Not long ago really–lots of folk who were there are still alive, rather embarrassingly as it now appears–there was what was called: “the Holocaust.” Some 6 millions of Jews murdered by the Nazi regime for being Jewish. ‘Never Again!’ was the watchword that came out of that and Israel was granted to Jews forever to be theirs as a sort of conscience-gift by Europeans who’d been anti-Semitic for centuries.
Fast forward a half-dozen decades or so and what have we? Well, we have rising anti-Semitism in historically pogrom-happy Russia, in Captain Dreyfus’ France, in Italy, Britain and of all places, Germany where a German Rabbi Faces Criminal Charges Over Circumcision. See it isn’t really anti-Jewish; it’s just protecting kids, right? And everybody knows the Elders of Zion sacrifice kids! The hypocrisy, if you’re one who remembers Hitler, sickens.
But we’ve seen it coming ever since the U.N. went for keeping the festering ‘Palestinian’ nonsense alive, preventing the finalizing of what was promised to Israel in order to maintain oil supplies. In the U.S, Obama is attacking Christians, especially Catholics via Obamacare and gay marriage while pushing Israel further away and San Francisco tried to ban circumcision though its mayor vetoed the move. The German courts are holding circumcision a crime; the rabbi is being prosecuted. Jews are circumcised at the command of God. You can’t get there from here, can you? And it took only 60-odd years…
In the brilliant “Out of Revolution,” Eugen Rosenstock-Huessy observed that Westerners are people of beginnings while the Jews are ever a people concerned with the ending. That makes them always a sort of misfit for western societies. And he adds that always, when western societies are failing and about to collapse, a new persecution of the Jews begins.
For those paying attention, that sounds like a reasonable description of where we are. But this time, the Jews aren’t alone…it increasingly seems they’ll maybe have Christians for company.
Civilization is a wonderful thing, right? Do you suppose our species will ever get around to trying it?