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The true marriage of minds

By Michael J. Smith on Tuesday March 7, 2006 10:46 PM

I read with unspeakable delight in Newsday that
Columbia University students including the College Conservatives and campus Democrats plan to protest a speech Wednesday by a professor who has written that Jewish organizations exploit the Holocaust to deflect criticism of Israel....

Norman Finkelstein, an assistant professor of political science at DePaul University in Chicago, wrote in his 2000 book "The Holocaust Industry: Reflections on the Exploitation of Jewish Suffering" that some Jews have used the Holocaust as an "extortion racket" to get compensation payments, and he has referred to Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel as the "resident clown" of the "Holocaust circus."

(Elie Wiesel and trophy wife, shown with the Cheneys)

[Finkelstein's] most recent book, "Beyond Chutzpah: On the Misuse of Anti-Semitism and the Abuse of History," is largely an attack on lawyer Alan Dershowitz's "The Case for Israel." In it he argues that Israel uses the outcry over perceived anti-Semitism as a bully weapon to stifle criticism....

Chris Kulawik, president of the College Conservatives.... and College Democrats membership director Josh Lipsky denounced Finkelstein in the campus newspaper last week, calling him "an anti-Semitic, anti-Israel, anti-America Holocaust revisionist and terrorist sympathizer."

Let me see if if I've got this straight. The College Conservatives and the Democrats are deadly enemies, right? In our terribly "partisan" and "polarized" political culture, and on a college campus yet, we're talking here about -- not dogs and cats, they're both terrestrial mammals, after all, but Klingons and Romulans. And yet, look at 'em, the lion lies down with the lamb. Heartwarming, isn't it?

Comments (5)

J. Alva Scruggs:

They enjoy squabbling over the right font to use on the order sending the condemned to the gallows, bless their hearts. The Dems like Helvatica but are willing to concede that Verdana has its virtues, while the Republicans exist for Arial alone. The tears, the shrieking, the recriminations and snarls can abate long enough this beautiful grudge kiss (no tongue), but that's it.

The intricacies are lost on the condemned, which causes the Dems some hand wringing and further clarifies the Reps' convictions, but swing he shall.

How do we spell "heartwarming"?? . . . "c - h - i - l - l - i - n - g"

js paine:

"an anti-Semitic, anti-Israel, anti-America Holocaust revisionist and terrorist sympathizer."

anti America

Klingons & Romulans? Nothing so adversarial! More like New Trek 'Klingons with head bumps' and Old Trek 'Klingons without head bumps.' I'll leave to the reader to decide which is which...

The New Dems got rid of the bumps, Alan. Botox, doncha' know...

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