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How the Soviets Seeded Antisemitism Around the World and the Price We Pay with Syria Today

Ion Mihai Pacepa reveals disinformation, a hidden hate war that once understood can assist in untangling the confused media narratives like those featured in this top 10 collection of today's headlines.

Dave Swindle


September 5, 2013 - 2:00 pm


For season 2 of the 13 Weeks Radical Reading Regimen each afternoon I juxtapose book excerpts with a collection of PJ Media’s headlines and links to the 10 most interesting stories I find each morning from other sites around the web. The goal is to make fresh connections between the events of the day and the bigger picture of humanity’s place in the universe. This series’s current focus also begins each day with highlighting the contributions of an important writer.

Last week in discussing the PJ contributors who had most shaped my views, I named Ron Radosh as one of my foundational historical influences. Ron’s books and articles provide a crucial understanding of the nature of communism, the New Left, and their ideological heirs still at work sabotaging our country today.

Today’s figure of note complements Radosh, providing an analysis of Marxism and the Soviet Union’s machinations from the other side.

PJ columnist Ion Mihai Pacepa is a unique figure of 20th century history and he has performed the greatest, most profound of literary accomplishments: his 1987 memoir Red Horizons resulted in the execution of his former boss, the tyrant Nicolae Ceaușescu, and his accomplice wife by the liberated people of Romania. Pacepa is the former head of Romania’s communist espionage division. He was present with Ceaușescu at many of the most consequential meetings of the Soviet bloc. In 1978, after being tasked with arranging a murder, Pacepa chose to defect to the United States. He is the highest-ranking Soviet official to defect.

Since then Pacepa has established himself as the most valuable voice in understanding the effect of Soviet espionage as well as disinformation, the subject of his newest book.

It turns out that the Communists were more interested in confusing us than they were in stealing our technology and spy secrets. Disinformation: Former Spy Chief Reveals Secret Strategies for Attacking Religion, Undermining Freedom, and Promoting Terrorism turns back the curtain on a deeply misunderstood subject that has transformed America and the Middle East in ways that we’re still beginning to comprehend. Disinformation is the process of changing history and sabotaging a culture by flooding it with hateful ideas.

In understanding two disinformation tactics, our understanding of the Syrian conflict transforms. The Soviet Union’s decades of subversion in both the Middle East and America come into alignment. Pacepa describes two tactics which have now grown intermingled. First, the KGB circulated hundreds of thousands of copies of Arabic translations of The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, the conspiratorial forgery that asserts that Jews run the world and seek to oppress everyone else. The genocidal antisemitism that fuels both Islamist regimes and terrorist groups is a fire that has been stoked by hateful propaganda’s wide distribution for decades.

In the the Western hemisphere the transmission of hatred against America and traditional values shifted. Pacepa explains how liberation theology — the faith of the church Barack Obama chose to attend for 20 years and where he baptized his children — is a KGB invention created specifically for the purpose of getting poor Christians to embrace socialism.

What is the practical effect on the Obama administration’s political decisions from the president soaking in two decades of Communist-inspired, conspiracist propaganda from his self-proclaimed mentor? The president is wholly indifferent to hatred and antisemitism in the Muslim world. Thus the reality of Syria — that it amounts to one Jew-hating barbarian tribe going to war against another — does not register as the slightest problem for him. If he could ignore the antisemitism of his 20-year spiritual mentor, then should it surprise anyone that his administration ignores it on a global stage?

