Arkiv for 8. april 2012

Henryk Broder revser Günter Grass

Worldcrunch har oversat Broders artikel, der stammer fra Die Welt:

‘A Well-Meaning, Educated Anti-Semite’ – Günter Grass Slammed For Israel-Iran Poem

Op-Ed: The 84-year-old German Nobel laureate’s new poem entitled “What Must Be Said” accuses Israel of plotting to destroy Iran, while acknowledging the risk of being dubbed anti-Semitic. Grass’s long-hidden stint as a teen member of the Nazi SS doesn’t help his case.

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By Henryk M. Broder

Günter Grass has written a poem called “Was gesagt werden muss” (What Must Be Said) that was published Wednesday in Germany by the Süddeutsche Zeitung daily. It starts off like this:

“Why do I keep quiet, I’ve been holding back too long…”

From these opening lines, some readers might think that the 84-year-old German Nobel literature laureate is finally about to explain why he kept quiet for so long about his stint with the Nazi SS. But that’s not the case: the moralizing poet has moved on. This time it’s about an immediate concern to us all. It’s about sheer survival.

Mere HER i Worldcrunch.


An Open Letter to Günter Grass

April 8, 2012 – by David P. Goldman

Herr Günter Grass:

By now you must be tired of hearing how shameful it is for a former SS man to denounce Israel as a threat to world peace at a time when the government of Iran (among others) publicly threatens to annihilate the Jewish state. It is obscene to suggest, as you did in your diatribe “What Must Be Said,” that Israel might “annihilate the Iranian people.” Now that we have that out of the way, I would to set you straight about your own country’s tragedy. It’s all your fault. Well, perhaps not exactly your fault, but the fault of your way of thinking and of people who thought like you. I am not talking about your enthusiastic service to the Nazis.  I am going to surprise you.

People tend to forget that you hate Germany and the Germans almost as much as you hate Israel and the Jews. When the Berlin Wall fell in 1989 and the disgusting German Democratic Republic collapsed, you will recall, you pleaded with your government to give this monster another lease on life — not to reunify Germany, but to keep the GDR intact. As I used to tell my German friends before Wiedervereinigung, if you Germans had been as smart as us Jews, you would have gotten your own national homeland right after the war, like we did. But you hate the Germans so much that you did not want them together in a single state. That doesn’t make us Jews feel any better, but your consistency is duly noted.

Mere HER i PJ Media.

Gunter Grass Shouldn’t Be Barred From Israel

by Alan M. Dershowitz – April 9, 2012

The decision by Israel’s Interior Minister to bar German writer, Gunter Grass, from entering the Jewish state is both foolish and self-defeating. Grass wrote an absurdly ignorant and perversely bigoted poem comparing Israel to Iran and declaring Israel to pose a great danger to world peace. He also warned Germany that by selling submarines to Israel, it is becoming complicit in a crime against humanity.

These wrong-headed views deserve to be rebutted on their demerits, as Israel’s Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, did quite effectively in his public response to Grass, by exposing his “shameful moral equivalence between Israel and Iran, a regime that denies the Holocaust and threatens to annihilate Israel,” by pointing out that “it is Iran, not Israel, that threatens other states with annihilation,” and that it is Iran who supports the Syrian regime’s crackdown of its people and “stones women, hangs gays and brutally represses tens of millions of its own citizens.” Grass’ poem has also been effectively critiqued by Israelis across the political and literary spectrum. That is as it should be in an open, vibrant democracy, accustomed to rancorous public debate. But a great nation, committed to freedom of expression and dissent, should not bar a critic, even a critic as bigoted as Grass, from its territory.

Mere HER hos Gatestone Institute. The Huffington Post her.

Günter Grass Goes From Bad to Verse

by Bruce Bawer on Apr 9th, 2012

The only surprising thing about the anti-Semitic “poem” that Günter Grass published last week, and that has created an international firestorm, is that he waited so long to write such a thing.  Anti-Semitism, after all, is all the rage these days among left-wing European literary intellectuals (excuse the multiple redundancy), and Grass has always prided himself on being in the forefront of these trends, not being a Johann-come-lately.

