It’s apparently the season for revivals of the notorious Protocols of the Elders of Zion or variations thereof. This is the time worn paranoia that the Jews, while a miniscule fraction of the world’s population, nonetheless run it. The unspoken (and unexamined) implication is that the non-Jewish remainder of the human race is too stupid or too pathetic to thwart these designs. Obviously center stage in this conspiracy pageant for the moment is occupied by Walt and Mearsheimer’s new book The Israel Lobby, which is about the Hebrew puppeteers who pull the strings that make Bush and Cheney jump, and who also shape the media culture that persuades them. (Too bad someone forgot to tell the Hollywood Jews to make a film about Islamo-fascism or one supporting the neo-cons’ adventure in Iraq). But the impressive pervasiveness of this mind-set throughout the “liberal” political spectrum may be better judged by a column that appeared in Huffington Post by former FBI agent, former Republican and now Jew sleuth, Coleen Rowley.
Ms. Rowley’s article is delicately titled “Never Doubt That a Small Group of Thoughtful, Neo-Cons Can Destroy The World.” Her thesis is Jew-conspiracy boilerplate: The right wing ruling Likud Party in Israel wanted a war with innocent, fragile and harmless Iraq. Therefore Likud’s amen corner in America went to work on the Bushies (and the media) to make it happen. Citing aleftwing blog authority, Rowley lists the top twelve neo-cons in America – or “dirty dozen” — including Wolfowitz, Feith, Kristol, Perle, Bolton, Podhoretz, Kagan and Ledeen. I have to interject a personal disclosure here: I did not make the top twelve. But I did make the “second tier” which includes Joe Lieberman, Charles Krauthammer, John Podhoretz, Jackie Mason, Ron Silver, Ted Koppel and Ken Pollack.
To explain the list she approvingly quotes from the blogger who provided it: “Neo-cons are conservative Jewish journalists and politicians linked to the right-wing Israeli Likud who support United States corporate, political, cultural and military imperialism with the use of pre-emptive World War if necessary … to rid themselves of the Muslim Menace.” In other words, the Great Satan and the Little Satan are out to persecute Muslims world-wide – and that’s what the war on terror is really about. And the Little Satan is really the force behind it.
To be fair to Miss Rowley, she makes a half-hearted attempt to qualify the extreme Jewophobia reflected in the list. According to Rowley it is “mostly” Jews who are the root of all evil. But “mostly” doesn’t really do justice to the design of the list: Jackie Mason but not Dennis Miller; Ron Silver but not Jon Voight; Ted Koppel (Ted Koppel?!) but not Sean Hannity, David Horowitz but not Christopher Hitchens or Victor Davis Hanson; and there’s Ken Pollack, a supporter of the surge in Iraq, but not his co-author Michael O’Hanlon, who qualifies only as his “buddy.” If this selectivity is not anti-Semitism, what is?
And then there’s the theory– Jews are responsible for the war in Iraq. In fact, the Likud government wasopposed to the war with Iraq, since its main concern was Iran and Iran’s proxy army Hizbollah situated on Israel’s northern border. Rowley’s principal concern in writing the article, of course, is to protect Iran from any Neo-con pressures that would reign in its genodical, jihadist ambitions. According to Rowley – and this is the imminent threat — the Neo-Con’s are revving up a new aggression: “They’ve given the ticket this time to first-string and first rate warmonger Michael Ledeen with his Iranian Time-Bomb book set to hit the airwaves and newsstands conveniently on the eve of 9/11.”
How does Huffington Post come to print this ignorant and toxic garbage? It does so because it believes it. Of course if a patriotic Jew were to point out that Rowley and Huffington are merely parroting the propaganda of the Islamo-fascists themselves, there would be howls of outrage from progressives everywhere. How dare you question their loyalties in this war?