Anti-Semitism: Last Refuge of the
Is there a more disreputable member of the
professional chattering class then Wall Street Journal scribbler James
September 7th column, Taranto pulls out the old canard that Pat
Buchanan is an anti-Semite. In fact, according to Taranto, Pat is joined
at the hip with Osama Bin Laden. Here is a morsel from the “Meet the
Press” transcript that has Taranto in a flutter:
Russert: You have
written something in your book that I think is going to be quite
controversial and I want to put it on the screen and share it with you and
our viewers and give a chance for our group to respond to it:
“U.S. dominance of the Middle East is not the corrective to terror. It is
a cause of terror. Were we not over there, the 9/11 terrorists would not
have been over here. And while their acts were murderous and despicable,
behind their atrocities lay a political motive. We were attacked because
of our imperial presence on the sacred soil of the land of Mecca and
Medina, because of our enemies’ perception that we were strangling the
Iraqi people with sanctions and preparing to attack a second time, and
because of our uncritical support of the Likud regime of Ariel Sharon” in
Are you suggesting that our alliance with Israel is one of the reasons
that we were attacked on September 11?
Buchanan: Sure. That’s one of the reasons given by Osama bin Laden.
In his fatwa of 1998, he wrote that there are three causes of the problems
and three causes for a declaration of war by all Arabs and good Muslims
against the United States. One, America’s imperial presence on the sacred
soil of Saudi Arabia. Secondly, the sanctions policy against Iraq which
was persecuting and basically starving, he said, the Iraqi people, and we
were planning another invasion. Third is the United States’ uncritical
support of the Ariel Sharon regime in Israel, which he argued is
persecuting the Palestinian people.
That unabashed American support for Israel is a
source of irritation in the Arabic and Islamic world ought to be beyond
dispute. Apparently, however, to bring up the obvious is taboo and beyond
the pale of legitimate discussion.
In point of fact, to posit that there are any political or policy reasons
for Islamic rage is to court the charge of anti-Americanism, and
anti-Semitism. That America is hated because she is “good” or practices
“democracy” or believes in “freedom” has become part of our national
mythology, taken as an article of faith.
If Taranto and his ilk are to be believed, Osama Bin Laden was stumbling
across the Sudan or crawling out of an Afghani cave in the 1990s and came
upon a dog-eared copy of the Federalist Papers and the latest Britney
Spears CD and decided that, lo and behold, he hated America, and would do
everything in his power to drive the Great Satan out of historically
Unfortunately, the cold truth is that we are hated not for who we are, but
for what for we do. The U.S. can continue one-sided support for Israel;
she can continue propping up “moderate” regimes hated by the Islamic
faithful; she can continue on a path of never-ending interventionism that
is the source of terror; she can continue down the imperial path. But to
do so will bring about the loss of American prestige, blood, and treasure.
Cicero said that, “To be ignorant of what occurred before you were born is
to remain always a child.” We are living in an age governed by children
who have forgotten or neglected the wisdom of generations past.
In his Farewell Address, Washington urged a policy that would, “steer
clear of permanent alliances with any portion of the foreign world.” John
Q. Adams said of America that she “does not go abroad in search of
monsters to destroy. She is the well-wisher to freedom and independence of
all. She is the champion and vindicator only of her own.”
We continue to neglect the wisdom of our forefathers at our peril. Our
beloved Republic has exchanged a birthright of liberty for the imperial
pottage offered up by the neocons who, in the words of Russell Kirk,
frequently confuse Washington with Tel Aviv.
September 10, 2004
Darrell Dow writes from Jeffersonville, Indiana where he works as a
statistician. A misanthropic Paleoconservative, Darrell is the husband of
Kathy, and the father of Joshua and Andrew. To see pictures of the boys
and get a small glimpse into the Dow house, visit the family
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