Did we really have to make Valerie Plame famous all over again? More to the point – do we really have to respond every time an anti-Semite mouths off?
When we do that, chances are we’re unwittingly aiding the anti-Semite of the week and abetting anti-Semites who practice Jew-hatred year-round.
Or maybe I’m wrong about this. I still haven’t figured it out. Take Valerie Plame, please. That lady has been out of the news for years. Last we heard from her was during the Bush years when she was outed as a CIA operative and…and all the rest of it that please look up for yourself because I don’t care anymore.
But suddenly everybody cares. She’s a familiar name all over again and that, because she tweeted something anti-Semitic.
Now everybody’s into the act denouncing her, including Alan Dershowitz. Is this smart? I don’t know.
Because as we all know, there is no such thing as bad publicity and Ms. Plame, a darling of the Left, is sure to dine out upon this newly invigorated attention.
Her books, I’ll bet, will start selling again and people who nurse secret thoughts, I guarantee, are cheering her on.
(She has since apologized as they sometimes do after they get caught with their true feelings.)
I’ve often wondered about this, as to the wisdom or folly of calling out the anti-Semite of the week.
By giving them all that attention, are we helping ourselves, or them, when we refuel their slurs…as I’m afraid Dershowitz just did.
Might it not be best to leave these people alone, disregard them, rather than enlarge them?
Or maybe you are right and I am wrong. Those scoundrels need to be attended to, one by one.
I caught Dershowitz on Fox News and elsewhere when he went after Ms. Plame. He was properly incensed against the woman and the source she used to blood libel the Jewish people. But as he made the case against her, being as he is, a lawyer, he ITEMIZED nearly every slur that’s been used against us…and thus played directly into the hands of Ms. Plame and all our enemies.
He ITEMIZED nearly every slur that’s been used against us…and thus played directly into the hands of Ms. Plame and all our enemies.
By simply mentioning them, he thus got suckered into popularizing the myths we’ve endured for centuries up to the moment.
He did not mean it, of course, but that’s how it came out.
That’s how it usually comes out, as for example, Linda Sarsour. Now here was a simple ordinary garden variety anti-Semite that nobody knew.
Nobody knew her until we began responding to her, which did what? Made her famous, that’s what we did.
Yes, sometimes a war of words is necessary, if, say, an important world leader stinks up the joint.
But do I really have to hear about Roger Waters and his latest rant?
I don’t know. But my instinct says we’re better off if we let them stew in their own bitterness. They need no help from us. Ignoring them might be the best bet.
New York-based bestselling American novelist Jack Engelhard writes regularly for Arutz Sheva. Engelhard wrote the international book-to-movie bestseller “Indecent Proposal” and the ground-breaking inside-journalism thriller “The Bathsheba Deadline.” His latest is “News Anchor Sweetheart.” He is the recipient of the Ben Hecht Award for Literary Excellence. Website: www.jackengelhard.com