Last week Robert Fisk at the Independent summarized it in one headline: Does Obama know he’s fighting on al-Qa’ida’s side? Yes, of course he does. He’s just so naive about human evil that he doesn’t regard it as a problem. But those who study 20th century history and take in the testimony of Ion Mihai Pacepa will know better…



I’ve decide to shift my routine with these regular link round-ups. In previous weeks I strived to give a broad picture of the stories floating around the web. But now, with a mind toward increasing the number of posts here at PJ Lifestyle, I’m going to narrow my focus more. In addition to providing links to PJ Media’s recent content, each day I’ll select 10 headlines from other sites that I regard as both interesting and as subjects that either I intend to blog about myself or assign to one of PJ Lifestyle’s regular writers. I’ll also try to provide a comment or two on many of the PJM articles. But first, a book excerpt of consequence from this week’s reading:

Sunday Book Reading

Among the great horrors of slavery: A slavemaster’s illegitimate children becoming his property. Page 275 of Thomas Fleming’s The Intimate Lives of the Founding Fathers on Thomas Jefferson:


PJ Media Story Round Up

Lead PJM Stories for Thursday

Roger Kimball: Obama’s Syrian Adventure: Is ‘Arab Spring’ Fantasy Still in Play?

I agree with Roger.

Ron Radosh: Why Conservatives Should Rally for the President’s Resolution

As much as I adore Ron, I disagree with him here — as I tend to do when he drifts toward neoconservatism on foreign policy. I find David P. Goldman’s Augustinian Realism a better approach for the post-9/11 world. Sorry, but I agree with Bryan:

Bryan Preston: With All Due Respect, Conservatives Would Be Mad to Support Obama on Syria

As long as we are citing history, it may be wise to pass over the debates that preceded World War II and look directly at the current war and what this president’s actions have left behind in the here and now. Surely this president’s intentions and actions matter?

President Barack Obama came to power waging war against the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. He utterly disregarded the threat of radical Islam when he was a candidate for the presidency. He blamed George W. Bush for every ill in the world, and continues that juvenile blame game today. Barack Obama as president has presided over a government that dishonestly downplays the threat of Islamic jihad to comical levels, describing Nidal Hasan’s terrorist attack at Fort Hood as “workplace violence.” His government has gone out of its way to fundamentally redefine Islamist terrorism as “man-caused disasters.” His current director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, dubbed the Muslim Brotherhood, the fountainhead of Islamist terrorism, a “mostly secular” organization. If Obama objected to any of these glaring mischaracterizations, he never showed it. Not once. Clapper was eventually promoted.

The Obama government has carried its fundamental dishonesty regarding the global war on terrorism to its overseas adventures. Obama helped drive Egypt’s secular and pro-American dictator, Hosni Mubarak, from power. Mubarak was replaced by the Muslim Brotherhood, which has since been ousted by the military. Egypt remains on the brink of civil war and could become a massive failed state. The Muslim Brotherhood wages pogroms against Egypt’s Coptic Christians, and Obama’s government says precious little and does even less about it.

Ron Radosh’s Response to Bryan: Why We Must Support a Military Strike in Syria

Jean Kaufman: The Magical, Mysterious, Disappearing Obama Red Line

Andrew Klavan: Things That Don’t Matter When Deciding on Syria

I’m sorry, Andrew, but I strongly disagree with you on your first point:

But, in this instance, Obama’s incompetence and political calculation are irrelevant. Either it’s right to attack Syria or wrong. Either it serves an American or humanitarian purpose or it doesn’t. We can’t let our dislike of President Me cloud our patriotic judgment.

Even if we could agree that it was probably in U.S. interests to attack Syria, the fact that we’re saddled with an incompetent commander in chief who has no understanding of how to wage and win a war against evil barbarians is reason enough to oppose this. We don’t gain anything by going into Syria and then Obama sabotaging the war through not fighting it effectively.

Drew, I wouldn’t trust Barack Obama to babysit our Siberian Husky Maura for an hour. Thus, I can’t trust him with a single one of our soldier’s lives even if the cause was just. He’s already demonstrated clearly with Benghazi that when America’s heroes call for help, he will ignore them. As my position has been since before the election: Obama is a career criminal fabulist and an antisemite allied with Islamists, Chicago thugs, and KGB man Vladimir Putin and he should be in jail for his dereliction of duty, not leading our troops into a war whose objective remains unknown.

Richard Fernandez: Being Your Own Man

To go to war under these leaders would be like undertaking to climb K2 with a carload of clowns.

