Jewish World Review March 9, 2011 / 3 Adar II, 5771
The Uses of Antisemitism
By Paul Greenberg
It was the always observant
Think of the way Southern demagogues back in the bad old days knew that, whenever they needed a way to stir folks up, they could always rely on the Race Issue.
How far and wide today's tide revolutionary tide may sweep in the Islamic world isn't yet clear, but the most predictable development is that the Jews will be blamed for it.
In a pinch, America will serve nicely as a whipping boy, too. The best strategy is to blame both. Just listen to some of the statements out of
"I am going to reveal a secret. There is an operations room in
Call it a twofer. It turns out that both the Americans and the Jews are responsible for all his troubles. In that little room in
It sounds like an Arab version of that old forgery, the "Protocols of the Elders of Zion," a staple of European antisemitism that
Antisemitism remains the last resort of Arab dictators desperate to survive, as it was their first resort on their way up. It's a trajectory as old as Herr Hitler's rise -- and fall -- in
But antisemitism is no longer the rage it once was in
But the times (and fashions) have a-changed. Last week the colorful, not to say bizarre, fashion designer John Galliano was dropped by Dior just three days before his fall-winter collection for 2011-12 was due to be unveiled at the
Who knows, M. Galliano may be able to find a new career in
The crumbling old pillars of tyranny are shaking throughout the
What country will be the next to be roiled by revolution? It's a question that must keep various Middle Eastern potentates awake at night. Now it's they who wait for the knock on the door. Or for it to be kicked in.
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