Tom Friedman’s Kristallnacht

 

By Jack Engelhard

Jack Engelhard wrote the international bestselling novel “Indecent Proposal” that was translated into more than 22 languages and turned in a Paramount motion picture starring Robert Redford and Demi Moore. His award-winning book of memoirs, “Escape From Mount Moriah,” in the form of Nikila Cole’s filming of the book’s short story “My Father, Joe,” is an official selection in the CANNES Film Festival 2011. 

Never thought I’d see the day when the world’s most influential newspaper would take it upon itself to incite a pogrom — but here it is in the pages of The New York Times, May 24/25, as Tom Friedman in his column “Lessons From Tahrir Square,” finds inspiration from Julius Streicher’s Der Sturmer.

Streicher, in his newspaper of the 1930s, knew how to inflame and so does Friedman who has broken his pledge as a newsman to assume the role of an instigator.

Here’s a man (and a newspaper) that has the power to ignite stampedes in the service of annihilating a particular country, namely Israel – and this match has now been lit.  

Who knows what chaos may come from the long arm of this deceitful, irresponsible and reckless type of journalism.

Kristallnacht – Night of Broken Glass, November 9/10, 1938 – came as a result of combustible speeches and newspaper articles…exactly like Friedman’s. Hitler’s SA Stormtroopers rioted through the streets of Germany and Austria destroying all that was Jewish. German and Austrian citizen-mobs, drunk on hate fueled by propaganda, joined the fun of plunder and murder. They too had a cause, they too had grievances, which they have passed on to their next of kin.

Friedman, who in this world holds three Pulitzers along with Yasser Arafat’s Nobel for Peace, invokes Lara Logan’s Tahrir Square in goading thousands of Arab Palestinians to “peacefully” and “non-violently” march on Jerusalem to demand their rights toward a two-state “solution” – and whatever else is troubling them.

As if this slippery Friedman doesn’t know the odds against “peaceful” and “non-violent” when a mob gets assembled.

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Strauss-Kahn’s Lynch Mob – Engelhard Saw This Coming

“Jack Engelhard was right and the rest of the world was wrong.”

I’m the only guy who came to this guy’s defense immediately after rape and assault charges were brought against him — while EVERYBODY else rejoiced with mockery and derision against this man. Now — as reported in the NY TIMES, CNN and all over the world — the case is falling apart because the ALLEGED victim has serious credibility issues. So says the prosecution itself. She’s reported to have lied about a previous alleged rape.

Strauss-Kahn, it appears, was himself the victim — the victim of a frame-up, for money, of course.

My gut, my news instinct saw this coming. The man may not be TOTALLY innocent (who is?) but let’s be careful before we judge any person!

I wrote the following immediately after the case became public and people all over the media were calling for his scalp.

Alert: further in this piece I write that “something smells about this case.” Of all people, Russian leader Vlad Putin agrees. As reported in today’s New York Post: “Putin told the official Kremlin web site — ‘I cannot believe that it looks the way it was initially introduced. It doesn’t sit well in my head.'” This puts me in good company — or is it bad?”

By Jack Engelhard

“As long as there are women there’s going to be trouble.” I once wrote that but should have phrased it to read “as long as there are OTHER women” etc…

We now have two cases that deal with sex – that is, the OTHER woman – but it’s not really about sex. Sex is nothing. Temptation is everything.

You’ll find that in the novel “Indecent Proposal.” But never mind. Arnold’s case is pure and simple (good cliché), but the case of Dominique Strauss-Kahn is troubling. At least I’m troubled. I’ve been troubled about this from the start. We know that throughout history even the most powerful of men have been felled by temptation.

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Pacino’s Shylock — An Offer He Can’t Refuse

By Jack Engelhard

 

The hottest ticket for the upcoming season on Broadway is Al Pacino (again!) as Shylock in Shakespeare’s “The Merchant of Venice.” Pacino, at 70, appears to be making Shylock his career at a time when hate crimes against Jews scale in at 65 percent – higher, by the way, than any other group. (Seven percent against American Muslims.)

 

We can only wonder why Pacino is so drawn to this play that is clearly the most anti-Semitic in all literature. Even Harold Bloom cites “Merchant” as “The lasting harm done by Shakespeare.” This play, in fact, has nurtured a blood libel so vast that blame for the Holocaust can be shared by Hitler together with Shakespeare.

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