Si no vera …
This one probably falls into the “moral truth” category; it seems a little bit too convenient to be literally true, but it damn well ought to be true, because it expresses a much more important wider truth. Two lefty academics blagged their way into an “American Enterprise Institute” seminar on “The New European Anti-Semitism” and heard Larry Summers “anti-Semitic in effect if not intent” construction brought to its logical conclusion …
[….] a questioner in the audience asked Wisse about Billy Graham’s 1972 conversation with Richard Nixon, memorialized on the White House tapes, and made public earlier this year by the National Archives.
In the conversation, Graham says to Nixon that “a lot of Jews are great friends of mine.”
“They swarm around me and are friendly to me,” Graham says. “Because they know I am friendly to Israel and so forth. They don’t know how I really feel about what they’re doing to this country.”
And how does he feel?
Graham tells Nixon that the Jews have a “stranglehold” on the country, and “this stranglehold has got to be broken or the country’s going down the drain.”
“You believe that?” Nixon says.
“Yes, sir,” Graham replies.
“Oh boy,” Nixon says. “So do I. I can’t ever say that but I believe it.”
So, the questioner wanted to know whether Professor Wisse considered these sentiments, as expressed by Graham, and widely publicized earlier this year, to be anti-semitic.
No, they are not anti-semitic, Professor Wisse says.
No, anti-semitism exists today in the form of “political organization” against Israel.