'My Virulent Anti-Semitism'
By Mark Green
September 6, 2006
Mark Green is a former TV talk show host.
After years of denial, I've concluded that I'm hopelessly anti-Semitic.
Why? It's my terrible attitude. Not only do I disdain U.S. militarism in the
Middle East, but I've identified its key enabling causes: intellectual
dishonesty, democratic corruption and media deception. But it gets worse: I place
the primary blame for America's Mideast disasters squarely on organized
For those in the know, this makes me not only an anti-Semite, but a
"virulent" anti-Semite, which is surely worse. Had I blamed everything on G.W. Bush,
"Big Oil", or unnamed hawks in the Pentagon, then everything would be fine.
Some might even call me a political leader. But what I've discovered
doesn't take me there.
Indeed, America's relentless Mideast military engagements consistently
support the agenda of one nation only. That nation is Israel.
It's undeniable that many savvy political observers agree that Israel tends
to make its own rules, which is bad enough. What's worse, is that America
tends to follow them. Take the war our ruling establishment is threatening to
wage against Israel's enemy du jour, Iran. Who would have guessed that the
prospect of nuclear energy development 5,000 miles from the nearest American
city would bring out the Sixth fleet? Funny thing. As it is, however, Iran's
proximity is a mere 450 miles from Israel's which, sadly, is the real reason
America's on another war footing. Iran, you see, just happens to support
several local resistance movements (called "terrorists", here) that contest
Israel's confiscation of land formerly belonging to one neighboring country or
another. This might not be such a big deal if not for an unexpected
development which has crept up on America in recent years: when Israel gets
irritated, Washington gets agitated.
Let's agree that the cheapest and easiest option for U.S. is simple
neutrality. It's an old-fashioned idea, sure, and one that's largely forgotten, but
it's got a nice ring to it. After all, given the relative strength of Iran's
army vs. ours, few experts see this less affluent nation launching a
successful attack on the U.S. for about two centuries. So we've got time.
Unfortunately, there are lobby pressures here in the U.S. to consider. That's where
Israel comes in. Neutrality makes sense for a country with our strengths,
power and accomplishments, sure. Only it's not an option. Why? "Strategic
necessity". And in addtion to that, don't forget the pro-Israel fundraisers,
assorted intellectuals, DC lawyers, policy wonks, movie moguls, Jewish
federations, Zionist donors, esteemed academics, news editors, advisors, Holocaust
survivors, AIPAC's minions, TV executives, roving bloggers, and more ADL
operatives than you can shake a stick at.
In fact, with today's politics being what they are, the option of
neutrality--of doing absolutely nothing, of not sending troops--is so totally out of
step, so terribly reminiscent of Nazi appeasement (we're told) that it will
certainly not even be considered--at least when Israel's foes are concerned.
This is what passes for contemporary political wisdom. "Great Powers" must
And in no instance is this more true than when the Great Power in question
is the United States of America and the intervention in question concerns our
plucky, defiant, besieged "democratic" (but only for Jews) ally, the State of
There are a few drawbacks however. Serial warfare does, unfortunately, get
expensive. Plus there's the problem of all those dead and wounded G.I.s....
Then again, nobody said managing an Empire would be easy, right?
Anyway, as for the latest nuclear "crisis" with Iran, first, a little
Way back when, decades ago, long before Israel enjoyed the territorial
breathing space it now occupies, Jewish operatives secretly decided to acquire
enriched uranium. I don't recall them asking anyone's permission. From there,
Israel upped the ante and cranked out a stadium full of atomic bombs. When
the headline finally broke, Washington didn't fuss much. Nor in fact did
N.Y., Hollywood or any of those other heady places where scorn and disapproval
rain down upon those miscreants who break vital rules involving The American
People and Revered Democratic Values. Later, regional rivals in the Middle
East tried to follow Israel's bold example. Leading American voices responded:
"How dare they?" Soon thereafter, high government decided that "measures"
had to be taken: "These dangerous steps will not be tolerated."
U.S. political morality is less about the rule of law, than about alliances,
"interests" and deals. The objective is power. How do we get it? Through
the abuse of power. This is how the game is now played. And no government
alliance with our great republic is more "special" than the one involving
Israel. To merely call this "cronyism" does not even come close to acknowledging
the absolute brilliance behind the accomplishments of a small, determined
collection of Zionist visionaries. Their extraordinary feat took decades to
achieve. And it all happened while the average American snoozed. Here we go:
Billions in foreign aid? No problem.
Zero accountability? Naturally.
Special privileges, special rules? Of course.
Ethnic cleansing? What's the big deal?
