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Opening Arguments

A matter of Semitics

Of all the prejudices people have, antisemitism has always been the most incomprehensible to me. Just don't get it. But obviously it thrives, even in places like Indianapolis:

    "I personally see Israel going into Iran and Syria in the next couple of months. I'm sure you realize -- well, most people don't -- millionaire Democrats outnumber millionaire Republicans four to one. It's mainly because of the Jewish faction inside the Democratic Party. Most Jewish people are Democrats and they bring that wealth. My opinion is, if Israel would go into Iran, Democrats would follow that cause. I really do believe that."

    Personally, I have the same reaction to Israel taking on Syria and Iran that Oliver North displayed for the U.S. Senate when he was asked what he thought about America encouraging the Contras to take on the Sandinistas: Cool.

    Besides, this "Israel has so many friends in this country that it's running our foreign policy" argument has the right complaint but the wrong country. Everybody knows it's really Mexico.


Dave Sanders
Sat, 02/24/2007 - 9:35am

Wrong. China does. Just look at our national debt.

Steve Towsley
Sat, 02/24/2007 - 3:09pm

Never mind the national debt, just try to buy a pair of pants made in America rather than China. Or try to make a deal with Wal-Mart if your products aren't manufactured for bottom dollar by the Chinese.

The main thing to know about "semitics" is that there are plenty of valid reasons to discuss them responsibly and objectively in any number of state and federal issues. We should reject antisemitic rants, but we should also be careful not to allow antisemites to create a false impression that anyone who addresses "semitics" in legitimate debate is a bigot.

Far from it. I suggest that we need to maintain our common sense ability to tell the difference between antisemitic hate speech and valid examinations of "semitic" factors in various public issues, so that we don't come to reject any and every consideration of "semitics" as bigotry.

tim zank
Sat, 02/24/2007 - 7:53pm

Steve, I'd say the short version of your post would be along the lines of "How about a little common sense & courtesy".