Random commentary and senseless acts of blogging.
The first Republican president once said, "While the people retain their virtue and their vigilance, no administration by any extreme of wickedness or folly can seriously injure the government in the short space of four years." If Mr. Lincoln could see what's happened in these last three-and-a-half years, he might hedge a little on that statement.
Prisoners of Azkaban
Sunday, June 30, 2002
Chicken vs Egg
Damian Penny and several other bloggers have linked to this report on a new poll measuring anti-Semitic opinions in Europe.
However Damian misses this little hint of propaganda slipped into the opening paragraph:"A new form of anti-Semitism has taken hold in Europe, fuelled by anti-Israeli sentiment, according to a survey which shows almost one in three Europeans now harbours some anti-Jewish feelings."
There's an implication there that rising anti-Semitism is caused by the situation in Israel. (And as everyone in Europe knows, that problem is entirely caused by the occupation, so anti-Semitism can safely be blamed on Zionism.) It's a suggestion supported by neither evidence nor argument. Since the poll in question shows substantial numbers of people have anti-Semitic beliefs such as "Jews have too much power in the business world" which predate Israel and have no association with it, it is at least equally plausible to argue from the data that anti-Semitism is the cause of European hostility to Israel.