Sunday, September 17, 2006

Pirates of the Beltway


“. . . tales of Jewish piracy, which stretch back thousands of years, aren't in the public's consciousness, and Hollywood even has been known to remove a pirate's Jewish background. As a result, we're stuck with portrayals of pirates as wayward English seamen on a murderous rampage.
But now a forthcoming book hopes to change that image by focusing on Ladino-speaking Jews whose piracy grew out of the Inquisition. ‘The Jewish pirates were Sephardic. Once they were kicked out of Spain [in 1492], the more adventurous Jews went to the New World,’ said Ed Kritzler, whose yet-untitled book on Jewish pirates will be published by Doubleday in spring 2007.”

and (my emphasis in red):

“While some Jews, like Samuel Pallache, took up piracy in part to help make a better life for expelled Spanish Jews, Kritzler said others were motivated by revenge for the Inquisition.
One such pirate was Moses Cohen Henriques, who helped plan one of history's largest heists against Spain. In 1628, Henriques set sail with Dutch West India Co. Admiral Piet Hein, whose own hatred of Spain was fueled by four years spent as a galley slave aboard a Spanish ship. Henriques and Hein boarded Spanish ships off Cuba and seized shipments of New World gold and silver worth in today's dollars about the same as Disney's total box office for ‘Dead Man's Chest.’”

Should we be looking at the Washington neocons as pirates, motivated by real and imagined injustices against the Jewish people, and thus completely unconcerned about issues of morality towards their many victims?  The necessity to conceal their murderous revenge fantasies would also explain why various gatekeepers such as Chomsky find it necessary to hide the neocon crimes behind supposed motives of the ‘Establishment’.