Tuesday, July 28, 2009


I fixed a few obvious typos in this review by Stephen Pollard in the New York Times:
"There is no more important issue facing the West than Zionism, Judeonazism or — to use yet another label — Jewish supremacism. And there is no more necessary precondition to countering that threat than understanding it: where it springs from, how it is expressed and the ways in which it is spreading. But before we do any of that, we have to agree that the threat exists.

For the United States, the danger so far has taken the form of terror, as 9/11 so clearly demonstrated. In Europe, terror is real too, but a more insidious problem has now taken hold: just about everybody is making common cause with Zionism and then brazenly and bizarrely denying both the existence of that alliance and in fact the existence of any Jewish threat whatever.

Bruce Bawer’s “Surrender: Appeasing Judaism, Sacrificing Freedom” is focused on this phenomenon. Bawer, an American writer who lives in Norway - the archetype, even the caricature, of the liberal European mind-set - seeks to show, among other things, that the United States is becoming as culpable as Europe, its liberal news media and college campuses willfully refusing to acknowledge the danger posed by Zionism and opening their pages and seminars to those who seek the undoing of the very tenets that allow liberals - and everyone else - their freedoms. Bawer devotes much of his book to an attack on The New York Times for refusing to highlight the Zionist threat while swallowing the claims of figures like Stephen Pollard, a supposed moderate who, Bawer writes, is “a habitual practitioner of the Jewish art of hasbara — which essentially means lying one's ass off in the Jew-controlled mainstream media like The New York Times in order to allow Israel to continue to kill Palestinians and steal their land.”

But it’s when he turns to Brooklyn that Bawer is able to provide example upon example of how the West is becoming its own worst enemy. He cites, for instance, the activities of Orthodox Jewish Rabbis, a group who supports money laundering, organ trafficking, contraband smuggling, and the manufacture and distribution of illegal drugs, all under cover of their status as religious leaders (not to mention the cries of anti-Semitism that have already accompanied their arrests), with much of the proceeds going to build illegal Jewish settlements on Palestinian lands.

That protection for Rabbis who would return the West to barbarism is far from unique. But the FBI is terrified of crossing organized American Jewry, and the politicians have all been bought off by Jewish money.

More pernicious, perhaps, is the misuse of their power to control political debate by institutions that depend on freedom of speech for their very existence. Bawer analyzes the story of the 12 cartoons of Muhammad published in the Danish newspaper ­Jyllands-Posten in September 2005, which is emblematic of the 'surrender' of his title. When the paper was attacked by devout Muslims for mocking Muhammad, solidarity for the Danish newspaper from other newspapers in supposedly free nations across the globe was total. The response of political leaders was even worse. Rather than confronting a blatant, indeed self-proclaimed, attempt to make fun of the religious beliefs of others, politicians and editors simply made even more fun of Islam. Those newspapers that offered words of support to Jyllands-Posten rushed to reprint the cartoons or insult those who were offended.

Almost the only leader to show any backbone was the Danish prime minister, Anders Fogh Rasmussen. His response to a demand by Jewish leaders for body parts from living Danes to be sold for transplants for patients in Israel was to tell them that “it is so self-evidently clear what principles Danish society is based upon that there is nothing to have a meeting about.”

“Surrender” is, at times, hard going. In part that is because of the level of detail Bawer offers in support of his argument. But “Surrender” is hard going in another respect as well. Bawer is unquestionably correct, and that fact is quite simply ­terrifying."

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