The European Anti-Semitism Sweepstakes

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Among the questions Galtung wants to see discussed freely – in order, you understand, to prevent an explosion of anti-Semitism – is whether, as one of his fellow “peace researchers” in Sweden has proposed, Anders Behring Breivik was an operative for the Mossad.  (In other words, Galtung expects us to mull over the proposition that the government of Israel masterminded the cold-blooded execution of dozens of Norwegian teenagers attending a summer camp.)

Galtung also suggests that a more open and robust discussion of the contents of a certain book would be yet another healthy way to prevent anti-Semitism from spinning out of control.  Which book?  Why, the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, of course.  “I wonder how many of those who have such definite opinions about the Protocols of the Elders of Zion have actually read them?” Galtung writes.  “It’s impossible to do so today without thinking of Goldman-Sachs.”

Never mind the plain historical fact that the Protocols have been shown to be a vicious forgery perpetrated by pre-Revolutionary Russian officials out to demonize Jews: Galtung dismisses this with an imperious wave of the hand, on the simple grounds that “it’s hard to believe that the secret Russian police were capable of writing such an analysis.”  On this issue, he says, he is in total agreement with Erik Rudstrøm.  And who, you might ask, is Erik Rudstrøm?  According to Terje Emberland of the Norwegian Holocaust Center, he’s “a known anti-Semite” who has explicitly asserted the authenticity of the Protocols.  So there, then.

The other day, after Galtung’s Humanist piece appeared, a reporter for NRK spoke to him by telephone.  Galtung was, as it happened, in Washington – a city whose utter destruction he has vividly and gleefully imagined in print, as a just payback for America’s manifold sins.  (He is the type of European intellectual who, by consistently demonizing America, has guaranteed himself a steady flow of all-expense-paid invitations to spread his views to American audiences.)  Galtung informed NRK’s reporter that he was utterly indifferent to the question of who had actually written the Protocols: all that matters to him, he said, is that there’s so much in them that has extraordinary contemporary relevance.  He repeated that he considers it vitally important for people today to read the Protocols and contemplate their profound insights into the present international economic situation.  (Remember, we’ve got to do everything we can to keep anti-Semitism from exploding!)

Just one more item from Galtung’s list of things that, in his view, should be the subject of more energetic discussion (with, remember, the pure and noble goal of keeping anti-Semitism from breaking loose): the fact that the CEOs of many top American media organizations – of which he helpfully provides a comprehensive list – are Jewish.  (Galtung acknowledges that Rupert Murdoch “is not Jewish,” but adds that “many of his top people are.”)  And where did Galtung acquire this list?  From what he innocuously identifies as “an article from the U.S.”  If you click on his link, however, you will find that the “article from the U.S.,” entitled “Six Jewish companies own 96% of world media,” is in fact marked as originating with the “Pak Alert Press (Pakistan)” and as deriving from a text produced by National Vanguard Books, an imprint of National Vanguard – the American Nazi organization founded by William Pierce.

As if all this weren’t more than repulsive enough, Galtung also serves up, for good measure, quotations from Norman Podhoretz and Ruth Wisse – bothborrowed from Eric Alterman, and both provided to his readers for no other reason, apparently, than to suggest that American Jews’ first loyalty is not to America but to Israel.

What to make of this latest glimpse into Galtung’s mind?  The good news is that it was too much even for many members of the Norwegian cultural elite – people whom one might have expected to rush to Galtung’s defense or, at the very least, to turn away uncomfortably and change the subject.  For example, Emberland, to his credit, called “On Clear Lines and Ambivalence” a case of “intellectual and moral suicide.”

The bad news is that Galtung, a man with a thoroughly clear and totally unambivalent record of partiality toward despotism and fierce hostility to freedom, was ever considered by anyone in a position of authority to be remotely respectable in the first place.  Alas, for all the sound and fury that have greeted his latest horrific rant, one fears that when the hurly-burly’s done, Galtung will turn out to have lost little or none of the rénommé that he has enjoyed throughout his career, and that he will – until he or God puts an end to it all – continue to fill auditoriums, publish prominent op-eds, and bring audiences to their feet.

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  • Jethro Tall

    Quisling was not the ONLY Norwegian Nazi!!

  • Larry

    Galtung was probably a member of the Norwegian branch of the Hitler Jugend, but unfortunately the Nazis in Norway had enough time to destroy all their incriminating documents at the end of the War.

    • JvB

      Just think of the next group of "Boikott Israel" sign carriers waiting in the wings…..

  • SCREW SOCIALISM

    Another Eurotrash socialist who is upset that his side LOST WW2.

  • Silver Scumbag

    I am really enjoying watching Europe suffer in this latest debt crisis over there. I hope it ends very very bad for them, in all due respect for the few europeans who are not in love with leftist scatterbrain ideology. Now that France is marching to the left it will really get bad for them.

    This euro-wackjob Zizek ( from the interview with David Horowitz; the world tomorrow) also spoke of his Jewish friends. Even Kirk Douglas has spoken of his muslim friends.

