We Have Always Known It’s The Jews’ Fault!

HOW SOON WE FORGET...

HOW SOON WE FORGET…

European (and American) antisemitism was general before WWII. Hitler’s not-so-secretly envied solution brought immediate postwar guilt when the camps full of its excesses received inescapable publicity. That much of the guilt was hypocritical did not prevent its leading to the foundation of Israel in symbolic recompense. The hypocrisy was revealed in the immediate and barely deplored attacks by every Arab neighbor, unexpectedly successfully fought off by the new country in spite of everything that the Europeans refused to do. The thinking Israelis have always known whom they could depend upon against Islamic hate, it being a very short list.

The Israelis expended extraordinary energy and skill, converting a chunk of bare, poverty-stricken territory previously festering under Muslim dictatorships into an unforgivably prosperous modern democracy, the only rose in a weedbed. The local weeds found the contrast intolerable, attacking again as soon as they recovered their second winds. Again the world deplored while many secretly hoped the Arabs would clean their house this time but again the Israelis held off their inept and corrupt attackers.

In an honest world, the victorious Israelis would have taken the lands they conquered during the attacks, extending their writ to the historic borders of the Jewish state. In modern hypocritical reality, the European and American influences prevented that, confining the new Jewish state within narrower and militarily awkward borders only somewhat improved, surrounded by festering Arab Muslim ghettos with a penchant toward bombarding Israel with rocket, rifle and mortar fire that the Israelis have been increasingly frowned upon for resisting.

As the generations have passed, the historic European and American antisemitism have remained while the veneer of WWII guilt has faded. Encouraged by Arab oil, the incessant Arab anti-Israeli propaganda has found increasingly sympathetic ears in the leftist West until today, the Obama Administration is barely civil to the government of Israel, even though it has not found the courage (or the political excuse) to sever the ongoing military and intelligence links between the two nations. The Europeans have followed suit, loudly supporting  a group of Turkish invaders when Israeli forces stopped them from breading an Israeli blockade of the ‘Palestinian’ territories. The U.N. reflects these changing attitude as well. Israel was a guilt-gift to the Jews, the guilt has faded with the generations and the donors now regret their ‘gift.’

Irony remains persistent in human affairs: The pervading antisemitism that fuels these attitudes is hardly rational in the face of Israel, a ‘Jewish’ state that is hardly Jewish and full of multiplying Muslim Arabs. But our species has always preferred to ignore the facts, which tend to confuse time-worn, comfortable attitudes…’

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20 Responses to We Have Always Known It’s The Jews’ Fault!

  1. James Teague says:

    Currently radical Islamic warriors are very busy lopping off the heads of their more moderate Islamic brothers, sisters, childrin or heretical Shia offshoots. There is hardly time in the day to work in a few mortar/rocket rounds in the direction of Israel, but hey,you gotta keep in practice for the final rounds. Oh, throw off buildings some Christians or torch Christian churches and people too so more competition is eliminated. Easy enough to do against defenseless Nigerians, Indonesians, Copts, Syrian Christians, Pakistani Christians.

    Anyone who thinks a win by the radical factions of Islam will end the matter is acting like the proverbial ostrich sticking his head in the sand and thinking “they can’t see me so I’m safe” All remainng weapons (including the oil weapon) will be turned on Israel and the Western world that does not capitulate. As you point out many will put up little resistance. Check out the real story of Armageddon. The Islamic Messiah is coming from the East.

  2. Jan Eek says:

    As a European, of course without any historic knowledge, your “analysis” is somewhat lacking “the Big Picture”. I feel that you are too narrow in looking at the conflict in Middle East. It is so more complicated than I feel you perceive.
    The US role I can understand is frustrating for you, as it is for me.
    Let me send you something I wrote on another blog:

    “As a Norwegian, I have been following the situation in the Middle East for more than 40 years. There is so much to say, but one thing is clear: 30 years ago, most Norwegians were quite positive towards Israel. That has change dramatically, especially the last ten years. We are appalled by the brutal regime Netanyahu and IDF have established towards Palestine. The latest polls in Norway show that 71 % of the Norwegian people are negative and against Israel and their policies. We are also very disappointed in President Obama, who is saying. “stop the settlements”, but does nothing. American money is still pouring into Israel and the IDF………”

    So, those of us with a basic historic knowledge, have a little different angle to the situation in the Middel East……….

    • I agree with this having worked in Israel. You also fail to note that the problem is not Arab Muslims, but also Arab Christians, who have been persecuted by Israel’s policies. Americans rarely see the video footage of Israeli soldiers abusing average Palestinians (of all religions). Israel is its own worst enemy in this case, and Israelis are as invested in the conflict as Palestinians are, as evidenced by Rabin’s assassination. You are presenting a very one-sided view of this issue, without much evidence of even exploring the full situation.

