Comparing Demjanjuk to Jesus is obscene
Patrick Buchanan is one of the commentators that I keep up with what he is writing about. This current uproar has to do with his statement in an article titled [The True Haters]. The article is about John Demjanjuk and the Jews' hot pursuit to see the 89-year old man swinging from a rope [as they managed to do so with Saddam Hussein!] I liked the article enough that I posted it on this blog on April 18, 2009. Here is the statement by Buchanan that caused the uproar.
The spirit behind this un-American persecution has never been that of justice tempered by mercy. It is the same satanic brew of hate and revenge that drove another innocent Man up Calvary that first Good Friday 2,000 years ago.
I must agree with the moaning and groaning Jews, in that Buchanan was out of line for two reasons:
1. World Jewry today is composed of Ashkenazi Jews to the tune of 80%+ who are of European origin and as converts to Judaism are not responsible for any crimes mentioned in the Bible. It is akin to holding a Nigerian or Chinese Muslim responsible had an Arab done something to the Prophet Mohammad. Ashkenazi Jews also known as 'Khazars' are a European people who converted to Judaism just like the Chinese Muslims and the Nigerian Muslims are converts to Islam.
2. For Buchanan to attempt to assign guilt to a people whose 'ancestors' may or may not have been guilty of whatever deed is fetching for the wrong people at the wrong time. This is the same Buchanan who would sneer at black Americans who seek redress for the inhumane and barbaric tragedy that they suffered at the hands of those whom Buchanan proudly claims to be his own ancestors.
Buchanan's article was great up to that point. I learnt for the first time that the man whose blood is sought is 89 years old! He is about to die anyway not in the too distant future. What is it with these Jews who want to see revenge at any cost! These very same Jews rained bombs on innocent Palestinians and are directly responsible for the demise of millions of Arabs since the stampede of European Jewry to Palestine. And here they are salivating to spill the blood of an 89-year old man, who has already served years of his life in jail in the Jews' 'state' only to be found innocent for the crime he was convicted for when testimony surfaced from Russia after the break up of the Soviet Union that cleared him completely! Shouldn't the years he already served in jail count towards anything? There is something wrong, something demented, about a people who are huffing and puffing to spill the blood of an 89-year old gentile man. I must agree with Buchanan that these are indeed a people infected with "satanic brew of hate and revenge"!
Having said that, I would also like to mention that I will no longer post any of Buchanan's articles on this blog and may even consider removing all his articles from my blog! No! It has nothing to do with the article that he wrote about John Demjanjuk, which I think is a very good article and it sheds light on some blood-thirsty people who are so blood-thirsty that they don't seem to see clearly what they are doing to themselves when they go in hot pursuit of an 89-year old man's blood! My gripe with Buchanan has to do with Buchanan's recent menacing and deceptive articles attacking the Southern American heroes such as Hugo Chavez, Evo Morales and others. When Buchanan grabs his pen, he can really strike and strike hard where it hurts, because he is a gifted writer and he knows how to inflict maximum damage using nothing but words.
By Menachem Z. Rosensaft · April 27, 2009
NEW YORK (JTA) -- John Demjanjuk, who is about be deported to Germany to stand trial for his role in the murder of 29,000 Jews at the Sobibor death camp, is a Nazi war criminal. He may or may not have been the notorious “Ivan the Terrible” of Treblinka, but there is no question that he was Ivan the Not-so-Good of the Nazi training camp Trawniki, that he went on from there to be Ivan the Very Bad of Majdanek, Sobibor and Flossenburg, and that he lied on his visa application when he sought admission to the United States.
Most Americans do not consider Demjanjuk to be a praiseworthy or sympathetic figure. Except, of course, for Patrick Buchanan. The MSNBC political commentator and erstwhile reactionary candidate for the Republican presidential nomination likens Demjanjuk to none other than Jesus Christ.
I’m not kidding. In his syndicated column of April 17, Buchanan not only called Demjanjuk an “American Dreyfus” and “the sacrificial lamb whose blood washes away the stain of Germany's sins,” but he wrote that the “spirit” behind the U.S. Justice Department’s efforts to bring Demjanjuk to justice is “the same satanic brew of hate and revenge that drove another innocent Man up Calvary that first Good Friday 2,000 years ago.”
