Monday, January 24, 2005

It Could Never Happen Again?

On the week of the 60th anniversary commemoration of the liberation of Auschwitz, here's a cheerful little item reported in the AP today:

MOSCOW - A group of nationalist Russian lawmakers called Monday for a sweeping investigation aimed at outlawing all Jewish organizations and punishing officials who support them, accusing Jews of fomenting ethnic hatred and saying they provoke anti-Semitism.


In a letter dated Jan. 13, about 20 members of the lower house of parliament, the State Duma, asked Prosecutor General Vladimir Ustinov to investigate their claims and to launch proceedings "on the prohibition in our country of all religious and ethnic Jewish organizations as extremist."


Sheltered leftists in this country like to criticize the foundation of Israel, believing that little more than neo-Western colonialism was the driving force behind that event. But one doesn't have to look very hard or very far to find anti-Jewish pogrom mentality continuing to bubble up, as it has throughout history. This is why Israel is so crucial to Jews world-wide.

For the record, this is far from a majority movement in the Russian Duma. But as the AP article continues to note:

While the Russian state itself is no longer anti-Semitic, there are "anti-Semitic campaigns that are led by all sorts of organizations," she said.

"The economic situation is ripe for this. An enemy is needed, and the enemy is well-known, traditional," Gerber said.

Echoing anti-Semitic tracts of the Czarist era, the letter's authors accuse Jews of working against the interests of the countries where they live and of monopolizing power worldwide. They say the United States "has become an instrument for achieving the global aims of Judaism."

Hardly original to speak about America as dominated by Jews. Hitler did the same. I'm quite happy to belong to a nation which people of such low character find painful to contemplate.

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