Friday, December 15, 2006
KRAUTS.34-39. I realized yesterday what we're up against with regard to the plight of Israel. Not because of the holocaust deniers' execration underway in Iran, although that's an important factor obviously. The most outrageous villains are always easy to spot. They're not as scary as the presumably decent people at the edges, the ones who have acquired the trick of squinting away the signs that the unthinkable is becoming not only thinkable but eminently possible.
Sean Hannity. He's aways been a pompous, undereducated blowhard who repeats the same handful of points ad nauseam. But his performance yesterday was one for the ages. He spent approximately an hour hosting a screaming match between David Horowitz and some idiot named Weber who's attending the Iran Holocaust Supporters' Convention, and he interrupted at intervals to denounce Weber as an anti-semite. In the event, Horowitz didn't need any help exposing Weber as a deceitful Jew-hating piece of scum. What was interesting was what happened afterwards. Hannity immediately reran a lengthy excerpt of his previous night's conversation with Mel Gibson, somewhere between 15 and 20 minutes of him French-kissing Gibson's ass: fawning over the speed of his mind, the power of his creativity, the gloriousness of his latest filmic bloodletting, and the incredible humility with which Gibson has responded to his recent public pillorying. Ad nauseam is an insufficient term for this particular display of feckless idolatry. And at no point did he appear to recognize the contradictions represented by the two segments.
I thought about the terrible things Gibson said in his drunken spree, I thought about the MSM and Hollywood libs who ostentatiously condemned him at the time, and I thought about the Uber-Tolerant left who have adopted the threadbare cause of the Palestinians, and I saw exactly how the second holocaust will come about.
THE 'ONE GOOD EXCUSE' THEOREM:
Make no mistake. Gibson is an anti-semite. Not all forms of belligerent, hateful drunkenness are created equal. The inexcusable things said to family and friends in such episodes admit of multiple interpretations -- a gush of personal pain, the twisted expression of long repressed grievances, a cry for help, an inside-out bid for intimate contact. Not so with more categorical topics like politics and race. This is the area where the adage "in vino veritas" rings true. If this is the realm into which your existential rage reaches in a fit of chemical-induced insanity, you are revealing something fundamental about the state of your soul.
But as far as Hannity is concerned, Gibson has an excuse. Drunken anti-semitism is forgivable. It can be overlooked, explained away, exalted into the the transcendant virtue of repentant humility. Unlike Weber, Gibson doesn't need to be interrogated about where he stands on the question of just how many Jews were murdered in the Holocaust. That would be impolite. Hannity also has an incentive to forgive Gibson because so many of the liberal MSM and Hollywood critics of Gibson's behavior are clearly explicit or implicit sympathizers with the Palestinian and other Arabs who are plotting the extermination of Israel. The enemy of my enemy is my friend.
This last cliche sounds as if it might be the unifying principle, but it isn't. If it were, MSM libs who blasted Mel Gibson would be embracing Israel and the Jews, as well as the U.S. policies the muslim nations see as transparent proofs of irrational American allegiance to Israel. But they're not. Mel Gibson's outrageous behavior merely provided them with an opportunity to be showily indignant in a way that could be cited later as evidence that they never intended or wanted the ghastly fate that befell the Israelis when Iran unexpectedly launched its nukes. Another beautiful excuse.
Of course, not all of this theorem is about Gibson. Academic lefties didn't waste a lot of time piling on, and in parts of Europe, notably including the U.K., Gibson's popularity actually rose a notch because of his diatribe. The truth is, he's irrelevant to their excuse, which has mostly to do with their preference for the incompetent over the capable. Translated, this means they have empathy for the weak, who are always the victims of the strong. Why? Because they know in their own souls that they also have become the weak, and by dint of experience they know that the greatest strength of the weak against the strong is continuous irrational accusation that wins not on its merits, but on its refusal to see reason ever.
Europeans hate the Jews because they have a history of being subjugated by the aristocracy, that group which claimed for centuries to be their betters. Jews are even worse than the Europeans' ancestral oppressors because their longevity, survival, and ultimate prosperity demonstrate that they're the most fearsome force in human society -- a natural aristocracy. You can't repeal the ascendancy of the Jews, or mitigate it with socialist bureaucracies. Jews will always find a way to excel, and to produce real accomplishments, and make everybody else look bad in the process.
That's why the Arabs hate them, too. Israel from the moment of it birth has been surrounded by 300 million mortal enemies who have never demonstrated the ability, the industry, the courage, or the vision to drive them from their ancient homeland. The only weapons the Arabs possess are perseverance and hatred. Thus far, Israel has proven their equal at perseverance, which leaves only hatred and the low treacherous cunning of the inferior who knows himself to be inferior.
America just doesn't get how deep and dangerous this hatred is because, with the exception of the hard left, Americans are the exception to the rest of the world, unafraid of competition, even with a tiny, ancient desert tribe who called themselves Chosen and whose survival unto the present day with a distinct cultural identity proves it.
The rest of the world loves to indict America for bigotry because with the right kind of squinting the unique American experience can be the one sufficient excuse for their own eternal racial and ethnic hatreds. Except that the squinting misses everything important. Americans are different from everybody else. The spirit of competition on relatively equal terms is so ingrained in us that we have also assimilated the value of admiring those who excel on their playing field, whatever that field is. Thus, we are able to say to ourselves, yeah, I don't care much for Jews, but that Jew is a real smart feller, and he made me better by competing with me. That's why ordinary, average Americans embraced Sandy Koufax, and Hank Aaron (even when he broke the Bambino's record), and Miles Davis, and Jack Kennedy, and Fiorello La Guardia, and Joe Louis, and Juan Marichal, and Al Jolson, and Ella Fitzgerald, and F. Scott Fitzgerald, and the black muslim Muhammed Ali, and Philip Roth, and Michael Jordan, and...
The American experience has been so profound that the overwhelming majority of us now reject utterly the idea that a member of any ethnic group who truly wishes to belong to our country cannot become a vital and valuable part of it, and should not be prevented from doing so in any categorical way.
The ironic danger to that American experience is those who continue to identify with European sensibilities in the belief that Europeans are more civilized than Americans because they have been there longer than we have been here. Unfortunately, these oafs tend to be some of our most educated in formal terms, and as a group they tend to be the ones who have the most dexterity at constructing a rational excuse for the most depraved possible positions. A New York Times columnist -- or a Dartmouth political science major or a Hollywood leading lady or an ex-president from Georgia -- who tolerates the flat, ugly candor of muslims -- Palestinian or otherwise -- who chant "Death to Israel" without realizing that these angry Arabs mean it in the most literal possible sense is an accomplice in what will occur if decent people don't stop it.
So are the Sean Hannitys. And everyone else who has dreamt up that perfect personal excuse for not seeing that Holocaust II is being actively planned right now. The consequence will be exactly what it was for Holocaust I. If you didn't play an active role in preventing it, you helped bring it about.
To hell with Mel Gibson. To hell with Jimmy Carter. And, for that matter, to hell with Sean Hannity.
If you don't listen to this broadcast by the great liberal MSM saint Edward R. Murrow, to hell with you too.