This story seems to have been lost in all of the hullabaloo about the economy. Since there are people more qualified than I to tackle that issue, I thought I’d give this one some of the attention it deserves.

It is truly astonishing that only 60 years after the Holocaust, this man can stand in the U.N. General Assembly and give the most blatantly Anti-Semitic speech since a little known German tyrant was toppled from power. That he was not only able to give this speech, but to receive applause and be embraced by the President of the General Assembly afterward is truly sickening. Though he politicizes his anti-semitism by referring only to Zionists (those people in favor of the nation-state of Israel) the context of his comments make it clear that he is an enemy of the Jewish people wherever they are found.

Some choice quotes from his speech:

“The lives, properties and rights of the people of Georgia and Ossetia and Abkhazia are victims of the tendencies and provocations of NATO and certain western powers, and the underhanded actions of the Zionists.”

“The dignity, integrity and rights of the American and European people are being played with by a small but deceitful number of people called Zionists. Although they are a minuscule minority, they have been dominating an important portion of the financial and monetary centers as well as the political decision-making centers of some European countries and the US in a deceitful, complex and furtive manner…This means that the great people of America and various nations of Europe need to obey the demands and wishes of a small number of acquisitive and invasive people. ”

He repeats the same accusations that have been levelled against Jews since time immemorial: they are greedy, grasping and manipulative. He attempts to lay the blame for the current economic woes of America at the feet of the Jews. This is the exact same rhetoric that Hitler used against Jews amidst the economic collapse that characterized the last few years of the Wiemar Republic. The only difference is that Ahmadinejad is able to couch his racism in the political term “Zionist”. But, really, how many Jews in the world are not Zionists? Don’t forget that this is the same man who, on October 26, 2005, called the Holocaust “the myth of the genocide of the Jews,” and who has repeatedly called for the violent destruction of Israel. It is abundantly clear that Ahmadinejad, despite claims to the contrary, is an enemy of all Jews, everywhere. The same man with whom Sen. Obama said he would meet with no preconditions, while Sen. Biden told Israeli leaders that they would have to get used to the idea of a nuclear Iran. On the other hand, Sen. McCain and Gov. Palin have time and again warned of the danger that Ahmadinejad and Iran pose to the rest of the world, most recently in a speech that was supposed to be delivered by Gov. Palin on Monday.

One of the greatest mistakes of the 20th century was the policy of appeasement that the leaders of Europe and America  used when addressing the threat posed by Hitler. Had these leaders chosen otherwise, they could have prevented the suffering of millions of people. One presidential ticket seems prepared to repeat these same mistakes, and I, for one, will be damned if I don’t do what I can to prevent that. Just one more reason I am voting McCain-Palin.

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