November 6, 2005

Hit the Jews first, pt. 2

As I think about recent the growth of anti-semitism among left-leaning people of Europe and America (a growth documented by bloggers, and almost totally ignored by the Gasping Media) it occurs to me that it is a kind of pre-emptive surrender.

I think people know, mostly unconsciously, that attacks on Jews are testing our willingness to defend our principles and our civilization. We promised, remember? After WWII we said "never again." Now we are being asked to keep our promise. We are being asked to fight for our beliefs. And leftish types are busily signaling, with all available code-words (and code head-gear) that they won't fight "for King and Country."

And we humans always resent those we have injured. That's a basic fact of human psychology. I suspect that much of the anti-semitism we see is based on our resentment of those we are planning to betray. We have already seen it in various instances in Europe, where attacks on Jews have been followed by advice to the Jewish community to be less provocative! To not wear kippahs, to not look different. (In other words, you're on your own. we won't defend you.) One can feel the resentment, the wish that the irritation would just go away.

If you don't get what I'm saying, compare the atmosphere today with the famous story from occupied Denmark during WWII, of the King putting on a Star of David when the Jews were ordered to wear them. (The story is actually a myth, but also a symbol of the Danish resistance to the War Against The Jews, a resistance that is not a myth).

And the psychology is the same on the level of nations. When Arab or Muslim leaders openly call for the destruction of Israel, the response of many Western nations is to demand that Israel be less provocative. Make concessions, yield to "just demands." These nations know in their hearts that they are betraying a humane, tolerant and democratic state to fascists and murderers, and the the result is hatred of the victim. Hatred of Israel. Hatred of Jews,and claims that they are the cause of all our problems.

Posted by John Weidner at November 6, 2005 1:06 PM
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