Eternal Sunshine of the Intolerant Mind

I am an intolerant man.

Ask anyone who has ever exchanged anything beyond social pleasantries with me, and they’ll confirm it.

I am an intolerant man, and this is my manifesto.

Once, caught up in the “liberal at 20” portion of the well-known (wrongly attributed) quote about the impact of aging on one’s political ideology, I would have agreed with the generally-accepted opinion which painted intolerance as a bad thing. All you have to do is to Google “quotes about intolerance” and you can see what I mean.

“Intolerance is itself a form of violence and an obstacle to the growth of a true democratic spirit.” – Mahatma Ghandi

“When you discriminate against anyone, you discriminate against everyone. It’s a display of terrible intolerance.” – Alan Dershowitz

“Intolerance is evidence of impotence.” – Alistair Crowley

Intolerance is violence.

Intolerance is discrimination.

Intolerance is impotence.

One would have to assume then that if intolerance means all of those things, then the opposite of intolerance must mean… well, the exact opposite, and that a world totally devoid of intolerance would be a world where peace, inclusiveness and potency abounded.

Think again.

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The new Iran deal: “Un cuchillo en la espalda de Israel”

The new Iran deal is a perfect storm, or the kind of event that will have huge unintended consequences.

Let’s look at the elements of this perfect storm:

1) The Obama administration is desperately looking for any kind of legacy.  President Obama is trying to look consequential on the world scene.   Why did he stab Israel?

2) The Europeans are desperately looking to do business with Iran.  The Europeans have always been reluctant warriors in this game.  The European economies desperately need business and they will do business with anyone.

3) Iran is jumping on the opportunity to get a deal that buys them for more time.  In other words, they want time and we just gave it to them.

What does our best friend in the neighborhood say about this deal?   They don’t like it at all:

“Israeli leaders denounced the interim Iranian nuclear pact signed by the United States and five world powers as a “historic mistake” that does little to reverse Iran’s nuclear ambitions and instead makes the world a more dangerous place.”

I hope that I’m dead wrong. However, it looks to me like North Korea 1994 all over again!

P.S.  What about the pastor imprisoned in Iran?  Did we forget him?  I guess so!

FDR and the Holocaust

Two excellent articles on American Thinker about the Hero of the Dems, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and his subtle anti-semitism. First, a recollection by Edward Bernard Glick, Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Temple University:

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April 19 will mark the 70th anniversary of the uprising of the Jews in the Warsaw Ghetto. That date always reminds me of 1958 when Eleanor Roosevelt, the widow of Democratic President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, told me about her husband and the Holocaust.

We were both NGO (Non-governmental Organization) representatives to the United Nations and to the US Mission to the United Nations. She represented the American Association for the United Nations and I represented the American Jewish Congress.

Because she was the most distinguished member, she also chaired the NGO umbrella group. During one of our luncheons, around the time of the anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising, we discussed the Holocaust. When my turn came to pose a question, I asked her why her husband — whom Jews revered then as much as they lionize President Barack Obama now — never ordered Allied pilots to bomb the railroad tracks leading to and from the Nazi death camps. I speculated that had he done so, he would have slowed the slaughter.

I wasn’t sure that Mrs. Roosevelt would reply to an implied criticism of her husband, but she did […]

Next, a follow-up that delves a little deeper:

This morning at AT, Professor Emeritus Edward Bernard Glick described his frank 1958 discussion with Eleanor Roosevelt regarding her husband, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s decision not to bomb the railway tracks connecting to the Nazi extermination camps for European Jews. Professor Glick also alludes to prevalent antisemitic attitudes in the State Department, and perhaps President Roosevelt, himself, whom he quotes as having stated to a prominent Jewish Congressman, “The Jews in America should know that they are tolerated here, but not more than that.”

Roosevelt’s statement was in fact a crude retrogression from the attitudes expressed by America’s first President, George Washington. Following a visit to Newport, RI in August, 1790, and his warm reception by the local Jewish community, represented in a letter by Moses Seixas, George Washington wrote a moving reply to Touro’s congregation. Our first President rejected the idea of mere “tolerance” of Jews, embracing them as full, equal citizens of the nascent American nation, with complete freedom of conscience, and the guarantee of their personal security. […]

Why the Jews embrace a political party that is and has been their enemy is baffling. Then again, we C-As say the same thing, don’t we?

“Hatred starts with a word uttered quietly, and then louder, if left unchallenged it is followed by deeds that become habits…”

Dr. Bernd Wollschlaeger

It is said our WWII veterans seldom talk about their ‘war stories’, even when asked. However, it is not that they are ashamed. It is because the victory did not come without a lot of loss and pain. The silence of a young boy’s decorated Nazi father was driven by the bitterness of loss, and a continuing hatred and rage for those his then country horrifically victimized to death. The boy’s journey through this dark age within his family history led him to a conversion to a far brighter light of life

Dr Bernd Wollschlaeger’s 14 year old son wanted to know his saba. For the first time Bernd shared the story of his life and his Nazi father. He was afraid of rejection but his son thought his story was cool. Three weeks later was Family History Day at his children’s school. Called into the office to meet with the principal and the Rabbi, he was worried that they would repudiate him. They suggested that his son was delusional and was making up a story about his grandfather the famous Nazi. Bernd related the whole story to the enraptured school leaders. Since that time he has been sharing the story regularly and finds a weight has been lifted from his shoulders.

World War II was a verboten topic in the Wollschlaeger home. Any questions were met with silence, and yet Bernd’s father considered a hero by his buddies, was decorated with the Iron cross by Hitler himself. Bernd was 14 when the Munich Olympics, meant to reinstate Germany amongst the civilized world, were the scene of the massacre of the Israeli team. The headlines read “Jews Killed in Germany Again.” Young Bernd was confused, it happened before? Unable to get a response from his parents, the answers were forthcoming in school. Horrified by what happened to the Jews at the hands of the Germans, he needed to find out his father’s involvement. A raging alcoholic, his father could be tricked into opening up at that point of shikerness, before becoming totally drunk. Finally the truth came out, “We are German, representatives of a pure race, with a historic obligation to clear up the riff raff in the east. The only mistake was in using the train capacity to transport the Jews to the camps, instead of bringing supplies to our troops. The Jews made us lose the war.”

From that moment Bernd began his journey to get beyond the hatred, and learn more about Jews. He was helped on the way by a former Jesuit priest, and many Holocaust survivors, both on a trip to Israel and back in Bamberg where he completed medical school. The decision to convert led him on a long road, the Rabbi in Frankfurt he was sent to refuse to convert Germans. Eventually he succeeded in fulfilling his dream and left for Israel, and enlistment in the IDF as a medical officer.

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(Note: this story was published about a month ago, but just came across my desk.)

Sen. Marco Rubio Meets with Israeli PM Netanyahu

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Heh. The water bottle goes global.

That’s one way (maybe the only way) for Marco Rubio to make sure his visit to Israel gets covered by the Water-gate-happy media. Bumping water bottles with Bibi: total “career-ender.”

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On a helicopter tour with the IDF.

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JERUSALEM — An influential Republican senator has called Jerusalem the capital of Israel, taking a stand on an explosive issue between Israel and the Palestinians.

The fate of Jerusalem is one of the most intractable issues in the Mideast conflict with both Israelis and Palestinians claiming rights to the city.

In his first official visit to the country, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio told Israel’s president on Wednesday that Jerusalem is “of course the capital of your country.” He reiterated America’s bipartisan support for Israel.

Rubio, a favorite of his party’s conservative wing, met Israeli President Shimon Peres and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

His visit comes ahead of President Barack Obama’s scheduled visit in March. Obama has not made a similar declaration about Jerusalem.

There is no ‘Palestinian’ state — there never was

And there are still fools out there who believe the claims that have been invented out of whole-cloth by the terrorists who have besieged Israel since its founding…

Israel now has a quasi-state to contend with.  “A victory for the values of truth,” exclaimed Sudan’s U.N. diplomat after the General Assembly voted to admit Palestine as a non-member observer.

It’s a victory for the Palestinian camp, perhaps, but in truth it was a defeat — of historic proportions.  Recalling one thing and reaffirming another, the resolution the GA voted on was packed with lies.  Most were blatant.  One lie — you could say the catchphrase of the Palestinian perpetual show — enjoyed the sanctity of accepted wisdom.

“The Palestinian territory occupied since 1967” appeared, in one form or another, some dozen times in the U.N. resolution.  This whopper of an old lie, told so often and for so long as to merge fantasy with reality, made Israel’s defeat at the U.N. a long time coming.  One might say that it made Israel’s defeat historically inevitable.

“Occupied Palestinian Territory” (OPT) is a thing of smoke and mirrors.  Historically, it never happened; legally, there never was Palestinian territory for Israel to occupy.  Israel took the territories from Egypt and Jordan in 1967, and there’s no getting away from that.  So today Israel has more right than Jordan to be occupying the West Bank, and more right than Egypt to be occupying Gaza (if Israel’s blockade may be called occupation).  “Palestine” never enters the equation.  Turn Middle East wars and laws upside-down and any way you like, but if the territories belong to any U.N. member, or quasi-member, they belong to Israel.

Not even the famous U.N. Resolution 242 can help.  It told Israel to withdraw from territories once held by Jordan, illegally, and Egypt, and it envisaged those territories’ return to those two countries.  “Palestine” never got a mention in Resolution 242 — for a couple of good reasons. […]

Self-loathing

Self-loathing and sleeping with the enemy is a phenomena we know all too well here. This article could easily have been written about a certain type of Cuban, too.

As a young Jewish boy growing up in the Bronx, I heard my mother utter the following expression countless times: “there is no anti-Semite like a Jewish anti-Semite.”  I wish she were around for me to tell her she was right more times than not.

Take last month’s dust-up in Gaza.  A Jewish reader of the Advocate, always disparaging of Israel and fitting my mother’s description to a tee, proudly e-mailed me an article written by another Jew of similar mindset.

The article, written by Gideon Levy, was recently published in the Israeli weekly Haaretz.  Replete with anti-Israel invective and outright condemnation, the author, it would have made Joseph Goebbels drip with envy.

Discounting years of  unprovoked daily attacks and conveniently  forgetting the psychological and physical stress suffered by young Jewish children, this guy, in the vanguard of Israeli-bashing kooks, epitomizes the self-flagellating Jews both within and outside Israel.

What’s his beef?  Not only is Israel responsible for the recent war, but it is doubly so for suffering disproportionately fewer casualties in ending it. […]

Senator Rubio Opposes UN Recognition of Palestine

The U.N. vote in favor of granting non-member state status to terrorists, the Palestinians,  no matter how it’s spun, is a vote for the destruction of Israel.   I am heartened by Marco Rubio’s rapid and unequivocal response:

Senator Rubio Opposes UN Recognition Of Palestine

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) issued the following statement regarding today’s United Nations vote granting Palestine non-member state status:

“I oppose this unilateral move by the government of president Abbas and regret its reckless endorsement by the United Nations.  True peace and international recognition of a Palestinian state can only be achieved through direct negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians.  The Palestinian people would be much better served if the Palestinian Authority were to spend its energies in responding to several Israeli calls for direct negotiations.  As the Senate debates the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), I am proud to be a co-sponsor of an amendment to prohibit U.S. taxpayer funding for the United Nations in the event the organization upgrades Palestine’s status from permanent observer ‘entity’ before a comprehensive peace agreement has been reached with Israel.  The Senate should swiftly adopt it.”

This vote puts an end to the Oslo Accords, and since the Palestinians have already threatened Israel, I say the Women in Green are correct–Annex Judea and Samaria, as Israel should have done in 1967.

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Well Played, Sir Guy, Sir Consiglio and Lady Michaels … Well Played

Apparently today’s self-proclaimed “journalists” just can’t seem to help themselves in losing their objectivity and unbiased approach to reporting on current events and the news in general much the way they would lose their car keys. They typically expose themselves in their media outlets, but of late many step into the social media pool of the unwashed masses and Tweet-Tweet their obvious affliction. Here is the latest via Reuters’ own Anthony De Rosa, who is quickly dealt with (HT: Maggie’s Farm)…

5:48 pm: At the beginning of the day, I noted an ugly tweet by Reuters’ Anthony De Rosa. One response to De Rosa was sufficiently embarrassing and, uh, viral enough to make the wire service’s social media editor remove his tweet.

Meanwhile, in other news, two TV co-anchors in Bangor, Maine (were rumored to be fed-up with the recent election cycle and upper management’s dictating of political preference) pulled a surprise on-air resignation at the end of Tuesday’s news broadcast.