General Jones' Apology Not Nearly Good Enough
Now that General Jim Jones, the current national security adviser to the president of the United States, has apologized (sort of) for his blatantly anti-Semitic joke, told to an audience including many Jews, the matter is supposed to be closed. End of discussion.
Hold on just a gosh-darned minute.
Read the joke here, dear readers, so you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about.
This supposedly all-in-good-fun “joke” has extremely -- yes, extremely -- dangerous undertones, especially in this current age and especially under this current administration. And I, for one, am not going to just blithely accept General Jones’ up-against-the-wall, sorry-that-some-were-offended “apology” and let this get swept under the media’s protect-Obama-at-all-costs rug.
Depicting Jewish merchants in of all places, Afghanistan, turning away a bedraggled, dangerously dehydrated, fleeing Taliban fighter, Jones employed one of the oldest, crudest Jewish stereotypes in the world -- “greedy Jewish merchant.” In not seeing the obvious to even the densest ninnies on the planet regarding his adaptation of the old joke, General Jones would seem to be following the rewritten history template of this administration regarding Islam. Hear no Islamic evil; see no Islamic evil; wish all Islamic evil away.
For one thing, the only really funny item within this so-called joke was the appearance of two Jewish merchants doing unmolested business in a radical Islamic stronghold. Now, that is a real joke.
For the record, there is only one Jew left in all of Afghanistan. Because of his single-Jew-in-Afghanistan status, Ishaq Levin has become quite the international celebrity. He remains despite his family having immigrated to Israel and is continuing his one-man demand that the Taliban return the Torah confiscated from the last remaining synagogue in Afghanistan. This last remaining synagogue is the building which Levin, the last remaining Jew in Afghanistan, now guards day and night, depending on the charity of neighbors and good Samaritans around the world.
But leave it to a high-ranking member of this administration to imply that the overwhelming number of prosperous Jews in Afghanistan are taking advantage of the impoverished, fighting-only-for-justice Taliban.
As for me, I believe that this “joke” was intended as a thinly veiled metaphor for Israeli-Palestinian relations. This “joke” seems to meld perfectly with the long-cherished Palestinian whoppers about Jews prospering on Palestinian misery, about Jews never being satisfied and always wanting more, about Jews perpetrating “Israeli apartheid” against them. Isn’t this the story line of every Palestinian-support group of the last 50 years?
The implications of this story line coming from a national security adviser to the president are even more ominous in light of the Obama administration’s moves towards Israel over the past 16 months. Both President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton have given signal after signal that they believe this Palestinians-as-victims-of-Jews story line.