Wednesday, November 12, 2003

I just read a wonderful opinion piece from the Archbishop of Denver about a number of things, one of which is the ADL's charge of antisemitism re: Mel Gibson's upcoming movie The Passion of Christ. I'm continually fascinated by the desperate need, in a world where even respected Muslim political leaders essentially quote the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, for liberal Jews to find danger in...conservative Christians.

It's baffling on the surface. From the Islamic world we hear more and more out-and-out Nazi exterminationist rhetoric, but the Jewish left seems only to fear the Christian Right. The bizarre comments from George Soros the other day are typical, absolving the Muslims of blame:

"There is a resurgence of anti-Semitism in Europe, and it is of concern to me," he said. "The policies followed by the Bush administration and the Sharon administration contribute to that."

The best explanation I can come up with is that people like Soros and Abraham Foxman take exactly the wrong message from the Holocaust: The real lesson of the Holocaust is not that right-wingers are dangerous, it's that when people say that they hate others and demand the right to exterminate them, it's best to take them at their word.

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