That's the only word for the glimpse into the mind of George Soros provided by Steve Croft of 60 Minutes in an interview broadcast last night. Steve Gilbert of Sweetness & Light does an excellent job of highlighting and commenting on a partial transcript of the interview, concerning Soros' behavior during the Holocaust in Hungary, when he was a 14 year old Jewish boy posing as a Christian.
KROFT: My understanding is that you went out with this protector of yours who swore that you were his adopted godson.
Mr. SOROS: Yes. Yes.
KROFT: Went out, in fact, and helped in the confiscation of property from the Jews.
Mr. SOROS: Yes. That's right. Yes.
KROFT: I mean, that's——that sounds like an experience that would send lots of people to the psychiatric couch for many, many years. Was it difficult?
Mr. SOROS: Not——not at all. Not at all. Maybe as a child you don't——you don't see the connection. But it was——it created no——no problem at all.
KROFT: No feeling of guilt?
Mr. SOROS: No.
KROFT: For example that, 'I'm Jewish and here I am, watching these people go. I could just as easily be there. I should be there.' None of that?
Mr. SOROS: Well, of course I c——I could be on the other side or I could be the one from whom the thing is being taken away. But there was no sense that I shouldn't be there, because that was——well, actually, in a funny way, it's just like in markets——that if I weren't there——of course, I wasn't doing it, but somebody else would——would——would be taking it away anyhow. And it was the——whether I was there or not, I was only a spectator, the property was being taken away. So the——I had no role in taking away that property. So I had no sense of guilt.
Of course most of us here are already aware of Mr. Soros' highly questionable actions during the Nazi occupation. (Though the public at large undoubtedly has a different perspective, if they know anything about his earlier days at all.)
But the statements he made in this interview to my mind are quite chilling. He forgives himself everything. He says that if he hadn't done it somebody else would have.
All of which would seem to indicate that Mr. Soros has no conscience. A lack of conscience is said to be a common symptom of sociopaths
Thomas Lifson 10 30 06
Update: Reader Marilyn Wolgat writes:
I knew Soros was obsessed and anti Western. This interview reveals the missing link when Soros states:
"And it was thewhether I was there or not, I was only a spectator"
That is the descriptor I remember from Psychology 101. The sociopath is detached from the world around him. He lacks the normal empathy. Other humans are nearly props in a play starring himself.
Normal sociopaths commit hideous murders, shoot bank tellers and party store clerks, or snipe postal workers in D.C.
Soros is what happens when a sociopath is immensely rich and has the world as his stage. This is something I had never contemplated as a possibility: that a sociopath could hold it together long enough to build a financial empire. It is not that he was corrupted by his callous mentors, but his sociopathic needs found mentors to suit.
I had long dreamed of getting a seat next to him on a plane (as if) to try and convert him. I thought he might make a spectacular convert in the war against the Dark Side. Guess I might still try, but more likely, I would pray from a distance. He loves to destroy his perceived enemies.
Thanks for this insight,
Marilyn Wolgat, Taylor, Michigan