If the imminent was foreseen everydayIf I discerned what tomorrow will offerHad it in mind of moments to witnessMistakes I won’t have made so badlyIf I knew of all the calamities beforehandIf I knew of the losses I’d dearly sufferHad it been known of the foulest timesErrors I would elude with those chancesIf I knew of dangers looming yesterdayIf I knew you will loathe me so terriblyHad I knew that I’d really fail at timesMy future will be great without blemishIf I knew how imperfect I really wereIf I knew I can be a pain making you yelpIf I knew of the darkness around meI would have made it a whole lot betterShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! On Christmas Eve, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said, “Minorities, descendants of those who crucified Christ … have grabbed all the wealth of the world for themselves.” The Simon Wiesenthal Center demanded an apology. It hasn’t happened. A 2005 State Department report on global anti-Semitism trends noted that Chavez had previously “cautioned citizens against following the lead of Jewish citizens in the effort to overturn his referendum victory.” Anti-Semitic leaflets were found available to the public in government ministry offices. On the other side of the globe, Chavez pal and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has for months been calmly calling for the destruction of Israel and branding the Holocaust a myth. On Jan. 2, newspapers printed a Q&A from Ahmadinejad in which the president said the creation of Israel after World War II had “killed two birds with one stone.” Europe, he wrote, was successful in “sweeping the Jews out of Europe and … creating a European appendix with a Zionist and anti-Islamic nature in the heart of the Islamic world.” He continued: “Zionism is a Western ideology and a colonialist idea … and right now it massacres Muslims with guidance and help from the United States and a part of Europe … Zionism is basically a new (form of) fascism.” With each commentary, Ahmadinejad’s frightening statements are less likely to make the front page. “This is anti-Semitism as statecraft,” Rabbi Abraham Cooper, associate dean of the Wiesenthal Center, told me. But even scarier is how many with a saner facade may agree. Modern anti-Semitic rhetoric or action is not limited to radical Muslim clerics spewing anti-Jewish, anti-Israel venom. No longer just a trait of ultra-nationalists and neo-Nazis, anti-Semitism is creeping from a far-left viewpoint where many see Israel and the United States – inextricably linked – as evil aggressors. A 2005 Anti-Defamation League survey of 6,000 adults in 12 European countries found that 43 percent of respondents believe Jews are more loyal to Israel than their own country, and 29 percent said that their opinion of Jews is influenced by Israeli policy. Of those, 53 percent said their opinion of Jews is worse. Such attitudes are encouraged by events such as the virulently anti-Semitic United Nations’ Durban conference on racism just days prior to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Cooper, who attended Durban, believes the conference was a turning point. Whereas progressive nongovernmental organizations would traditionally stand up for the Jewish community, NGOs are now part of the problem more than part of the solution, he said. “Wherever Israel, wherever the Jewish community looks, they see a lot of dark clouds,” Cooper said. “Friends are few and far between.” The State Department’s report noted increases in anti-Semitic incidences in France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Belgium and the Netherlands. Political parallels are often noted, such as with growing Italian anti-Semitism: “According to pollsters, this trend is tied to … widespread opposition to the Sharon government and popular support for the Palestinian cause.” In Germany, a form of anti-Semitism is promoted “as part of … other stands against globalization, capitalism, Zionism, and foreigners.” More than 60 years after the fall of the Third Reich, many European Jews are discouraged from wearing identifying symbols for fear of harassment or attack. “Anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism are indicators of the moral collapsing of European society,” opined Larry Greenfield, California director of the Republican Jewish Coalition. “Where anti-Semitism is growing, so too is the rise of jihad and the associated fall of European sovereignty and will to survive.” It’s not even so much the documented number of anti-Semitic incidents, said Cooper, as a “pervasive feeling of unease, and really a concern of whether or not there’s a future.” Will we let that future – of Israel, of the Jews, of humanity – be dictated by Ahmadinejad, Chavez, radical Islamists, a changing Europe? “Millions suffered through the ages because there were none to defend them,” Rabbi Marvin Hier, founder and dean of the Wiesenthal Center, said at a private audience with Pope Benedict XVI in November. How many of us will stand up against this modern wave of anti-Semitism? Bridget Johnson writes for the Daily News. E-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.