Friday, August 24, 2007
I think Philips is a Zionist caricature mainly because in all my years and varied experiences I've never actually encountered anyone (not even secondhand) who expressed these kinds of thoughts. Even the people whom I might consider anti-Jewish don't traffick in this stuff but I have heard angry Jews shout this type of garbage. So, I suspect that Tom Philips is a Borat--a caricature created by a Zionist Jew like Sascha Baron Cohen as an "anti-anti-Semitism" tool. Cohen says Borat "lets people lower their guard and expose their own prejudice" but Borat also functions to create a false sense that mindless hatred of Jews is widely held and accepted, especially among the boorish masses, and thus requires extraordinary vigilance and countermeasures. This, of course, would be consistent with the role of fear in Jewish identity as discussed by Gilad Atzmon.