though the current generation of baby-boomers is on the verge of inheriting an unprecedented amount of wealth from their aging parents, Jews supported Democrats in 2008, who made no secret of their intention to reinstitute the “death tax” and to tax inheritances up to a rate of 55 percent, as well as raising other taxes across the board. Unlike other groups of Americans who became more conservative on economic issues once they achieve some modicum of economic success, American Jews continue to endorse policies and programs that are clearly not in their economic self-interest.
Anti-Semitism, which Jews– based upon their experiences in Europe and upon the immigrant experience in the United States—readily identify with the political right, has actually declined on the right while it has escalated on the left, especially among those who form the coalition that currently comprises the left wing of the Democratic Party. Yet, liberal Jews seem either to ignore or to rationalize this currently expanding phenomenon of anti-Semitism among liberals.
FP: And how does the support for Israel play into this?
Byron: Since the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948, American Jews have advocated strongly for its security and its support. A growing hostility to Israel on the American political left has been matched by an expanding support for Israel on the American political right, especially among Evangelicals. Yet, it would seem that the majority of American Jews, who refuse to abandon their liberal principles even where their own self-interests are concerned, prefer the anti-Israel proclivities of the left to the pro-Israel position of the right. The stated commitment against prejudice by liberal Jews, does not seem to extend to those whose conservative political views they do not share. Among liberal American Jews, one strong prejudice, rooted in the immigrant experience, continues to manifest itself: fear, mistrust and prejudice against many Christian institutions and their spokespersons.
Liberal American Jews’ fear of religion, including their own, so poignantly described by Elliot Abrams in his book “Faith or Fear,” is at the roots of the liberal Jewish advocacy of an absolute separation of church and state, and of the confinement of religion to the private personal sphere rather than to the “public square.” It is ironic that on issues of public policy, liberals preclude religious intrusion, except where it endorses their own agenda, such as was the case with the civil rights movement. Liberal Jews would probably have considered the views of George Washington as un-American when he said: “And let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. . . reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.”
Studies have shown that Jewish religious and ethnic identity is immeasurably strengthened among students who attend Jewish “Day Schools.” But, the dogma of church-state separation, as interpreted by liberal Jews, has led to persistent opposition to tuition voucher programs and other forms of aid for Jewish and non-Jewish private schools. With the current economic downturn, many such schools are on the verge of closing or already have closed for economic reasons. Though liberal synagogues today quietly accept funds from Homeland Security, these same congregations oppose any governmental funds going toward Jewish education.
In short, Jamie, to return to your original question: despite what one might reasonably expect, the enormous changes in American Jewish life of the past few decades, have basically left Jewish political affiliations and activities unaffected.
FP: For 40 years or more pundits have predicted a shift to conservativism and away from the Democratic Party by American Jews. You have helped us understand why it hasn’t occurred.
Now, do you think it will?
Sherwin: More than 40 years ago, Chales Liebman described the future of Jewish liberalism in America as “bleak.” Liebman believed that once American Jews realized that liberalism rejected “intrinsic Jewish values” and threatened the continuity of the Jewish people as Jews, they would reject liberalism. Liebman further opined that once American Jews perceived anti-Semitism as coming from the left, sometimes in more virulent forms than from the right; once American Jews began to see themselves as part of the “in-group” and no longer as an “out-group,” Jews would abandon liberalism. However, Liebman was wrong.
In the early 1970s, a growing number of observers of American Jewry predicted a gradual but inevitable shift toward conservatism and away from the Democratic Party by American Jews. They believed that positive changes in American Jewish life that escalated after World War II, such as a decline in anti-Semitism and discrimination, greater social acceptance of Jews, enhanced educational and professional opportunity, greater economic prosperity, and the transition of American Jews from an “out-group” to an “in-group,” would precipitate a shift of perception in American Jewish self-interest from a liberal perspective identified with the realities of the pre-war immigrant population to a conservative perspective more in line with the current interests and socio-economic conditions of American Jewry. But, they, too, were wrong.
There were those who interpreted the occasional dips in Jewish voting patterns from the 90 percent received by Roosevelt during his last two terms to the 60 percent received by Stevenson in 1952 and 1956, as the initiation of a new trend toward conservatism and an easing of the Democratic hold upon Jews. But, the 80 percent of the Jewish vote received by Kennedy and the 90 percent received by Johnson allayed those expectations. The dip below 50 percent received by Carter in 1980 and the 40 percent received by Reagan in 1980, was also perceived as the beginning of a trend. But, when the Democratic presidential candidate in the five elections between 1992 and 2008 garnered at least 75 percent of the Jewish vote with Bush 41 in 1992 receiving only 11 percent and Bush 43 in 2000 receiving only 19 percent, such predictions again waned.
After the 2008 presidential election, where the liberal policies of Obama and the Democratic Party received a higher percentage of Jewish votes than it did from any other white ethnic group, the expectation for a surge in Jewish conservatism seemed a moot point. Nonetheless, in recent months, disaffection with many of the policies and of the performance of liberal democratic policies, and especially of the Obama’s administration’s Middle East policies, have led to a “buyers remorse” among many American Jews. As a result, pundits are once more predicting a seismic shift in American Jewry toward conservatism and the Republican Party. However, about this I have strong doubts.
