We Have to Start Over
What accounts for the appalling acceptability of overt anti-Semitism these days? While fashionable on university campuses for years, the norm in France for as long as we can remember, and de rigueur among Muslims throughout the Middle East, how have we come to a place here in the United States where protestors embraced by the American Left and our media can openly scream anti-Jewish epithets and carry signs with hateful slogans indicting the Jews of the world for all manner of crimes against humanity?
Keep in mind that the President, the Vice President, Nancy Pelosi ("bless them") and the mainstream media have all embraced the cause and behavior of the Occupy Wall Street protestors and their copycats around the country. The Tea Party, these same supporters railed, were "racist" (they are not), "violent" (they are not), and profane, which they most certainly are not. But it appears that our President, Vice President, Speaker of the House and our mainstream media have no problem with the distinct anti-Semitic character of these protests and might even share their sentiments.
We all know well by now that President Obama has no love or respect for Israel. You can take Obama out of Jeremiah Wright's church but apparently cannot take Jeremiah Wright's church out of Obama. He has done his best to isolate Israel and thus has emboldened her enemies. Is it our President's not-so-subtle antipathy for Israel that has loosened the lid of a simmering anti-Semitism among his base and allowed it to ooze into the culture like a plague?
Maybe not. Perhaps, like so many other blights upon our society, what accounts for this abject moral failing is a failure of education. Far too many Americans, even Jewish Americans, only know what they know about Israel what they've learned in school (nothing), from network news or the mainstream press (the NYT and NPR, for example, are viciously biased against Israel). Too many do not know that there has been a continuous Jewish presence in Israel for four thousand years. They do not know that the land on which the Israelis built their nation was purchased, not "stolen," over many, many years beginning before the turn of the century.
They have not learned that there were as many Jewish refugees as there were Arab refugees after the wars that erupted upon declaration of Israel's statehood in 1948. Israel was attacked by all the surrounding Arab nations but prevailed. They do not know that there was never a "Palestinian people" until Arafat came up with the phrase after the 1967 war. They have not learned that the those so-called Palestinian refugees have from the beginning been made a pawn in a deadly game by the surrounding Arab nations bent upon Israel's destruction. Those same Arab nations repel the refugees with a vengeance but Israel is supposed to give them the right of return. Given that they do not know such things, they take their lead from the elites around them; professors, journalists, politicians, and institutions like the UN. The UN today is nothing but a club of tyrants committed to erasing Israel from the map. Our own Ambassador to the UN, Samantha Power, is a member of the club in good standing. And they do not know that Israel endures daily acts of terrorism--rocket attacks, murderous assaults on civilians, and bombings at the hand of Hamas, Fatah or Hizbollah which go unreported while any act of self-defense by Israel is vilified as a "breach of peace," or an attack on innocents.
How do we as a nation correct such a tragic dereliction on the part of those tasked to educate and inform the citizenry with the facts but who instead chose cultural relativism and political correctness? Relativism and political correctness are the laws of the land they inhabit, of the media and the messages they control. At their bidding, support for Israel has disappeared over the last forty years as Arafat's plan to make the "Palestinian refugees" the scourge of Israel worked better than even he could have imagined.
We have to start over, Constitution in hand. Just as we will need a new President to save the nation from economic annihilation, we will need new captains of our other institutions: New university presidents, new public school administrators, new publishers and editors of our newspapers and new heads of television networks and cable channels. The tenured radicals have to go. Possible? Over time perhaps. It will take time and a powerful collective will as we have willingly sacrificed too many of our freedoms on the altar of multiculturalism.
Yesterday, at the event to dedicate the new Martin Luther King memorial, our President reiterated his support for the angry mobs of protestors, so many of whom are loudly and shamelessly anti-Semitic. Clearly, he approves of their particular brand of bigotry. Starting over is not just Israel's only chance of survival, it is the only chance for the survival of civilized society in the West. What we've seen this week at the "revolutions" is not at all civilized.