      • Jack Curtis says:

        I agree with your assessment; writing on these sorts of affairs resembles trying to preserve a bushel of peaches in a quart jar. I see the responsibility for the problem lying in the hands of the WWII Allies who so cavalierly handed an inhabited chunk of the defunct Turkish Empire off as a sop to their (alleged) consciences. I see the continuance of it as the intention of the surrounding Arabs who have created ‘Palestinians’ by refusing to absorb them. Add the Persians meddling for their own geopolitical and religious goals. But as another comment said, getting into detail demands at least a book. The Israelis aren’t saints either.

      • You have not gone back far enough, Palestine was divided up back after WWI.

      • Jack Curtis says:

        It was a Turkish province; there has never been a “Palestine” since the Romans took it from the Jews, so far as I know. But none of that is germane to the present political situation as I see it. The Jews were set up (in my opinion) as a result of WWII events; the British used it to wash their hands of two problems and the U.N. provided cover. America agreed. I suspect that Israeli success was not intended by any of the parties but Israelis… Essentially, things seem to me to be reverting to the status quo ante but for the inconvenient fact of Israel. The Jews have somehow, always stuck in the craw of Europe and apparently still do, though ironically enough, the Israelis are hardly Jews anymore. We are a funny species…

  3. Jan Eek says:

    I agree and I disagree. To explore the full situation will take at least one whole book, or several. I think we are both right. My reference to the polls in Norway are just what I say: Surveys showing the shift in our attitudes towards Israel, that is the Israeli policies.
    I also recognize the fact that the assassination of Rabin changed the dynamics of the situation.
    I honestly don’t understand your last sentence, unless you feel offended. In that case I apologize. That was not my intention.

    • Jack Curtis says:

      No offense whatever; I appreciate informed discussion from any direction. I’m opinionated, not omniscient! I realize some of the complexities but in a normal daily post, can’t provide your book or perhaps, set of encyclopedias it would take to cover them. Instead, I borrow from Alexander and cut the knot with a slash of simplicity in order to convey my opinion and some idea of the reasons therefore.

      To me, Europe and the U.S. are simply returning to pre-WWII cultural antisemitism, encouraged by oil. It seems ironic, given the abandonment of their religious practices common to so many we still call ‘Jews{‘ who really aren’t anymore, both in and out of Israel. But there it is.

      I see the ‘Palestinians’ as a rather hypocritical, politically useful, cop out. There would be no such issue had the invading Arabs allowed the refugees they created, to merge with their populations instead of confining them in concentration camps as they still do today. The Jews of Europe were handed a poisoned gift as a sop to the public conscience after the War. They weren’t supposed to make a go of it; that was unforgivable to European politicians, who had to smile anyway.

      Note that the hapless Palestinians’ were ignored by the Europeans when the gave the land to the Jews but their presence wasn’t secret. In Israel, the Jews have treated them better than their fellow Moslem Arabs have done, to the point that they are becoming a political risk to the Israeli status as a Jewish state, via demographics. The Israelis seem to me, surprisingly restrained in dealing with Gaza and the rest. They have paid and eill pay, for that.

      But it was Europe and especially Britain that handed the people on the land along with the land, to the surviving Jews. And it is the Arabs who have continued to feed the beast they created with their handling of refugees from wars they started. The folk deploring the Israeli policies toward Palestinians seem to have forgotten a lot that still lives in Arabia and Israel.

      If the Jews don’t belong there, as some Orthodox hold, it was not Jews but Europeans and Americans who put them there. If they do belong there, the Arabs have no right to attack them. But in our world, those things aren’t as important as oil, the extirpation of inconvenient Judeo-Christian beliefs, etc. Or so it seems to me…

      Please feel welcome to deconstruct any of my writings that seem to need it!

  4. Jan Eek says:

    Thank you for your comment. And, again I agree and disagree. I think we both see that to discuss this conflict, issue, history or whatever we may call it; we have to sit face to face and talk for about a month.
    A couple of things first. I really do my best to deal in FACTS. I have written in my own blog and also tried to discuss with American “Jews” and Israeli “Jews” and really tried to tell them, and this is true: I am not pro or con any of the parties in the Middel East. As a history buff and political scientist, I read, I follow the news (in several languages) and try to analyze the facts which I triple check. Well, every time I have been shot down by the majority of the commentators and/or bloggers. They don’t believe me…………
    So, to your comment. It was a major mistake by the UN (and it’s first Secretary General, Trygve Lie from Norway) to just split palestine and give part of it to the new state, Israel. It was asking for trouble, and big trouble. After the voting in the General Assembly in 1947, the delegates from Syria, Libanon, Irak, Saudi-Arabia, Jemen og Egypt marched out. After that there have been several wars, all won by Israel.
    A lttle sidestep here. After the war, anti semitism was as strong in several European countries as before the war, and survisors of the death camps found a mostly hostile world.
    England did,’t want them and placed them in, yes, concentration camps for several years in Cyprus.