FP: Why the doubts?
Sherwin: Though Jews may eventually abandon Obama, they cannot be expected to abandon either liberalism or the Democratic Party. Though some shift may be discernible in the 2010 and 2012 elections, I do not expect any substantial change—though I would be delighted were one to finally occur.
The indoctrination of American Jews to believe that both Judaism and Jewish identity are socially and politically linked in nature and essence, is a stranglehold that remains too formidable to break at present. I therefore believe that like those of earlier decades, those who now predict an imminent massive shift of American Jews toward conservatism and toward the Republican Party will be disappointed.
Nonetheless, all hope is not lost. Members of a new and upcoming generation of American Jews, who see the experiences and ideologies of an immigrant generation only as distant memory, who see themselves as being very much part of the in-group, who perceive liberal policies as mortgaging their future, may eventually turn toward a more conservative political agenda.
Finally, any movement of Jews toward conservatism or toward the Republican Party in the coming elections will be influenced by how conservatives and Republicans present their message. Though past obstacles to why Jews should affiliate with conservatism may have been removed, compelling reasons as to why they should have not yet been clearly articulated. Throughout modern history, Jews have endorsed political movements aimed at furthering individual liberty and opportunity, committed to ending discrimination, enhancing Jewish security, and both protecting and furthering Jewish interests. Only if the conservative and Republican message can clearly reflect these concerns, is there a chance for increasing numbers of American Jews, especially young American Jews, to drift away from liberalism and from their overwhelming Jewish allegiance to the Democratic Party.
One World, One Opinion »
One World, One Opinion
International left-wing media both reports and decides the message heard around the globe
by Dennis Prager
Here’s a challenge: Can you name one difference between what the media refer to as “world opinion” and Left-wing opinion?
Take all the time you need. But no matter how much time you take, you probably won’t come up with any examples.
Here are examples of major world issues and what is deemed “world opinion.” They happen to all be Leftist views as well.
– hatred of President George W. Bush and admiration of President Barack Obama
– Manmade carbon emissions lead to global warming and devastation of
the environment. Therefore, the world’s nations must tax carbon-based energy.
– The American invasion of Iraq was morally wrong, motivated by desire for oil.
– Israel is bad, as exemplified most recently by the Turkish flotilla incident.
– The American free-enterprise system is inferior to Europe’s welfare-state systems.
– The American health care system is inferior to that of all other wealthy countries (see last week’s column).
This list in no way differs from a list of Leftist positions. Nor would any other list of “world opinion” positions differ in any meaningful way from Leftist positions.
Why is that?
The most obvious answer would be that much of the world is Leftist in its views. Therefore, Leftist positions and world opinion are the same.
The truth is, for reasons to be explained, there is some validity to this explanation.
But there is a deeper and more accurate explanation: The world’s media and virtually all international organizations are Leftist in their politics, and they both define “world opinion” and in turn shape it.
Of course, there are other powerful institutions in the world that shape public opinion. But virtually none contravene the Left-wing views of the world’s media and world organizations on world issues.
Take Islam, for example. Islamic institutions shape the opinions of the majority of the world’s billion Muslims. But while the Left and Islam diverge on a great number of issues — women’s rights, gay rights, individual rights, press freedom, freedom of dissent, religious pluralism, just to name a few major ones — they coincide on international issues and views of America.
The Islamic world, Leftist media and the United Nations agree on virtually every international issue — on the villainy of Israel first and foremost, on support for the United Nations, on weakening American influence around the world, on opposition to the use of American force in Iraq and Afghanistan, on abolishing nuclear weapons, etc.
Another highly influential institution is the Roman Catholic Church.
But its differences from Leftist positions are only on personal moral matters such as same-sex marriage and abortion. It is not a strong voice against the Left, and like the Left, it is largely silent on moral problems within the Muslim world. When the current pope did make a statement critical of Islam, the world press — and therefore “world opinion” — were united in condemning him. The world media, in keeping with its Left-wing agenda, is incomparably more critical of the Catholic Church than of Islam.
To better understand how the Left, the United Nations and most international institutions determine “world opinion,” take the issue of manmade global warming. The United Nations declared global warming a closed issue, the world’s media uncritically echo the U.N. report, and that’s it.
According to a BBC World Service poll of 22,000 people in 21 countries (as reported by WorldPublicOpinion.org, in 2007), “Large majorities around the world believe that human activity causes global warming and that strong action must be taken, sooner rather than later, in developing as well as developed countries.” It is remarkable how similar “world opinion” on global warming sounds to the Left’s position on global warming. The Left believes it is the vital environmental issue of our time, the United Nations announces it is, the media around the world report it as such, and lo and behold, the “world” demands immediate and drastic action to combat something that may happen (if at all) sometime in the distant future.
