Monday, June 17, 2002

Bret Stephens interviews Charles Krauthammer

In a JPOST column, A Pen in Defense of Zion, Stephens asks good questions. Example: Is Europe truly anti-Semitic? CK: "There are dozens of oppressed people around the world. There are dozens of claimants to statehood who don't have it. Thousands died in Rwanda; who knows how many died in the Congo. Europe doesn't shed a tear over any of them. And yet Europe is passionate about the Palestinians.

"Now this is either one of the greatest coincidences in the history of compassion or it's related to a single fact: The Palestinians are the only ones of these so-called perceived oppressed whose enemies are the Jews. I don't subscribe to the coincidence idea. The fact that this unbelievable passion has been attached to the Palestinians has, without question, its roots in anti-Semitism. No other explanation."