November 05, 2007
The neocon tactic of shouting “anti-Semitism” has become a Pavlovian reaction to anyone and everyone who is not in tune with their agenda. Their latest victim is my friend Paul Belien, a political writer of note whose only sin is to be married to a very attractive woman who is a member of Vlaams Belang, a Flemish party which wants no part of the bureaucrooks who run Europe and believes in controlling the runaway Muslim infiltration of Europe. How is this in any way “bad for the Jews?”
Just listen to this: Belien gave an interview over the telephone with an American radio station which, it turned later, had interviewed David Duke some weeks before. Hence Paul Belien is an anti-Semite and a bigot. The fact practically that every network in America has interviewed Duke at some point in time—he almost got elected governor of Louisiana—is of no consequence. (The New York Sun makes a point of calling on Duke whenever they wish to discredit serious people like Walt and Mearsheimer; should the Sun be shunned?) What is important is to “get” Belien. Now these United States were built on principles such as the presumption of innocence. But not where the neocon Smearbund is concerned.
The neocons make reckless and unsubstantiated allegations at the proverbial drop of a hat. And it seems to be working. I will not mention the name of the neocon web site which spread such filth about Belien. Not only is shameful, it is a malign and manipulative influence which debases the Holocaust, by invoking this historic crime to win cheap debating points. The next time any of you hear about some person being supposedly anti-Semitic, demand to know the details. Ask for proof. More often than not you will find the charges baseless and the grubby fingerprints of some third rate hack or hired flack.