Tuesday, May 06, 2003
Sometimes words fail me
This has been on my mind for a couple of days, but I haven't had the time to put my thoughts down properly. At this point, I don't think I can really verbalize how I feel about this. It's beyond my comprehension.
Yesterday I was perusing LGF when I came across a post about an article printed in a (somewhat) local college paper. Here is the article, printed in the Oak Leaf, Santa Rosa Junior College's student paper (behold the author's mastery of the English language):
Is Anti-Semitism Ever The Result Of Jewish Behavior?
Catchy title, eh?
This masterpiece starts off with a great declaration, and only gets better. I cannot respond to each inaccuracy or blatant racist statement contained in this column, as the entire column is a pile of pooh (trying hard to keep this G-rated). Not to mention that this person's grasp (or lack thereof) of the English language makes this difficult to read. But I'm going to address a couple of things that show the unabashed anti-semitism (er, racism) contained in this column.
Israel is the largest terrorist organization in the world, committing genocide? Cannot and will not respond to that. Applying the characteristics of the aggressor to the victim is typical of the rubbish propaganda put forth by the anti-Semitic freakazoids. This author has taken a page out of CAIR's book.
If this guy knew a thing about Israel, he would realize that people in Israel enjoy religious freedom that mirrors the freedom we enjoy in the USA. In fact, Muslims in Israel have more religious freedom than they do in their Arab nations. Take a look at any tourist book on Israel: the majority of the landmarks have nothing to do with Judaism, and the most recognizable landmark is a mosque. For a country practicing genocide and forbidding all but Jews, they sure are doing a lousy job. But I don't expect this cretin to understand something so obvious.
The language this guy uses is inflammatory and ignorant. Note "They currently occupy Israel". Occupy "Israel"? Hmm... And Israel has indiscriminately murdered over 2,000 Palestinians, because their soldiers need targets for live-fire practice and it fits well with their grand dream of Arab genocide. Kinda like two birds with one stone, no? All the while the Israelis have nothing to worry about when they get on the bus to go to work every morning, and not one Israeli has been killed by terrorists in the past two years. Not a one. /sarcasm
I can't go on. Every time I read this, it gets more ridiculous. The ignorance and hatred displayed by these kinds of "journalists" is awe-inspiring. I didn't think it existed to this extent, yet it's in my backyard. This snot-nosed, spoiled brat, self-acclaimed white supremacist needs to get his head out of that dark, smelly place. When regurgatating such inciteful and hateful propaganda, perhaps he should consider the source. This guy cites racist and biased websites, quotes OBL, and spews every single anti-semitic myth ever created ("genocidal race-specific Anti-Arab biological weapons"!!!!).
It blows my mind that people continue to buy into the propaganda as if it's truth. The lack of a reaction when the racism and hate is directed towards Jews scares me. If this was directed at Hispanics, Blacks, or !Allah forbid! Muslims, the reaction would have been much more severe. Replace "Jew" with "Muslim", "Zionist" with "Islamist", and "Israel" with "Saudi Arabia". Now imagine. This article never would have made the pages of this paper. It would have been deemed "insensitive" to Muslim Americans.
On the other hand....
The backlash to an Op/Ed cartoon in March at the University of Maryland's student paper was harsh and over the top. In case you've forgotten, here is the cartoon:
The responses to this cartoon were very loud, and this made national news. People were offended that somebody actually expressed an opinion: that standing in front of a bulldozer is stupid and can get you killed. They defended the actions of a person who was interfering with the security operations of a country under terrorist siege, and labeled her a martyr "for peace". They disregarded her peaceful US flag burning display for the Palestinian children, because that doesn't fit the image of a peace lover. They also labeled the cartoonist a Zionist racist (assumed he is Jewish by his name). The cartoon was an Op/Ed. The author took a news story and applied an opinion to it. All hell broke loose.
These same people are defending this article. It is full of factual errors, ommissions and racist urban legends, and the author disregards any suffering of the Israelis. It is inciteful. It takes one twisted-truth side of the issue and presents it as "the way it is", while citing questionable sources. It smacks of anti-Semitism (saying you hate Israel but don't mind Jews is like saying you hate France but don't mind the French. Sorry, but the two are intrinsically related.) The lack of journalistic integrity in this piece is astounding. This guy's hopes of a career in journalism should be pretty slim by now, unless he wants to join the ranks of Peter Arnett and Robert Fisk in the dungeons of BS journalism. I'm sure they'd welcome him with open arms.
Worse than this particular article is that there are many more who believe this tripe. And, according to what is happening around the world, targeting a group or a culture that is white, generally educated, and has a history of success is fair game. That is truly frightening.
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