It is little wonder that people think the old system no longer workers. The campaign to repeal the 16th Amendment was launched yesterday. “The Sixteenth Amendment (Amendment XVI) to the United States Constitution allows the Congress to levy an income tax without apportioning it among the states or basing it on Census results.” The petition to start the repeal is here. If the Saudis can pay for “the invasion,” maybe they can pay for Secretary Kerry’s State Department as well.

One of the reasons why Congress vested the war power in Congress and the reason why Congress was supposed to have been a large body was to make it hard or impossible to buy off. “The founders envisioned population growth and proposed a maximum ratio of 1 per 50,000, which today would produce a Congress of slightly more than 6,000 members”

Rich Baehr: Obamacare and the Consolidation Wave

Bridget Johnson: Benghazi and Russia are Keywords at Syria Hearing

Bill Straub: How the Votes are Shaping Up on Syria

Raymond Ibrahim: Egyptian Media Portray Obama as Satan

Stephen Green: President Man-Child

Congress made him say that. Treaties made him say that. And 98% of the whole wide world forced Professor Wiggleroom to explicitly state that he might have to reassign some math homework if some bad stuff happened or appeared to be maybe about to happen. Or something.

To which I ask, “Professor Wiggleroom, where is that 98% of the world?”

We have France, sort of. The United States military, if the order is given. And nobody else, including the American people, really seems to give a rat’s ass what happens in Syria. Maybe they would, if Wiggleroom had — oh, I dunno — actually ledon this issue a year ago. Gone to the UN, gone to Congress, hit the bully pulpit, built a coalition. Little things, like that Cowboy Diplomatist did during his 14-month “rush to war” in Iraq. Instead, Wiggleroom finds himself in the uncomfortable and unaccustomed position of having to lead from the front — and there’s nobody behind him but France, looking nervously for the exit. The president who loves to talk has talked himself into a war — and almost nobody else.


What I feel now isn’t amusement and it isn’t shock. It’s shame. It’s red-faced, staring-down-at-the-floor shame for my country that an irresponsible man-child such as this should lead it.

The sad truth: no one ever taught Obama how to be a man. He was a child abandoned by both his father and mother so they could pursue their quest for social justice in the third world. And we wonder why he’s bumbling into Syria…

PJ Lifestyle Stories on the Home Page

P. David Hornik: In Israel, a Rosh Hashanah of Apples and Gas Masks

While I wish my Jewish colleagues well as their new year begins, I look forward to them being back. Jewish holidays always cause me to miss my friends.

Becky Graebner: Orange Is the New Black‘s Creator Doesn’t Seem to Be a Big Fan of Men…

I enjoy Jenji Kohan’s shows – Orange is the New Black and Weeds are both funnier and more entertaining than most of what’s on today — but it’s too bad she lets her cultural Marxist biases and their accompanying sympathy for criminality creep into her work.

Me: Never Forget Vogue‘s Vile Propaganda for Syria’s Glamorous Monster

Many thanks to the guys at PowerLine Blog for being perpetually awesome.

Paula Bolyard: Ariel Castro’s Attorney: Client Denied Psychological Evaluation — Institutional Failure

Kathy Shaidle: Meet Matt Graber, Your New Leftwing Heartthrob!

As I argued on Twitter: this psychologically broken loser is not a feminist. He’s a postmodern Marxist pseudo-feminist just trying to get laid.

John Boot: 5 Movies to Look Forward to This Fall


New at PJ Lifestyle This Week

Kathy Shaidle: Dave Chappelle and Heckling as the New ‘Racism’

How the mighty have fallen. At one point Dave Chappelle was on top of the comedy world. Now he can’t even finish a stand-up set anymore. So sad.

Theodore Dalrymple: ‘The Operation Was a Success but the Patient Died’

Chris Queen: Alabama’s Back… And It ‘Feels So Right’

Susan L.M. Goldberg: Presidential Sex & Powerless Feminists

I’m very much looking forward to seeing Susan continue to expand on the biblical feminist themes that she developed in her Girls series. This is what real feminism is — not the personal ad placed by the confused Matt Graber.

