Wednesday, September 17, 2008

The dogs that didn't bark

The only reference to anti-Semitism concerning the peculiar - and unique - failure of Wall Street and the U. S. government to bail out Lehman Brothers is from Ambrose Evans-Pritchard (of all people), at the beginning of a discussion of Lehman Brothers being 'fed to the wolves':
"One can date the onset of the Great Depression from December 1930 with the collapse of the Bank of the United States, a mid-size lender to the Jewish community in New York.

It is often alleged that the Anglo elites let the bank fail from motives of anti-semitic malice.

True or not, the consequences were dire for almost everybody. The failure set off a worldwide run on US gold deposits (ie, the dollar), and forced the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates into the slump. Some 4,000 lenders were ultimately driven to the wall.

We will find out soon enough whether the decision to throw Lehman Brothers to the wolves over the weekend was any wiser."

I don't know, and can't know, whether singling out a firm known on the Street as Jewish, one with a Jewish Chairman, Jewish history, and big ties to Israel, was anti-Semitic. I do know that that it is remarkable that the usual barking dogs, the ones who find anti-Semitism in every comment about Israel, have nothing to say on the matter. I'm positive there is a lot of dark muttering going on, but why the silence? Could it be that claiming anti-Semitism in a real case of anti-Semitism would break the spell, the idea that Gentiles and Jews have identical goals in America, that 'dual loyalty' is impossible, that the neocons are just a bunch of misunderstood American patriots?