Over at The Atlantic, national correspondent James Fallows displays simply stunning ignorance at his blog defending Maureen Dowd against Jeffrey Goldberg's (absolutely spot-on) response to her historically antisemitic meme-riddled column in The New York Times from over the weekend.
Maureen may not know this, but she is peddling an old stereotype, that gentile leaders are dolts unable to resist the machinations and manipulations of clever and snake-like Jews. (Later, [Foreign Policy managing editor Blake] Hounshell wrote, "(A)mazing that apparently nobody sat her down and said, this is not OK.")And of course, there's the "slithering" and the "puppet master" stuff in Dowd's column, which I won't bother to quote here (the link is above). All easily recognizable antisemitic tropes, to anybody who is even vaguely familiar with the world's oldest hate.
This sinister stereotype became a major theme in the discussion of the Iraq war, when critics charged that Paul Wolfowitz and Douglas Feith, among other Jewish neoconservatives, were actually in charge of Bush Administration foreign policy. This charge relegated George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Condoleeza Rice, Colin Powell, Stephen Hadley and the other Christians who actually set policy to the status of puppets.
Mr. Fallows has worked in journalism since the early 1970s, and I find it astounding that he apparently doesn't realize that Jews are a people, that Judaism is a religion, and that of course, antisemitism and anti-Jewish hatred has never singled out only those who practice the religion of Judaism.
Just ask Hamas, for starters.
Mr. Fallows writes -
No one is identified by religion, Jewish or otherwise, in what Dowd wrote.And this -
it has nothing to do with religion.
Leaving aside for now the fact that Mr. Fallows is doing exactly what every so-called 'anti-Zionist' at Daily Kos, the Huffington Post, the (UK) Guardian, and so many other (generally) progressive-left sites on the internet, does in deciding that they are the sole arbiters in defining what is and is not antisemitism, no matter what Jews tell them (do they insist on doing this when it comes to any other type of racism or bigotry? I can't think of another example)... there's also, first and foremost, the stunning ignorance on display here.
A man who has worked at the highest levels of journalism in the United States for decades does not realize that the Jews are a people, and not a religious group? Seriously?