Monday, September 27, 2010
The Sum Of All George Soros' Fears
September 27, 2010 - Ruth King
Before 2003 George Soros had virtually no interest in Israel. In fact, at that time on his website, there was much ado about "open societies," women, human rights, law, justice and grants all over the world. Under the Middle East there were some items about Turkey, lraq, oil, Caspian finances, but the words Israel or Palestinian did not come up. In 1997 his Open Society Institute donated $1.3 million to the Council of Jewish Federations a very large, essentially non -political and respectable group which represents 157 Jewish Federations & 400 independent Jewish communities, and in their own words: “ protects and enhances the well-being of Jews worldwide through the values of tikkun olam (repairing the world), tzedakah (charity and social justice) and Torah (Jewish learning”). Read “progressive and left” into all those putative repairs of the world.
An equal amount was subsequently given to the Jewish Fund For Justice, another charity whose vision is: “to expand the Jewish progressive base and increase its capacity for creating economic justice while partnering with established institutions to engage them on issues of common concern. In the broader American community, JFSJ will strengthen the progressive capacity of low income communities and organizations while being a leader in reestablishing the Jewish community’s role as an anchor and ally to the social change movement. “ Read progressive twice and more left repairs of the world. And, today on their website is a banner stating: “Glenn Beck Attacks! Learn why and how you can respond.”
However, Soros assiduously avoided discussions about Israel, Arabs, the Mid-East “conflict” or Jewish political issues.
One would presume that the subject of Israel and Jews would be a tad difficult for Mr. Soros whose callousness about the Holocaust was on the record.
When the Nazis occupied Budapest in 1944, George Soros' father, a successful lawyer, provided forged documentation that his fourteen year old son was Christian and bribed a government official to adopt him. When hundreds of thousands of Hungarian Jews were being deported to death camps, young George accompanied his guardian who was assigned to confiscate Jewish property.
One cannot make any judgments based on those facts in those times, however, his chilling and remorseless responses when questioned about them speak volumes on his character as an adult.
Here is an instructive partial transcript from an interview of Mr. Soros by Steve Kroft for CBS' 60 Minutes on December 20, 1998:
(The program is interspersed with vintage footage of Jews walking in line; a man dragging a little boy in line, footage of women and men with bags walking, and a growing crowd near a train, boarding the train, doors closing with people in boxcars.)
KROFT: These are pictures from 1944 of what happened to George Soros' friends and neighbors. To Soros in voiceover: You’re a Hungarian Jew who escaped the Holocaust by posing as a Christian…
Mr. SOROS: (Voiceover) Mm-hmm. Right.
KROFT: (Voiceover) And you watched lots of people get shipped off to the death camps.
Mr. SOROS: Right. I was 14 years old. And I would say that that's when my character was made.
KROFT: In what way?
Mr. SOROS: That one should think ahead. One should understand and–and anticipate events and when–when one is threatened. It was a tremendous threat of evil. I mean, it was a–a very personal experience of evil.
KROFT: My understanding is that you went out with this protector of yours who swore that you were his adopted godson…… and helped in the confiscation of property from the Jews.
Mr. SOROS: Yes. Yes. That’s right. Yes.
KROFT: I mean, that's–that sounds like an experience that would send lots of people to the psychiatric couch for many, many years. Was it difficult?
Mr. SOROS: Not–not at all. Not at all. Maybe as a child you don't–you don't see the connection. But it was–it created no–no problem at all.
KROFT: No feeling of guilt?
Mr. SOROS: No.
KROFT: For example that, 'I'm Jewish and here I am, watching these people go. I could just as easily be there. I should be there.' None of that?
Mr. SOROS: Well, of course I c–I could be on the other side or I could be the one from whom the thing is being taken away. But there was no sense that I shouldn't be there, because that was–well, actually, in a funny way, it's just like in markets–that if I weren't there–of course, I wasn't doing it, but somebody else would–would–would be taking it away anyhow. And it was the–whether I was there or not, I was only a spectator, the property was being taken away. So the–I had no role in taking away that property. So I had no sense of guilt.
