Violent anti-Israel protests are happening all around the globe, most notably in France where protesters have clashed with police and set the streets on fire. This is nothing new, however, as anti-Semitism has been around since the beginning of civilization. An unlikely source – late atheist Christopher Hitchens – explained it best.
“I don’t think we ever head Christopher Hitchens up as a guy you should listen to, but you should listen to him. One of the biggest atheists on planet earth in the last 50 years…listen carefully to what he said about Israel,” Glenn said.
Back in 2010, Hitchens said:
Because anti-Semitism is the godfather of racism and the gateway to tyranny and fascism and war, it is to be regarded not as the enemy of the Jewish people alone, but as the common enemy of humanity, and of civilization, and has to be fought against very tenaciously for that reason. Most especially in its current, most virulent form of Islamic Jihad.
Daniel Pearl’s revolting murderer was educated at the London School of Economics. Our Christmas bomber over Detroit was from a neighboring London college, the chair of the Islamic Students’ Society. Many pogroms against Jewish people have been reported from all over Europe today as I’m talking, and we can only expect this to get worse, and we must make sure our own defenses are not neglected. Our task is to call this filthy thing, this plague, this pest, by its right name, to make unceasing resistance to it, knowing all the time that it’s probably ultimately ineradicable, and bearing in mind that its hatred towards us is a compliment and resolving some of the time at any rate to do a bit more to deserve it. Thank you.
“He’s right. Anti-Semitism is not about the Jews, anti-Semitism is a scourge against humanity,” Glenn said. “We have to be very, very clear. And in this country, we no longer can speak plainly to each other. They have tried to make us afraid. No one dare molests them now. No one dare make them afraid. This is their hour, this is their time. You must be very clear and stand against this storm. You must be very, very clear.”
“I want you to know, people of the world, listen, listen. We outnumber them. The good people of all faith, color and creed, we outnumber the bad guys. Listen, people of Islamic faith, you outnumber the bad guys. You just have to stand up. And if you won’t, well, then there’s nothing we can do. As we have seen in Iraq, if you won’t stand up for your own freedom, America can’t come in and help you. You have to do it. And Americans, the same with you. If you won’t stand up and at least speak out against injustice — forget and freedom. Forget about freedom. What does it even mean? What most people want is justice. You want to see the bad guys go to jail. You want to see the good guys win. We live in a society now, we don’t even think the good guys win anymore. Can you really point to the good guys and the bad guys? It’s really getting difficult. Why? Because justice is fading,” he continued.
“We must speak of justice and mercy. And we must forget about the gun. To revolution is truly won with a gun. It is won with an idea. What is our idea? Win the hearts and minds with our ideas. And our ideas are, all men, all men are created equal and endowed by their cry voter with certain inalienable right, life, liberty and pursuit of happiness, that is our idea. And in support of that idea, we must pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.”
Watch Hitchens’s comments below: