I wasn’t going to say anything about the tone and content of last night’s Nightline feeding into anti-Semitic conspiracy thought. Some of the leading lights of the Project for a New American Century happen to be Jewish. As I was watching the show, I thought, “Oh boy, the Jew-haters are going to go wild with this.” But I didn’t say anything about it, not wanting to overreact.
Well, a reader wrote a short time ago:
I just heard a caller to the Diane Rehm show this morning spin out the same theory, with an ugly edge. He noted most of the neo-cons were “Jewish Americans” and implied that their unwavering support for Israel was the prime source of their motivation.
The reader went on to say that last week he was having a beer at a his regular watering hole in Old Town, Alexandria, when he struck up a conversation with a woman who was born and raised in Marin County, California. When Iraq came up, the woman started in with the usual America-bashing. Then things turned ugly.
What eventually caused me to walk away within seconds of punching her lights out was when she said the U.S. got what it deserved on 9-11 because we are a terrorist state, and that you can’t believe anything in the news media “because everyone knows the Jews control this country.” What shocked me was this wasn’t some skinhead from northern Idaho but a cosmopolitan, educated woman from Marin County. Have I been leading a sheltered life?
Yes sir, you have. But then again, we all have. I have heard the same thing recently come out of the mouths of some intelligent, sophisticated, educated people — the kind of people who should know better. I’m not talking about merely disagreeing or criticizing the policies of the Israeli government. This goes beyond that.