A Warning From 1968

eric-hoffer1Reprinted from directorblue.blogspot.com.

Editor’s note: Remembering Eric Hoffer’s prophetic words from 1968:

The Jews are a peculiar people; things permitted to other nations are forbidden to the Jews. Other nations drive out thousands, even millions of people and there is no refugee problem. Russia did it, Poland and Czechoslovakia did it. Turkey threw out a million Greeks, and Algeria a million Frenchman.

Indonesia threw out heaven knows how many Chinese and no one says a word about refugees. But in the case of Israel , the displaced Arabs have become eternal refugees. Everyone insists that Israel must take back every single one.

Arnold Toynbee calls the displacement of the Arabs an atrocity greater than any committed by the Nazis. Other nations when victorious on the battlefield dictate peace terms. But when Israel is victorious, it must sue for peace.

Everyone expects the Jews to be the only real Christians in this world. Other nations, when they are defeated, survive and recover but should Israel be defeated it would be destroyed. Had Nasser triumphed last June [1967], he would have wiped Israel off the map, and no one would have lifted a finger to save the Jews.

No commitment to the Jews by any government, including our own, is worth the paper it is written on. There is a cry of outrage all over the world when people die in Vietnam or when two Blacks are executed in Rhodesia. But, when Hitler slaughtered Jews no one remonstrated with him.

The Swedes, who are ready to break off diplomatic relations with America because of what we do in Vietnam, did not let out a peep when Hitler was slaughtering Jews. They sent Hitler choice iron ore, and ball bearings, and serviced his troop trains to Norway.

The Jews are alone in the world. If Israel survives, it will be solely because of Jewish efforts. And Jewish resources. Yet at this moment, Israel is our only reliable and unconditional ally. We can rely more on Israel than Israel can rely on us. And one has only to imagine what would have happened last summer [1967] had the Arabs and their Russian backers won the war, to realize how vital the survival of Israel is to America and the West in general.

I have a premonition that will not leave me; as it goes with Israel so will it go with all of us. Should Israel perish, the Holocaust will be upon us all.

By Eric Hoffer, 1968.

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  • Rocky Mountain

    “The True Believer” is absolutely must reading for anyone interested in mass movements and the psychology therein.

  • Silver Gonzales

    Arnold Toynbee was another no good British elitist. Another demon from that no good island from a part of the world that that has given us so much misery and turmoil eclipsing the good they have done. The British, the Spanish and Portuguese were the greatest land thieves the world has seen, displacing thousands of tribes and erasing languages.

    There is no reason why Gibraltar should be in British hands. Same for Falklands. Not that I am pro Argentina for I know of their nastiness, but the British lead the world in arrogance and nasty left wing presstitutes.

    My prayers for Israel in a cowardly world with no shortage of a Politican,Press, and Professor to distort facts – and jump on a Muslim payroll – and attack her.

    • Wolfthatknowsall

      I thought long and hard before I gave you a thumbs-up for your comment. At first, I recoiled. Many of us are taught to revere “that blessed realm”. Then, I realized that you are, of course, right.

      My prayers are with Israel, also. They need the assistance of no less than the Almighty, if they are to survive in this world.

      • Drakken

        The bottom line is quite clear, bless the realm for we have what we enjoy today because of it, and screw the opplogises

        • Albert8184

          I think it’s a bit more complicated than that. But Western Civilization is worth protecting, and we aren’t doing a good job of it.

    • T800

      the Falklands was EMPTY until Britain colonized it. Even today,the residents of the Falklands have voted to stay part of Britain.
      Gibraltar? What about Constantinople,now Istanbul? What determines who “owns” those lands? At one time,Britain was part of the Roman Empire. does that mean Rome is it’s rightful ruler? BTW,IIRC,Gibraltar is held because a treaty was signed. like our lease at Guantanamo,Cuba.
      Fact is,Britain lefts most of it’s former colonies with a decent government,I can’t say that about France,Germany,or Portugal.

