“I think if Thomas Jefferson were looking down, the author of the Bill of Rights, on what’s being proposed here, he’d agree with it. He would agree that the First Amendment cannot be absolute.” - Chuck Schumer (D). Yet, Madison and Mason wrote the Bill of Rights, according to Sheila Jackson Lee, 400 years ago. Yup, it's a fact.
Jews aren't in any way more special than tartars are. And tartars were targeted and intimidated before the referendum in Crimea, over 200k of them, and they were denied the chance to vote in the referendum too. Why? To crush dissent. To make sure that nobody voices an opposing point of view. to make it seem that all of crimea was in one mind.
It's the same now in eastern ukraine with the regions that are very unstable and full of pro-russian activists. Only now, it's with jews because jewish groups have voiced pro-ukrainian comments and stances and hence, like the tartars in Crimea, they have to be silenced. The eastern part of Ukraine must be seen as being overwhelmingly pro-russian. So it has nothing to do with anti-semitism.
Again, I repeat myself. I'm not saying that every single individual who is taking part in intimidating and silencing opposition voices has no anti-semitic sentiments. I'm saying that the principle reason for this action is to silence dissent. if the jewish groups in Ukraine had voiced pro-russian sentiments instead of pro-ukranian ones, the jews in eastern ukraine wouldn't have been targetted.
So it's not anti-semitic motivation. It's censorship. there must be no dissent.
Last edited by Cardinal; 04-17-14 at 02:05 PM.
You tell Ockham to read, but you yourself should read. You stated that
"And in the end, we were all just humans, drunk on the idea that love, only love, could heal our brokenness."
Look. Let me try and explain this in the easiest fashion possible.
A word to describe strong sentiments against tartars would be anti-tartarism. Yes? Now if someone were to come with a news saying "anti-tartarist sentiments are on the rise in Crimea", you'd probably shrug your shoulders and say "Well, someone should do something about that because discrimination is bad". But if a news piece comes with the text "anti-semitic sentiments are on the rise in eastern ukraine", you reaction, conditioned by a number of factors would be "OMG, HOLOCAUST, HOLOCAUST, DO SOMETHING IT'S HAPPENING AGAIN". And that sort of response can be a justified one at times. However. This is not one of those times.
This is one of those times when automatism is bad because it prevents you from understanding the reality of the situation.
If I was in charge of getting rid of dissent in an area, what I'd do is that i'd start with the easiest targets to intimidate that may be the most likely people to cause trouble. And I look around in eastern ukraine and I see a handful of tartars... ok, lets send some people to make sure they shut up because they're afraid. And I see some jews and I know that jewish groups for over a month, have actively voiced pro-ukranian sentiments... so I say lets go shut them up too just in case they may be like the other jews. It's not about anti-semitism because i'm not targetting jews for the jewishness, I'm targetting them because they're the most likely candidates for causing dissenting statements. And I can't have that because it must seem that ALL people in eastern ukraine want to go to Russia or be independent or autonomous or something. But not ukranian. And people who voice a different opinion need to be shut up. It's a very simple case of censorship of the masses. And you start with shutting up the easiest people to shut up and work your way to the more stubborn ones or the ones who are harder to find. Like pro-ukranian ukrainians or pro-ukranian russians.
Everyone who may issue anti-russian sentiments needs to be silenced. there are no special allowances or special measures taken against jews. It just seems that there because people use terms like anti-semitic attacks to automate a response in people. And while it may be beneficial to have people more concerned about what is happening in eastern ukraine and draw attention to the situation, it's doing it by provoking the wrong path. It's putting up the discrimination that jewish people are facing in eastern ukraine as above the discrimination that other people who may/are pro-ukrainian by using a word that has strong connotations. When in fact, it's not about ethnicity, it's about censorship. People who don't fall in line need to shut up and make it seem like all eastern ukraine wants to go to russia.
It's distorting reality. And if we start distorting reality, how can we possbilty understand what is going on there? We can't. So lets be factual about things and then understand what is happening.
Read above and try and understand.