The Simon Wiesenthal Center response to Buchanan's article.
"A NEW ANTISEMITIC VIRUS SEEKS TO BLAME ISRAEL AND ITS SUPPORTERS FOR THE WAR
TO: CONCERNED CENTER FRIENDS
FROM: RABBI MARVIN HIER
RE: A NEW ANTISEMITIC VIRUS SEEKS TO BLAME ISRAEL AND ITS SUPPORTERS FOR THE
WAR IN IRAQ!
America's Jews are under attack.
Voices from both the right and the left are playing the antisemitism card
with glee as they righteously blame the Jews for America's war with Iraq.
What's worse, the silence from more moderate voices in America is deafening.
One-time Presidential candidate and CNBC commentator Pat Buchanan, in a
just-published article in the American Conservative, blames the conflict
with Iraq on the State of Israel and a 'cabal' of neoconservatives, the
majority of whom are Jewish and supporters of Israel. Among Buchanan's
vitriol: "We charge that a cabal of polemicists and public officials seek to
ensnare our country in a series of wars that are not in America's interests.
We charge them with colluding with Israel to ignite those wars and destroy
the Oslo Accords."
What is truly frightening is the fact that this anti-Israel, anti-Jewish
rhetoric is not coming from the lunatic fringe. It is now creeping into the
American mainstream -- helped by bigots like Buchanan and Rep. James Moran.
The fact is, it is now in vogue to blame an Iraq war on Israel and American
Just read what else Pat Buchanan had to say: "We charge them [American
neoconservatives; read: Jews] with deliberately damaging U.S. relations with
every state in the Arab world that defies Israel or supports the Palestinian
peoples' right to a homeland of their own. We charge that they have
alienated friends and allies all over the Islamic and Western world through
their arrogance, hubris and bellicosity." And in summary of his remarks,
Buchanan writes: "They charge us with antisemitism. False. The truth is,
those hurling these charges harbor a passionate attachment to a nation not
our own that causes them to subordinate the interests of their own country
and to act on an assumption that, somehow, what's good for Israel is good
And on another front, Democratic Congressman James Moran is still feeling
the heat (even after his apology) for his recent remarks asserting, "If it
were not for the strong support of the Jewish community for this war with
Iraq, we would not be doing this." Moran went on to perpetuate the old
canard of a powerful group of Jews machinating behind the scenes when he
said, "The leaders of the Jewish community are influential enough that they
could change the direction of where this is going, and I think they should."
Even more shocking, this sentiment reflects a new canard that is alarming
and must be stopped: that support of Israel is outweighing the better
judgment of American Jewry and forcing U.S. President Bush and his advisors
to pursue war. You and I know that these assertions are baseless: Never mind
that Jewish support for American military action to disarm Saddam Hussein's
Iraq is identical with non-Jewish Americans at 59%.
Of course, this is not the first time Buchanan has singled out Israel and
its supporters for censure. No matter what the issue, Buchanan draws a
straight line to blame the Jews. But in this case, he has had the audacity
to lay the most serious crisis facing the United Nations and the U.S. at the
doorstep of the Jewish State and those who support her.
The war in Iraq may be over in a matter of days, or perhaps weeks. But the
war against the Jews will continue long after the troops have returned home.
We are determined to fight this and all lies about the Jewish people with
our most powerful weapon: the TRUTH. But we need your help to put a stop to
the Buchanans and Morans of the world.
Please don't delay. It is so imperative that we have your support now to
help us continue on with our work sounding the alarm on the dangerous
falsehoods that are seeping into the American consciousness.
I want to help stop the spread of this latest antisemitic virus. I want to
help the Wiesenthal Center expose the bigots spreading this lie, alert the
public and the media to their outrageous antisemitism, and respond with
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The Jewish Press on Pat Buchanan:http://www.thejewishpress.com/news_article.asp?article=2203
"As he did back in 1990 and 1991, Patrick Buchanan is once again
fanning the flames of anti-Semitism with his allegations that an
American administration is cal-ling the nation to arms at the
urging of Jews on behalf of the Jewish state.
Buchanan, of course, is far from alone in charging that a
nefarious pro-Israel cabal has implanted itself in the Bush White
House and is tailoring American foreign policy to suit Israel’s
needs. It is an argument that has gained considerable traction in
the fever swamps of both the extreme right and the extreme left,
and over the past several weeks has begun making some inroads
into mainstream public opinion.
While Buchanan is nowhere near as influential as he was at
the time of the Gulf War — three unsuccessful presidential runs,
the most recent of which featured a disastrous alliance with the
fringe Marxist Lenora Fulani, have greatly diminished his
standing and appeal — it would be foolish to dismiss him as a
political has-been reduced to editing a magazine with a minuscule
This is not some moon-faced Klansman with an IQ barely
above moron level, but rather a brilliant writer and razor-sharp
polemicist who, according to those who know him, possesses a not
inconsiderable amount of personal charm.
And that is precisely why it is so important to never lose sight
of Buchanan’s many pronouncements that over the years have
caused him to be viewed with such suspicion and alarm.
Back in 1998 the Monitor compiled a number of those
pronouncements in a two-part column that readers were still
requesting reprints of two and three years later. Now that
Buchanan’s anti-Jewish paranoia is again a matter of public
discussion (see the lead editorial in this week’s Jewish Press), it
seems as good a time as any to revisit the Buchanan files.
Although he has described anti-Semitism as “a grave sin, a
disease of the heart,” Buchanan habitually employs words and
phrases that leave a Jew with a kicked-in-the-gut sensation — and
he does so with what at times seems like barely concealed glee.
His strange concern for former Nazis (Alan A. Ryan, Jr., a
former Justice Department prosecutor, once characterized
Buchanan as “the spokesman for Nazi war criminals in America”)
is coupled with a disdain for Holocaust survivors, whom he’s
described as suffering from “group fantasies of martyrdom and
A constant critic of Kurt Waldheim during the latter’s tenure
as UN secretary general, Buchanan suddenly became a whole lot
more supportive when the true nature of Waldheim’s wartime
activities was made public. The ostracism of Waldheim by the U.S.
and other countries, wrote Buchanan, had to it “an aspect of moral
bullying and the singular stench of selective indignation.”
In addition to weighing in on Waldheim, Buchanan actively
lobbied then-Attorney General Edwin Meese on behalf of Karl
Linnas, who had headed a Nazi concentration camp in Estonia
(Meese ignored Buchanan’s entreaties, deporting Linnas to the
Soviet Union), and made his unhappiness known when the U.S.
apologized to France for having sheltered the “Butcher of Lyons,”
“To what end,” Buchanan asked rhetorically in a column on
the Barbie matter, “all this wallowing in the atrocities of a dead
He also took up the cause of Arthur Rudolph, the father of
Hitler’s V-2 rocket program who after the war had become an
American citizen and part of the U.S. space effort, and that of
John Demjanjuk, alleged to have been the infamous Treblinka
guard known as Ivan the Terrible.
The latter became something of an obsession for Buchanan,
who in his zeal to prove Demjanjuk innocent came dangerously
close to making common cause with Holocaust revisionists.
Claiming in a 1990 column that diesel engines “do not emit
enough carbon monoxide to kill anybody” — diesel exhaust being
the very substance used in the gas chambers at Treblinka —
Buchanan triumphantly declared that “Demjanjuk’s weapon of
mass murder cannot kill.”
(Continued Next Week)"