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Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Where is the tipping point?

Ok so everything has a place where a the momentum starts to build to a point when it really starts to take on a life of its own.

With AIDS it was the Red Cross's refusal to test the blood supply...once the virus was there, it spread like wide fire thru the general population. With everything there is a place where things tip to a point of no return.

One social movement we have seen throughout history is anti semitism. There is always some of it floating around....like dust or pollen it just takes up space in a mosly inert manner.

Right now the ADL studies say that only about 15 percent of Americans really hate Jews and think they deserved the holocoust...funny thing is most of them also thing the Jews made the Holocaust up so go figure. Then again anti semitism doesn't really pretend to be logical. In places like Germany and France, and Italy those numbers run about 50 percent. No surprise there, so long as it doesn't get incorportated into some master plan things are ok.

Well sort of Ok.

See even tho only 15 percent of Americans are 'hard core' anti semites, that is still millions of people. The percentage is oddly enough pretty much exactly the number who voted for perenial talking head Pat Buchanen, our very own pundit and holocaust denier.

So what does this stuff mean these days?

What has been shown to prevent these millions of people from actually rounding folks up and gasing them ( after performing numerous 'medical experiments' on them first) is that this kind of bigotry is pretty much taboo in mainstream society. Go to a party and start ranting how you hate Jews and mostly people will be shocked.

Or pretend to be shocked anyhow.

Really malignant jew-hatred involves three key components. The Simon Weisenthal Center figured this out and they oughta know. Ok one is the belief that Jews have some sort of special powers and influence over the world at large. This helps to justify the boycotts, the round ups, the property seizures and eventually the death camps or wars.

The second one is the idea that Jews are some how at fault for Jesus's death and somehow to blame for the ills in the world that come from this. Jews are seen as Judas, one who would betray the son of God for some pieces of silver. This is an ancient and very strong belief, it was rejuvenated recently in the huge hit film, The Passion of the Christ.

The third piece is the notion that Jews are somehow fundamentally less human that other people. This kind is common in the Arab world, preachers at mosques, imans, leaders, kings, and the guy selling falafel all claim on a regular basis that Jews are the sons of pigs and monkeys and must all be killed.

What is uniquely troubling is the divestment move of the Prostestant churches has taken up the first tenant, that Jews ( they say Isreal but they mean Jews) have special control that they must stop thru this boycott.

Sad, and a bit scarey. We will have to wait and see if indeed this is some sort of tipping point, when hate becomes cool and in the best interest of justice. It has happened before and sure it will happen again. The question is just when, and of course how.

6 Comments:

Blogger Saleha said...

Yep. I agree. Beautiful:)

11:48 AM  
Blogger callieischatty said...

thanks!

12:18 PM  
Blogger mojoala said...

The percentage may increase once all of the holocaust survivors have died off.

Once the last one dies, that leaves only the children of the survivors to carry on what the parents started, but then most children will lose interest in the crusades of the parents. And the whole idea of the holocaust will fade and the public will be more convinced that it was a myth. Most myths will die out if they hold no conviction.

Even the Vietnam war will eventually become a myth after the last veteran of that war and the last hippie dies off.

Where is the tipping point in King George's administration?....

12:50 PM  
Blogger callieischatty said...

Excellent point Mojola, thats why some filmakers have tried to document the experiences of the survivors.

I didn't expect much from "King George" but I have been disapointed.

Condi Rice makes no sense at all, I figure we wait it out and hope he doesn't do anything else stupid.

2:23 PM  
Blogger fsgsf said...

Yes it is a question of when, not if!! Those figures are way lower than actuality though, as many Americans will not admit to their anti semitic views!!

Peace!
NJ from NJ

2:34 PM  
Blogger callieischatty said...

That is probably true NJ.

People would not come out and say it on the survey the way they would in Germany or France where its actually in vogue again.

2:43 PM  

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