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Das deutsche Original wäre besser geklungen!

Former U.S. CIA Operations Officer, Valerie Plame Wilson arrives for the UK film premiere of Countdown to Zero at a central London venue, Tuesday June. 21, 2011. (AP Photo/Jonathan Short)
Former U.S. CIA Operations Officer, Valerie Plame Wilson arrives for the UK film premiere of Countdown to Zero at a central London venue,  Tuesday June. 21, 2011. (AP Photo/Jonathan Short)

Former U.S. CIA analyst, Valerie Plame Wilson gets her Nazi on. (AP Photo/Jonathan Short)

First the tweet:

And now the screen shot, because it’ll soon disappear:

Plame anti-Semitism

Then she tries to salvage her reputation:

Thing is, while retweets don’t necessarily imply endorsement, the way twitter works, Mrs Wilson typed in her comment “America’s Jews Are Driving America’s Wars.”

The texts, quoted together, for when Mrs Wilson deletes the originals:

1) First of all, calm down. Re-tweets don’t imply endorsement. Yes, very provocative, but thoughtful. Many neocon hawks ARE Jewish.
2) Just FYI, I am of Jewish decent. I am not in favor of war with Iran, or getting out of the Iran nuclear treaty. There are simply
3) too many who are so ready to go to war. Haven’t we had enough for awhile?
4) Read the entire article and try, just for a moment, to put aside your biases and think clearly.

Three more tweets, added together, said

Apologies all. There is so much there that’s problematic AF and I should have recognized it sooner. Thank you for pushing me to look again. I’m not perfect and make mistakes. This was a doozy. All I can do is admit them, try to be better, and read more thoroughly next time. Ugh. OK folks, look, I messed up. I skimmed this piece, zeroed in on the neocon criticism, and shared it without seeing and considering the rest.

Yeah, right.

I am supposed to believe that a graduate of Pennsylvania State University (BA, 1985, in Advertising), and two Master’s degrees, from Collège d’Europe in Brugen, Belgium, and and the London School of Economics and Political Science, would be stupid enough to retweet an article entitled “America’s Jews Are Driving America’s Wars” without reading it and understanding what was in it?

Even if she had just “zeroed in on the neocon criticism” — and one can certainly criticize ‘neocon’ political positions without being anti-Semitic — nobody with her education and experience is going to publish that title and not realize that she is opening herself to accusations of anti-Semitism.

There are really only two possibilities here, and they are not mutually exclusive:

  1. Mrs Wilson is just plain bone stupid; or
  2. Mrs Wilson has so internalized anti-Semitism that she doesn’t realize that she is, in fact, anti-Semitic.

Das deutsche Original wäre besser geklungen!

I have met other supposedly educated people who always claimed that they weren’t anti-Semitic, and appeared to believe sincerely that they weren’t anti-Semitic, that they were just opposed to ‘neocon’ or Israeli policies, but it didn’t take much scratching beneath the surface to expose real anti-Semitism. Oh, it was never overt, mind you, but just the occasional comment or dig or even rolled eyes at things about Judaism or Jewish people that had nothing to do with political policies. It was always the little things, like ‘Jews won’t let their children marry Gentiles,’ or ‘head nodding’ (Shuckling) during prayer, or — and this one was my favorite — a complaint about stock market inactivity and Jews being absent on Jewish holy days, as though the market isn’t completely closed on Christian holidays.

It is intellectually possible to oppose neocon or Israeli policies and not be an anti-Semite, but somehow I’ve yet to find someone who is.¹
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Cross-posted on The First Street Journal.
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¹ – Full disclosure: I am not Jewish, and have no Jewish relatives of whom I am aware. Of course, we’re all supposed to be at least twentieth cousins, so I must have some Jewish relatives.