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Niall Ferguson, Antisemitism and Islamophobia

Published: 15/08/2011 04:34:00 PM GMT
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People like Niall Ferguson, Melanie Phillips and Douglas Murray are constantly raving on about antisemitism and about how the Jewish people are under attack. It is curious to notice the curious similarities between the brand of hate they spew and the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, that hateful antisemitic pamphlet that became so popular among haters of the Jewish people since the last years of the 19th century.

If you watch on YouTube this discussion with Niall Ferguson, or read some his writings, like for example this ghastly thing you may notice a strange thing about this person's ideas, an amazing contradiction. People like Niall Ferguson, Melanie Phillips and Douglas Murray are constantly raving on about antisemitism and about how the Jewish people are under attack.

It is curious to notice the curious similarities between the brand of hate that they spew and the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, that hateful antisemitic pamphlet that became so popular among haters of the Jewish people since the last years of the 19th century.

Prejudice will always find a way to invade the minds of a population; to mistreat outsiders seems to be coded into human nature. The idea of “those outsiders are planning to take over the World” has been visited and repeated throughout history by bigots from the earliest days of man. In this modern version of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, the Star of David has been replaced by the Islamic crescent moon.

In this version of the modern world that has been presented by Niall Ferguson and other conservative pseudo-journalists in English, Muslims are invading Europe, coming into the continent in droves, helped by presidents and governments sympathetic to Islam, or that may in fact be “secret Muslims.” Eventually, at the rate at which Muslims are reproducing they will become the majority of the European continent, turning Christians and Jews into second-class citizens enslaved under the yoke of Shariah law. Every woman will be forced to wear a burka, every mean will be forced to grow a beard. They also imply, or go so far as to outright say that this is part of a purposeful plan that has been breeding within every member of Islam for centuries, that this is a systematic and carefully planed takeover of Europe and its people. To anyone it should be obvious that the above is completely absurd.

What is completely perplexing is how Niall Ferguson, who is so opposed to attacks on Judaism and should be intimately familiar with the themes and lies in the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, could extoll and publicly promote ideas that are so similar (and in many respects practically identical) than those from the antisemitic texts. The contradiction in what this man says and his actions is patently obvious, a fact that makes one suspect his motives for slandering and attacking Islam publicly. One would think that Niall Ferguson is not motivated by a sincere worry for the future of the English people, rather by greed and the amassing of wealth by saying whatever will make him popular with the conservative crowd. While Niall Ferguson seems to be an intelligent individual that has the capacity to understand the ridiculousness of his statements, it is worrying to think of the very real consequences that his spread of these Islamophobic ideas could bring. After all, it only takes one truly unbalanced individual, motivated unlike Niall Ferguson not by greed but by ignorance and madness, to turn these irresponsible accusations into violent and tragic acts.




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