Friday, October 31, 2008

Can't Wait to See What America Will Be Like...

Wrong on South Africa - and what else?

Hard on Ilana Mercer’s lucid summary here of the upcoming South African disaster: Black Rule Brings Inevitable To South Africa. New York Times Reports It, Sort Of. October 19 2008 comes high-quality proof: South Africa’s Jews have accelerated their rate of departure.

The euphoria that permeated all sectors of the South African population with its first democratic election in 1994 has degenerated into widespread pessimism with the forced resignation of President Thabo Mbeki….With the election of the controversial Jacob Zuma as president of the African National Congress at the party’s national congress at the end of last year, many young Jews are thinking about emigrating.

Amid political turmoil, emigration from South Africa is again on rise By Suzanne Belling JTA 10/23/08

After leveling off for several years, Jewish emigration from South Africa again is on the rise…While no exact statistics figures are available — emigres generally do not make their permanent departure official — the Israel Center at the South African Zionist Federation sees a 300 percent increase in aliyah over last year’s 178 emigrants…. From a peak of 120,000 in the 1970s, the South African Jewish population has declined to approximately 75,000 today

From the American point of view the interesting and significant point is that the South African Jewish community was crucially involved for many years in the effort to overthrow Apartheid. This was the system of racial political control by which the Dutch-descended Afrikaners, the majority of the white community, endeavored in the latter half of the 20th Century to entrench their domination of the country. For example, Helen Suzman was for 13 years the only anti-Apartheid member of the South African Parliament. Joe Slovo, a life-long Communist, was a decisive influence in the main Black political movement, the African National Congress, which today effectively monopolizes political power in the country.

In their optimistic view of what Black rule would do for South Africa, these people and their community were totally wrong, and the Afrikaners totally right – for obvious and well-known reasons.

Ironically, the South African Jewish community is and has always been ardently Zionist, supporting the Israelis in building the type of ethnocentric community they denied to their Afrikaner hosts.

This is food for thought in contemplating the overwhelming support the Hedge Fund community is giving Barack Obama. As I pointed I have pointed out, to a large degree this arises from the heavily Jewish nature of this “industry”.

Unfortunately, as the example of the dying South African Jewish community shows, consensus Jewish political enthusiasms have a history of being disastrously ill judged - and even lethal to themselves.

Let alone to the rest of their countrymen .

Though there are obviously are exceptions, the same pattern is evident with the "jewish community' here - ardent support of Israel and Zionism, AND multiculturalism and policies DESIGNED to make whites a minority in America. Curious.

I don't think it represents the views of "Jews" at large - any more than the far left views of the Episcopal Church represent the views of the parishioners (indeed, judged by the diminishing membership, it seems to be in opposition to it). Rather, I think it represents the views of the Jewish elite, and in turn the pundits generated by their think tanks.

In addition this duplicitous ethnic posturing is the norm for all ethnic groups - an in group vs out group strategy -

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I think that people are forgetting that for years, black people in South Africa were denied opportunities to advance, financially, educationally, socially, basically in any way possible. This created serious social inequalities that the new government had to deal with, basically trying to rectify a situation that had been about a hundred years in the making.

Look at Afghanistan, Columbia, Russia, look at any place where there are such large income disparities and you will see that it causes instability.

Its not that Africans are not capable of ruling its that the previous governments had left some serious problems to contend with.

That aside if you look at the history of the US after slavery was abolished, ie there was also a lot of instability then, how to or whether or not to or to what degree to integrate non white people into the fabric of American life, and understand that it has taken nearly 150 years to right 400 years of slavery and disenfranchisement so to assume that they are underperforming because they are black is wrong.