Assume, for the sake of argument, that Mel Gibson's drunken anti-Semitic tirade makes him an unrequited, unrepentant Jew-hater.
Barbara Walters, co-host of the "The View," denounced Gibson. The woman who once called brutal dictator Fidel Castro "sexy" announced that she refuses to see another Mel Gibson film. One powerful, well-known Hollywood agent urged Hollywood to "shun" Gibson. A major producer, in an anti-Gibson paid newspaper ad, said, "When I was making movies, there was something called a 'morals' clause in actors [sic] contracts. Doesn't that still exist?" One rabbi told me that Gibson's rant -- that "Jews cause all the wars" -- appears to have been "thought out."
Do Gibson's critics truly believe that a sober Gibson thinks "Jews cause all wars"? All of them? Remember, Gibson starred and directed "Braveheart," an Oscar-winning film about a war between the Scots and the British. Does a sober Mel Gibson believe that Jews caused that one? What about America's Revolutionary War? Or England's Civil War, or America's War Between the States, or the Peloponnesian War, or . . . ?
The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) denounced former Sen. Fritz Hollings, D-S.C., who opposed the Iraq war. Hollings blamed the war on Israel, stating, "With Iraq no threat, why invade a sovereign country? The answer: President Bush's policy to secure Israel. . . . [S]preading democracy in the Mideast to secure Israel would take the Jewish vote from the Democrats." The ADL's Abraham Foxman said, "This is reminiscent of age-old, anti-Semitic canards about a Jewish conspiracy to control and manipulate government."
Tell me, Hollywood, why does "documentarian" Michael Moore get a pass? Moore, speaking to an audience in Liverpool, England, denounced the war in Iraq, arguing that America entered into it because of "the oil companies, Israel, Halliburton." Weren't former Sen. Hollings and Moore making the same point -- that Israel exerts undue influence over America's politicians, forcing America into a war for Israel's national security, rather than our own? When Hollings says it, the ADL denounced it as a slur. But when Moore -- represented by a powerful Jewish agent -- says the same thing, nothing.