Wednesday, November 12, 2003
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.