Anti-Semitism, the early warning system

Andrew Klavan, writing in the Los Angeles Times, posits that anti—Semitism is part of the reason God made the Jews His Chosen People.

THERE IS ONE good thing about anti—Semitism: It lets you know who the bad guys are....

...there's something about this particular form of prejudice that is weirdly reliable as a sign of deeper wickedness. Perhaps it's because the Jews contributed so much to humanity's moral code that to hate them as a race is to despise the restraints of morality itself....

Whatever the reason, true, virulent anti—Semitism is such a good indicator of the presence of evil that I'm tempted to believe that when God made the Jews his chosen people, this is what he chose them for: to be a sort of Villainy Early Detection System for everyone else.

Klavan then draws the obvious conclusion:

Thus, when Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says the Holocaust is a "myth" or that Israel "must be wiped off the map," you would hear a loud honk and words would appear in the air below his face: "Hello. I am an evil madman. Please stop negotiating with me now and proceed to cripple my nuclear capability by any means necessary."

A witty and provocative piece of writing from a mystery novelist.

Hat tip: Michael Medved via Sally V.

Thomas Lifson  1 19 06

Andrew Klavan, writing in the Los Angeles Times, posits that anti—Semitism is part of the reason God made the Jews His Chosen People.

THERE IS ONE good thing about anti—Semitism: It lets you know who the bad guys are....

...there's something about this particular form of prejudice that is weirdly reliable as a sign of deeper wickedness. Perhaps it's because the Jews contributed so much to humanity's moral code that to hate them as a race is to despise the restraints of morality itself....

Whatever the reason, true, virulent anti—Semitism is such a good indicator of the presence of evil that I'm tempted to believe that when God made the Jews his chosen people, this is what he chose them for: to be a sort of Villainy Early Detection System for everyone else.

Klavan then draws the obvious conclusion:

Thus, when Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says the Holocaust is a "myth" or that Israel "must be wiped off the map," you would hear a loud honk and words would appear in the air below his face: "Hello. I am an evil madman. Please stop negotiating with me now and proceed to cripple my nuclear capability by any means necessary."

A witty and provocative piece of writing from a mystery novelist.

Hat tip: Michael Medved via Sally V.

Thomas Lifson  1 19 06