The great exception to all this is the United States. A vigorous conservative part of the American population has contempt for “world opinion,” rightly regarding it as useless against real evil and as a mere reflection of Leftist views. Equally important, and almost unique to America, there is a vigorous conservative news and opinion media.
Compared to the Leftist domination of virtually all mass news media — newspapers, magazines and television — the conservative media are almost tiny. But talk radio, the Internet, Ronald Reagan and his ideological heirs in the Republican Party, Fox News and the Wall Street Journal editorial page have made an impact that belies their numbers.
But they are only powerful in America. And even there, it is often difficult to overcome the United Nations, the Left, the universities, the media and “world opinion.”
And conservative influence in America and everywhere else is in direct proportion to the public coming to understand that “world opinion” is a creation of the Left, reported by the Left.
The Religious Left continues its quest to scapegoat Israel
The General Assembly of the almost 3 million-member Presbyterian Church (USA) meeting this week is debating whether to endorse an official church study committee report essentially endorsing the Palestinian “Nakba” narrative that faults Israel for nearly all Middle East strife and suffering.
“I want to be very clear about this — this is not meant to be a threat,” Lerner declared. He continued:
If this is passed we will not be issuing a directive to our locals that they cannot partner with local Presbyterian churches — but with the passage of this study, the Church will alienate us and as a result our activists will not want to work with you and this will damage completely the possibility of a future relationship.Reporting she was “saddened” and “angered” by the report, Lerner complained it was:
So one-sided, so devoid of any balance, that I fear this report will not only not achieve its desired effect — positive change in the region and a just two-state solution — but it will be counter-productive to forging a meaningful peace and will significantly hinder the possibility of future efforts to work together toward what for most of us is a shared common goal.Lerner urged Presbyterians to give more than “lip service” to Israel’s security and warned that U.S. aid cut-offs to Israel would “only undercut the possibilities for peace in our lifetime.” She was echoed by prominent liberal Presbyterians who deplored the report’s harsh tone against Israel. Among them was former New York Times religion reporter Gus Niebuhr, the grand nephew of famed Christian ethicist and pro-Zionist Reinhold Niebuhr.
“Reputations are hard to win and they are easy to lose,” Niebuhr warned fellow Presbyterians, telling them that the “terribly imbalanced” anti-Israel report would “obscure” Presbyterian influence in America. There is “no bright line between anti-Israel and anti-Semitism in the minds of most Americans,” he insisted. Niebuhr was joined by Presbyterian pastor and Christian Century magazine publisher John Buchanan in sounding the alarm against the report’s bias. Buchanan’s opposition was significant because his long time predecessor as magazine chief, United Methodist minister James Wall, is vitriolically anti-Israel and has essentially denounced the Presbyterian report’s opponents as agents of Israeli propaganda.
Of course, the Presbyterians are not considering lengthy condemnations of other nations. Israel remains the nearly only overseas cause of concern for Religious Left elites. In his testimony to his fellow Presbyterians in Minneapolis this week, my colleague Alan Wisdom noted the report angrily employs words such as “sin,” “evil,” “appalled,” “ghastly,” and “intolerable” regarding Israel, which is likened to a “Nazi state,” apartheid South Africa, and the former Soviet Union.
Meanwhile, Alan observed that the report contrastingly and more gently observed that Hamas, while “militant,” compassionately spends 90 percent of its resources on “social services.” There is no mention of Hamas’ radical Islam and dedication to Israel’s destruction. Meanwhile, the report similarly observes that “Hezbollah, while classified as a ‘terrorist organization,’ demonstrates through its social services and governmental participation that it is a more broadly political body guided by an Islamist viewpoint of some flexibility.” With equal generosity, the report dismissed fears about Iranian nukes because “Iran has not invaded any other country for centuries.”
Alan further noted the report’s supposedly reassuring claim that only “a relatively small minority [of Palestinians] has resorted to violence.”And of course, the report blames Israel as the root cause of violence: If there were no occupation,” it claims, “there would be no Palestinian resistance.” The report wants the U.S. to cut off aid “to bring Israel to compliance,” without suggesting U.S. aid reductions to any other human rights abuser, while demanding more dollars for the Palestinian Authority. “Is this prophetic truth-telling?” Alan asked of his fellow Presbyterians. His full analysis of the report is here.
Early reports suggest Presbyterians will tone down the report somewhat, more explicitly affirming Israel’s right to existence and deleting some of the harsher anti-Israel rhetoric. A final vote by the General Assembly should come late this week.
Even if moderated, the Presbyterians Middle East Study Report still illustrates the Religious Left’s almost psychopathic preoccupation with Israel. There are evidently no proposed church study committees on abysmal human rights abuses and civil strife in Iran, or Saudi Arabia, or Syria. Only Israel merits special attention. Would Presbyterians and so many others be so closely examining Israeli faults if Israel were not primarily Jewish and pro-American? Almost certainly not.
Jon Stewart sees nothing wrong with turning America into an Islamic nation
But the terrorists at CAIR are thrilled. They even sent out a press release applauding Stewart.