June 6: A Biblical Feminist Confronts The Girls Goddesses, Part 1

June 16: Sex Mitzvah’d: Virginity Isn’t Easy for Girls

June 23: Money: Is That What Girls Goddesses Really Want?

June 30: Millennial Girls Are Easy: Sex, Power & Porn

July 7: Sex for Girls’ Sake: Porn, Art, or Both?

July 14: Single Issue Goddess: The War on Women’s Intellect

July 21: Her Body, Herself: The Right Size & Shape of Girls

July 28: Girls: Best Friends Forever-ish

August 4: Girl on Girl Action: Girls and the Female Gaze

August 11: Girls on Boys: The Body Politic of Goddess Feminism

August 18: Girls: As Famous as their Daddies

August 25: 5 Uncomfortable Truths About Girls

Rhonda Robinson: God Gave You Two Brains. Do You Use Both?

Becky Graebner: 7 Predictions for Season 2 of Orange is The New Black

I agree with Becky’s predictions.

Becky Graebner: Down-home Cookin’ in D.C.

Susan L.M. Goldberg: Sip Spanish Style Wines While You Walk Leisurely Among the Vines

Make a point to follow Becky’s write-ups on Washington D.C. restaurants and Susan’s exploration of New Jersey’s under-appreciated wine scene.

And these writing ritual debate posts from Charlie Martin and Sarah Hoyt are a delight:

Eating a Mountain is Easy Vs. Eating an Elephant

Chris Queen: New York City’s Buried Museum To Its Opulent Past

Me: 10 Books Victor Davis Hanson Recommends to Understand the War in Syria

Paula Bolyard: 4 Secrets From The Hidden World of Homeschoolers

Emphasizing again: Paula has convinced me that when the day comes to raise my own children, they will be home-schooled. Period. Start following her articles and she’ll convince you too.

Robert Spencer: 5 Falsehoods in Reza Aslan’s Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth

Another example of a manifestation of the tactics discussed by Pacepa in Disinformation to undermine religion. In his critique of Aslan, Spencer reveals the flaws in the Iranian apologist’s attempt to recast the founder of the Christian faith as a Che Guevara-style radical.

Walter Hudson: 6 Ways Activists Sabotage Their Cause

Ed Driscoll: Second Chance for John Frankenheimer’s Seconds on Blu-Ray

Kathy Shaidle: No One Who Works Indoors Needs a Union


New at PJ Tatler Today

Raymond Ibrahim: Al-Qaeda Vows to Slaughter Christians After U.S. ‘Liberates’ Syria

Stephen Green: How About Some Good News?

PJ Tatler’s Editor Bryan Preston

Why Do John Kerry and John McCain Believe that Syria’s Rebels Are Mostly Moderate?

Say, Why Don’t We Cut Off Aid to Egypt’s Military While We’re Pondering Helping the Jihadists in Syria?

Intel: Kerry Wrong About ‘Moderate’ Syrian Rebels

OMG! Alyssa Milano Sex Tape Is…Shockingly Informative

NYT: ‘Brutality of Syrian Rebels Posing Dilemma in West’

Weiner Plays the Race Card

Vlad Impales Kerry on Syria

VIDEO — Obama Congratulates Muslim Brotherhood Front on the Same Day He Decides to Strike Syria

Dem Congresswoman: Loyalty to Obama is ‘Only Reason’ She Would Support Strike on Syria

PJM’s Washington D.C. Editor    Bridget Johnson

L’Shanah Tovah from Iran’s Holocaust Deniers

Obama ‘Flashing a Big Grin’ to Meet Putin

After Pot Decision, Holder Asked Whether States Can Opt Out of More Federal Laws

Wallenberg Family Wants Obama to Press Russia on Hero’s Fate

Sebelius Urged to Halt $8.7 Million Obamacare Ad Buy

Now That Hasan Trial Is Over, Texas Lawmakers Revive Push to Designate Shooting as Terrorism

Foreign Relations Committee Sends Syria Authorization to Full Senate

And here are my picks for other fascinating stories around the web,

The Ten Most Interesting Stories I Found Floating Around the Web Today That I Might Blog About Later or Assign To Someone Else:

At News Aggregators

At Mediaite:

10. Noah Rothman: Will Democrats Forgive Obama for Blowing His Second Term?

Most of them will, yes. The Democratic Party’s motto since its founding with Aaron Burr’s murder of Alexander Hamilton: Nothing is True, Everything is Permitted.

