As I read The Nature of Prejudice and Thank the Beeb for Jew hatred Sunday I was reminded of a paragraph in The Euston Manifesto, a political proclamation which I first read in the left—of—center/radical—liberal British weekly the New Statesman, back in April. It's written by a group of mainly British academics, journalists, and activists that I would describe as plausible allies of the right.
Vandalism against synagogues and Jewish graveyards and attacks on Jews themselves are on the increase in Europe. "Anti—Zionism" has now developed to a point where supposed organizations of the Left are willing to entertain openly anti—Semitic speakers and to form alliances with anti—Semitic groups. Amongst educated and affluent people are to be found individuals unembarrassed to claim that the Iraq war was fought on behalf of Jewish interests, or to make other "polite" and subtle allusions to the harmful effect of Jewish influence in international or national politics — remarks of a kind that for more than fifty years after the Holocaust no one would have been able to make without publicly disgracing themselves. We stand against all variants of such bigotry.
The EM is obviously just a jumping—off point democratic—socialism pronunciamento or as one of it's authors refers to it The Euston Discussion Document. But it contains a few planks identical to those in a much more right—thinking platform, making it worth a read. And based on some of the mixed responses from the hard—left, one could call it a foot in the door that no right—wing wish—list could ever hope for. And if I awoke tomorrow to a world where the entire hard—left had swallowed a Euston Manifesto pill — in toto — not only would I be one happy camper, the world in general would be much improved. Hell, even William Kristol referred to the Eustonians as A Few Good Liberals!
Joe Crowley 9 05 06