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COLUMN SEVENTY, APRIL 1, 2002
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SCAPEGOATING THE JEWS
Re: IS THIS YOUR CORRECT E ADDRESS?
Date: Mon, 11 Feb 2002 15:17:14 -0500
From: "BEN DEMOTT " <BDEMOTT@CMMB.ORG>
Circulating Gifts of Anti-Semitism
1st Of The Month
at the debacle in Durban where 6000 delegates from 170 countries couldn't make
progress on racism over nine days because anti-Semitism got in the way, I am so
amazed at how scapegoating Jews works personally, locally, globally at so many
levels to soothe the egos of so many people, generation after generation, across
so many dominant cultures. And now it works on five continents!
What a gift to fragile egos and insecure elites with criminal records
everywhere. What a gift to racist
nationalisms much more vicious than anything the Israelis or the Palestinians
global anti-Semitism is now like a giant Melanisian kula ring of reciprocal
gifts (see Malinowski's report) where the major horrors inside dozens of nation
states can be covered over and forgotten while we roll all blames into one and
pin them on everyone's favorite scapegoat---Israel.
a gift to the USA to have the biggest gulag in the world go uninspected.
About 2 million people in prison and Blacks, Latins, Native Americans
there in disproportionately huge numbers.
a gift to India to have the thriving caste system and the daily sufferings of a
hundred million dark untouchables taken off the agenda. (Just to compare one
aspect of these gifts for a minute: India has 22 people per 100,000 in prison,
the USA has almost 4000 black men per 100,000 in prison---no I didn't misplace a
zero or a decimal point some place).
a gift to Sudan where a corrupt Muslim elite have murdered or starved to death
well over a million black pagans and Christians the past twenty years while a
few missionaries, anthropologists, and relief workers were wringing their hands,
shouting, getting no response.
a gift to Indonesia that no one wants to talk about that huge massacre of
Chinese in the 1960s, or the more recent massacres (Aceh, Moluccas, Borneo) and
the elimination of about one quarter of the East Timorese population.
a gift to the Hutu genocidaires that managed the most efficient mass murder in
a gift to the seven African countries with armies in the Kongo doing murder and
mayhem. News broadcasters say a
million civilians dead here but they must be exaggerating or surely this would
be at the top of the agenda in Durban next door to the slaughter.
a gift to the Arab world, every single country a patriarchal, single party
dictatorship---whether Baathist, or Islamic fundamentalist, or oil-drenched
benign feudalism---where no one thinks of apologizing for a millennium of slave
a double gift to the slaving Western world and the slaving Arab world each of
which has mishandled about 15 to 25 million Africans over the centuries.
Any chance of equal reparations from both the Western banks and
corporations AND the oil rich Arabs? None whatever.
about the African slavers and slave dealers who rounded up the victims and
pocketed profits for two centuries?
anyone remember Saddam Hussein poison-gassing entire Kurdish villages in the
a gift to Algeria where Berbers are gunned down in the streets. What a gift to
Brazil where children are gunned down in the streets. What a gift to Turkey
where the Armenian massacres that opened this century of cleansings will not
have to be noticed or apologized for and the murderous repression of Kurds the
past decade can be ignored.
a gift to Afghanistan and the Taliban.
a gift to little Slobodan Milosovich whose mischief in Bosnia will not be the
center of attention in Durban.
small country can participate in this gifting and we can stop looking at those
handless children in Sierra Leone.
to complete the circle with the biggest participants, no one will ask if
Russianism was racism in Chechnya or Chinesism was racism in Tibet.
For as long as we marvel over "Zionism is racism? we will not have to
examine 'sharia as apartheid? in any Moslem land either.
Tibet much more occupied than Palestine? Did
international treaties establish China in Tibet?
International treaties established Israel in the same way that
international treaties established Greece, Turkey, Jordan, etc. etc. all the
states that were once the Ottoman Empire. Am I missing something?
Or are all the more virulent and quantitatively awful forms of racism
being ignored while we focus on the exceptionally persecuted Palestinians and
the exceptionally disappointing Jews? How
is Zionism more racist than the racisms of 50 other nations I could mention?
this kula ring of exchanging anti-Semitic gifts it is Christmas all year round
as everyone gets something for nothing if we can just stay focused on the Jews.
Hey, serves "em right for inventing that punishing patriarchal sky god
who could give us only two sons, Jesus and Muhammad, and no daughters, not even
a nice niece. ##
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