    • Drakken

      East Sparky, before you start throwing the baby out with the bathwater, the Brits, Spanish and Portuguese brought western Cicilization to the new world, and it was a good thing, or are you ok with human sacrifice? We would not have the US and Canada and all they have brought to the modern world without those contributions. Gibraltar and Falklands is in British hands because they are the spoils in war, and spare me the, they should be nice and give those areas to whoever wants them out of some misguided PC nonsense. Land thieves no, spoils of war yes. As for Israel, quit trying to make peace with savage musims who have zero interest in peace, but want the Jews all dead, eff them and love yours is the bottom line.

      • Silver Gonzales

        We would not have the US and Canada nor Australia nor New Zealand nor Brazil nor Colombia.

        I am only saying that ALL countried should be judged the same. If so, ALL are breaking “international law”.

        if the British are allowed to keep Gibraltar or Falklands then why the pressure on Israel. Much of the land of Israel in the 20th century was empty when Jews began to trickle in to reclaim it.

  • Silver Gonzales

    Only one example of the vile elitists of Europe. In this case the protagonists are German and British – as if you have more reason to loathe them.

    The 2014 Berlin Film Festival honored a British subject. Ken Loach – ” a prominent backer of a cultural boycott against Israel.. “. According to Ken Loach, ” Israel takes land to which it has no right, throws children in
    prison and lies to the world about its nuclear weapons.”

    Let’s discuss Britain: It ILLEGALLY OCCUPIES Gibraltar and Falklands ( according to a nebulous International Law ) and lies to the world about its gold and silver holdings ( we know they have nearly 0 and their pound is pretty but worthless as a currency can be worthless).

    I shall enjoy watching England and Germany fall into chaos and with each rape by a Muslim, dance to klezmer music.

    • Jenny

      A very hateful and warped perspective.

    • Mark Kilinger

      You speak with the same vile hatred Muslim’s do toward Jews. Your target is different that is all.

      • spearofpinchas

        Silver’s hatred is not vile, it’s just. He’s a man, not a pacifist or a pussycat. He targets his, and our, anger towards perfidious Albion (the UK) and the Islamist world– so what? Even Jesus got angry at times and didn’t turn the cheek.

    • Drakken

      Britain won those territories fair and square, and here you bitch about it in some self righteous fit. Sorry I don’t follow international law for I am a sovereign citizen of a sovereign country, not some citizen of the world. To the victors go the spoils, as it has always been, as it always shall be.

  • JVictor

    Israel will never “perish” again. It is true that all the nations of the world will gather against her; yes, even what is left of the United States of America, in the not too distant future. Since she was re-born in a day, just as the scriptures proclaimed thousands of years ago, she will be defended by G-d’s people and the armies of the L-rd led by Angel Jehovah Himself. Israel and her defenders will prevail, not altogether unscathed; but those who attack her and attack G-d’s people will endure a result much more heinous than any other suffering the world has ever seen as a consequence of their choices.

    • Tradecraft46

      Well, I hope you have your tinfoil hat at the ready. Israel needs God, because they are not doing their duty to protect their people.

      • truebearing

        So anyone who believes what their religion teaches is wearing a tin foil hat? What do you believe?

    • rdt

      I agree completely. The Scriptures are very plain and graphic. As has been called Pre-Written history, Daniel specifically described our days…even our technology.


    Boo hoo, we want to be just as evil as all the others and be left alone.

    Nice logic.

  • The Facts

    This piece is a pretty narcissistic and yet wounded piece of political puffery. I appreciate the attempt to heist the word “peculiar” from the institution of slavery. FPM didn’t mention in its attacks on Robert Reich that he was buddies with Michael Schwerner. Selective memory. It must have been freebie night at the Hoover Institution. Beats paying writers.

    • reader

      What? …”the steeds, the men, all disassembled and cannon volleys’ sound resembled a moaning over land…” How’s that? Or, better yet, how bout taking your meds on time?

    • Habbgun

      Awww…more mailing it in from the self appointed Left Wing White Trash mouthpiece. How’s your little world going these days you hopeless, skankwad?? I heard mommy relented on your souvenir Occupy bucket and its now under your bed again. Wow…you must be sooo happy.

      Anyway I’m still wondering about how you claim Occupiers are above a fantasy gamer? I mean isn’t all this a fantasy land for you that you don’t recognize? Fantasy gamers are just that…People playing something for entertainment and walking away from it…..Occupiers like yourself are trash who believe their chemical addictions make them special…..strange.