    http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/topstories/2008-05-04-3253772452_x.htm
    http://news.pseka.net/index.php?module=article&id=8199

    Britain was at the time controlling Palestine and didn’t know what to do with them…..There is much more to this history, of course.
    Palestinians. I would definitely not call them “hypocritical”. I see them as a useful pawn in the political game between Israel and the Arab state, USA and Rusiia and of course Iran.
    BUT, you cannot deny that they suffer. They are held in a tigth vise by Israel and get not much help from the Arab world, especially not now with the situation in Syria and Egypt and the “Arabic Spring”.

  5. Jack Curtis says:

    Cyprus, I was aware of. The more important subject for me, is where is all this going? It’s hard to see a future for Israel in the current situation. And for those enjoying Irony, it is a good model for the neighbors who want what it has built for itself and prefer to destroy it instead of emulating it. We are a perverse species…

    • Jan Eek says:

      I don’t know. But, I DO see a future for Israel. It is completely up to themselves. One of you said that Israel is their own worst enemy. So true. As long as Israel is governed by the hawks, I see no solution whatsoever. I truly believe that both the Israeli people and the Palestinians want peace. But they are being cynically played by the politicians; Americans, Russians, Israelis, the Arab countries and a number of “Palestinian” groups.
      I am always an optimist, and I am very curious to see the result of the “Arab spring”. Maybe, just maybe, when a new structure is in place in the Arab world, a new generation of Israeli politicians will see that the situation as is cannot continue.
      There is always hope……….

      • Jack Curtis says:

        We have to hope, or why arise from one’s bed in the morning? But I expect a world-wide financial failure with tough times generally. The fallout from that, if it occurs as I expect, will play upon all the political problems. I see the ‘Arab Spring’ as an early effect of this; the economic mismanagement in those countries seems to me to underlie much of the unrest. Of which of course, the corruption plays a major part. The Islamists seem to me opportunists aiming to take control of the passing wave. Mostly a remote observer’s speculation, of course…

  6. Jan Eek says:

    First: Tomorrow I will see my first grandchild for the first time, all the way from New Zealand, where my son and his wife live and work. So, I will not be very active the next week. But I will be back.

    Then, to your comment. First I would be very cautious to generalize Islamist/opportunist. The same goes for corruption. An example. I have lived and worked in Africa, but most people very often refers to “Africans”. The fact is, that in Africa, a huge continent, there are so many tribes and cultures that it is absolutely impossible to generalize about “Africans”

    I have also lived and worked in the US, and “corruption” takes on many forms. When the American government saved banks that were collapsing, the managers and board members of the same banks took out enormous sums as bonuses and such. That was the dollars from hard working Americans. What do you call that?

    Why is it that members of Congress become rich because they are given information about the stock market long before anybody else. What shall we call that?

    So, if we are to talk about economic mismanagement, I think Americans and Europeans should have a good look at themselves first……..

    • Jack Curtis says:

      Parenting can be work; grandparenting is a pleasure; the reward for raising the kids, I think. May your trip be such! North America seems in transition from a religious, post Reformation culture behaving within a strong moral code to a post-Christian, irreligious culture of moral relativism; the corruption to which you refer is obvious and growing and is perhaps a result of the changes. That corruption though, has not yet reached the common, individual level so often seen in Africa, Latin America and chunks of Asia. I suppose that it will.worsen toward the latter level unless something changes. The same appears to be going on to various extents in Europe from what I can see, though the Reformation cultures seem in better shape than much of the rest. I suppose it is general retreat towards the historical human norm…

  7. Jan Eek says:

    You have not responded to my last entry. I actually didn’t understand your mix of “Islamist”, “opportunist”, “corruption”, “economic mismanagement” and “a world-wide financial failure”. To be blunt: It seems oversimplified, too general and biased, but I would like to see your qualification of your statements. Is is an interesting angle, but I would like to have a more in-depth anaylsis.

    • Jack Curtis says:

      I can’t write a book for you but these are what I was alluding to”
      Western societies are mostly decomposing of inability to self-govern, symptomized presently by spending excess of available resources to placate voters demanding social welfare. China, India, Brazil etc. are at financial risk as well. Debt has gone past repayment in my view and the international financial system will increasingly reflect this; I expect it to need rebuilding.