Having grown up in a Democrat household I know precisely how Obama will be remembered: in the same terms that Baby Boomer liberals still reminisce with fondness about Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton. All of the Democratic Party’s failures for the last 50 years have been rewritten. And where they can’t be, particularly with Jimmy Carter, they’re dismissed as “well, he was just too nice and too good of a person to overcome those Republicans sabotaging him…”

Most of today’s conservatives and Republicans — particularly the older generations in positions of power and influence — just don’t go back deep enough to try to understand the real nature of their political opponents. Democrats and progressives descend from Romanticism, the emotional, nature-adoring, counter-enlightenment that rejected capitalism and classical liberalism. Thus, they do not embrace rational thought. The cult of Obama is a kind of circular logic, manifested from postmodernism’s conquest of academia and the subsequent dripping into the popular and political cultures. Because every fact is perpetually in doubt and one man’s fact is another man’s opinion, there’s always another reason to avoid unpleasant truths and retain a degree of intellectual self-respect.

9. Noah Rothman: Must Watch: Ron Paul Squares Off Against MSNBC’s Alex Wagner in Explosive Interview

Wagner cited some of the items in that group’s charter that led some to believe the organization is anti-Semitic. “I have nothing to do with that,” Paul said. “Sounds to me like you have me on here to bash Catholics.”

“There have been a lot of folks that have been involved with your campaign, supporters, newsletters that have been accredited to you that have strong anti-Semitic, racist undertones,” Wagner said.

Paul said that he has been dealing with accusations like these his whole political career. “When people disagree with your ideas they have to destroy your character,” Paul insisted.”

How many antisemites does Ron Paul have to embrace until so-called conservatives wake up and stop tolerating him and his minions?

Right of Center News and Opinion Sources:

At Twitchy:

8. King of Strawmania David Frum advises against arguing with ‘non-specific ‘they”

I will not forgive David Frum for his attacks on me, a shocking and dishonest character assault which prompted First Things to ask in October of 2010, “Does David Frum’s Moral Compass Need Calibrating?

At Acculturated:

7. R.J. Moeller: Billy Corgan and the Pursuit of Quality Religious Art

A fantastic blog post from my pal R.J. highlighting a very inspirational interview from Billy Corgan proclaiming that God was the future of rock ‘n’ roll. Make a point to read it.

R.J., you might be interested to know that the Smashing Pumpkins’ newest album Oceania is their greatest yet, and it’s because of God. It’s my favorite album in years. Why? Because it’s clear from it that Corgan’s return to God over the past decade has mirrored my own. On the very first track of the album Corgan sings the most powerful Biblical magick spell of all time, one I’ve written about before that God gave to Moses, and that forms the ritual foundation of my Judeo-Christian Hermetic practice.

God right on!
Krishna right on!
Mark right on!

Yod he vau he om

Let’s ride on!
Right on!
Let’s ride on!

Seriously, R.J. and my other Jewish and Christian friends: don’t be afraid of the mystical side of your faiths. They prove God’s existence for all who genuinely practice them. For others like me — who were burned in some way by traditional, church-going religious practice — private mysticism offers another path back to the Bible and the God of Israel.