Weapons of Mass Destruction? For YOU, anything anytime.
To me, this smells like the deal of the century. But then, I'm a "virulent"
But for you remaining moralists out there, consider this:
Like Iraq before it, Iran is a signatory to the international Nuclear
Non-proliferation Treaty. Israel however refuses to sign. Israel, and only
Israel, gets the perennial green light from above to manufacture and possess
nuclear weapons in all the Middle East. This unspecified privilege is rarely
discussed, yet it's surely central to Iran's current quest to achieve its own
deterrent capabilities. Despite all this, it is Iraq and Iran--not Israel--who
face America's wrath for the mere possibility that they could follow the
Jewish State's provocative lead. Israel's nuclear arsenal not only makes the
possibility of atomic annihilation more likely, but it gives life to an arms
race in the world's most volatile region.
Washington, London, New York and Hollywood's collective wisdom on this
matter may be summarized as followed: "So?"
U.S. foreign policies have become so uniquely inconsistent, so politicized,
that they make a mockery of international law. Can moral decay be far
behind? No wonder the U.N. is such a basket case. Like the corpse of a fish, it's
rotting from the head down. In supreme deference to Israel, America has
discarded its opportunity to lead the world by example, namely, upholding the
impartial rule of law. Consequently, America's entire Mideast mission carries
the stain of Jewish "exceptionalism". Why so little outcry? The problem is
demographic and ideological: America's media and political classes are
overstocked with 'Israel-first' loyalists. Their target: U.S. public opinion
and the institutions which shape it.
To push this agenda, pro-Israel spin-meisters have convinced Americans into
believing that our government's ongoing war dance towards all of Israel's
adversaries signal nothing more than the mere convergence of U.S.-Zionist
interests. But that's a kosher fairy tale. Israeli fingerprints are all over
America's disastrous war in Iraq as well as our continuing confrontation with
Iran. And our President's self-righteous claims about spreading "freedom" and
"democracy" are just as contrived. Not only have all the original
rationalizations for the U.S. invasion of Iraq been discredited, but comparable Israeli
misdeeds are consistently met with American aid, diplomatic cover, and
state-of-the-art weapons systems. This pattern has endured for decades. And woe
to those would-be leaders who dare challenge this glaring double standard,
as they tend to disappear.
It can be argued that America is a nation under 'soft occupation' by a
shadow government serving a foreign power.
Despite that provocative claim, my anti-Semitism has its accommodating
limits. I strive to live harmoniously with those Jews (and others) who refuse to
push our nation into needless wars. I even believe that our nation can make
peace with most of the "Muslim terrorists" we Americans are programmed to
despise. But Western interventionists must give them autonomy and leave them
be, since we demand nothing less for ourselves. My anti-Semitism is real, yes,
but nuanced. What about yours? Is it incorrect (like mine) or conventional
(like Washington's)? After all, the U.S. and Israel bomb, demonize and
depopulate areas of high Semitic density way over there (near Israel) with some
regularity, yet the ADL, both major political parties in Washington, the
American Jewish Committee, FOX News, AIPAC, the majority of Christian
evangelicals, and even most mainstream institutions of governance don't seem to mind
much. Even the American voter (depending on the headlines) is pretty much on
board. What gives? Are some forms of anti-Semitism a good thing? Are some
Semites more equal than others?
Indeed, it's clear that the very meaning of the word "Anti-Semitism" is kept
deliberately fuzzy, and it is this ambiguity of definition which makes the
term so politically useful. After all, we are reminded that the Nazis began
their genocidal campaign by making accusations against the Jews, right?--And
where did that lead? Thus, the suppression of "hateful" (or even "hurtful")
speech is now one of the key unwritten rules of protocol when it comes to
criticizing Semitic behavior that is Jewish. Yes, you may respectfully chastise
Israel as it sends guided missiles into Arab neighborhoods, but there must be
love in your heart! Better yet, just say nothing at all. Leave policy
arguments to the Left wing ("pro-peace") Jews who, after 50 years, remain highly
visible but dutifully ineffective. As for those other Semites--those
"Islomo-fascists," those "homicide bombers"--here is where the rules of discourse
and engagement reverse course.
Witness the modern, conventional and politically-correct form of
anti-Semitism: identify the Jihadist enemies, vilify them, and crush them. The
political movement might be Hamas or Al Queda or Hezbollah. Whatever. Who knows,
and who cares? Their respective origins and purposes are as much of a blur in
the American Mind as our reasons for hating them. What matters is that
they, like Saddam Hussein before them, oppose American (and Israeli)
"interests". Thus, we paint Hamas and Hezbollah with the same brush as Al Queda.
