Sunday, April 23, 2006


They believe in absolute power. They will brook no opposition. They will use the rights and values of liberalism to undermine it, exploiting its weaknesses. They will be patient and ruthless and unrelenting.

Who's "they?" If you pay attention to modern Islamists, the answer will be obvious. But it's not. "They," in this case, are the caricature Jews in the fraudulent "Protocols of the Elders of Zion." The quote is pulled from a review of "A Dangerous Lie: The Protocols of the Elders of Zion", the new exhibit at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington.

"During the last half-century," reviewer Edward Rothstein writes, "it has also become a canonical text in the Islamic world."

One edition on display here, printed in Pakistan in 1969, was presented by King Faisal of Saudi Arabia to state visitors in the 1970's, its jacket showing a snake, representing the Jews, wrapped around the crescent of Islam while casting its glance over the entire Eastern Hemisphere. Another edition is an Arabic translation of "The Protocols" that was posted on the Palestinian State Information Services Web site until protests led to its removal last year.

"Now," he adds, " 'The Protocols' would presumably be affirmed with less embarrassment." The Palestinian Authority is in the hands of Hamas, whose 1988 covenant declares that Jews "took control of the world media, news agencies, the press, publishing houses, broadcasting stations and others," and asserts they "aim at undermining societies, destroying values, corrupting consciences, deteriorating character and annihilating Islam." It blames Jews for the French and Russian revolutions, Freemasons, Rotary Clubs, imperialism, the world wars, the U.N., the drug trade and alcoholism. "Their plan is embodied in 'The Protocols of the Elders of Zion.' "

No wonder, then, as reviewer Rothstein notes:

If "The Protocols" has found such resonance among anti-Semites across the world, it is partly because, in its villainous Jews, they see images of what they yearn to be.

Dr. Sanity or Neo-Neocon probably could make a pithy remark about "projection" at this point. I lack a citizenship in the headshrinking tribe, so I'll jet let the quote stand alone.