So Helen Thomas has been given the boot. At the behest of Ari Fleischer, you know, the guy that organised the lie-fest to justify the invasion of Iraq. Ari said she should be fired. So did the rest of the Jewish/Israeli lobby. And now she’s history. By the way, she’ll never be confused with a Fox News Barbie, will she?
Somewhat less well known is the story of Irish tenor Ronan Tynan. It seems that Ronan was put through the wringer by two Jewish ladies when trying to lease his apartment in New York. Shaking his head, he ruefully said to the next prospect ‘I hope you’re not Jewish as well’. In fact, this being NY, he was. And within days Tynan’s career was, in effect, ruined. He was prevented from appearing in key performances, including the NY Yankees’ "God Bless America” gig.
According to the NY Times: "the barrage of angry e-mail messages and letters; the death threats; the surgeon who wrote saying he would let him die on the operating table, if Mr. Tynan were his patient; the prominent chef who steered him away from a table of customers because one of them was a Jewish man who refused to meet the singer."
Wow! Now normally anything that silences an Irish tenor is sheer goodness to me, but really, for such an innocuous remark?
Was this then another affirmation, as if we needed it, of Israeli/Jewish power in the US? Absolutely.
Will prominent people be less inclined to publicly express such views in future? Most likely.
Will this further strengthen the overall Jewish/Israel position? Well, that's more problematical.
You see, you might have the power to publicly silence critics, but that doesn’t mean they’ll change their views of you. Correction: They will change those views, but negatively. They’ll just be a lot more careful who they share them with. Does this matter in the US? Well, as of now, not much. But while the MSM has been largely on message in support of these actions, the proverbial man-in-the-street doesn’t seem to be.
I checked out the ‘liberal’ media to assess public reaction. Papers the NYT are of little value as any anti-Israeli comment is relentlessly prohibited. But high profile ‘liberal’ blogs tell a different story. Here there’s been, at a rough estimate, a ratio of about 7:1 in opposition to the Lobby. More important, this level of negativity, in my view, would not have been experienced even a year or two ago.
And this negativity is increasingly widespread. Only this week the Irish Government expelled an Israeli diplomat for forging the Irish passports used in the Dubai assassination. Now trust me, expelling an Israeli diplomat from Ireland is a watershed. Then there’s the ‘cleansing’ of Jews from Malmo by the Religion of Peace. I know from my many Swedish contacts that Jews there have been stunned and appalled at the lack of public sympathy for their plight. Significant, I believe.
Here’s another finding. I've been doing a lot of travel in Scandinavia and ‘Eastern’ Europe over the last year. I'm in the habit of asking hotel and restaurant staff, once I get to know them a bit, which are their most popular and least popular guests. There’s no real trend when it comes to most popular, but we have a clear ‘winner’ in the least popular stakes. No, it’s not the Russians (‘rude, ignorant, but generous tippers’) and definitely not the Germans, who appear to be anonymous.
In fact I hadn’t even factored in the eventual winners in my original thoughts. And these are? Israelis! They are a mile ahead of everyone else. Commonest complaints are that they’re pushy, impossible to please, find fault with everything with a view to get free or substantially reduced meals/accommodation. That's what my ‘research’ has shown, folks.
Now I'm pretty sure that the Israelis aren’t too worried about the views of some lowly hospitability staff. But taken in conjunction with the other developments that I mentioned, I think it should give them pause for thought. Same in the US. Something is stirring.Unimaginable financial power and a stranglehold on the MSM, Washington and Hollywood may appear to make their position impregnable. But with economic hard times, which are sure to get worse, incidents such as the ones I referred to initially could make the man-in-the-street restive. And, imperfect as it is, America’s democracy has shown that the popular will eventually prevails.
So I think that Fleischer, Foxman et al should put the champagne on hold for the time being.