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How MUSLIM IMMIGRATION and liberal multiculturalism have destroyed Detroit
As the Muslims moved in, the whites moved out. As the crimes became more violent, the whites fled. Finally, unlawful Mexicans moved in at a torrid pace. You could cut the racial tension in the air with a knife! Detroit may be one our best examples of multiculturalism: pure dislike and total separation from America.
Today, you hear Muslim calls to worship over the city like a new American Baghdad with hundreds of Islamic mosques in Michigan, paid for by Saudi Arabia oil money. High school flunk out rates reached 76 percent last June according to NBC’s Brian Williams. Classrooms resemble more foreign countries than America. English? Few speak it! The city features a 50 percent illiteracy rate and growing. Unemployment hit 28.9 percent in 2009 as the auto industry vacated the city.
Tens of thousands and then, hundreds of thousands today exist on federal welfare, free housing and food stamps! – all on American taxpayer dollars.“If Detroit had been savaged by a hurricane and submerged by a ravenous flood, we’d know a lot more about it,” said Daniel Okrent. “If drought and carelessness had spread brush fires across the city, we’d see it on the evening news every night.
“By any quantifiable standard, the city is on life support. Detroit’s treasury is $300 million short of the funds needed to provide the barest municipal services,” Okrent said. “The school system, which six years ago was compelled by the teachers’ union to reject a philanthropist’s offer of $200 million to build 15 small, independent charter high schools, is in receivership. The murder rate is soaring, and 7 out of 10 remain unsolved. Three years after Katrina devastated New Orleans, unemployment in that city hit a peak of 11%. In Detroit, the unemployment rate is 28.9%. That’s worth spelling out: twenty-eight point nine percent.”
Muslim footbaths in public places in Michigan
The auto industry won’t come back. Immigration will keep pouring more and more uneducated third world immigrants from the Middle East into Detroit—thus creating a beachhead for Islamic hegemony in America. If 50 percent illiteracy continues, we will see more homegrown terrorists spawned out of the Muslim ghettos of Detroit. Illiteracy plus Islam equals walking human bombs.
You have already seen it in the Madrid, Spain, London, England and Paris, France with train bombings, subway bombings and riots. As their numbers grow, so will their power to enact their barbaric Sharia Law that negates republican forms of government, first amendment rights and subjugates women to the lowest rungs on the human ladder. We will see more honor killings by upset husbands, fathers and brothers that demand subjugation by their daughters, sisters and wives. Muslims prefer beheadings of women to scare the hell out of any other members of their sect from straying.
Multiculturalism: what a perfect method to kill our language, culture, country and way of life.News with Views
Muslim students in Dearbornistan wearing sweatshirts that glorified 9/11.
Woefully Ignorant or Willfully Misleading? »
Woefully Ignorant or Willfully Misleading?
Peter Beinart's warped understanding of Israel
by Dr. Martin Sherman
In a polemic published last month in the New York Review of Books, “The Failure of the American Jewish Establishment,” the left-wing journalist Peter Beinart argued that American Jews, especially the younger generation, are turning their backs on Israel. In Beinart’s estimation, this is a most welcome development. Beinart expounded on the points of his original essay during a recent lecture at Los Angeles’s Temple Beth. Just as in the original article, Beinart’s argument was profoundly flawed.
For anyone with a modicum of knowledge of Israeli society and the larger picture of the Middle East, the lecture was an astonishing display of ignorance and arrogance. The following analysis of the lowlights of his talk shows how Beinart, like other Israel-bashers, rides roughshod over the truth in an effort to portray Israel as violent and inhumane and deserving of the increasing suspicion in which it is held by American Jews.
The “Radical Settlers”
Beinart stated as a matter of fact: “The same radical settlers who used violence against Palestinians used violence against an Israeli prime minister [Rabin].”
Prime Minister Itzhak Rabin was not assassinated by a “radical settler,” but by a law student from Herzilya, a coastal town adjacent to Tel Aviv.
Beinart gave no evidence in this part of his talk that he knew what percentage of the settlers were involved in violence against Palestinians. Or who has been subject to greater and more lethal violence. Is it Palestinians by settlers? Or settlers by Palestinians?
Nor did he mention that Palestinian movements have proven all too ready to use violence. Not only is this violence directed toward “radical settlers” and innocent Israeli citizens, but Palestinians have also embarked on a frenzy of fratricidal fury against themselves.
The Eviction of Palestinians in the Sheikh Jarrah Quarter in East Jerusalem
On this matter, Beinart posed this rhetorical question:
Is what is happening in Sheik Jarrah, where Palestinians who were living in their homes for 50 years were forcibly evicted and are now living in the street, “kosher”?This mirrors his claim in his New York Review of Books article that:
[In] the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah, … a Palestinian family named the Ghawis lives on the street outside their home of fifty-three years, from which they were evicted to make room for Jewish settlers.In fact, the Palestinians’ eviction was not a politically motivated initiative to dispossess hapless, helpless Palestinians as Beinart implies, but the result of a court ruling.