At National Review:

6. Hans A. von Spakovsky, reviewing Mark Levin’s New book: Amendments for Liberty

5. Victor Davis Hanson: Miley Cyrus and Ugly Sex

The same is true of music and lyrics. You can talk to a drumbeat and call it music. You can hit the same chord ad infinitum and call it music. You can scream almost anything and call it music. Doggerel becomes lyrics. Half notes, full rests, rhyme, meter — all that is irrelevant, to the degree it is even still remembered. That is why we often see our performers just stop singing for a few moments in a daze; the dead beat goes on without their constant mindless input.

Your Daily Dose of Postmodern Pop Culture Polytheism News and Opinion [Celebrity Gossip, Entertainment and Other Nonsense]:

At TMZ.Com



Just the person whose opinion of the case I was wondering about said no one ever!

Left of Center News and Opinion Sources:

At Salon: 

2. Naomi Klein: Green groups may be more damaging than climate change deniers

1. “Wire” actor on his famous catchphrase: “I still say it”

Might as well conclude with a laugh after a post loaded with links to the darkness around the world. :)

Even people who didn’t watch “The Wire” kind of know something about the guy you played. What do you make of that character really entering the mass psyche?

You know, I never really, never in my wildest dreams, did I think something like that would happen with that character. I mean I came into “The Wire” very, very late — season 3, I believe. I think I did an episode in season 1 and maybe another episode in 2, but those are basically like being at a cocktail party or something like that. And then they started writing this amazing stuff for me and I just kind of ran with it, but I couldn’t see it at the time I was doing it and never really paid much attention to it until much, much later when people started coming up to me, and I always thought it sort of would go away at some point, but it seems like it’s intensified, to be quite honest.

I think Clay Davis was one of those characters that people just, they love to hate, and I think some people kind of got a certain joy out of watching the way I kind of maneuvered myself through this maze of politics with a certain audacity and pompousness and yet there was something very believable about it, probably because when you read about certain people — and there’s a few of them out there — you are sometimes overwhelmed by the hubris and the audacity that they go about running government and business and then they start to relate it to small things, say, in their own communities and things like that.

Morning Book Reading

Why anarchism and Marxism ally. Both reject Rule of Law and imagine a world defined by struggling against a shadowy conspiracy of elites responsible for all your problems. Page 37 of Emma Goldman’s Anarchism and Other Essays:



See the first eight weeks of reading and headline round-ups:

Week One

Week Two

Week Three

Week Four 

Week Five

Week Six

Week Seven

Week Eight

David Swindle is the associate editor of PJ Media. He writes and edits articles and blog posts on politics, news, culture, religion, and entertainment. He edits the PJ Lifestyle section and the PJ columnists. Contact him at DaveSwindlePJM @ and follow him on Twitter @DaveSwindle. He has worked full-time as a writer, editor, blogger, and New Media troublemaker since 2009, at PJ Media since 2011. He graduated with a degree in English (creative writing emphasis) and political science from Ball State University in 2006. Previously he's also worked as a freelance writer for The Indianapolis Star and the film critic for He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and their Siberian Husky puppy Maura.

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Not that I disagree wih the points made in the article, but it's not as if antisemitism needed any help. It will probably exist a thousand years from now - even if there aren't any Jews then.
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That's like saying that slavery will still exist a thousand years from now.
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Thank you. I have a friend in Romania who blogs about the International Jewish Masonic Conspiracy. (He does not hold this against individual Jews such as myself, you understand; he is not a hater, he simply believes this.) I wonder if there would be any way to convince him he might possibly be wrong. There is a lot of old-fashioned Christian anti-Semitism (pushed by the Soviets) left over in Romania.

Another thing the KGB and other Soviet Bloc spy agencies were good at was convincing gullible liberals that various things were CIA plots and various people were CIA agents. John Corry in My Times relates an example.