Who is Günter Grass, you ask?  For decades after the 1959 publication of his first and most famous (and highly overrated) novel, The Tin Drum, he was described by admirers as the conscience of postwar Germany.  His detractors had other words for him: smug, arrogant, obnoxious.  Even Richard Gilman, a writer for the left-wing The Nation whom one might have expected to celebrate the guy, complained in 1982 about his “lofty, hectoring tone,” stating: “Today there is no writer more swollen with self-importance…than Gunter Grass, who has begun to think of himself as identical with the fates of German literature, German politics, and German mores.”  John Updike, for his part, saw Grass as a “cautionary case” for politically engaged writers: “he can’t be bothered to write a novel; he just sends dispatches…from the front lines of his engagement.”

Mere HER i FrontPageMagazine.

Opdatering 12. april 2012:

The First Death of Günter Grass

Bernard-Henri Lévy – April 11, 2012

There is North Korea and its autistic tyrant, equipped with a by and large operational nuclear arsenal.

There is Pakistan, armed with warheads — no one knows how many, nor precisely where they are located, nor what guarantees we have that they will not, one day, fall into the hands of groups linked to Al Qaeda.

There is Putin’s Russia, which, in the space of two wars, has accomplished the exploit of exterminating a quarter of the population of Chechnya.

There is the butcher of Damascus, whose body count so far is at 10,000 and whose criminal stubbornness threatens the region’s peace.

Mere HER i Huffington Post. Kan også læses her hos Bernard-Henri Lévy.

Andre kilder: The Jerusalem Post, The Jerusalem Post, The Washington Post, Israel Hayom, The Telegraph, The Tablet,


Video: The Doha Debate om fætter-kusineægteskab

Eksperterne her klarer sig glimrende. Klar besked om fætter-kusineægteskabet. The Doha Debates skriver på sin hjemmeside:

The Doha Debates threw themselves into one of the Arab world’s most sensitive social issues, arguing the rights and wrongs of inter- marriage between blood relatives and voting overwhelmingly to discourage the practice.

In a lively session that featured geneticists and cultural commentators, speakers grappled repeatedly with the scientific and religious aspects of consanguineous marriage – the union of two biologically-related people, including, most controversially, first cousins.

Mere HER. Hele 81 procent mente, at man skal fraråde denne type ægteskaber. Fra BBC 20. marts 2012 – Tim Sebastian er ordstyrer:

Family marriages – The debate

This House believes marriage between close family members should be discouraged

Kan også høres som mp3 her.

Andre kilder: Prospect Journal, The Jerusalem PostThe Times of Israel, The Hindu, OnIslam, Dawn, Gulf Times, Zawya, International Conference on Consanguinity, Pakistan Today, FaithFreedom, FaithFreedom,

Artikler af Theodore Dalrymple

Dalrymple skriver om lidt af hvert. En konservativ af den gamle skole:

Symposium: Why Do Progressives Love Criminals?

Posted by Jamie Glazov on Mar 9th, 2012

In this special edition of Frontpage Symposium, we have assembled a distinguished panel to discuss the question: Why do progressives love criminals? The discussion will be based on Michelle Alexander’s book, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, which has just recently been released in paperback. Angela Davis’ Are Prisons Obsolete? will also serve as a specimen for analysis.

Our guests today are:

Christian Adams, an election lawyer who served in the Voting Rights Section at the U.S. Department of Justice. His bestselling book is Injustice: Exposing the Racial Agenda of the Obama Justice Department Visit his website at

Theodore Dalrymple, a retired doctor and psychiatrist, and the author of several books, among them the Life at the Bottom and Anything Goes.


Dr. Paul Hollander, the author or editor of fourteen books in political sociology and cultural-intellectual history. His books include Political Pilgrims, Anti-Americanism: Critiques at Home and Abroad, 1965-1990, and The End of Commitment.

Mere HER i FrontPageMagazine.

A Little “Respect” Goes a Long Way

The odious George Galloway wins a parliamentary election in Britain.