The courts (including the Israeli Supreme Court, which often — indeed more often than not — rules against the “radical settlers”) determined that the property in which the Palestinians were living in fact belonged to Jewish owners. In 1967, the court awarded the Palestinian families “protected tenant” status, whose right to reside in the homes was guaranteed as long as they paid rent to the legal owners.
In 1982, the legal owners sued 23 families for nonpayment of rent.
According to an agreement reached between the lawyer representing the Palestinian families and the authorized representatives of the owners, the Palestinian families were indeed recognized as “protected tenants” whose occupancy in the buildings was ensured as long as they paid rent. However, most of the families refused to do so.
Does Beinart believe that Israel would be looked on more favorably if the rule of law was flouted, and legal property rights violated because of the ethnic identity of those ruled against?
Pikuch Nefesh and Reverence for Life Over Land
One of the things that bothers me is [the undermining of] the great reverence for Pikuach Nefesh [preserving lives] and the recognition that it is acceptable to withdraw from land if it meant saving lives.This is a statement that can only be explained by either total ignorance or total insincerity. For as anyone who follows the news or reads the papers must know, a dramatic inverse relationship exists between Pikuach Nefesh (preserving lives) and withdrawal from land.
Indeed, since the doctrine of “land-for-peace” was introduced into Israeli policy, fatalities have soared to unprecedented levels on both the Israeli and the Palestinian sides. To suggest otherwise reflects a massive deficit of either information or integrity.
Regarding the conduct of his like-minded Israel-basher peers, Beinart pontificated: “There is something frankly silly to me about a Jewish community that feels so self-confident in how our values apply in Bosnia, the former Soviet Union, and Darfur, but is so timid in talking about how our values apply in the place we care about most [presumably Israel].” So Israel’s attempts to defend its people are morally comparable to the wholesale slaughter in Darfur, the widespread massacres in Bosnia, and the oppressive brutality of the Soviet regime?
What a windfall for the assorted collection of Jew-baiting anti-Semites, Judeo-phobic Israel-bashers, and other hate-driven villains such thinking is. What greater endorsement could they hope for than Beinart’s exhortation that his fellow Jews relate to the Jewish State as if it were governed by the genocidal Janjaweed militias in Sudan, or by the brutish guards in the Siberian gulags, or the murderous perpetrators of the bloody events in Srebrenica.
Double Standards II
Beinart endorses double standards when they work to Israel’s detriment, and only dismisses them when they do not.
When a challenge was raised regarding the application of these double standards, Beinart’s rather glib and unoriginal response was to claim that while Israel was “far morally superior to North Korea, Syria, Libya and Iran,” these were not relevant criteria he would expect from a Jewish state. According to Beinart, he should not have to “compromise [his expectations from Israel] just because North Korea is worse.”
Such an approach might have some merit if Israel was being censured less severely, or even equally severely, for violations of liberal-democratic values similarto those perpetrated by North Korea, Iran, etc. But what is happening is altogether different. Israel is being censured far more harshly and frequently for infringements much less notable than those glossed over by the international community when committed by other nations.
Moreover, it is not only in comparison to the tyrannies in Tehran and Tripoli and the dictatorships in Damascus and the DPRK (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea) that Israel is being held to a double standard. Indeed, widely divergent criteria are used to judge the actions of Israel and those of the leading democratic countries that comprise NATO. This is true both with respect to military action in the Balkans and the “War on Terror” in Afghanistan.
In the Balkans, high-altitude bombing by NATO, including the use of cluster bombs, inflicted hundreds of civilian Serbian casualties during a military campaign in which not one single civilian in a NATO nation was ever threatened.
In Afghanistan, where military action was undertaken in response to a single terror attack on a single NATO member, estimates of civilian deaths caused directly by NATO military action since 2001 are in the range of 5000-8000, with additional indirect fatalities estimated at up to 20,000.
Why should the victims of Israeli actions taken to defend their citizens elicit a far greater expression of moral outrage on the part of the international community than actions taken to perpetuate regimes in East Asia, Central Africa, or in the Middle East?
Why should several families evicted because of failure to pay rent, after being afforded due process by the Israeli legal system, be more troubling to liberal Jews than the millions of victims of gender apartheid, creed apartheid, and gay apartheid across the Islamic world?
Israel’s Right to Defend Itself
Beinart magnanimously agrees that “to ask Israel to be willing to not defend itself would be wrong,” but predictably goes on to ask – rhetorically – “is every military action…does every Israeli policy contribute to Israeli defense..?”
To be sure, with the benefit of hindsight, some Israeli security measures may be criticized for one reason or another. But in a situation of such uncertainty, what would Beinart recommend as Israel’s working security policy: To err on the side of sober caution? Or on the side of reckless optimism?
Nothing could imperil liberal democratic values more than trying to foist on Israel unattainable standards of liberal democratic ideals that make the defense of these ideals impossible. These standards are not demanded or expected of any other country, much less from one faced with such grave existential threats.