This poison is a large reason it is so hard for us in Israel to have normal relations with our neighbors. Imagine if Egypt has asked us to help their agriculture; would they still be starving? Would there have been any revolt?
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Amen mzk, in our overfed obese Western culture it seems hardly worth remarking on that a food crisis lies behind the current violence in both Syria and Egypt. Oh there are many other causes, but as my father observed, having watched the rise of Communism and Fascism in the early part of the last century, "First, people have to eat."
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The anti-anti-communists have a lot to answer for but they're still too busy calling everyone who points out the ugly truth McCarthyites to see the damage they've caused.
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"Obama is a career criminal fabulist and an antisemite allied with Islamists, Chicago thugs, and KGB man Vladimir Putin and he should be in jail for his dereliction of duty, not leading our troops into a war whose objective remains unknown." That reminds me -- wasn't Obama a great pal of Tony Rezco, the Syrian. What are Obama's ties with Syria? Any other underworld contacts there?
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Good point. Thanks.
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It is impossible to explain anti-semitism rationally because it is a sickness of the spirit as well as the mind.

Where does it come from? Nobody knows. It should comes as no surprise therefor, to find a mind that works sharing a body with a sick soul. Voltaire was an anti-semite.

To be a true anti-semite is to be a true hater of G-d.

The anti-semite hates G-d so he must hate the Jews as we are a testament, an everlasting symbol, of His truth and presence.

Just sixty years ago one-third of the Jews of the world were murdered. One and one-half million of our children, under the age of five, among them. We are burdened with this inestimable personal loss.

And the entire world is burdened because the cure for cancer, the cure for AIDS, and so very much more, all went up in smoke in the chimneys of Auschwitz.

That Israel is hated and that Jews are hated is nothing new.
But we are better prepared to face current circumstance than ever before in modern history.

We are here, alive in the world, in our homeland, as He promised. And anti-semites all over the world are about to learn how well The G-d of The Jews keeps His promises. That is also His promise.

Shana Tovah!

” The most significant aspect of the establishment of the state of Israel is the fact that Jews through the ages knew that it was to be.”
Rabbi Eliezer Berkovits
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My take on where it comes from? very simple. We are an unruly people, humans in general I mean. We like our bloodthirstyness, our envy of others and their possesions, their women, unrestrained fornication etc. When Moses descended from Mt. Sinai with the Ten Commandments in his arms and gave the world THE premier set of rules to live by that's where the problem began. Nobody wanted to be told there were actual rules. Imagine, uppity Jews laying down the law. Can't have that. They have to be punished for that. And so here we are today.
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"Where does it come from? Nobody knows."

It comes from the same place as all evil: idolatry. Worshiping the creation instead of worshiping the creator.
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Is rape or murder also committed because of idolatry? Interesting notion, that.
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" It comes from the same place as all evil: idolatry. Worshiping the creation instead of worshiping the creator."

Obviously false. If your statement were true we would find no anti-semitic content in either Christian or Islamic liturgy. Both are rife with it. The question defies simplistic answers.
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Well, I'll admit that was a different take on the 'do it for Israel' argument.

If our national interests align with Israel's, fine and dandy. Go along to get along and derive some benefit from the situation.

Put Israel's interests above our own? No. I don't care who you are or what nation or religion we're talking about. No, and even hell no.
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I'm not familiar with the "do it for Israel" argument.

Our national interests always align with Israel's. It's in our interest for states that share our values to survive the illiberal barbarian assaults directed against them.
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I just wish we in Israel did not have to continually put the private interests of individual American politicians above our very lives.
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It was Christianity that seeded antisemitism around the world. It took a spatially and temporally limited condition, the local conflict between the Greeks and the Jews, and perpetuated it as universal doctrine, so that the same hate that the Greeks experienced for the Jews, a hate which arose circumstantially and would not otherwise have lasted so long, was duplicated ad infinitum. That's why all sorts of people and peoples scattered over remote times and places choose to think that the Jews are their enemy, the source of their problems.
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The conflict between the Greeks and Jews was not local; the Greeks had colonized much of the area, and the Jews had settled likewise. Also, the Romans and Egyptians had their own anti-Semitism. But Christianity perfected it to a fine art. On the other hand, certain types of Christianity are unique in having at least partially renounced anti-Semitism.
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If we Christians perfected anti-Semitism to a fine art, please explain why Pope Pius XII and even Protestant sects during World War II risked their own lives to hide the Jewish people from Adolf Hitler and the Nazis? If we were truly perfecting anti-Semitism to a fine art, we would have gleefully turned the Jewish people over to Hitler en-masse, or heck, even participated in their deaths as well, not risk our lives to save them from being butchered.
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How is Christianity responsible for the antisemitism that I have raised in my article?
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Well, why were the Russians antisemitic in the first place? It has nothing to do with orthodox Communist doctrine.
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You are all correct. Marxism, developed by a self-hater who was converted by his father as a child because of anti-Jewish legislation, is essentially the product of anti-Semitism, as Catholic historian Paul Johnson points out in Intellectuals.

