Anti-Russian is as bad as anti-Jewish. Both are dangerous
by Don Hank
After I published yesterday’s article, titled “RT condemned as anti-Jewish for copying a Jewish newspaper’s headline verbatim,” I received another email from the Russia-hating friend who had alerted me to the article condemning RT for its headline. She said that Ha’aretz is a leftist site, implying that it is not representative of the Israeli people. Let me ask then – suspending disbelief and assuming it does not represent Israel – why did CAMERA not criticize Ha’aretz in addition to RT? Further, after receiving that email, I found another Israeli site that also ran that same offending headline. So you have two Israeli sites running a headline and no one bats an eyelash, but when RT publishes verbatim the news feed from one of them, they are condemned as being “dramatically absurd.” I don’t know how absurd can be dramatic (the language is suspiciously reminiscent of Accuracy in Media), but if there is such a concept, then should it not apply to all offending sites alike, whether Israeli or Russian or whatever? It is clear from the content of the RT article that no offense was intended. I cannot say the same about the statements by CAMERA. And you know what? PM Netanyahu just returned from a meeting with Putin and the web site of the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs today ran a very respectful report on that meeting, in which Netanyahu thanks Putin for his cooperation, and says he expects another 25 years of Israeli-Russian cooperation.
The friend further writes: “Bibi is playing KGB Putin like a fine fiddle! Americans are NOT taken in by your KGB comrade.”
Now that raises questions. The Russophobes all seem to agree that Putin is deceitful and wants to pull a dirty trick on the West (speculation ranges upwards to a nuclear attack). However, this person, who obviously admires Netanyahu, is saying in her above-cited email, that Netanyahu intends to betray Putin. Now if that were true (and she gives no evidence to back this up), then why condemn Putin for being sneaky and treacherous when she believes the man she admires is also sneaky and treacherous? This just goes to show the irrational and racist double standard applied to Russia.
But beyond that, I do not believe for a minute that either of these gentlemen dislike or mistrust each other. Quite to the contrary, they have cooperated in Syria, where Putin has helped save the lives of Israeli pilots near or in the Golan Heights. Plus, as Putin reminds him at each meeting, both nations have suffered immensely at the hands of the fascists. I believe that Netanyahu senses a close brotherly bond with Putin and the Russians that results from that historic experience. Further, they are both brave warriors, each in his own way, and each one loves his own country. Moreover, each has reason to fear the other’s military prowess, and this fear has grown into mutual respect. Netanyahu must also know that Putin’s cooperation with Israel has put a strain on Iran-Russia relations and that Putin is willing to accept this strain because he values his relationship with the PM and with the Israeli people.
Everyone needs to remember the lesson of the Holocaust, namely, that humanity must be constantly wary of any signs of racism and root it out wherever it rears its head. Anti-Jewish speech and actions are routinely referred to as racist (even though Jews do not, strictly speaking, constitute a race). The exact same yardstick must be applied to the Russians, who lost several times more lives in WW II than any other nation. Who therefore know more about war and peace than any other nation. Who are doing the job we should be doing by eliminating ISIS in the Middle East. And who are therefore our natural and logical friends and allies.
We are now closer to a nuclear conflagration than ever before in history, precisely because of the irrational Russia baiting I highlighted in yesterday’s, and now this, article. It is exactly the wrong time to be antagonizing or baiting another nuclear power, even if you don’t like its internal politics or foreign policies.
Pray for peace, friends. Let’s none of us be hatin’ on anyone else.
Again, all people of good will need to be able to say: God bless Israel! God bless Russia! God bless America!