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9/11 and Reactionary Judaism (3 of 4): As Told By Jews

Posted on: July 30, 2007

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Given Parts 1 and 2 of this posting series, I suppose it goes without saying that I lean toward believing that certain Israels had highly accurate advance knowledge of the 9/11 events. Further, I suspect that these Israelis did not warn America to the degree that would have enabled a dumb, sleepy, virginal America to prevent the attacks — specifically so that America would “smarten up”, wake up, and shed its virginity concerning Muslim terrorism.

I could spend time now explaining the bases for these two beliefs of mine. But what’s the point? This “story” is almost six years old. And after six years of silence, speaking about this story is, in the best case, a philosophical act of a tree falling in a forest with no one around to hear. In the worst case, it’s, I know, I know, anti-Semitism, neo-nazi sympathizing, Lindbergh/Poppa Kennedy worshipping, blah, blah, blah.

I suppose the reason I’m even blogging about it now is that I stumbled upon Amy Goodman’s interview of Ketcham, Perelman, and Cockburn from earlier this year. That got my attention.

It got my attention not because I hadn’t heard the story before (I had already read reams about it last year).

Not because I hadn’t seen Big Media video footage on the story before (I had already seen Carl Cameron’s pieces on Fox dating back to late 2001).

No, the sole reason that the Goodman interview caught my attention is that Goodman is a Jew, whereas the vast majority of reporting and commentary on this story over the past six years seems to have come from non-Jews.

It saddens me a bit to realize that in 2007, it doesn’t matter how many words Ketcham writes, nor how many retired corporate lawyers like Gerald Shea pick through the data on the story, nor how often Paul Thompsen updates his 9/11 Timeline concerning this story. None of that matters because none of them are Jews. Neither am I. And neither certainly are the hordes of “anti-Semites” who delight in telling and re-telling this story.

I believe that if this story is be told in America in such as way that all Americans can and will hear, it will be told by Jews, or by no one at all.

So, as of Summer 2007, I have read/watched the reporting/analysis of three different Jews on this story:

Watching and reading the above suggests to me that there is certainly something “newsworthy” about this story.

Note that the above three links appeared in the list (and following paragraph) at the tail end of Part 2 of this posting series. But there, I gave some context around the content that is being linked to. Here, the only data that matters is the identity of the author. And here what we have are the only Jewish authors from that list.

This is what saddens me. It doesn’t matter how thoroughly the data was collected, nor how accurately the analysis was performed, nor how clearly the story was told. What matters first and foremost is the ethnicity of the author. This is a little bubble of anti-Americanism still surviving in this nation as of 2007.

Why is this bubble still surviving? Let’s ask some Jews.

There is a website called “Judaism Online“. The website doesn’t say who is behind it. However, the purpose of the site seems to be “marketing” of the Jewish people.

For example, the home page points out that while Jews represent less than 0.25% of world population, that group is responsible for a disproportionate percentage of positive effects on world history. In short, the site seems to serve nicely as data supporting the notion of Jews as a “chosen people”.

I had read similar thoughts in a wonderfully written book called “The Gifts of the Jews” by Thomas Cahill. Indeed, it is these sorts of thoughts that were behind my statement in a podcast last year to the effect that if I had to pick a group to belong to, the Jews would be #1 on my list (fat mp3). How can a group do any better than a track record of stellar success going back thousands of years?

Of course, I don’t count myself as a charter member of any group at all, with the possible exception of America — where “America” to me means “a great void” = “freedom” (fat mp3). Instead, I see myself as a decaying sack of bones that will one day be re-cycled back into the void of nature from which I came. Further, I see treating my group memberships as part of my identity as a mindset rooted in fear — ie. “the group will protect me”.

So that’s why I preface my preference for Judaism with “if I had to belong to a group” — because I would never count myself a card-carrying member of any group that would have me.

Anyway, long introduction to say that Judaism Online has a page entitled “Jews in the American Media”. When I first came across that page, I looked hard around the site for any signs of neo-nazi sympathies. This is because that page looks pretty much like other such pages you find around the web on childish neo-nazi sites that insist evil Jews run the world.

But unless someone disabuses me, I’ll say that that page seems to be about certain Jews explaining that, well, the Jews pretty much own the American Media. Well, I look dimly upon charged phrases like that. How about: That page shows that certain Jews have achieved the highest positions of leadership throughout the top of American media — including film, television, and newspaper.

Now, I find it hard to believe that this page “explains” why this troubling story about Israeli foreknowledge of 9/11 has been constipated for six years. But you know, try on the following argument on for size:

Try doing a search for “amy goodman self hating jew” and see what you find. The risk that any of the Jews on that “Jews in the American Media” list face if they push forward this troubling story is that they will be met with a howling accusation from the reactionary side of Judaism: “Self hating Jew!”

I suspect that prospect might be chilling to the people on that list — people, most of whom are presumably leaders of the Jewish American community. Who wants to be branded a traitor to your own people?

Interestingly, this situation finds its parallel with the relationship between moderate Muslim leaders threatened with being branded a “heretic” for expressing their moderate views. Of course, on that side, this sort of branding is made by extremists who seem eager to resort to violence.

Note that if Amy Goodman was Muslim, and she was expressing liberal Muslim views, I don’t know if any of us would be surprised to learn of her assassination. But instead, she is Jewish, and so she merely needs to recycle the Jewish hate mail that she receives.

At bottom, this posting says that if this troubling story is to go anywhere, it will be carried forward by a terribly courageous person on that “Jews in the American Media” list.

And when that Jewish person takes that courageous step, he or she can take his/her rightful place in Cahill’s future new edition of “Gifts of the Jews”.

for the money has gone too far

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