When you’re in middle and high school, you end up studying the Holocaust about every two years or so. You read the Anne Frank book. You are expected to try at that age to wrap your head around the figure of “six million people.” You view photographs of emaciated people, and you learn about the heroic Americans liberating them.
You probably spend more time on the Holocaust then you do on any other subject in history; at least, that’s the way it was when I was coming up. But let me tell you, folks, you may think you’ve received an immersion in Holocaust studies. But you’re not even skimming the tippy top of the tip of that iceberg.*
Adolf Hitler did not just wake up one morning and go “You know, I really hate those darned Jews. We really should do something about that.” No, no, friends. Old Uncle Adolf got the idea from history, from culture, from ideas that have been deemed as acceptable for centuries. Who do you think the Germans blamed for the Black Death in 1350? Must be those Jews poisoning the wells. What, you think the Crusades were just about Muslims? Yeah, they killed a few Jews then, too. Indeed, in 1916, decades before the death of Paul von Hindenberg, Germany was taking a “census” of Jews, meant to question their patriotism—despite that more Jews per capita gave their lives for Germany during World War I than any other group of folks. Nope, folks. Adolf Hitler was not just some crazy fucker who pulled the idea out of his ass. He wanted the Jews gone because his history and his culture led him to believe it was the right thing to do.
Central to these ideas was a 1903-published tome called “The Protocols of the Elders of Zion.” This was advanced as actual minutes from actual meetings of the Jews whose fervent desire is to go all Pinky and the Brain on the world. This forgery is from where many myths and misunderstandings come regarding the Jewish people originate. The Jews killed Jesus, it says. They murder children and use the blood for religious ceremonies, or to make matzoh, it says. They poison wells, it says. And so on. The second charge to which I refer has a specific name: Blood libel.
From the Wiki, specifically:
Blood libel (also blood accusation) refers to a false accusation or claim that religious minorities, almost always Jews, murder children to use their blood in certain aspects of their religious rituals and holidays. Historically, these claims have–alongside those of well poisoning and host desecration–been a major theme in European persecution of Jews.
Now our good friend and colleague, Failed Vice-Presidential Candidate and Half-Term Alaska Governor Sarah Palin has accused the media and the pundits of “blood libel” for suggesting that she has said or done anything remotely irresponsible that might have possible feed into the violent and horrifying assassination attempt and killing spree in Tucson. TPM in fact notices that the term has been tossed around like a beach ball in the right-wang media circles regarding this case as of late.
Her use and their use of the term in this context is disgusting. It is ignorant. It is wholly inaccurate. It is disrespectful. It just goes to further show that Palin and her supporters are ignorant fucktards who have no reverence for anything.
I was going to end this entry with a simple “You horrible, nasty pigs.”
But I like pigs.
*You explore the rest of the tip of the iceberg when you have a semester of class with this guy.