An Apology for Apologizers

Yes, the world is ripped by war. No, this is not breaking news. Such a shred in the patchwork of humanity’s fabric is ancient. If race were not the cause, then clan would be; if religion didn’t made us cranky, other differences and tinges of temperance would ignite war. Perhaps, as humans, it is our nature.

Since the end of the Second World War, though – perhaps more so in the last thirty years – a new social sensibility has been born; in fact, it thundered down at us like doctrine from great mountains in the late 1980s. No, not Guns ‘n Roses, not When Harry Met Sally, nor Microsoft Office Suite. Political Correctness became the defining characteristic of a decade; and if the reverb has mellowed in the ears of white Western popular culture since 9/11, we still sense it. That is to say, we know it shook us; it washed our mouths out with economically, racially and culturally sensitized soap.

Last October, American journalist, Juan Williams, was fired from NPR (National Public Radio) for saying the threat Islamic terrorism causes transportation hits close to home for him. So, he appeared on the O’reilly Factor with Bill O’Reilly on Fox News saying:

“I mean, look, Bill, I’m not a bigot. You know the kind of books I’ve written about the civil rights movement in this country. But when I get on the plane, I got to tell you, if I see people who are in Muslim garb and I think, you know, they are identifying themselves first and foremost as Muslims, I get worried. I get nervous.”

Even in a sensitized and pluralistic community, freedom of speech is protected, so that if an influential rhetorician or writer, like Williams, can speak their mind and tell the truth. When the faint-hearted gets offended, he need not apologize.

Only Liars Apologize…

This brings me to what I want to talk about: the tendency of anti-Semites to immediately say “sorry” after a rant. Take, for example, Hollywood hunk, Mel Gibson. Remember what happened in the summer of 2006?

Guy goes into a bar, drinks way too much, gets into a car with an open bottle of tequila, speeds, gets stopped by the cops, arrested for DUI and uses the backseat of the police car as a soap box, where the whole world will hear him:

“Fuccccking Jeeeews…the Jews arrrre responsss s s sapul for ALL da wars in the world…” slurred the drunken actor and director.

After seeing his movie Passion of the Christ, though, the Jews were not too shocked. Offended, as always, perhaps; but not shocked. His interpretation of the ancient Passion story, sort of packed the same message, anyway, albeit subliminally.

If Gibson hates Jews so much, why apologize? Is his career, which, at that point was already somewhat beyond salvation, more important than his deep, religiously-inspired convictions? Because, shortly there-after, he appeared on Diane Sawyer (on her show, I mean) and apologized for his “despicable” behavior, saying his comments were “blurted out in a moment of insanity.” He even requested to meet with Jewish leaders to help him “discern the appropriate path for healing.

And then there’s famous columnist, journalist and former member of White House Press Corps, Helen Thomas. At age 90, this battle-ax says just what she means, and means just what she says. Or, she should. With age comes wisdom, especially to educated folk. Last year, she told Rabbi David Nesenoff, the Jews should “get the hell out of Palestine.” They should go back to their “homes” in “Poland” and “Germany…”

Well, the next month, Thomas wrote on her Website that she “deeply” regrets the comments she made “regarding the Israelis and the Palestinians.” She explained, “they do not reflect” her “heart-felt belief that peace will come to the Middle East only when all parties recognize the need for mutual respect and tolerance.”

Was Thomas drunk like Gibson? A 90-year-old woman of Lebanese Arab descent, who feels this way, should mean what she says and say what she means. Why apologize? Does she admit to being a liar?

It reminds me of the classic American film-director, Oliver Stone, who told the press last year, “Hitler is an easy scapegoat throughout history and it’s been used cheaply…He’s the product of a series of actions. It’s cause and effect.” He also said something like, Israel has been fucking up American foreign policy for years.

That’s not too offensive. Is it? Well, the next day, the impressive film director issued the following apology:

“In trying to make a broader historical point about the range of atrocities the Germans committed against many people, I made a clumsy association about the Holocaust, for which I am sorry and I regret. [...] The fact that the Holocaust is still a very important, vivid and current matter today is… a great credit to the very hard work of a broad coalition of people committed to the remembrance of this atrocity – and it was an atrocity.”

Give me a break man! Are you a liar like Gibson and Thomas? Do you not know how to think before you speak? Do you need your anti-Semitic diapers changed? The Roman Emperor, Nero, never apologized for his anti-Semitism; nor did Hitler; nor did Martin Luther.

In an era when just about every kind of accusation and vitriolic hate-speech has been fired at the Jewish State, from racism, to apartheid, from Nazism to just plain bigotry, Zionist leaders do not apologize. Even born out of the wake of the Shoah; educated by and hip to the same post-modern, sensitized sensibility as the United States and Europe, (yes, Israel heard the doctrine of political correctness thunder down from high mountains too) real Zionists don’t apologize.

If you won’t take my word for it, you’ll at least observe the behavior of Gibson, Stone and Thomas. The next American, or English, pop-culture icon, who unleashes an anti-Semitic rant, will shortly thereafter, giggle cutely, and say, “sorry Jew.” Because they know slandering the Chosen, the Holiest, and one of the greatest and bravest democracies in the world is morally revolting.

Israel, at war, or peace, will never, should never, apologize for her life or her popular ideology. When this happens, which it never will, we will have lost a great war.

Keep on doing the right thing.

Keep on saying the right things.

Let’s talk.

Am Israel Chai!