Were “the Jews” singled out for murder during the Second World War or were we an unfortunate but unremarkable footnote to the millions of innocent civilians targeted by Germany for elimination? This is a multi-year discussion between myself and “Philosopher” within my blog, Antisemitism and Jewish Survival. That the argument takes place even in an article totally unrelated to the Holocaust demonstrates just how deep our differences and most importantly, the very reason for my writing efforts: if I can’t convince a Jew engaged in the study of the Jewish Problem, how much more important the need for a public forum to discuss two thousand years of anti-Jewish animus and persecution leaving Jews, today, on the very brink of extinction; leaving we Jews today complacently unaware that the final solution to the Jewish Problem is yet to be solved, finally.
What you continually fail to understand, “Philosopher”, is precisely you lumping the uniqueness of the historic place of the Jewish Problem in western history with American and Western disdain for human life. I could effortlessly provide a list of a hundred such American “disdains” starting with the genocide of Native Americans and the constitutional defense of slavery, to the Tuskegee syphilis experiments and the use of US servicemen as guinea pigs in atomic bomb radiation tests. I am not arguing man’s inhumanity towards man which is clearly universal. My scope is limited to the tiny and size-wise insignificant targeting of the Jewish People for extermination first by conversion and today by extermination. My scope of interest is a two-thousand year long and continuing campaign of a massively large, and massively identity-insecure religion challenged by surviving Jewry and Judaism to rid itself of its imaginary “problem” by coercion and now murder.
I did not remind the genocide of gentiles for you. I know your humanitarian stand and your legitimate focus on the Jewish Problem. I used it as an IMO irrefutable argument of America’s equal disdain of all genocides, whether Jewish or Gentile’s and, consequently, the footprints of its “stand by” being glaringly those of disdain and not of the Jewish Problem.”
And this statement most clearly describes your failure both in logic and psychology, “Philosopher.” By lumping the numerically insignificant by your terms number of Jew murdered alongside the numerically larger numbers of non-Jews you, to use your term, IMO reduce the significance of the millennial stream of historical targeting of “the Jews” as SIGNIFICANT. You reduce two thousand years of persecution leaving Jews at the point of extinction to its numerical place in a single horrible event. The Holocaust is no longer one of a series of Christendom’s War Against the Jews, but merely a side-show or, in your terms, “I used it as an IMO irrefutable argument of America’s equal disdain of all genocides, whether Jewish or Gentile’s and, consequently, the footprints of its “stand by” being glaringly those of disdain and not of the Jewish Problem.”
America certainly had disdain for the plight of the Jews beginning with Hitler and Roosevelt taking office in 1933. What you choose to overlook is the decades-long period of intense antisemitism in the United States before, during and following the Holocaust that supported that disdain. The Jewish Problem!