A victim of anti-Semitism?
A victim of Racism?
A few online pals emailed to ask me what I thought of Eliot Cohen's Yes, It's Anti-Semitic
op-ed in yesterday's Washington Post in which the veteran neocon military thinker implies that John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt's "The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy" is, well, anti-Semitic.
If by anti-Semitism one means obsessive and irrationally hostile beliefs about Jews; if one accuses them of disloyalty, subversion or treachery, of having occult powers and of participating in secret combinations that manipulate institutions and governments; if one systematically selects everything unfair, ugly or wrong about Jews as individuals or a group and equally systematically suppresses any exculpatory information -- why, yes, this paper is anti-Semitic.I've commented in the M/W paper in earlier posts, and included some of my reservations. But "anti-Semitic?"
I don't have time to do that. But I wish someone would do a parody on Cohen's op-ed titled, "Yes, It's Racism" in which, say, Cornell West contends that when a Capitol police officer detained Rep. Cynthia McKinney (D-Ga.) from entering a congressional office building, he was racial profiling her. I can already imagine how neocon pundits would mock such an op-ed as "pathetic example of victimology" or "exploitation of the race card to score political points and intimidate rivals" or something along these lines.