Of course no one is disputing Beinart’s right to criticize Israeli policy. However, as someone who has chosen not to share the burden of living in Israel, he would surely understand that when he states that “as a Jew, I have a certain set of expectations… as to what a Jewish state might be,” some might interpret his approach as being more than a little presumptuous.
Indeed, it would be interesting to know what kind of Israeli military actions Beinart would condone as not offensive to his liberal sensibilities. Would they include the construction of the much maligned separation barrier? Targeted killings (with the lowest level of collateral casualties in military history)? Large scale campaigns (such as “Cast Lead”) to quell rocket and mortar fire on civilian populations?
Blockades and Balance
Beinart asks: “How did the Gaza blockade which banned a vast, vast number of consumer products that had nothing to do with making rockets…help Israeli security?” He added, ”It seems to me that all it did was lead to more and more and more hatred of Israel.”
Can Beinart really be unaware of the fact that the imposition of the blockade was a result of, not a reason for, Palestinian enmity; that it is a consequence, not a cause, of Palestinian hatred for Israel?
Is he really ignorant of the fact that whenever Israel has turned the other cheek, it has been resoundingly slapped by the Palestinians; that whenever Israel extended the hand of friendship, it has been brusquely brushed aside by the Palestinians?
Why should Israel be condemned by liberal democrats for imposing a blockade on Gaza, when the international community imposed a UN Security Council-sanctioned blockade against Iraq and its despotic ruler?
Why is the Gaza blockade more reprehensible than the U.S.-led, UN sanctioned Iraqi blockade that caused infant mortality to sky-rocket and banned importation of over 300 items – including painkillers, pencils, hearing aids, musical instruments, and shampoo?
The Ascendancy of Lieberman
Beinart bewailed the strengthening of Minister of Foreign Affairs Avigor Lieberman’s Yisrael Beiteinu party as evidence of a widening disregard for liberal democratic values in Israel.
However, a far more powerful case can be made to ascribe Lieberman’s electoral success to the dramatic failure of the left-wing’s ”Chamberlainian” program of “land-for- peace” and the consequent disappointment with this disastrous doctrine. It is an approach which, for the past two decades, has wrought nothing but death and destruction on both Jew and Arab alike.
Actually, Beinart’s loathing for Lieberman’s party appears to be based more on hearsay rather than hard facts. After all, Lieberman has not only accepted, at least implicitly, the notion of a two state solution but is in fact offering arguably even more territorial concessions than most left-wing parties.
It is true that this would involve redrawing the 1967 borders in certain places to exclude large population centers of Israeli Arabs. These would then be annexed to the Palestinian Authority. Yet, it is not quite clear why this would be considered odious to anyone who believes that a viable functioning Palestinian state is realistic, as Beinart presumably does.
Indeed, Israeli Arabs continually claim that the dominant Jewish character of Israel is incompatible with their ethno-religious identity and complain that, as a result, they are often subjected to various forms of prejudice and discrimination. So, if one assumes that a viable functioning Palestinian state is indeed feasible, one is compelled to ask, from both a moral and a practical perspective, why would Israeli Arabs not leap at the chance of being extricated from the clutches of the discriminatory Zionist regime and brought under the auspices of an egalitarian non-discriminatory Palestinian one?
As this would not involve the physical displacement of a single Israeli Arab from his/her home, what possible liberal democratic principle would Beinart invoke to object to such a proposal?
The Sentiments of Israeli Arab
Beinart’s contention is that Israel Arabs object to this arrangement of annexation to the Palestinian Authority because “they consider themselves Israeli.” But this has a rather suspicious ring to it. Is Beinart seriously suggesting that that Israeli Arabs “feel Israeli” in the sense they identify with: the words of the national anthem Hatikva – expressing 2000 years of yearning by the Jewish soul to be free in the land of Zion; the Star of David displayed on the flag; the biblical Menorah as the State symbol; Saturday rather than Friday as the official Sabbath; Yom Kippur Passover, Rosh Ha’Shana as national holidays; Hebrew as the predominant language; or Independence Day as a triumph over Arab aggression?
And if not, how is it possible to make them, as he suggests, “feel more comfortable in their Israeliness”? To annul the Jewish character of Israel as expressed by the prevalence of Jewish symbolism in public life and Israel’s social institutions?
Beinart is of course right that Israeli Arabs strongly object to their annexation to the Palestinian Authority, but wrong in ascribing this aversion to a desire to become more fully integrated into the fabric of Israel. A more plausible explanation would be the desire of Israeli Arabs to continue enjoying the best of both worlds: the benefits of greater economic prosperity and personal freedom that life as an Israeli citizen affords them, and also the expression of their ethno-religious identity through an ongoing and intensifying hostility toward the entity that provides them these benefits.
Beinart’s attempt to demonstrate Israeli Arabs’ attachment to Israel seems curiously contradictory. He quotes a poll allegedly conducted in 2006 during the Second Lebanon War, and proclaims that “when they polled Israeli Arabs, they found that by a factor of about 3 to 1 they supported Israel [rather than the Hezbollah.]“ Although several hours of Google-searching failed to produce any trace of such a poll, I have no reason to doubt that it may in fact exist.