Some innocent man. Among the findings of facts set forth by the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio in February 2002 are that “The primary purpose of Trawniki Training Camp was to train men to assist the Nazi government of Germany in implementing its racially motivated policies, including and in particular 'Operation Reinhard' ”; that “ 'Operation Reinhard' was the Nazi program to dispossess, exploit, and murder Jews in Poland”; that “Upon his arrival at Trawniki Training Camp, Defendant [Demjanjuk] entered service in the Guard Forces of the SS and Police Leader in Lublin District”; that “by January 18, 1943, while a member of the Guard Forces of the SS and Police Leader in Lublin District, Defendant was serving as an armed guard at the concentration camp located near Lublin, commonly known as the Majdanek Concentration Camp”; that “Defendant began serving at the Sobibor extermination camp no later than March 27, 1943”; that “In serving at Sobibor, Defendant contributed to the process by which thousands of Jews were murdered by asphyxiation with carbon monoxide”; that “On or about October 1, 1943, Defendant was transferred from Trawniki to Flossenburg Concentration Camp, where he became a member of the SS Death’s Head Battalion Flossenbürg”; and that “Defendant misrepresented and concealed his wartime residences and activities, which constituted misrepresentations and concealments of his wartime employment and residences for the purpose of gaining admission into the United States.”
None of this matters to Buchanan, whose longtime public support for a succession of Nazi war criminals from Demjanjuk to Karl Linnas to Arthur Rudolph is a constitutionally protected perversion. He even admires Adolf Hitler. In 1977, Buchanan wrote that, “Though Hitler was indeed racist and anti-Semitic to the core, a man who without compunction could commit murder and genocide, he was also an individual of great courage, a soldier's soldier ... a political organizer of the first rank, a leader steeped in the history of Europe who possessed oratorical powers that could awe even those who despised him.”
Buchanan has never bothered to hide his offensive views on Israel and Jews. After the 1990 Iraqi invasion of Kuwait, Buchanan said on national television that "There are only two groups that are beating the drums right now for war in the Middle East, and that is the Israeli defense ministry and its amen corner in the United States.” He has referred to Capitol Hill as "Israeli-occupied territory," and he considers the State of Israel to be "a strategic albatross draped around the neck of the United States."
In a September 1993 speech to the Christian Coalition, Buchanan said that “Our culture is superior because our religion is Christianity and that is the truth that makes men free.” After John Cardinal O'Connor had deplored Roman Catholic anti-Semitism, Buchanan declared, “If U.S. Jewry takes the clucking appeasement of the Catholic cardinalate as indicative of our submission, it is mistaken. When Cardinal O'Connor of New York seeks to soothe the always irate Elie Wiesel by reassuring him ‘there are many Catholics who are not anti-Semitic’ ... he speaks for himself. Be not afraid, Your Eminence; just step aside, there are bishops and priests ready to assume the role of defender of the faith.”
Buchanan has also been a reliable ally of Holocaust deniers and other Nazi sympathizers. In his March 17, 1990 syndicated column, he wrote that it would have been impossible for Jews to perish in the gas chambers of the Treblinka death camp, and referred to a “so-called Holocaust survivor syndrome" that he described as involving "group fantasies of martyrdom and heroics.”
Two years ago, Don Imus was unceremoniously dumped by MSNBC after making racially insensitive remarks about the Rutgers University women’s basketball team. Buchanan’s colleagues at MSNBC have consistently tolerated and overlooked his bigoted worldview. So has the Roman Catholic establishment since he strongly opposes abortion rights. Perhaps Buchanan’s obscene comparison of Demjanjuk to Jesus Christ will now cause them to reconsider. At the very least, MSNBC executives should explain how they justify Buchanan’s continued appearances on their programs.
(Menachem Z. Rosensaft is general counsel of the World Jewish Congress and adjunct professor of law at Cornell Law School.)