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J'ACCUSE
National Review Online ^ | 3/12/2003 | David Frum

Posted on 03/12/2003 8:32:08 AM PST by hchutch

“J’Accuse” is the title of one of the most famous polemics of the century – Emile Zola’s 1898 open letter accusing the leaders of the French Army of deliberately framing Col. Alfred Dreyfus. Zola's letter takes its title from the ringing paragraphs at the finale:

“I accuse Lt. Col. du Paty de Clam ... I accuse General Mercier ... I accuse General Billot ... etc.”

Dreyfus was of course Jewish, and the battle between the Dreyfusards and anti-Dreyfusards quickly transformed itself into a grand argument over the place of Jews in France. The anti-Dreyfusards regarded Jews as inherently alien and disloyal by definition. Facts never mattered much to them: When it was finally proven that one of the documents that condemned Dreyfus had in fact been falsified by the Army, a leading anti-Dreyfusard named Charles Maurras hailed the “heroic forgery.”

As little as they liked Dreyfus, however, the anti-Dreyfusards liked Emile Zola if possible even less. They charged him with libel, prosecuted, and convicted him – many of them threatened to murder him; they succeeded instead in driving him into exile. He died in 1902 under suspicious circumstances; some believe he was murdered in retaliation for his defense of Dreyfus. So it is really rather a perverse triumph for the author of “J’Accuse” that the anti-Dreyfusards of our day now seek to borrow Zola’s words.

Yet there they are in the current issue of The American Conservative under the byline of Pat Buchanan.

“We charge that a cabal of polemicists and public officials seek to ensnare our country in a series of wars that are not in America’s interests. We charge them with colluding with Israel to ignite those wars and destroy the Oslo Accords. We charge them with deliberately damaging U.S. relations with every state in the Arab world that defies Israel or supports the Palestinian people’s right to a homeland of their own. We charge that they have alienated friends and allies all over the Islamic and Western world through their arrogance, hubris, and bellicosity.”

Buchanan’s authority to decide which wars are in America’s interest and which are not is rather badly tarnished by his own opposition to the liberation of Kuwait in 1991 and the opposition of many of his neo-isolationist pals to the campaign against the Taliban. Even more bizarre is this sudden concern for "friends and allies" from a man who has spent the past decade and a half denying that America needed either.

More on all that for another day. In the meantime, here is a rewriting of “J’Accuse” that is perhaps more in keeping with the ideals and principles of its original author, who – though a lifelong man of the Left – was always a patriot.

“We charge that a cabal of writers who misuse the title of ‘conservatives’ are rallying to defend an Iraqi dictator who has waged war on American allies, attempted to assassinate an American president, fired on American aircraft, and who is now arming to threaten Americans with mass murder.

“We charge them with making common cause with left-wing radicals and radical Islamists, former communists and other people who hate the United States – all in order to prematurely halt the war on terror and preserve the Iraqi dictator’s rule.

“We charge them with forgetting George Washington’s warning in his Farewell Address against ‘habitual hatred’ for any nation – and instead allowing their unreasoning loathing of the Jewish state to lead them into what Washington condemned as a ‘passionate attachment’ to Baathist Iraq.

“We charge them with disregarding their wartime duty to lay aside their prejudices and resentments for the sake of the common good. We charge them with attempting to undermine a conservative Republican president in a moment of national emergency. We charge them with acting as excuse-makers for America’s enemies. We charge them with failing to put America first.”


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KEYWORDS: buchanan; frum; jaccuse
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David Frum's response to Pat Buchanan. The truth's gonna leave a mark.
1 posted on 03/12/2003 8:32:08 AM PST by hchutch
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To: Poohbah; Miss Marple; section9; Dog; Howlin; PhiKapMom; Luis Gonzalez; mhking; rdb3; JohnHuang2; ...
FYI ping.
2 posted on 03/12/2003 8:35:16 AM PST by hchutch ("Last suckers crossed, Syndicate shot'em up" - Ice-T, "I'm Your Pusher")
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To: hchutch
Buchanen has been anti-semitic for a long time. Apparently, Nixon shared that anti-semitism given his recently revealed comments to Billy Graham. Billy repented of his anti-semitic words spoken to curry favor with Nixon.

Fortunately, Nixon was a Rino (read: liberal who imposed price controls) and no conservative.

True conservatives don't hold race, color, religion against a person. They know that each have been endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights.

3 posted on 03/12/2003 8:37:51 AM PST by xzins (Babylon, you have been weighed in the balance and been found wanting!)
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To: hchutch
This is a world-class bitch-slap to Buchanan.
4 posted on 03/12/2003 8:38:09 AM PST by Poohbah (Beware the fury of a patient man -- John Dryden)
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To: hchutch
Pat's “J’Accuse” = J'Ihad

Muslamos have a smile on their faces today and will be copying and pasting Pat's "J'Ihad" onto their websites
5 posted on 03/12/2003 8:39:38 AM PST by dennisw ( http://www.littlegreenfootballs.com/weblog/weblog.php)
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To: hchutch
Good for Frum. I have book marked to use whenever one of Bucky Buck Wheat's legions attack our president.