    I do not want any muslims as friends. I do not want any leftists as friends.

    Tragedy was that Breivik was caught and can no longer kill leftists, their families nor muslims. Call me cold blooded but the camp in at Utøya island, was the site of a Labour Party ( ie, left wing pro palestinian anti Israel bordrline national socialist ) youth camp.

    Those sweet kids would have one day be joining flotillas or flytillas against Israel and march in Oslo with their muslim travellers calls to boycott Israel ( even joined by Israeli intellectuals!). Perhaps even becoming violent one day and attacking pro-zionists or doing something that will influence Israel resulting in putting its soldiers or civilians in harms way.

    Horowitz said it best: Leftists had no morals. Especially their parents who indoctrinate their kids.

    • rachaelamb

      When you say this you realize you sound no better than the Arabs and Muslims,and far leftists who say all Israeli children are legitimate targets because they don't like where their families live. You can never justify gunning down people in coldblood,who poise no immediate threat to you, no matter how reprehensible and despicable their political beliefs maybe. I agree though the far leftists have no morals. And if God forbid a second holocaust happens would probably blame the victims, and say they were oppressing their murderers,and got what they deserved,

      • Silver Scumbag

        "gunning down people in coldblood,who poise no immediate threat to you"

        Madame, you are correct in that they pose no immediate threat but the leftists and muslims do pose a threat to us all.

        In Quebec, Canada, where I live, the socialists have ruined this place. We pay the highest taxes in the world and Quebec is on course to be the poorest province in Canada. Our governments are stealing from us.

        We have a growing muslim population that votes for the left and are becoming politicians.

        You are free to hate what i wrote but so be it.

  • Hank Rearden

    Galtung hates America. I guess we didn't get rid of the Nazis fast enough for him. I don't think it should be overlooked that all this gulag-loving anti-Americanism fills a pretty nice ricebowl. My suspicion is that this old whore figured out an easy way to make a buck in his youth and has been walking that street ever since. However, I concede that that does not account for why he has an audience. Woe betide Norway should Washington ever lie in ruins. To paraphrase Thomas More "…does he think he could stand in the wind that would then blow?"

  • clarespark

    It would be nice if the Europeans and Americans had a broader understanding of antisemitism. International finance capitalists, it was alleged by J. A. Hobson (1903) that these were the source of war. I wrote about that and other more subtle antisemitisms here: http://clarespark.com/2010/11/14/the-abcs-of-anti….

  • Marty

    Just one more obscene example of how totalitarian thugs of the right and left have so much in common. It's not really useful to try to distinguish between them. Each is anti-semitic, anti-America, anti-democracy, and each is willing to prostituting itself by aligning with islamism and is enthusiastic about the prospect. galtung and grass are despicable creatures who are thoroughly infected with one of the more virulent strains of anti-semitism trying to save Jews from themselves by destroying Israel. They can't help themselves. If they don't really know what they are doing, they are fools. If they do know, they are enemies of the human race and similar to the muslims they protect and admire.

  • Schlomotion

    I urge readers to find these original articles that Mr. Bawer tears apart. I followed the only link he provided to one of the actual articles and read it in Google translation and it does not have the tone that he suggests.

    Here is the translated link to the article Bawer is ripping:
    http://translate.google.com/translate?sl=no&t

    • ProudIslamophobe

      Urge all you want, scum.

    • Ray Olson

      The awkward translation makes the article to which you direct attention opaque sometimes, but I must disagree. It does convey the impression that Galtung thinks the Protocols have some wisdom in them. As well, his citation of the piece promulgated by National Vanguard is also very suspicious-making.

  • Ghostwriter

    Why am I not surprised that Shlobrain is sticking up for another Jew hater? I guess I shouldn't be surprised. He's never liked Jewish people anyway.

  • dougjmiller

    Anti-Semitism is the poison that killed Europe. What is left of Europe is a rotting corpse that is still spewing Jew hatred, even as the vultures devour it's organs. I wish I could give a decent eulogy for what once was the crowning achievement of mankind's journey on earth. All that comes to mind is, "See you, wouldn't want to be you."

  • yossi

    Ever heard of the Guardian? The whole media in the UK and Europe is anti Israel. Where does it say anywhere that Israel is hit by missiles on a daily basis? It's just not news. But when Israel retaliates, everybody knows every little story of the poor victims on the Palestinians side. By saying that jewish people control the media, you just show how ignorant you really are.
    The media can say anything it wants about Israel and Jewish people (eg. your words) but to publish caricatures of Muhammad is crossing a red line. Wake up and smell the flowers. Europe is soon to be painted in red and fire by the Muslims (see what is happening around you. Just search youtube) and you are busy in finding a scapegoat. I pitty you.

  • JvB

    Mr. Bruce Bawer…..I applaud your insight, your wit and your exceptional writing. Bravo! and best wishes for your continued success with clear thought well presented.