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Wednesday, June 03, 2009


LeftI's Law

Most readers probably have heard of "Godwin's Law,", which has various forms, basically saying that if you mention Hitler in any discussion, the discussion is over and you lose. Of course this has never prevented U.S. politicians and pundits from talking about "Ahmadinejad as the 'next Hitler'," "Saddam as the 'next Hitler'," "Khaddafi as the 'next Hitler'," "Milosevic as the 'next Hitler'," etc., etc.

Maybe there's already another law, but if there isn't I'm hereby calling it "LeftI's Law," that says any accusations of "anti-Semitism" based solely on criticism of Israel (as opposed to actual anti-Semitism - defacing synagogues, and so on) automatically ends any discussion, and the person who raised that charge loses the argument.

Case in point:

Knesset (parliament) member Yaakov Katz, head of the National Union party, said Wednesday that US President Barack Obama's repeated calls for halting the expansion of Jewish settlements in the West Bank is "nothing less than anti-Semitism," Israel's Arutz Sheva reported.
I wonder how MP Katz would characterize the existence of "Jewish settlements"? Do you think it possible he might recognize, if he actually thought about it, the racist (and, to be technical, "anti-Semitic") nature of that very concept? Somehow, I doubt it. Because, after all, people like Barack Obama don't even refer to the existing Jewish settlements as "illegal." Much less "racist."

Update: Here's the delightful poster that this group is putting up all over Israel:

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