“We charge that a cabal of writers who misuse the title of ‘conservatives’ are rallying to defend an Iraqi dictator who has waged war on American allies, attempted to assassinate an American president, fired on American aircraft, and who is now arming to threaten Americans with mass murder.


“We charge them with making common cause with left-wing radicals and radical Islamists, former communists and other people who hate the United States – all in order to prematurely halt the war on terror and preserve the Iraqi dictator’s rule.


“We charge them with forgetting George Washington’s warning in his Farewell Address against ‘habitual hatred’ for any nation – and instead allowing their unreasoning loathing of the Jewish state to lead them into what Washington condemned as a ‘passionate attachment’ to Baathist Iraq.


“We charge them with disregarding their wartime duty to lay aside their prejudices and resentments for the sake of the common good. We charge them with attempting to undermine a conservative Republican president in a moment of national emergency. We charge them with acting as excuse-makers for America’s enemies. We charge them with failing to put America first.”


6 posted on 03/12/2003 8:40:59 AM PST by Grampa Dave (Stamp out Freepathons! Stop being a Freep Loader! Become a monthly donor!)
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Pat's “J’Accuse” = J'Ihad

OUTSTANDING!

Post of the day nomination!

7 posted on 03/12/2003 8:41:25 AM PST by Poohbah (Beware the fury of a patient man -- John Dryden)
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To: SJackson; Yehuda; veronica; dennisw
You may want read and then bookmark David Frum's article for use with those who hate Israel/Jews and our president and wrap themselves in pseudo conservative names.



“We charge that a cabal of writers who misuse the title of ‘conservatives’ are rallying to defend an Iraqi dictator who has waged war on American allies, attempted to assassinate an American president, fired on American aircraft, and who is now arming to threaten Americans with mass murder.


“We charge them with making common cause with left-wing radicals and radical Islamists, former communists and other people who hate the United States – all in order to prematurely halt the war on terror and preserve the Iraqi dictator’s rule.


“We charge them with forgetting George Washington’s warning in his Farewell Address against ‘habitual hatred’ for any nation – and instead allowing their unreasoning loathing of the Jewish state to lead them into what Washington condemned as a ‘passionate attachment’ to Baathist Iraq.


“We charge them with disregarding their wartime duty to lay aside their prejudices and resentments for the sake of the common good. We charge them with attempting to undermine a conservative Republican president in a moment of national emergency. We charge them with acting as excuse-makers for America’s enemies. We charge them with failing to put America first.”


8 posted on 03/12/2003 8:45:47 AM PST by Grampa Dave (Stamp out Freepathons! Stop being a Freep Loader! Become a monthly donor!)
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To: Poohbah
8 brain cells had to die for that one!
9 posted on 03/12/2003 8:46:05 AM PST by dennisw ( http://www.littlegreenfootballs.com/weblog/weblog.php)
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To: Poohbah
Preliminary BDA on David Frum's column:
High-order detonation on target with multiple secondaries. CEP is Zero.
10 posted on 03/12/2003 8:47:17 AM PST by hchutch ("Last suckers crossed, Syndicate shot'em up" - Ice-T, "I'm Your Pusher")
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To: xzins
Amen to this remark by you! True conservatives don't hold race, color, religion against a person. They know that each have been endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights.
11 posted on 03/12/2003 8:47:34 AM PST by Grampa Dave (Stamp out Freepathons! Stop being a Freep Loader! Become a monthly donor!)
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To: dennisw
BAH!

Four thousand brain cells can be killed in a single night by a running man (if he has a decent single-malt)!
12 posted on 03/12/2003 8:48:02 AM PST by Poohbah (Beware the fury of a patient man -- John Dryden)
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To: hchutch
A more appropriate BDA for the FR community:

"Them blowed up good. Them blowed up REAL good."
13 posted on 03/12/2003 8:48:51 AM PST by Poohbah (Beware the fury of a patient man -- John Dryden)
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To: Grampa Dave
Right you are! And Christians were enjoined to be free of prejudice in Acts 10, the story of Cornelius the Centurion.
14 posted on 03/12/2003 8:51:00 AM PST by MoralSense
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To: Poohbah
Good for Frum. Buchanan's editorial made me ill. I'm not Jewish, and I've got no particular attachment to the state of Israel. But I support the effort to oust this scumbag dictator who breached a ceasefire obtained at the cost of American lives. And I deeply resent Buchanan's implicit accusation that I'm just a stooge of the jews for feeling that way.
15 posted on 03/12/2003 8:52:38 AM PST by XJarhead
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To: MoralSense
Thanks for the excellent cite.
16 posted on 03/12/2003 8:54:07 AM PST by Grampa Dave (Stamp out Freepathons! Stop being a Freep Loader! Become a monthly donor!)
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To: XJarhead
Local Jew Feels Left Out of Worldwide Jewish Conspiracy
The Onion
April 30, 1997

http://members.tripod.com/~jewishjokes/JEW-CONSP.HTM

SOUTHFIELD, MI--It is an hour past sunset on a brisk Thursday night, and, like their brethren around the globe, the Jews of this affluent Detroit suburb are gathered in synagogues, busily hatching plots for world domination through financial chicanery and media influence. But for Seth Nussbaum, it will be just another lonely evening.

