I recently blogged about a social scientist’s claim that “obsession” with the scientific basis of climate science actually interferes with “climate science discourse.” The essence of her thesis is that the “skeptics” in the blogosphere should shut up and let the real (i.e. consensus) climate scientists do their work.
Stupid… After all, science is all about questioning, re-evaluation, confirmation – in other words, skepticism, because its truths are understood to be statistical and therefore always open to doubt.
But here is another ugly example of the “obsession” meme taking hold.
People who worry about the survival of the Jewish state and who see an ominous parallel between the run-up to the Holocaust in the 1930s and the virulent anti-Jewish hysteria in the Islamic world are now being labeled “Holocaust-obsessed.” Essentially, it’s a statement to the effect that “yeah, it happened, we’re all very sorry, but it’s all in the past so quit boohooing and demanding attention. Most of all, quit claiming that it has any application to today.” Read all about it in Slate here.
Very convenient – and very ugly.
Now, it is true that it is very tempting to exploit the Holocaust. It has been done, and it still happens. Certainly, Jews in general know it. Indeed, only a Jew could come up with trenchant self-criticism like “There’s no business like Shoah business.”
And indeed, there are also current situations to which the lessons of the past find little to no application.
But the opposite can also be true. I don’t think that Benjamin Netanyahu goes out of his way to search everywhere for signs of an impending replay of the Holocaust, but I think that his 2006 statement that “It’s 1938 and Iran is Germany” is by and large accurate. It’s what the Iranians and other Moslems are telling us, and have been for years. It’s what the Arab-Israeli wars have been all about. It’s what the Iranian rush to get the bomb is about.
The potential of a Holocaust 2.0 is also built into the Three Nos of the 1967 Khartoum Resolution: No peace with Israel, No recognition of Israel, No negotiations with Israel. Deviations from this principle have been a result of a combination of realpolitik and Arab weakness. But that doesn’t mean that the objective has been forgotten. Indeed, Morsi, the new, “democratically elected” president of Egypt, has already pledged to reevaluate the Camp David Peace Agreements and has discussed a strategic partnership with Iran.
The obsession meme must be a g-dsend to the leftist Jewish community, to whom Israel has become a bother and a mistake. Key members of the Obama administration, whose ostentatious support for anything Islamic and whose studied opposition to Israel is now legendary, must be chuckling into their sleeves.
I ask myself where this will all lead. I think that we will find out within one year. In the meanwhile, with Erev Rosh Hashanah impending, I say to all, and I really mean all: “May you immediately be inscribed and sealed for a Good Year, and for a Good and Peaceful Life.”
(By the way, stand for major hysteria if anyone ever starts to claim that African-Americans are “obsessed” with racism or American women are obsessed with sexism. Some people may be “obsessed,” others not so much…)