      Inside the countries, a falling standard of living will affect civil order variously. It’s my interpretation of the ‘Arab Spring’ that it reflects declining economies; the resulting troubled waters are I think, seen as opportunity by the Islamists. They have certainly moved in on the Egyptian scene when the people brought down the government.

      U.S. and E.U. societies face declining living standards and the U.S. at least, is significantly split between traditional religious and post-Christian views that it seems to me, cannot share a society in the longer term. I see Western societies as unstable while facing growing stress.

      The Islamists are folk who perceive that modernity will be terminal for Islam and wish to head that off by forcibly returning their societies to the 6th century It is a form of desperation looking for opportunity represented by fracturing societies.
      The E.U. is at risk because Germany can’t support the rest as its markets shrink but the rest don’t appear ready to face that. The E.C.B. has, like the U.S. Fed, been floating the economies and propping up the banks with fiat money, an inherently terminal process.

      I hope this helps elucidate my reasoning…

  8. Jan Eek says:

    Just a short note from me. I agree with much of what you are writing. BUT, I still think that your reference to “the Islamist” is grossly over-generalizing. If we take North Africa and The Middle East, we have Moroccoo, Tunisia, Algeria, Libya, Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Iraq, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Yemen and Turkey. If my math is correct, that is around 500 million Muslims in 12 different countries.

    They have all different history, political system, economy and social structure.
    In most of these countries, around 80 % are Sunni and 20 % are Shiit. The Sunni has a history of a “mild” and practical interpretation of the Quran. The Shiit have a more basic, sometimes fanatical percetion of the Quran. That is one dimension of the conflict in the “Arab Spring”. Very obvious in Egypt, but also in Libya after the fall of Gaddafi. But that conflict is not evident in many of the other countries.
    The “Arab Spring” take on many forms in the different countries. If there is one common denominator, it is freedom. Freedom to speech, for ordinary people to control their lives and the policies of their country. The want to modernize their society…. Your statement that: “The Islamists are folk who perceive that modernity will be terminal for Islam and wish to head that off by forcibly returning their societies to the 6th century”…. is wrong. It is the other way around.

    That is why I have hopes that when new structures are in place in the different Muslim countries and Israel hopefully has a new kind of politicians, there may evolve a solution………

    • Jack Curtis says:

      If the Islamists anywhere intend freedom, it has escaped my notice so far. The faith is about submission on its face. Many of the placards held up in the recent Moslem parade in Egland specifically damned “freedon” and the Taliban, al Qaeda, al Shabaab et al impose rigid and primitive patterns everywhere they can. I must be missing your objection here. That Islam is highly fractured in both religious (Sunni/Shiite etc.) and societal differences is certainly the case and it is already thereby weakened, as is Christianity, for that matter. But that seems irrelevant in the matter of the common world-wide fundamentalist reaction against modernity, surely?

  9. Jan Eek says:

    I think we have to end this discussion. I can’t believe how you generalize about Muslims. There are 1.6 billion muslims in 49 countries, and you draw heavy conlusions about them based on some parades in England and the fanatics in the Middel East.

    You say: ” But that seems irrelevant in the matter of the common world-wide fundamentalist reaction against modernity, surely?” Where did you get that information? What direct experience have you had with Muslims?

    I could go on, but it seems that you don’t reflect on my writing at all. You just repeat yourself about the “Islamist” like you knew what their feelings, hopes, goals are. I don’t think you do.

    I have worked and lived on four continents and have experienced a variety of Muslim perception and reflexion on their daily life, politics and attitudes against the Western world. I stress the word VARIETY, because most Muslims I have met and got to know, have different views on a number of issues. BUT, one common denominator is, as I said before: “If there is one common denominator, it is freedom. Freedom to speech, for ordinary people to control their lives and the policies of their country. The want to modernize their society….”

    Your writing is for me so narrow minded that I choose to end this discussion. Sorry.

    • Jack Curtis says:

      The Syrian and Yemeni conflicts ongoing engage fighters from the Caucuses and central Asia; an Islamic terrorist recently charged in Indonesia is Iranian. Iranians have also been reported in Thailand’s Moslem insurgency.The present fundamentalist convulsion is world-wide and and includes Islamic fighters from nearly everywhere, including the U.S. and Europe, that have supplied fighters found in Afghanistan. Their home cultures are irrelevant to this. Shared Islam, youth and poverty are all that are needed. It is a fact, not my opinion and if ignored, vitiates the discussion. It must be addressed; to ignore it, is to indulge in propaganda, it seems to me.

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