Sunlit Water

January 31, 2007


Filed under: Politics — by teofilo @ 1:19 am

Yglesias has another excellent post on all the allegations of anti-semitism that have been flying around lately.  I particularly like the end:

The idea, basically, is to scare the goyim who figure that while liberal Jews can take the heat, they probably can’t, and had best just avoid talking about the whole thing. And based on my observations of the blogosphere, it works pretty well as a tactic.

This is essentially what I was saying here, but put much more elegantly and with more attention to the underlying political dynamic.  The Jewish intellectuals whom these attacks target aren’t going to be seriously affected by them personally; they’re comfortable enough with their positions on Israel that they don’t care if some random person accuses them of anti-semitism.  The real danger is of a chilling effect on public discourse in this country, where gentiles (who are, of course, the overwhelming majority) look at all the ugliness and decline to get involved.  That’s a rational attitude on their parts, but it leads to a situation where Israel policy is dominated by a few influential players with very extreme views who aren’t afraid to slime anyone who disagrees with them.  And, as Matt points out, it’s working like a charm.

None of this would be that big a deal if the Middle East didn’t play such an enormous role in U.S. foreign policy right now, but them’s the breaks.



  1. What does this have to do with Chile?

    Comment by heebie-geebie — February 2, 2007 @ 10:18 am |Reply

  2. He’s saying the Middle East is spicy hot.

    Comment by Matt F — February 2, 2007 @ 10:29 am |Reply

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