A good read (and a good history lesson). Katz for a long time has shined a highly critical light on American dealings w/ Haiti. (His piece "The King and Queen of Haiti" takes the Clintons to task for their involvement there.) Truth is, Haiti has been treated viciously by larger powers through its whole history, first by the French, and then by the US starting w/ Woodrow Wilson. If the US weren't in the business of ruining other countries, perhaps then it would be slightly less unbearable for Haitians to have the US president criticize them for being ruined.
Also, how telling is it that no one can quite decide whether or not this is true?
It seems pretty likely to be true, IMO.
The problem is Trump has zero credibility, because he has a history not just with dishonesty in general, but specifically w/ saying things and then denying he ever said them.
"He knew what he was getting into." Remember that one? It had three different people corroborating the story (four if you count John Kelly).
"The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive." Trump denied that one too, even though it's posted on Twitter where everyone can see it.
If anyone thinks we should give him the benefit of the doubt with these things, I'd love to know why.
There are two very different Irans - the Iran of the government and the Iran of the average citizen.
Yes, and I think that's been true for a long, long time.
A friend of mine was a Peace Corps volunteer in Iran in the 1960s. He said the Iranians at the time absolutely loved JFK. They made Persian carpets with his initials embroidered on them. The US represented what Iranians wanted so desperately for their own country.
And I think many Iranians today still have a highly positive view of the US, despite the feuding between our governments. Of course, it's only the latter that gets the attention, by and large.
I dunno if I'd say one particular form of racism is more toxic than any other; all forms of racism are toxic and irrational for the same reason, IMO.
That said, anti-semitism might be somewhat unique in being rooted in so many contradictions. The Jewish people have variously been charged with being too tribal, too cosmopolitan, too religious, too secular/atheist, too capitalist, too communist, etc. It makes one see how the specific stereotypes are just excuses to lay blame; they couldn't all possibly be rooted in any sort of reality.
As for your question:
How can we prevent the destructive and irrational hysteria of anti-semitism from taking hold, in the increasingly dangerous political times in which we live ?
Unfortunately, I think history has shown pretty clearly that this stuff never really goes away. But you might find this lecture to be of some interest:
So, rob believes we should do this because it's time to deal with the reality. Okay, cool. Like I said, if some competent POTUS had decided that, I might question it but wait and see how it turns out. In Trump's case, yeah, I'm gonna criticize it because if it doesn't turn out to be a mistake, that will be purely Trump's good fortune, not because he actually thought it out as deeply as anyone on this board did.
Yes, I think everyone here can agree we're all better at this stuff than the President.