Christianity did not invent anti-Semitism, it did not invent the blood libel, it did not invent the "Jew badge". But from the very beginning it served as the conduit to transmit these things from the Greek and Roman pagans to Islam and the modern world. (The ancient pagans in turn picked anti-Semitism up from the Egyptians, who had a upside-down version of the Exodus; see the academic study Judeophobia.)

For the badge, see the Fourth Lateran Council. But the Muslims had it first. The blood libel was fought by Josephus and existed in Islam, but Christianity perfected it, and anti-Semitism in general, to a fine art.
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No, Christianity was not responsible for the anti-Semitism or Communism, nor was Judaism. Actually, Atheism was. Karl Marx himself made it very clear that he ascribed to Atheism, never to Christianity, even if he was a Christian as a kid.

And let me remind you that Marx was ultimately influenced by Jean-Jacques Rousseau, who definitely would not have been a victim by any stretch of the imagination of anti-Semitism (heck, he wasn't even ethnically Jewish, he was Genevan), and his God-forsaken teachings were directly responsible, alongside Sade and Voltaire for the bloodbath known as the French Revolution, a bloodbath that was extremely similar to that of Communist/Socialist revolutions that Marx himself would push, to the extent that they most likely would have been Communist/Socialist revolutions in all but name. Heck, Marx even admitted that he derived his theory on Communism in part from the French Revolution. Heck, Paul Johnson also does a massive number on Rousseau here:
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How could the barbaric and illiterate Soviets be such effective propagandists around the world? Perhaps idiots have better insight into how other idiots think. Therein lies their advantage.
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If the Soviets were such idiots then it wouldn't have taken the United States most of the 20th century to defeat them. They were evil, not stupid.
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The United States did not defeat the Soviets at all, the Soviet empire crumbled because of things like Polish nationalism, low gas prices, the sheer incompetence of those behind the anti-Gorbachev putsch, and Yeltsin's thirst for power. Russia was only menacing in the first place because of the aftermath of World War II. Left to their own devices, the Bolsheviks couldn't even manage to reconquer Poland and Finland for the empire.
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And which book convinced you of that? Who convinced you that Ronald Reagan's and Margaret Thatcher's foreign policy had nothing whatsoever to do with the collapse of the Soviet Union?
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If you can't be bothered to make a good-faith effort to understand what I write, then there's no point responding to you.
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Caspar Weinberger, a man I otherwise cannot stand CREATED the low gas prices by getting Saudi Arabia to pump, with the express purpose of destroying the USSR. I guess the US didn't defeat Japan either; it was just those pesky nuclear explosions and firebombs.
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You seem to like picking fights over trifles. I have no inclination to participate in that kind of "discussion," thank you very much.
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Reagan did several things to give the USSR the push they needed. ALMOST NO ONE BELIEVED THE USSR COULD FALL. Reagan was pretty unique in this respect.
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You'll have to explain to me how the Soviets were the source of the virulent anti-Semitism in the Arab world when the Nazis were there first.
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Sure. How many decades and how much money do you believe the Nazis invested in creating multiple generations of antisemites?
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Well,tthat the nazis were defeated in 12 might have limited the time they were antisemites, but they did, shall we say,pretty well in that department. I have no love for the Soviets, but after all the red army didn't re-start burning Jews in Auschwitz after it conquered it.
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