Yes, I know the slanderous Goldstone report is the cause of the minute. But rather than digging through five hundred plus pages of turgid waffle, I would prefer to read something else.
No one has EVER accused the United Nations of authoring readable reports. Writing by committee produces little more than literary camels. Especially when self-righteous South Africans are involved.
So instead, let me revisit the Swedish blood libel.
FREEDOM TO INCITE
The Swedish government, as is now well known, supported the author and the lie. In the minds of Sweden's sanctimonious leftwing bureaucrats, the fact that there was no truth whatsoever was a minor detail, that the author was a fellow Swede, and therefore probably superior to any damn Jew, ranked uppermost.
What is provoking outrage in Sweden is not the article itself but the statement of Sweden's ambassador in Israel who expressed a partial apology ...
Jan Helin, editor of the newspaper that published the article accusing the Israeli army of murdering Palestinians to steal their organ defended it as an opinion piece and accused critics of using antisemitism as an excuse
I mentioned that there was no truth whatsoever to the accusation, did I not? Yet here we have a newspaper editor, nota bene, asserting that pointing out that pertinent fact was an act of anti-anti-Semitism, and an attack on free speech. Clearly, everyone should feel free to say the worst about Jews. It's a Swedish right. Or in any case, a sacrosanct part of European culture - while the Swedes were publishing one blood-libel, the Dutch were publishing a different one.
De Telegraaf, Holland's largest newspaper, has just published an interview with a woman who claims that swine flu and other diseases are created by a Jewish conspiracy in order to kill large numbers of people. The reporter let Désirée Röver, who is described rather imaginatively as a journalist, present her wild ideas with no significant contradiction.
Of course, these are just two examples of contemporary anti-Semitism. Just two. There are countless thousands more. Not all of them European.
Palestinian and Arab antisemitism are generally ignored. Palestinian Authority media, many supported with European funding, frequently say that the Holocaust was a hoax, that there is no Jewish connection to Jerusalem, and such old favorites as the alleged Israeli distribution of toxic chewing gum. Hamas, which regularly purveys stories similar to the Swedish and Dutch ones, is increasingly being discussed as a diplomatic partner by some European officials and in many intellectual circles.
TRUTH IS EVIL
As Barry Rubin explains:
"I have written about the phenomenon I call "lying for peace," the justification of telling deliberate falsehoods because they serve a "good" cause. [CUT] Do supporters of the Palestinians, haters of Israel, Islamists, and the Politically Correct think that "critical truth speaking" is essential for their movements? Well, the problem is how they define "critical truth speaking." For them, this means pushing their political line in the belief that it is absolute truth and any dissenting view is evil, unacceptable, racist, or whatever."
So, in service of a cause, it is now considered appropriate to be cavalier about truth.
After running an article accusing Israel of murdering Palestinians to steal their organs and sell them, Jan Helin, the editor of the largest Swedish newspaper, Aftonbladet, said that it was only an opinion piece.
If you are on the left, you can claim not to be a Nazi because they were a right-wing party, albeit with populist socialist as well as nationalist overtones, correct? So if the Nazis are the sole source of evil, racism, repression, and antisemitism, you cannot be any of these things. Helin is a Swedish Social Democrat, so he isn’t a Nazi, so he can’t be an antisemite, and he can’t be responsible for doing evil, right?
He's a Swedish Social-Democrat, so he can't be an anti-Semite, or evil, right?
Wrong. Absolutely wrong.
Mao's Red Guards were not Nazis, Stalin's goons were not Nazi's, Polpot's torturers were not Nazis. Neither were the European intellectuals and Berkeleyites who so enthusiastically spoke well of Maoism, Stalinism, and Polpotism.
But Mao's Red Guards were evil. Stalin's goons were evil. Polpot's torturers were evil. The European intellectuals and Berkeleyites who praised them were evil.
And Jan Helin is evil.
Please note that articles discussing the Swedish Blood Libel & yellow journalism appeared previously on this blog.
SAY NO TO SWEDISH MEATBALLS!
Quote: "Bostrom freely admits that he has no evidence whatsoever to back up this blood libel, but indicted that it is up to Israelis to prove innocence in this matter."
BLOOD LIBELS AND SWEDISH SELF-RIGHTEOUSNESS
Quote: "When a newspaper deliberately publishes falsehoods that seek to rile up hatred and discrimination, perhaps the matter is so egregious that they must be condemned by all honest politicians? Surely the government should speak out against the promotion of racial hatred and bigotry, if only to show that such matters are not tolerated in civilized society?"
PALESTINIAN ORGANS AND JAN HELIN, SWEDISH PURVEYOR OF ROTTEN HERRING
Quote: "Jan Helin and his dear friend Donald Bostrom have made up their minds about the issue, or in any case about the value of spreading the slander. Sales, advertising revenue, and anti-Semitism - all manifestly good things. One question that now must be asked is whether there is any human decency in modern-day Sweden. "
This issue will continue to come up, as longs as Europeans and Berkeleyites continue to hate.