YDS: The Clare Spark Blog

September 30, 2012

Bibi as warmonger?

[Before you read this blog, please see http://clarespark.com/2012/09/29/index-to-blogs-on-antisemitism/, especially the last paragraph, just added to the index.]

During my extensive research on the history of antisemitism, I read all of this book published originally in 1942: Jews in a Gentile World: The Problem of Anti-Semitism. The authors were unknown to me: Isacque Graeber and Steuart Henderson Britt. Amazon. com offers a hardcover copy at $939.45. The book was a series of essays written by prominent persons including Talcott Parsons, just then reaching the height of his fame and influence as a sociologist at Harvard. Parsons blamed the Jews for their brutal, domineering, and militaristic conception of the deity. Is Parsons’ strange view of the Old Testament Jewish God still relevant, especially to moderates like himself?

Here is how the Wall Street Journal depicted the Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, the day after his UN speech 9-27-12. Note the facial expression that in tandem with the  headline suggests a forcefulness/pushiness that I did not detect in what I thought was a cautious but firm address. One Facebook friend proposed that the photo suggested a warmonger sending young American boys into battle. I agree, especially as WSJ (p.A12) claimed that he did not address the Palestinian issue. (He did say that a Palestinian State should be demilitarized.)

WSJ image of Bibi at UN

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2 Comments »

  1. I see PM Netanyahu as an honorable, patriotic man with the welfare of his people at heart. Were I president I would tell the world that Israel is our ally. If you attack Israel, you attack us. And if you attack us I will immediately turn your principal cities into parking lots. If you don’t shut down your nuclear operations today, I will do it for you tomorrow.

    Comment by al sowins — October 20, 2012 @ 2:39 am | Reply

  2. […] of “civilization.” This is an argument that one rarely hears in public these days. (See http://clarespark.com/2012/09/30/bibi-as-warmonger/, for the photo used by the Wall Street Journal, which may have chosen to depict Bib as the bossy […]

    Pingback by “Bibi” and the human nature debate « YDS: The Clare Spark Blog — September 30, 2012 @ 10:18 pm | Reply


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