Here is an interesting story:
The jets bombed the bejeebers out of them. The ground forces invaded. They at long last suppressed the terrorists, who had conducted a long campaign of suicide bombing and planting bombs, and put an end to any notion that the terrorists and their sponsors would be granted their own state.
Many civilians were killed and wounded…
Well this sounds like something massive protests must be going on about, people against violence must have shrieked loudly. Or not.
not a single Solidarity-with-the-Tamil-Tigers protest has been organized on a single Western campus or in a single downtown square. Mobs and “academics” have not taken to the streets to demand an end to the war of aggression against the Tamils. Leftist web sites have not proclaimed every injury of a Tamil civilian to be a Nazi-like war crime and an act of genocide.
Eurocrats have not pontificated about how the Sri Lankan response to the terror was out of proportion. The International Solidarity Movement has not sent in protesters from the West to try to defend the terrorists. Communists and fellow travelers have not organized flotillas of boats carrying aid to the terrorists. Israeli politicians have not lectured the Sinhalese of Sri Lanka about how the whole problem is that they are insensitive to the needs of the “Other.”
None have proposed dividing Colombo and handing over half to the Tamils. Virtually no one knows that 65,000 civilians have died in the fighting and the media have no interest in covering the story.
How could this be? Simple answer. If you can’t blame Jews or Americans, then its not evil or important. Why? Because their final goal is dead Jews. Period.
Update 5: That answer is a pretty strong generalization and maybe too simple. Perhaps it should be simply be said that they are indifferent to dead Jews.
To steal one of Glenn’s phrases: They’re not anti-war, they’re just on the other side.
Update: An anti-war protest just isn’t an anti-war protest without rocket and grenades is it?
Update two: Jay Nordlinger provides a less provocative suggestion that has some merit. Still this doesn’t explain why dead Jews don’t rate a batted eyelash. It also doesn’t explain why many of the protests call for death to the Jews. If I was involved in a protest against militant Islam and a Neo Nazi group wanted to march with me it would be considered incumbent on me and rightly so, to renounce and exclude them. For some reason this requirement never seems to be given to the left when they march with people who desire dead Jews.
Some examples here and here:
While the Arabs screamed their desire to exterminate Jews, the English-monolingualists simply stood there happily smiling their approbation. The correct pronunciation may have been beyond them, but they approved of the sentiment. Which is proven by their resolute continued presence and solidarity.
No, they do NOT have plausible deniability – the ‘river to the sea’ slogan shows that they wish for a genocide against Israel, and translations of the Arabic slogans have been provided so many times that they cannot claim ignorance of the meanings.
Besides, the angry Middle-Eastern Jew-hater with a bullhorn, and the rabid white chick with an equally loud bullhorn and a grating voice, made plain in great detail what the peace movement’s plan for Israel and the Jews entails, as did the numerous threats and insults directed at our side by both Arabs and Anglos.
Also here and here.
And comments like this at Kos the big site for the left.
And no protests for statements from Hamas like this:
The Hamas leader called to murder Israelis and Jews worldwide, including children. “The Israelis have sentenced their children to death… They have legitimized the killing of their people all over the world,” he said. Hamas’ platform calls for all Jews to convert to Islam or be killed,
Where is the left denouncing this? I don’t see it.
Update 3 Don’t forget this protest in Holland where they are shouting “Jews to the Gas.”
Jew hatred is centuries old and frankly is not rational. Why would rational people on the left not loudly decry it?
Update 4 The left can of course prove me wrong.