Other survey results that are extremely difficult to reconcile with Beinart’s contention regarding the sentiments of Israeli Arabs for their country of residence. A 2007 poll conducted by Haifa University’s Sami Smooha, a well-known sociologist of well-known left-leaning proclivities, found that:
The Nuclear Threat
While Beinart acknowledges that “an Iranian nuclear weapon would be a disaster,” he goes on to expose a massive misunderstanding of the threat Israel would face if Tehran in fact realized its nuclear ambitions. He merely proclaims that in such a case “Israel would have to deal with some of the things [as India] with Pakistan on its borders, and that has a nuclear weapon.”
This comparison is ludicrous. India has a population five times that of Pakistan spread over an entire subcontinent seven times the size of Pakistan. It is in no danger of annihilation from its impoverished eastern neighbor, even if it were to suffer a surprise first-strike that wiped out several of its population centers. India has – and Pakistan knows it has – absolute first strike survivability and unassailable second strike capability to devastate Pakistan in retaliation.
In stark contrast, Israel has a population less than one tenth and an area one eightieth of Iran’s. Moreover, 80% of Israel’s civilian population live in a narrow coastal strip 8-10 miles wide and 60 miles long, of which much, indeed most, would be wiped out by a single nuclear weapon. This would dramatically undermine the ability of the country to continue to function as a viable national entity. So although Israel allegedly has marine-based second-strike capability and may be able to inflict devastating retaliation, this will not ensure its survival if Iran miscalculates the cost of a first-strike or calculates that it is worth the risk.
It also should be remembered that while Iran has overtly threatened Israel with destruction, this has never been the declared intention of Pakistan regarding India.
Furthermore, with a nuclear Iranian umbrella, terror groups such as Hamas, Hezbollah, and the Islamic Jihad, could operate with far greater freedom against Israel. The fear that harsh retaliation may precipitate a nuclear confrontation would make ordinary life in the country untenable.
So, while Benart may be right in pointing out that modern day Israel should not be likened to the powerless, helpless Jews in Europe, this does not mean it is not facing existential threats and genocidal dangers that could precipitate tragedy on the scale of the Holocaust. He should remember that if there is a lesson to be learnt from the Holocaust it is this: it is extremely dangerous to dismiss declared intentions of despots, however delusional they may initially appear.
The Real Failure of the American Jewish Establishment
Beinart is right in diagnosing the failure of the American Jewish establishment. But it is a failure quite different than the one he writes about.
Assuming that Beinart is sincere when he implies that Israel “is the place we care about the most,” then all of the following comprise a catastrophic moral lapse on the part of the American Jewish establishment:
To expect Israel to conduct itself in a manner totally divorced from the exigencies of its environment and totally detached from the nature of its adversaries, is a position that reflects neither moral merit nor political prudence.
It is this that the American Jewish establishment, including its liberal democratic members, needs to understand and to address accordingly – before great tragedy overtakes the Jewish people again.
Why are the Liberal media so reluctant to blame Islamic terrorism on Islamic terroris
The perpetual blindness and denial on the part of the left wing media regarding the reality of Islamic terror is not new. In fact, it goes as far back as the first attempted World Trade Center bombing in 1993.
YES BUT HOWEVER has uncovered footage of an on-air commentary delivered by John Chancellor, at that time the “dean of anchors” at NBC News. Chancellor, proving that thirty-plus years in the news business doesn’t automatically give a newsman good instincts, was quick to claim that the most likely culprit behind the attack (which killed six and injured over one thousand) was a disgruntled “home grown” nutcase. Chancellor hit all of the mainstream media’s favorite talking points, deriding America as an inherently “violent nation”, and dismissing the likelihood that the blast was in any way terror-related.
Exactly two days later, the FBI arrested a Muslim immigrant who rented a van used in the bombing. That arrest led to the exposure of a large network of Muslim terrorists who planned and carried out the attack.
The Chancellor commentary demonstrates not only a longstanding tradition of denial and ignorance regarding Islamic terrorism, but also the frustrating fact that the media, and many of our political leaders, simply refuse to learn the lessons of history.
In December 1992, two months before the WTC attack, Israel’s then-Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin issued a plea to the world to open its eyes to the danger of Islamic terror. His words were chillingly prophetic:
“Our struggle against murderous Islamic terror is also meant to awaken the world, which is lying in slumber. We call on all nations, all peoples to devote their attention to the great danger inherent in Islamic fundamentalism. This is a real and serious danger that threatens world peace in future years. And just as Israel was the first to perceive the Iraqi nuclear threat, so today we stand on the line of fire against the danger of fundamentalist Islam.”