      • The Facts

        You seem to be obsessed with trash, Habib, and whether people are whiter than you or not. You got some serious fixations.

        • Habbgun

          Maybe so….but you’re right in my path …not a good place to be….and this is sober…you should try me when I’m really hostile…..and its not whether you are whiter…I burn too much in the sun being rather fair….its whether you are trash…not white…but white trash…..and you qualify….are you enjoying this?…..how about all those left wing white trash that control the Universities…that are in our government…that organize political parties….that engage in “journalism”…..maybe we should stand up against it instead of being sheeple…sad that we don’t….

          • The Facts

            You should talk to somebody who has some feelings about that.

          • Habbgun

            I am talking to somebody. I’m talking to you……you are my little personal project….isn’t this fun

          • Drakken

            Non-Facts is a haji, who loves to play video games, yeah, we should take this poindexter really seriously.

          • Drakken

            Why don’t you go cry to mommy and maybe she will give you a cookie and tell you how special you are. Puzzy

    • iluvisrael

      Yawn – new name, same boring, Jew hating troll

  • http://www.clarespark.com/ Clare Spark

    Yes! “Good Jews” were held to be more Christian than bourgeois Christians. That is the legacy of English and American literature in the late 18th and 19th centuries. So a Jewish state is held to the same idiotic standard. See http://clarespark.com/2010/08/15/nazis-exhibit-der-ewige-jude-1937/. “Nazis exhibit der ewige Jude.” We should teach more about the fine points of anti-Semitism, a neglected subject in schools, universities, and the media.

  • mtnhikerdude

    This quote is from a friend . “Israel is the canary in the minefield of Terrorism”.

    • republicc

      Tell your friend that quote is really good.

  • veritaseequitas

    Israel will not perish. She is God’s chosen people.
    The USA however, is going to perish b/c we have abandoned Israel. This is the direct result of the communist scum who occupies the Oval Office at the current time. That scum embraces Shariah, immorality and weakness. That scum is more interested in his own self-serving agenda than he is about anything or anyone else. God help us all.

    • carpe diem 36

      and then he sent Mr. Kerry, the vicious, unintelligent, belligerent and an obvious enemy of Israel to have it commit hari kiri. but at bottom he does not really care about peace, he want to make what seems to be peace so that he can have his Nobel Peace Prize, and he does not care at all whose blood is paying for it.

      • victoryman

        Kerry is a pompous ass who should be spending his time inventorying Teresa’s supply of Jack Daniels. The Community-organizer-in-chief has many geniuses working for him…..Kerry, Hagel, Clapper, the Islamist Brennan and hundreds of other anti-American, anti-Israel flunkies……..let us not forget the repulsive Samantha Power and her psychotic husband. The worst crime here is not Obambi’s nominating these pondscum, the real crime is the republicans doing their usual roll over and confirming the lot of them. We now live in a one party country with the IRS acting as Gestapo. History repeats…….only the names change.

    • rdt

      AMEN !

    • Albert8184

      The solution is simple: Switch your citizenship to Israel. Jesus said you can do it. All you have to do is enter in through the narrow gate. I hope you understand what I’m talking about.

  • WB93

    I’ve lived in Israel for almost ten years and am astonished at what’s really going on here. Very little of the reality here is reported in even the most pro-Israel press. It’s not a pretty story, and what should be talked about probably won’t be mentioned because even ‘conservatives’ have their own brand of political correctness. But, being here and experiencing life in this beautiful but badly governed country, I’m terrified for our future. Looking objectively at the actions of the government of Israel, its many agreements with the “Palestinians”, eviction of Jews from their homes in Gaza so that an Islamic terrorist government could take root, and its plans to uproot tens of thousands more Jews from their homes in Judea and Samaria… looking at these things, it’s difficult to understand the silence of the majority today and the inability to see how these things are related to the past.

    • Albert8184

      The nexus of Leftist thought is hatred for the West and hatred for Judeo-Christian civilization as best exemplified by the West. Unreasoning and relentless hatred. Anyone who doesn’t support that hate is an enemy.

