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Jews In The Woodpile

Wednesday, March 27th, 2002

When we left off last week, columnist Joe Sobran was suggesting that perhaps “black-mail” could explain the evident tilt toward Israel on the part of the Bush administration.

Blackmail by and against whom Sobran wouldn’t say, but he didn’t have to, not with the rest of the column given over to paranoid ruminations on how, in Sobran’s Bizzaro world, a consortium of all-powerful Zionist Jews and “cowardly and venile gentiles” conspire to keep a resentful but subjugated American media towing a straight and narow pro-Israel line.

None of this is new for Sobran, who never tires of looking for the Jew in the woodpile. This, after all, is a man who’s written that “History is replete with the lesson that a country in which the Jews get the upper hand is in danger,” and that “there are people who are neither fanatic nor stupid nor insane nor mean-spirited who argue that it was never Hitler’s purpose or policy to exterminate the Jews. Maybe not; they are far more informed on the subject than I care to be, and it never surprises me when the Zionist lobby lies or grossly exaggerates…”

Sobran responded to some of the Monitor’s earlier criticisms with a lengthy letter, cordial on its face and even somewhat charming in its candor – as when he owned up to the realization that he “may sound like an unpleasant sorehead” and confessed, “I wish I thought I had more to be grateful for.”

He also lamented, rather cryptically, that if he had a theme song it would probably be “I’ll Never Smile Again,” and added, disarmingly, “I don’t blame you or anyone else who finds me hard to put up with.”

Naturally, Sobran’s letter revolved around the perception of his hostility to Israel. And while he chose not to address the Monitor’s concerns about his feelings toward Jews in general, he showed no such reticence in discussing his attitude toward the Jewish state.

“As for Israel,” he wrote, “I can’t accept its claims. How could I? I’m a Catholic. I don’t think a U.S.-Israeli alliance is good for the U.S., and particularly for any Sobran boys who may wind up in another war. I’m not especially pro-Palestinian; in some ways I admire the Israelis; but mostly I want to stay OUT of their quarrel. As they say, I don’t have a dog in that fight; I just want to protect my own puppies.”

Sounds reasonable enough, no? A concerned father worried for the welfare of his sons, fearful of losing them over something far removed from his sphere of interest and concern.

(The part about his being unable to “accept” Israel’s “claims” because of his being a Catholic, is, however, an entirely false argument: While Catholicism has never embraced the State of Israel with anything approaching the exuberance manifested by Bible-believing Protestants, anybody wishing to could compile a long list of prominent Catholics, living and dead, lay and clergy, who under any criterion would be classified as staunchly supportive of Israel.)

But Sobran has left enough of a paper trail for any but the dimmest of readers to realize that his animus toward Israel would be just as strong even if had no “puppies” to “protect.” In his letter to the Monitor he tried to cast that animosity as simply part of his greater distrust of all governments, even his own.

“The Israelis’ treatment of the U.S.,” he wrote, “has earned my distrust. Any country billed as ?ally’ should be dealt with warily. We should learn from the way England has inveigled us into fighting its wars. Nothing against the English people, but their government has always played us for suckers.

“To put this all in perspective, I believe - I KNOW – that my worst enemy isn’t the Israeli government, but the U.S. government. It robs me daily, it constantly violates its own Constitution, and it may claim my children’s lives in what it’s pleased to call ‘defense.’ ”

It may well be that Sobran harbors such a frightening degree of alienation living as an American in America, but Israel, the Israeli government, and, yes, Jews in and of themselves, remain his special obsession. He just can’t help himself, as he demonstrated in a recent column on President Bush’s labeling of Iraq, Iran and North Korea as an “axis of evil” in his State of the Union speech – a statement to which Sobran took great umbrage.

The Bush speechwriter responsible for the statement happened to be David Frum, whom Sobran duly described to his readers as “a Canadian Zionist journalist for whom ‘evil’ means ‘enemy of Israel.’ ”

Once again, Sobran found his Jew in the woodpile.

Jason Maoz can be reached at jmaoz@jewishpress.com  

More Reaction To Enemies List

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2001

The letters just keep coming in response to the Enemies List column and its follow-up. The responses by and large have been friendly in tone, with the majority of respondents agreeing on all or most of the names submitted by their fellow readers. And then there was this, from an e-mail submitted by some mammal identified as Rashid Monsour:

“You filthy Zionist liar! The names on the so-called Enemies List are not your enemies at all! They’re agents of Israel, paid off to cover up the crimes of Sharon, that murdering beast! The media all sing the praises of Israel and keep the truth from coming out to the American people!

“Why do you think everybody always hates the Jews, from ancient times to the present? Because you’re all full of lies and tricks, and you pay stupid gentiles to help you in your very dirty work! You lie about your holocaust that never happened! What about the real holocaust, which Israel is doing every day to the poor Palestinian people? Sharon is Hitler and Barak was Goebbels!

“Jews get your stinking hands off other people’s land! Leave Palestine now! When I see how the media here whitewash Israel’s genocidal war crimes, I want to scream! Jewish money pays millions to Peter Jennings! He is not your enemy! His Jewish masters have made him a very rich man!

“Same is true for all the others on your list. If they were really your enemies, they would show all the unspeakable atrocities the Israelis do to their Arab neighbors! They would wake up sleeping Americans and make them hate Israel! One day that will happen!

“History shows that Jews get their way for a while, but then the other people – the goyim that you hate so much – finally catch on and make you pay for all your evil! If the names on your list were really your enemies, they would tell Americans every single day that Jews took the land from the Palestinian people and are killing them all the time!

“The American media are controlled by Zionist Jews – how can they be your enemies? Tell the truth! The media are completely in the pockets of rich Zionists!”

O.K., enough zoo time for now. Among the humans who contacted the Monitor was Rev. Vern Laswell, whom Monsour the mammal would no doubt number among the “stupid gentiles” he referred to above.

The pastor of a church near Birmingham, Alabama, Rev. Laswell prefaced his note with the observation that most of the names on the Enemies List belonged to Jews. (Much to the Monitor’s surprise, few respondents seem to have picked up on that fact – only two, Rev. Laswell and Millie Streicher of Miami, bothered to mention it.)

Declaring himself  “flabbergasted by the self-destructive tendencies exhibited by the Jews in the news media,” Rev. Laswell related that when he first learned that Mike Wallace of “60 Minutes” was Jewish, his “mouth remained open in shock for a good five minutes. This man who took such joy in knocking down Israel was a Jew? Obviously, I was quite naive back then.”

According to Rev. Laswell, the reason for the media “being so biased against Israel is that they’re spiritually blind. The secular media have come to stand for an anti- G-d agenda, aligning themselves with the anti-family forces, ridiculing traditional gender roles and coming out full throttle in support of abortion and gay rights.”

The major media, continued Rev. Laswell, have a “real problem with Israel precisely because it is the fulfillment of biblical prophecy. Most journalists don’t realize it, of course, but their animosity to Israel is directly related to their animosity to the Bible; their animosity to the commandments and moral absolutes found in the Bible; and their animosity to the G-d of Israel Who authored the Bible.”

For Harold Westerman of Tucson, Arizona, the real culprit in all of this is Israel itself. “Israelis,” he wrote, “have no concept of public relations, of getting their message out on their terms. Worse, they seem not to care. Good press doesn’t come without effort, especially when the reporters covering that region come in with their own set of preconceived ideas.”

Jason Maoz can be reached at jmaoz@jewishpress.com  

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