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Sobran's Jewish obsession

By Charles A. Morse
web posted August 19, 2002

In the newsletter "Sobran's" (8/02), conservative columnist Joe Sobran writes "For Fear of the Jews" which is based upon a speech he delivered last June to the "Institute of Historical Review." The IHR website offers, among other treatises, "a revisionist perspective on a wide range of historical issues including the "Holocaust," Auschwitz, World War II, Hitler, the Palestine/Israel conflict, Zionism, and the "Jewish question." The Jew obsessed IHR, founded by, among others, accused KGB agent Willis Carto, is at the vanguard of a movement that questions the legitimacy of the Nazi Holocaust against the Jews of Europe.

The IHR challenges the 6 million figure commonly associated with the number of Jews liquidated by the Nazis. Whether the actual figure was 6 million, 5 million, or, more probably closer to 7 million really misses the central and irrefutable point that the Nazis planned and systematically carried out the genocide. The fact that over 50 years later people passing themselves off as serious scholars would insist on challenging this historic event is both grotesque and sick. Joe Sobran, an otherwise serious thinker, must have no idea how hateful and hurtful such disreputable revisionism is to Jews, nor does he probably care.

In order to pull off such a colossal fraud as fabricating the Holocaust, as the reasoning goes, Jews would have to have been in control of much of the world from behind the scenes. Maybe powerful Jews got together (at a Catskills resort perhaps?) and cooked up this whole idea of selling the Holocaust. Their bizarre conspiracy theory would however, at some point, beg for a motive so the salient question is why on earth would Jews invent such a ghastly story? What could possibly be gained from such a tale? Sobran and his IHR friends, of whom he claims "many years of acquaintance," seem to see themselves as martyrs in a valiant attempt at exposing the alleged conspiracy.


In his article Sobran comes as close as anyone in answering this curious question when he asserts, "the chief use of the Holocaust story is to undergird the legitimacy of the state of Israel." In Sobran's fecund imagination, Israel somehow needs "legitimacy" the premise of which implies that the Zionist movement, an organic movement that is integral to Judaism and is a modern expression of the right of the Jews to exercise sovereignty in their national homeland, is somehow illegitimate. Most fair-minded Americans, steeped in a tradition of respect for the right of self-determination, understand and respect Israel's right to exist as a Jewish state. Americans, and most Israeli's until the recent terror, also recognized, albeit begrudgingly, the need to carve out yet another Arab state on the West Bank and Gaza as a means toward peace.

Sobran darkly insinuates that sinister Jewish forces are trying to prevent him and others from criticizing Israel. I beg to differ. The establishment liberal media, I would contend, has been if anything extremely critical of Israel. I've been criticized, in certain quarters, for my articles on Israel's weakness in responding to the present conflict. Sobran's criticism of Israel is more extestential than policy driven, which, contrary to his Jewish complex, is why the vast majority of Americans reject his views. His friends at the IHR, however, are presently boasting over the fact that a Saudi Arabian paper is carrying one of their articles on "the Jewish Lobby."

Sobran insists, "Israel has been a costly and treacherous 'ally' to the United States. As of last September 11" he writes," I should think that is undeniable." Did Israel send in the hijackers? How has Israel been "treacherous" to the US? Perhaps Sobran buys the Islamist line that the US got what it deserved on September 11 for supporting Israel. Maybe he thinks that by dumping Israel, the US will appease Islamic terror. Americans support Israel as it faces a colossal and oil-rich Islamic world bent on its destruction. Yes, perhaps American interests would be better served if Israel were dumped, a country with little money and no oil after all, but somehow, Americans still rally to its support. Has it occurred to Sobran and his ilk that Americans might be responding to more impulses that are more complex than just obtaining easy money? Perhaps Americans, perish the thought, may even be supporting Israel out of spiritual convictions.

Chuck Morse hosts a radio program on Salem Radio/WROL in Boston.

Other related stories: (open in a new window)

  • Joe Sobran: Anti-Jewish? by Charles A. Morse (April 29, 2002)
    Charles A. Morse has long enjoyed Joe Sobran's work but a recent column has him questioning the beliefs of the former National Review editor

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