      Jews tend to fear the Western right wing more than they do Left wingers. Partly out of the long memories of antisemitism in Christian Europe and their treatment at the hands of both Catholics and Protestants. Their experience in America has also taught them to make a link between Christianity and antisemitism. A mistake, but a logical one.

      Secular Jews tend to support the Left I think, partly out of the mistaken impression that their future is best guaranteed by encouraging anything that sounds like it might keep the right wing under control. Orthodox Jews are the minority, and their feelings are ignored by the Left.

      In short, Israel is struggling with a lot of tangled cords.

  • carpe diem 36

    such a little country and such a big world out there all have something to say. it would have been nice for once to have israel get off the front pages of the world media and just be left along to work, to create, to raise their children and to invent new stuff every day of the week for the benefit of all man kind.

    • guest

      Hoffer is brilliant, and identifying the ‘True Believer’
      as a category is helpful, and should be read by everyone.

      But, when you start to think that it’s the ‘world’ that has
      the problem, that’s a red flag that ought to cause
      immediate self examination.

      This was fine for the external Hoffer to say this as a
      show of support for Israel, but for jews this is not.

      I support Israel, and it would be nice to take a day
      off. But in war, no matter how stupid the war is, your
      enemy has a say.

      It’s lucky for Israel that they face the muslims instead of
      even the third reich.

      And in a way, it’s lucky for the world too.

      Only the muslims and the north koreans are at war
      with everyone and I guess reality.

      The muslims are fighting so they can continue abusing
      women, and the norkos are fighting so each new generation can
      starve and be a little shorter.

      Neither has very far to go.

      • republicc

        The Muslims were part of the Third Reich.

  • VHG1

    Hoffer did a long sit-down with Eric Severeid of CBS in the 60’s which I saw and remember to this day. You can see him talk about Israel http://youtu.be/N9amjBIVraY

  • John Davidson

    If we aren’t careful, God may well through all of us off the earth.

  • http://johnnyangel10.WordPress.com/ JohnnyAngel Advocacy

    The Bible says exactly what will happen to Israel. All nations turn against it,including the US. God help the US . He will help Israel !!

  • 11bravo

    I never got the Jew hate fest all over the world. Well, Europe and the middle east for sure, and now America to some extent.
    Being an atheist and much older I see why my Uncle did not seem to like Dr. Jaskewitz down the block. I thought it was envy because they were better off than us. NOPE! He was Jewish!!
    Christianity is second in line for the hatred because they are the (yes) superior religions. The basic fairness, honesty, and personal prosperity these religions promote are what is anathema to the people of the world.
    Before Christianity the Jews were hated and hounded for thousands of years. You’d think they would have gotten a break by now. NOPE! Then came along the new kid to hate, Christianity. It didn’t replace Jew hatred, it was just added on top of. I fear it is basic human envy and jealousy that drives the hate.
    Lots of Jews hate themselves, and now tons of Christians hate themselves and their superior cultures for some weird reason. Did Karl kill Christianity in Europe?
    Why is it that the only Jewish country, and only the newest Christian based country (the USA) the most successful, and superior nations in every measurable way that matters?
    The rest of the world truly is evil, or consumed by it.
    Discuss amongst yourselves.

  • herb benty

    Dear Lord God in Heaven, guide and protect your people from this wicked world.

  • Albert8184

    The story already has an ending. I suppose we can ask ourselves why we continue to let the Left steamroll over the world, destroying, looting, pillaging and raping. But, in the end, the story is already written. It’s not in our hands to fix the world. God is going to do it.

    • Ben

      What have YOU done about it?

      • Albert8184

        Maybe you should reread my post more carefully.

  • carpe diem 36

    maybe you have a better name for the IRS as mine, I call it the new KGB, but either way that agency has no business doing the dirty work it is assigned to do against us, the People.

  • Ben

    Jews are destroying themselves now. Israel is committing demographic self-suicide, as it has created one of the most abortion accessible systems in the world. And secular Jews are rapidly losing their identity. Secularism, intermarriage, and low fertility rates. http://www.thejewishweek.com/editorial-opinion/editorial/losing-our-faith.