So, one could ask, what spurred his speech of November 7th, 2003 to the Jewish Funders Network –representatives of Jewish philanthropic foundations , where he declared that international anti-Semitism is the direct result of the policies of Israel and the United States.
"There is a resurgence of anti-Semitism in Europe. The policies of the Bush administration and the Sharon administration contribute to that," Soros said. "It's not specifically anti-Semitism, but it does manifest itself in anti-Semitism as well. I'm critical of those policies. If we change that direction, then anti-Semitism also will diminish.”
Soros also worried about his unintended role in creating the anti-Semitic perceptions that wealthy Jews rule the world, a telling statement as we will see.
His speech followed one by then Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, to the Tenth Islamic Summit Conference on October 16th, 2003. In that famous speech he warned:
“The Muslims will forever be oppressed and dominated by the Europeans and the Jews. It cannot be that there is no other way. 1.3 billion Muslims cannot be defeated by a few million Jews. There must be a way.
We are actually very strong. 1.3 billion people cannot be simply wiped out. The Europeans killed 6 million Jews out of 12 million. But today the Jews rule this world by proxy. They get others to fight and die for them.
They survived 2000 years of pogroms not by hitting back, but by thinking. They invented and successfully promoted Socialism, Communism, human rights and democracy so that persecuting them would appear to be wrong, so they may enjoy equal rights with others. With these they have now gained control of the most powerful countries and they, this tiny community, have become a world power.
Of late because of their power and their apparent success they have become arrogant. And arrogant people, like angry people will make mistakes, will forget to think.”
Mahathir was a staunch supporter of the PLO with unblemished anti-Semitic credentials dating to the early 1970s when he wrote in his book The Malay Dilemma:"The Jews for example are not merely hook-nosed, but understand money instinctively."
His comments were criticized by Western media, commentators and Jewish groups, but they resonated in Moslem nations, and were, in fact, hailed by Hamid Karzai, president of Afghanistan and Egyptian diplomats, especially when he added a week later:
“I am not anti-Semitic….I am against those Jews who kill Muslims and the Jews who support the killer of Muslims.”
George Soros heard the speech and was familiar with Mahathir, who, in 1997 claimed to have definite information that George Soros, whom he identified as a Jew, was responsible by currency manipulation for the steep plunge In Malaysia’s economy.
In his words:
“We do not want to say that this is a plot by the Jews, but in reality it is a Jew who triggered the currency plunge, and coincidentally Soros is a Jew. It is also a coincidence that Malaysians are mostly Moslem. Indeed, the Jews are not happy to see Moslems progress. If it were Palestine, the Jews would rob Palestinians. Thus this is what they are doing to our country.”
This was a theme he repeated over and over. Now, Soros is not dumb and he understands that mad mullahs and their acolytes are quite capable of murder and revenge for perceived insults and intent to harm. Mahathir’s comments clearly spooked him.
So he did what all cowards do… instead of denouncing the anti-Semites, you gratify them. Step one, in spite of his ignorance and indifference to the problems of a Jewish state and its history, was the bile he delivered in his first speech to a Jewish audience one month after Mahathir’s diatribe.
Step two was to find a vehicle to drive Israel over the edge. And, now, in J Street he has found Jews who, in the name of “helping Israel,” support and lobby for its enemies.
It’s a match made in Hell.
When the tide of Jihad and international anti-Semitism rises and laps around their ankles, Mr. Soros and J Street may discover that betraying and sacrificing Israel and Jews will not save them from drowning.
And those who save their own skins by ignoring the spectacle will feel no guilt. They will say:
“I was only a spectator. So I had no role in it. So I had no sense of guilt.”
FamilySecurityMatters.org Contributing Editor Ruth S. King is a freelance writer who writes a monthly column in OUTPOST, the publication of Americans for a Safe Israel.