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Was Oliver Stone Stoned When He Made His Anti-Semitic Comments?

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Posted on July 27 2010 10:00 pm

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An article by Danielle Berrin in this week’s Jewish Journal about Oliver Stone’s intention to make a documentary putting Hitler “in context” shows how far Mr. Stone has strayed into the realm of fantasy.   I suspect this effort will probably illustrate just how often the bong is passed around Mr. Stone’s house as did his film “JFK” which was riddled with invention and dramatic licence of the most misleading kind stretching the ‘willing suspension of disbelief’ to the breaking point.

I do so hope that we are not going to be treated to an examination of the part that the “appeasers” in Britain and Europe played in the march towards the outbreak of World War II as if this was not already well known. The motives, activities, sympathies, and personalities of the “Cliveden Set” and their camp followers are all public knowledge today and there is little that Mr. Stone can add, other than his fanciful interpretation, that would enhance our understanding of that time in history. If, on the other hand, he made a film about the “appeasers’ of today, then he might find himself, along with many of the Hollywood gliteratti, in one of the leading roles.

When Hitler passed the Nuremberg Laws in 1935 he codified what had already become the institutionalized persecution of the Jews that resulted in the annihilation of some 6 million innocent souls. When he invaded the Soviet Union in June of 1941 he betrayed his erstwhile ally with whom he had previously concluded a cynical “non-agression pact” which eliminated, for that moment, the spectre of a war on two fronts while he concentrated on invading Poland with Russian help instead of Russian interference. It was during Operation Barbarossa ( the code name for the invasion of Russia) that the Nazi Einsatzgruppen, a paramilitary group of SS lovelies, went about the summary execution of Russian civilians some of whom were communists, some of whom were Jewish, and some of whom were Jewish communists. For Hitler it was a distinction without a difference but a necessity to be accomplished with enthusiasm and a good deal of relish.

It is difficult to grasp the point Mr. Stone is making when he says that Hitler killed more Russians than Jews. Most of us learned this in high school and hardly need Mr. Stone to draw our attention to this gruesome fact. If, however, he is suggesting that our outrage at the institutionalized slaughter of 6 million Jews should be less than our outrage at the death of 25 or 30 million Russians who were killed by their former ally then he must believe that we suffer from the same kind of moral relativism with which he is afflicted. This is a prism which distorts everything that comes into view much like Mr. Stone’s camera lens.

The tiresome and loathsome canard that the so-called Israel Lobby has an undue, unhealthy, and overwhelming influence on American foreign policy is one of the standard accusations of stealth anti-semites who seek to cloak their anti-semitism by portraying themselves as merely being against America’s policies towards Israel. It’s a sham, of course, but one that has managed to gain some traction with the publication of books like Walt and Mearsheimer’s “The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy” which can now be purchased on Amazon.com at a discount of 34%. A discount of 75% would be a more accurate reflection of the book’s true value.

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