We Hate Us for Our Us-ness

May 7, 2009 at 7:40 pm (By Miles Lascaux)

What explains the widespread simmering hatred of Israel among Western elites? It is easy to blame it on anti-Semitism. I think that is wrong. Rather it, is a product of entrenched academic anti-Westernism and its intellectual products. It’s not Israel they hate so much as their own hectic heritage. This article sums it up well, I think:

“This paradigm can be reduced to four propositions: Western societies are inherently evil and unjust in their economic order; they are inherently racist both as successors to European colonialism and in their treatment of their own racial minorities; their knowledge is inherently false, they labour under false consciousness; and they maintain global hegemony through military and financial power.

It is easy to see where Israel fits in this analytical grid, and why it has a starring role. It is capitalist, Western, an ally of the US and uses military force when necessary to maintain its security. It rules, if temporarily, over an occupied Arab population and despite its own racial diversity is a mostly non-Arab population in a predominantly Arab region.”

-Miles Lascaux

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1 Comment

  1. amba12 said,

    Right, but it’s a combination of that and anti-Semitism, which makes it particularly virulent. It’s the whole suspicion that the Jews invented modern Western cosmopolitanism, and that they have some special inside track to power. It’s very weird and sick, and of course in one sense the very invention and existence of Israel is the creation of that sickness — of the slaughter and then the guilt and now the resentment. The whole Judaeo-Christian-Islamic tradition has been such a blessing and curse, inseparably. It’s got a good shot at destroying the world. From a Taoist point of view (which increasingly seems to be mine), it’s an illustration of this from the Tao Te Ching:

    When the world knows beauty as beauty, ugliness arises
    When it knows good as good, evil arises

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