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Patrick J. Buchanan and the Jews, by Joshua Muravchik

January 1991

One definition of anti-Semitism, Patrick J. Buchanan observed in his syndicated column this past September, is ‘an embedded hatred of Jewish people, manifest in writing and conduct, . . . a grave sin, a disease of the heart, a variant of racism.’ But he also gave a second definition: ‘a word . . . used to frighten, intimidate, censor, and silence; to cut off debate; to . . . smear men’s reputations.’

Buchanan complained that his name was being associated with the first meaning of the term when it ought to be associated with the second. Nevertheless he, for one, would not be intimidated: ‘The late Arthur Koestler, a Jew, wrote that ‘one should either write ruthlessly what one believes to be the truth, or shut up.’ A good motto.’

The impetus for all this bravado was a column in the New York Times by A.M. Rosenthal accusing Buchanan of anti-Semitism and even ‘blood libel.’ Rosenthal reeled off without detail a list of particulars that had previously left him ‘silently contemptuous’ of Buchanan. But he was moved to break his silence, he explained, by Buchanan’s recent charge on the McLaughlin Group television show that ‘There are only two groups that are beating the drums . . . for war in the Middle East—the Israeli Defense Ministry and its amen corner in the United States.’ This, said Rosenthal, should be read: ‘The Jews are trying to drag us into war.’–buchanan-and-the-jews-7783

Books by BUCHANAN, Patrick J. :
The Death of the West: How Dying Populations and Immigrant Invasions Imperil Our Country and Civilization. New York: Thomas Dunne Books (Imprint of St. Martin’s Press): 2002

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