So apparently this weekend in an area of Brooklyn with a large Jewish population there was a rash of vandalism and arsonist fires set. The statements and choice of victims makes this clearly aimed at the Jewish
As I’ve been complaining for a while that Anti-Semitism, the barometer of evil in the Western World, has been on the rise in America and the world in general and that the public has been far too lackadaisical about the fact that evil is growing in strength and audacity right in front of them.
So why is this story any worse? Why should it be more disturbing…
Well first because it was pretty much buried by most of the media. I couldn’t find this in the NY Times or any other major media outlet. You think they were trying to ignore acts of Anti-Semitism while their most favoritest people in the whole wide world, OWS, were in town. This is actually counterproductive for OWS as the lack of coverage just makes it appear that it’s actually the OWS people behind this perverse behavior and the liberal media is just trying to hide that.
But there is something even worse. This weekend was the anniversary of the Kristallnacht, the Nazi German night long attack on Jewish citizens and businesses. It made Russian pogroms look pleasant. The night it should have become obvious to the entire world that Hitler’s hateful words weren’t empty rhetoric but that actions would back up those words and genocide was guaranteed to follow. The night that the lack of action by the German public and the rest of the world crossed the lines from foolishly naïve to criminal depraved indifference. What makes this so terrible is that is means the Anti-Semites aren’t just saying and believing stupid things, they’re not even just acting on those evil beliefs…by trying to “honor” the evil of the Kirstallnacht it means they’re actively trying to embrace Nazism. This should be a “oh shit” moment for all of us. The evil that this suggests is coming back from the extreme fringe should be a horrific concept and it should be one that should make you stop and think. When was the last time you heard someone say something even remotely Anti-Semitic, did you challenge their statement? Did you berate them? Did you force them to justify their prejudice (which can’t be done)? Did you irrevocably humiliate them in front of everyone around? If not, shame on you. Every single trace of this evil needs to be stamped out, preferably once and for all. Every statement, no matter how seemingly harmless and innocuous, needs to be challenged. Every rant needs to be berated. Every action needs to be punished with a harshness that exceeds the evil of individual acts, because it’s not an individual act, Anti-Semitism has always been a symptom of something far worse and far larger. And we cannot let it rear its head ever again.