We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
State-sponsored anti-Semitism... in 2010? ... in VENEZUELA? On the surface, it didn't make sense.
But as we continued our investigation, the evidence continued to build. There was the anti-Semitic graffiti sprayed on the synagogues and businesses owned by Jews; there was the police raid on the Jewish school Hebraica that was based on a "tip" that the school was involved in an assassination plot [no evidence was ever found]; there were the frequent publications in the state-run media calling for the expulsion of the Jews; and there was even the anti-Semitic rhetoric of President Hugo Chavez himself.
Perhaps it is this last example that Jewish Venezuelans fear the most. When your own president is comparing Zionists to Nazis on national television, and insinuating that it is people of your religion that have all the wealth in the world ("the descendants of those who crucified Christ"), and then publically expels the ambassador of Israel during a war that your country has nothing to do with, I can understand why you might start to feel nervous.
But why? What could possibly be the motivation?
Maybe that is most shocking of all....
Below is the preview. What will be the conclusion?
Somehow thjroughout recorded history the story remains the same: the Jews reveal the tyrants, and the tyrants hate them for it. And the tribe is small, and the tyrant wants to criminalize his followers and bind them to his ends, so the small tribe falls into danger, and well, the wandering begins again if not far worse. That and the culture of accomplishment means there will always be property to confiscate --confiscation being the highest return on lowest investment, impeded only by virtue of right and wrong, which the tyrant will define unless he is stopped cold.
My middle daughter's fiance's baby sis, student at a California university, had her facebook network turn on her --she's Jewish, and she defended Israel against some loose remark about the city hall flying an Israeli flag on Israel's independence day anniv a couple weeks ago, and suddenly several [what she thought were] friends turned hard and vicious on her --and have kept it up, driving her out of the group and upsetting her quite a bit. Anyhoo the incident got her brother talking about a building recognition of --well there's no other word for it --vulnerability. This from a guy who has blithely minimized Israel's predicament for all the years i've known him (we talk a good deal of politics, and it's always been me trying to get him to peer out of the "equanimity" frame that among other things so supports USA Democrats, to --i'm convinced --the deadly peril of Israel). IOW, he's the last person i'd ever expect to hear the question BK is asking re the tyrant Chavez: "what is going on here?"
Here in Boston, Joseph P Kennedy III (former U.S. Congressman-D) regularly appears in television commercials singing the praises of Venezula.
He does this because his non-profit heating-oil-for-poor-Americans is supplied with low cost oi by Chavezl. How like his namesake and grandfather, Joe Kennedy, father of JFK and Ambassador to Great Britain, who in the 1930's lectured America on the social advancements in Germany under Nazi rule.