Saturday, June 07, 2008

A group of religious fanatics in a Middle Eastern country burning several hundred copies of the New Testament under government orders immediately following George Bush’s birthday bash in Israel should have been headline news for days in America. According to the standards immediately set following the attacks on 9/11, there should have been minute-by-minute updates along with a steady stream of commentary from all the Neocon regulars hell-bent on shystering American parents into sending their beloved children off to fight and die in defense of the Jewish state. There should have been the obligatory ‘we told you so’ business by the Jewish press in America and how ‘right on the money’ George Bush was in bombing the hell out of Iraq and–more importantly–how ‘right on the money’ bombing the hell out of Iran, Syria and elsewhere will be. All the typical buzzwords–‘intolerance’, ‘bigotry’, ‘jihad’ and of course, lest we forget–‘Islamo-Fascism’–should have been brought to bear in describing this recent event that had as its precedent the infamous book burnings by the eeeeeeeeeeeeevil. hated Nazis of the Third Reich.

And indeed all this would have been the case were it not for a few minor facts complicating the matter, not the least of which is that it took place in the one country said to be America’s ‘only ally’ in the Middle East–Israel–and was not perpetrated by turban-wearing/sword-wielding/Koran-quoting/Islamo-Fascists but rather by those said to be Christianity’s greatest friends in the world, meaning Jews.

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