Now go out there and vote you American knuckleheads. But watch out for what
you say. Racism and bigotry will NOT be tolerated, especially
anti-Semitism. What we've got to do is spread freedom, stop terrorism, and fight for...
But when rhetoric fails to match reality, problems arise. U.S. policies are
in an moribund state. Despite the loud chatter about democracy, no nation
on earth comes close to matching our quantity of unwelcome soldiers
patrolling foreign lands. Yes, the Empire has no clothes, as we're running out of
money and friends. Whether or not the average, clueless voter ever figures this
out is another matter.
Contributing to this problem, Big Media is in bed with Big Government, as
they both need one another to effectively rule the world. America's
hand-picked pundit class is not only pro-empire, but overwhelmingly pro-Israel. So the
political forecast is grim. Expect continued war, escalating world-wide
disgust with U.S.-Israeli hegemony, and a further rise in political cronyism
here at home. This, regrettably, is our political future no matter which
candidate gets the nod in 2008, since all viable U.S. office-seekers invariably
run on the anything-for-Israel platform.
Indeed, when we look closely at the contemporary phenomena of privilege and
power in America, we see something quite different than what's commonly
advertised. Those scary anti-Semites of the world are actually quite powerless,
unfairly mocked, continuously threatened, and often destroyed. And their
poor, beleaguered adversaries? American Jews are the most affluent, influential
and accomplished minority in U.S. history, criticism of their political
actions by 'outsiders' is taboo, and our government is hog wild IN LOVE with the
Jewish State. Champagne, anyone?
In fact, it can be argued that we are in the midst of a unparalleled
epidemic of PHILO-Semitism. Pound for pound, no nation on earth gets the amount of
economic, military and diplomatic cover that we Americans lavish on Israel
year after year. Despite the money and bloodshed, America's commitment to the
Jewish State remains, to quote former Presidential candidate Al Gore,
"unshakable". And President G.W. Bush's infatuation with Israel may be even more
off the charts. Indeed, no change of Administration, no U.N. resolution, no
war crime charge, or U.S. national emergency, ever diminishishes our federal
government's unsettling adoration for the Jewish State. More unsettling
still: virtually no public figure dares to ask, "Why"?
When we review our political relationship for the past generation or more,
we find that there is simply nothing our nation is unwilling to do for our
colonizing, nuclear-ready, ethnic-cleansing, "democratic" ally. Isn't this just
a wee bit outrageous? It's certainly unprecedented. The costs of this
alliance to the American taxpayer are absolutely astronomical and
climbingrapidly. What it's done to our national reputation however, moves us in the
opposite direction. Recent polling data indicates that a nearly a third of Western
Europe considers the U.S. a primary threat to world peace. Our nation's
international reputation is probably at an all-time low.
Indeed, it's America's unconditional love for one group of Semites over
another that has lead us into a series of needless (and morally-bankrupt) wars.
Even America's "War on Terrorism" may eventually be understood as little more
than a manufactured pretext to advance bankrupt policies. After all,
"terrorism" too is a fuzzy and politicized term. It describes merely a tactic,
not an ideology. But the political grievances behind many acts of terror are
real. Mideast terrorists hate us for what we do, not for who we are. And
what we do is sustain Israeli militarism and expansionism virtually without
condition. If this wasn't true, these terrorists could easily turn their sights
on other "Western" targets. But don't hold your breath. You will never see
Al Queda attacking the likes of Japan, Switzerland or Austria, since these
Western nations don't advance meddlesome and hegemonic foreign policies.
In fact, it's American taxpayers and Americans in uniform who are the
unwitting fools in this whole scenario. America is a captive bride, the victim of
an arranged marriage which, at its core, is actually loveless. The Israeli
affection for the United States is born of political necessity. And their
distrust of the American people is unmistakable. This is why we Americans, the
"great friends of Israel", are subjected to continuous Holocaust propaganda
as well as other kosher narratives day in and day out. America's once modest
pride and sense of fairness has given way to collective hubris, guilt and
arrogance. Gentleness, fair play and humility do mesh well with war.
How else do you explain the manufactured alarm over one small country's
ambition to develop nuclear energy (Iran), while its famously besieged neighbor
confiscates land and water by force, systematically destroys non-Jewish
property, launches a full-scale international invasion over the kidnapping of two
armed soldiers, and moves defiantly towards enlarging its already terrifying
arsenal of nuclear weapons? Do you see a happy ending on the horizon?
More perverse still, our very own news media is determined to circulate the
false news that it's the U.S., not Israel, which is most threatened by Iran's
tiny step into the atomic age. U.S. production of pro-Zionist spin simply
never stops, since 'attitude management' on a national scale is a colossal
Our Israeli-centric cultural values have created a swelling distortion in
our nation's intellectual and political climate, which brings us back to the
obsessive use of that overwrought and overused term, "anti-Semitism". Why the
fancy lingo? After all, those other Semites aren't at all what thatunique
term is designed to cover. So why the misleading label? The sacred taboo
shields Jews exclusively, so why the avoidance of plain language?
Why? Because plain language tends to undermine vital myths and taboos.
When one removes the anti-Semite boogeyman from the political arena, the
non-Jewish critic is free to choose sides in a complex struggle involving Jews,
Arabs, Persians and Americans. One then can one be legitimately anti-Jewish,
pro-Jewish, whatever, just as one can be pro- or anti-Syrian, or pro- or
anti-war, or pro- or anti-Republican. Seek peace. Cultivate your alliances. The
presumed 'Original Sin' of anti-Semitism (concerning Jews) must be lifted from
the American Mind. Only then can freedom-of-choice return to the
intellectual marketplace. Thereafter, political discourse goes guilt-free. The
playing field becomes level again. And finally, the option--the necessity--of
exploring pro-Israel excess in American politics is legitimately on the table,
where it belongs.
Let's agree and state openly that hostility against Jews because of their
genetic profile, economic status, or religious beliefs is utterly wrong.
Unprovoked violence against any and all is unacceptable. But special protections
and special privileges are a dangerous step in the direction of racial
The "anti-Semitism" taboo has become an abused privilege. The taboo assures
that certain conduct and behavior (guided by Jewish self-interest) is beyond
criticism. The charge, or veiled threat, of anti-Semitism succeeds by
insinuation. The accusation, the suspected "whiff" is designed is to render
critics guilty of 'bad character' automatically. As a political tactic it is
brilliant, since it manages to keep millions whispering among themselves rather
than speaking out publicly. These chains must be broken.
When that day comes, will America regain enough independence of mind to
re-evaluate its national prerogatives? It's possible. But the Israel conundrum
is surely our greatest challenge. Certainly, all military alliances must be
earned. And the double-standards must end, as well.
Indeed, the preferential treatment we accord the Jewish State would be
illegal if practiced openly within the U.S., since it violates Constitutional
provisions mandating equal treatment under the law, as well as the separation of
Church (and Synagogue) from State. Isn't it about time our nation started
respecting the world's Semitic peoples outside our borders equally, as we're
required to do towards the many different ethnic and religious groups living
within our borders? This is the core problem: America's "special
relationship" with the Jewish State is all about giving Israel an advantage over its
adversaries. And to maintain this preference, we Americans are subjected to a
continuous drumbeat of noise involving anti-Semitism, The Holocaust,
Islamo-fascism, Nazism and so on. This unending, repetitive chatter subliminally
softens us towards bending in the direction of Tel Aviv. Without saying so,
Israel requires (and gets) special consideration from Americans each and every
The latest "crisis" concerning Iran's quest for nuclear energy/weapons is a
valuable example of how this political reflex works. Here the message is
clear but mixed: Iranians, Iraqis and non-Jews in the Middle East can't be
trusted with nuclear deterrence. But Israel? Your nukes are absolutely
No doubt about it: Israel is not only America's most coddled ally, but
Israeli-Americans enjoy government-sanctioned, special treatment. Their Semitic
cousins on the other hand are the political equivalent of a leper colony.
Which brand of Anti-Semitism will YOU be buying? President Bush's brand calls
for an American-style Jihad against "Islamic fascism", even though Christians
and Muslims have successfully coexisted in the Middle East for centuries.
But this was before the Jewish State was invented. Polling data confirms
that Arab Christians throughout the Middle East resent Zionized America every
bit as much as their Muslim counterparts. Clearly then, the escalating tension
between America and the Arab world does not involve theological differences
or America's much-ballyhooed "freedoms". The core issue for millions of
Arabs and Persians alike concerns longstanding U.S. policies which favors Israeli
interests over those of its neighbors. Foremost, this includes the
festering, unresolved issue of Palestine.
Therefore, what's desperately needed now is more responsible criticism of
America's Israeli-centric policies, not less. Due to political pressures,
anti-Zionist commentators and journalists have been sidelined. No wonder there's
so little public discussion on this vital topic: would-be critics have been
purged or unfairly smeared.
Under normal circumstances, those waging war, dissembling propaganda, and
confiscating lands are required to justify their actions, not the victims. Yet
pro-Israeli American culture has turned this tradition on its head.
This undermines our nation's sovereignty, democratic institutions, and the
rule of law.