Friday, March 05, 2004

Adbusters Jumps the Anti-Semitic Shark

The new March/April issue of Adbusters has an article written by Kalle Lasn entitled, "Why won't anyone say they are Jewish?" It's accompanied by a list of 50 top American neo-cons with black dots next to each one that is Jewish. Excerpt:
Drawing attention to the Jewishness of the neocons is a tricky game. Anyone who does so can count on automatically being smeared as an anti-Semite...

Here at Adbusters, we decided to tackle the issue head on and came up with a carefully researched list of who appear to be the 50 most influential neocons in the US (see above). Deciding exactly who is a neocon is difficult since some neocons reject the term while others embrace it. Some shape policy from within the White House, while others are more peripheral, exacting influence indirectly as journalists, academics and think tank policy wonks. What they all share is the view that the US is a benevolent hyper power that must protect itself by reshaping the rest of the world into its morally superior image. And half of the them are Jewish.
What the hell is Kalle Lasn thinking?

This article -- especially the list -- is quite disturbing. There's been a lot of crying wolf re: anti-Semitism in the Left over the past few years, but this is the real deal and I'm disgusted. I'm glad to see most of the folks over at Rabble Babble are condemning this article. Still, a significant number of posters are trying to defend it... Ugh.

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