And what was the response of the mainstream press to Rabin’s words? A January 2nd article in the Los Angeles Times belittled and ridiculed Rabin’s views (the article was titled “Israel Sees Self Defending West Against Militants,” with the sub-heading “Tel Aviv calls itself the ‘first target’ of Islamic fundamentalists with aims beyond the region.) Critics say such talk ‘demonizes’ a religion.” (But they don’t care if the religion is Christianity)
17 years later, nothing has changed. Following the May 1st discovery of a failed car bomb in New York’s Times Square, the unfounded speculation by most anchors, pundits, and politicians was that the bomb was the work of a lone “domestic terrorist” as typified by the inane exchange between CBS anchor Katie Couric and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, in which the latter hypothesized that the would-be bomber was a right-wing “home grown” terrorist who “doesn’t like the health care bill or something”.
Seventeen years, and little has changed regarding the mainstream media’s attitude and response to Islamic terrorism. If the Couric/Bloomberg exchange seemed absurd a month ago, when viewed through the prism of history, it’s absolutely terrifying.
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Oliver Stone blames Jews, says Nazis and Ahmadinejad have been misunderstood
Oliver Stone blames Jews, says Nazis and Ahmadinejad have been misunderstood
Director Oliver Stone downplayed the Holocaust during an interview with the Sunday Times today, claiming that America's focus on the genocide of Jews was a product of the "Jewish domination of the media." The director also defended Hitler and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and railed against the "powerful lobby" of Jews in America.
"Hitler was a Frankenstein but there was also a Dr Frankenstein. German industrialists, the Americans and the British. He had a lot of support," Stone told reporter Camilla Long during the interview, which can be found behind the paywall on the Sunday Times' website. Stone said that, "Hitler did far more damage to the Russians than the Jewish people, 25 or 30 [million killed]."
The Sunday Times interviewer then asked why there was such a focus on the Holocaust. "The Jewish domination of the media," responded Stone. "There's a major lobby in the United States. They are hard workers. They stay on top of every comment, the most powerful lobby in Washington. Israel has f***** up United States foreign policy for years."
The director, who recently met with Iranian President Ahmadinejad, also slammed the U.S. policy toward Iran as "horrible." He added: "Iran isn't necessarily the good guy, but we don't know the full story!"
Nation columnist who believed Times Square jihadist was from the "far right" whines a
Nation columnist who believed Times Square jihadist was from the "far right" whines about my speaking to the FBIThe Nation:
It may be that the Pakistan-based Taliban, the Tehrik-e Taliban Pakistan (TTP), has quietly established a Connecticut franchise while we weren't looking. That's possible. But it seems far more likely to me that the perpetrator of the bungled Times Square bomb plot was either a lone wolf or a member of some squirrely branch of the Tea Party, anti-government far right. Which actually exists in Connecticut, where, it seems, the car's licence plates were stolen.Of course, the Pakistan Taliban was indeed behind the Times Square bombing attempt, not the far right at all.
You'd think Robert Dreyfuss would be too embarrassed after committing such an ideologically-driven error ever to write about any aspect of the jihad threat again, but some people have no shame. Retract? Apologize? Not the noble Dreyfuss! Instead, he has just dug himself in even deeper, echoing the talking points of Hamas-linked CAIR in complaining about my recent seminars for the FBI and JTTF: "Anti-Muslim Bigot and Fanatic Explains Islam to the FBI and the Tidewater Joint Terrorism Task Force," by Robert Dreyfuss in The Nation, July 26 (thanks to James):
The Council on American Islamic Relations is making noise about the fact that an extremist, right-wing anti-Muslim rabble rouser was "invited to offer training to state and federal law enforcement officers." It sounds like something that might have happened under the administration of President Bush, but no - this happened on Obama's watch. Robert Spencer, co-founder of the group Stop the Islamization of America (SIOA), is the culprit.Even over at the Nation, however, a few of Dreyfuss's commenters were on to him. Some of the remarks were especially apposite:
It's not "fanatical" or "bigoted" to tell the truth. Anyone who can read knows that the Koran sanctions the violent murder of all non-Moslems, especially Jews (even those who deny it). There's no point in maintaining a commitment to evade reality. Spencer is not anti-Moslem or bigoted. He is a man who has devoted his life to studying Islamic theology. He simply doesn't tell lies.And:
So you rely on a Muslim Brotherhood front group for proof of Spencer being "right wing." How about asking Mr. Spencer yourself? Is "tea partiers" the new incantation to forget about the reality of Obama and the world?SIOA's response to the CAIR/Dreyfuss screed is here.
That's why we're all waiting for this drunken clown of a loser to make yet another self-indulgent 3-hour boring bomb of a movie so the jerk can tell us in his own inimitable way just what that full story is. After all, with such epic cinematic trailblazers of factual integrity like JFK, Born on the Fourth of July and Alexander, (to name just a few), this certainly is the dude we want to set the ignorant masses straight and lead us into Oliver Stone's version of a promised land of truth, justice and the American way. (Please excuse me while I puke.)
Stone, you're nothing but a pathetic maggot and I despise you...fellow veteran or not.
The maximum effective range of an excuse is zero meters!
No words can express my disgust with Oliver Stone right now. No words allowed on this forum anyway.
Shalom to everyone!
No extreme is good. Neither in religion, nor in science.
"If the Arabs put down their weapons today, there would be no more violence.. If the Jews put down their weapons today, there would be no more Israel."
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