"For some reason, they've decided to leave me out of the worldwide Jewish conspiracy," said Nussbaum, a 34-year-old computer programmer. "And I can't say it doesn't hurt."

While his fellow Jews are controlling the flow of billions of dollars of international currency and brokering multi million-dollar entertainment deals, on this quiet night Nussbaum is making himself a frozen pizza and watching ER, far removed from any money beyond the $28,000 annual salary he receives from his job at Cyntech Industries.

"Who's to say I wouldn't enjoy hoarding a little gold every now and then?" he said, his voice tinged with bitterness. "Believe me, I'd love to be able to sneak around behind the scenes like the Elders of Zion, pulling the strings and holding the real power in society. But I guess when it comes to working the Jerusalem-New York-L.A. triangle, I just wasn't one of the chosen people."

Unlike millions of other Jews around the world, Nussbaum holds no sway over the media, has no powerful friends within the Wall Street banking community or the Trilateral Commission, and has never run a major Hollywood studio.

In fact, Nussbaum doesn't even own so much as his own production company. "Spielberg, Geffen, Ovitz, Eisner, Katzenberg--those are the Jews who control Hollywood," Nussbaum said. "And there's countless other Jews calling the shots at every level of the entertainment industry, from agents to producers to directors. But me? I probably couldn't even get the studio backing for a $15 to $20 million romantic comedy with a mid-level star like Matthew Broderick."

And despite being a regular subscriber to The New York Times for seven years, Nussbaum has no powerful connections among the Jews who own that and every other newspaper in the United States.

"As a left-leaning Jew, I should enjoy vast influence over the press. I should be able use the papers and television stations I own to forward my biased, liberal Jewish agenda and get Israel-supporting Democratic candidates elected to Congress," said Nussbaum, sitting on the old futon he uses as a couch. "But somehow, that's just not the case."

Spurned by his own kind, Nussbaum has not even been able to gain admittance into a secondary world-domination conspiracy like the Masons. "They turned down my application," he said, sighing deeply, "when they found out I was Jewish. I guess for now I'll just have to resign myself to being Seth Nussbaum, computer programmer and powerless Jew."
17 posted on 03/12/2003 8:54:44 AM PST by Poohbah (Beware the fury of a patient man -- John Dryden)
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To: hchutch
Sean Hannity fielded a nutcase call on last night's radio show. Hannity called the guy anti-Semitic and said he needed a shrink.

But Hannity sort of botched the whole thing when he said that Buchanan does not hold the views which the caller has. Evidently, Buchanan does hold those very views.

18 posted on 03/12/2003 8:56:38 AM PST by the_doc
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To: xzins
Buchanen has been anti-semitic for a long time.

Did you hear Imus this morning?

He was talking about Buchanen with David Gregory. Imus told Gregory that Buchanen had lost a relative in the German concentration camps.

He fell off of a guard tower.

19 posted on 03/12/2003 8:57:14 AM PST by TC Rider (The United States Constitution 1791. All Rights Reserved.)
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To: Poohbah
Four thousand brain cells can be killed in a single night by a running man (if he has a decent single-malt)!

Only if he has sharpened his blade previously.

A man sharpens knives to be used for slaughtering animals in Sukkur 480 km (300 miles) from Karachi February 9, 2003. Muslims all over the world will celebrate Eid-al-Adha this week by slaughtering sheep, goats cows and camels. In Pakistan hundreds of thousands of animals will be slaughtered during the three-day Muslim festival of Eid-al-Adha commencing from Wednesday and their meat will be distributed among poor. Picture taken February 9, 2003. REUTERS/Jahangir Khan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A man sharpens knives to be used for slaughtering animals in Sukkur 480 km (300 miles) from Karachi February 9, 2003. Muslims all over the world will celebrate Eid-al-Adha this week by slaughtering sheep, goats cows and camels. In Pakistan hundreds of thousands of animals will be slaughtered during the three-day Muslim festival of Eid-al-Adha commencing from Wednesday and their meat will be distributed among poor. Picture taken February 9, 2003. REUTERS/Jahangir Khan

20 posted on 03/12/2003 8:57:42 AM PST by dennisw ( http://www.littlegreenfootballs.com/weblog/weblog.php)
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