Casey Anthony Bigger Than 9/11 – And Here’s Why

 

By Jack Engelhard

We all came together after 9/11 and we grieved properly and the media coverage was wall-to-wall – but nothing compared to this!

We’ve been in the eye of this Casey Anthony saga week by week, hour after hour and we are more outraged at this one woman than we were against the Islamic terrorists who murdered some 3,000 of our people in Lower Manhattan. I have no answer to this lopsided span of attention, only a guess or two.

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Salinger’s Protest from Dachau

By Jack Engelhard

We don’t have to wonder what J.D Salinger would have thought of the world today even as Israel fights back mobs from Syria and prepares for more bloodlust from its enemies domestic and abroad. Salinger told it plainly and powerfully in his novel “The Catcher in the Rye,” published in 1951, and following that, in his 60 years of retreat into silence. He would have called his vow of silence, “The fire between the words.”

“The Catcher in the Rye,” one of the most admired novels of the century past and present, is a work of loathing and lamentation despite its teenage lingo.

Holden Caulfield seeks truth and purity but finds mendacity and corruption. Justice, justice, he pursues. Do I suggest that Salinger was Biblical? Well, he certainly was Jewish. He was born to a Jewish father and not till later, after his Bar Mitzvah, did he find out that his mother was Catholic, passing for Jewish. (Please, save the technicalities for later.)

In his humility he never prided his Jewishness, nor did he ever shame it, like Philip Roth.

Along the way to his fame as one of our greatest writers, something happened to Salinger that demands our attention at this very moment as we brace for Israel’s summer of discontent, which has already started at all sides from a world that, once again, won’t calm down until it gets what it wants…

Salinger is our witness to what happened before and to what can happen again.

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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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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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Israel’s Audacity

By Jack Engelhard

 

King David – writing 3,000 years ago but always as current as today and as prophetic as tomorrow – begins his second Psalm like this:

 

“Why are the nations in an uproar [against Israel]?”

 

There is no end to this rhetorical question.

 

Here’s a headline from today’s Philadelphia Inquirer: “International Community Alarmed Over Israel’s Settlement Expansion.” (ALARMED!)

 

This, from the Associated Press: “UN Report Faults Israel Over Gaza.”

 

In its Sunday edition, The New York Times offers this quote from a UN official: “Everything Israel does now will be highly contentious.” (This is news?)

 

The backdrop – the back story – is this administration’s Nuremberg Approach toward Israel. The Nuremberg Laws’ sole purpose was to deprive the Jews of their rights as citizens, eventually to disown them, displace them and prepare them for annihilation. A third of all Jews thus perished.

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King David: Faith Lost and Found

By Jack Engelhard

 

That’s quite a fix to be in when not only have you run out of answers, but you’ve also run out of questions.

 

How many times can we ask – Why did God let this happen?

 

I’m here on the question of Mumbai, India, the slaughter that took place, and in particular the Jews who were singled out for special torture and murder by Islamists.

 

Via e-mail messages, I’ve been getting many words of understanding and comfort, but none of them works for me. Have I lost faith? That can never happen, not with my genes that date back to my Biblical namesake, Jacob. But something did make me teeter. I lost the connection. This happens to me now and then, certainly when I think of the Holocaust. Why did God let this happen?

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Who Is Obama Reading?

By Jack Engelhard

 

During his interview on “60 Minutes” president-elect Barack Obama mentioned a book that he’d been reading on FDR’s first 100 Days. He did not name the book, tantalizing publishers that had such books on the shelves. After all, the mere mention of a book by Obama could lead to dancing – best seller!

 

Turns out that the prize went to two authors, Jonathan Alter and Jean Edward Smith. He’d been reading them both on FDR.

 

Bingo.

 

Some people have all the luck. However, a week or so earlier, the New York Times asked people to suggest what books Obama OUGHT TO BE reading, and here came the (truly gifted) writer John W. Cassell. He wrote in and suggested “The Bathsheba Deadline” as MUST READING. Well, until we find Obama with that book of mine (and riches to follow) I thought I’d present a portion of “The Bathsheba Deadline” that in fact touches on FDR. From page 154 of the paperback version, here goes:

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