Friday, November 24, 2006

(Wingnut v. himself) v. Wingnut

Charles Krauthammer finally takes off the glove and goes after the true face of evil today. He takes on a fake Kazakh newsman's anti-Semitism.
On the face of it, this would be odd, given that (the actor who plays Borat, Sacha Baron) Cohen is himself a Sabbath-observing Jew. His defense is that he is using Borat's anti-Semitism as a "tool" to expose it in others. And that his Arizona bar stunt revealed, if not anti-Semitism, then "indifference" to anti-Semitism. And that, he maintains, was the path to the Holocaust.

Whoaaaa. Does he really believe such rubbish? Can a man that smart (Cambridge, investment banker and now brilliant filmmaker) really believe that indifference to anti-Semitism and the road to the Holocaust are to be found in a country-and-western bar in Tucson?
Krauthammer goes on to basically say that other places are much worse than us, so Cohen shouldn't be trying to point out that indifference in the U.S.

Funny, but hasn't Krauthammer spent the last year arguing that indifference to the anti-Israel rantings of Ahmadinejad and the soul-searching films of "Hollywood ignoramus" Steven Spielberg lead directly to the end of Israel?

Look, I admit that I'm no scholar on the subject, but--come on, Charlie--indifference toward anti-Semitism either does or does not lead to evil. You can't have it both ways.

Who, one might ask, would take Cohen's side on this issue? Why, none other than Victor Davis "Therefore" Hanson, who has written that
A recent third type of anti-Jewish odium is something different. It is a strange mixture of violent hatred by radical Islamists and the more or less indifference to it by Westerners.
Of course, Vic twists and turns to place the blame on "leftists"--as he is wont to do--but, hey, Charles, let's you and him fight.


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