6 April 2012 – Theodore Dalrymple

A recent election to the parliamentary seat of Bradford, in the north of England, has caused alarm in British political circles. The election was won, not by a candidate from any of the major political parties, but by George Galloway of the Respect party. Galloway is well-known as a leftist gadfly with a tendency to buffoonery, an eye to the main chance, and a record of public obsequiousness toward Saddam Hussein. He flirts with Islamism and has been suspected of corruption, but he always wins his libel actions against newspapers. He has been married four times, thrice to Muslims.

No one can say that the resounding defeat of the main political parties (Galloway received 56 percent of the vote, the Labour candidate 25 percent, and the Conservative 8 percent) was undeserved. Almost everyone in the country, of whatever political stripe, now believes that the British political class is unprecedentedly corrupt, opportunist, careerist, and uninterested in the national welfare. No one minds, then, that the main parties should have been humiliated.

Mere HER i City Journal.

Scotland’s Choice

Independence could arouse national pride; it might also force self-sufficiency.

Theodore Dalrymple – 22 March 2012

City Journal Winter 2012The electoral success of the Scottish Nationalist Party has enabled it to demand a referendum on national independence next year, raising the distinct possibility of a break-up of the United Kingdom. The decline of the U.K.’s status and power in the world means that belonging to it is no longer a source of pride, but rather of embarrassment. What better way to extricate yourself from the guilt of the British Empire—to the establishment of which the Scots contributed disproportionately—than to join the ranks of the aggrieved colonized by means of your own nationalism?

Oddly enough, though, if the referendum on Scottish independence were held in England, it might result in a higher proportion of votes in favor than in Scotland. After all, if Scotland had been independent, England would have been spared dour, humorless, and incompetent Gordon Brown, first as chancellor of the exchequer (finance minister) and then as prime minister. Without his dim-witted efforts, the economic crisis in England would have been considerably less severe than it is.

Mere HER i City Journal.

Stoned yet again: the geriatrics who refuse to grow up

More and more of us behave act as if we want to be superannuated rock stars.

By Theodore Dalrymple – 05 Apr 2012

We live in an age of Peter Pan. It is not eternal childhood that we seek, however, but eternal adolescence; not perpetual innocence, but perpetual aggravation of the grown-ups. The problem is that there are fewer and fewer grown-ups left to aggravate.

The tenfold increase in the number of late-middle-aged people who smoke cannabis or take other drugs by comparison with the previous generation is but one manifestation of a widespread desire for eternal adolescence. Increasing numbers of people – especially men – on the verge of old age dress as in their youth, as if reluctant to acknowledge that their youth has passed.

Mere HER i The Telegraph.

It’s A Riot

by Theodore Dalrymple (April 2012)

When the riots in England that astonished the world (but not me) broke out, I happened to be in Brazil. Thanks to the demand for my opinion from around the world – but not from England – I am glad to say that I benefited economically more from the riots than the most assiduous looter. It is truly an ill-wind that blows nobody any good.

After the riots were over, the government appointed a commission to enquire into their causes. The members of this commission were appointed by all three major political parties, and it required no great powers of prediction to know what they would find: lack of opportunity, dissatisfaction with the police, bla-bla-bla.

Mere HER i The New English Review.

Commentary: Sickly sweet, and deadly

By Theodore Dalrymple.

Some men are born evil, some achieve evil and some have evil thrust upon them. Bashar al-Assad of Syria falls into the third category; but from the point of view of his victims, it hardly matters. For them, evil is evil and death is death. The psychological origins of a man’s crimes don’t make them less real or horrible to those who suffer from them.

The emails exchanged among the Syrian dictator, his wife and their immediate circle, published by the Guardian this week with good but not legally probative evidence that they are genuine, are those of a band of people physically insulated from the hardships and horrors of their own country and who are given alternately to self-pitying sentimentality and callous flippancy. In other words, the emails are entirely plausible as a picture of the life in the court of Bashar al-Assad.

Mere HER i The Times Colonist eller her i The Telegraph.

Andre Kilder: The Daily Mail, The American Thinker, The Daily Express, The New Criterion,

Video: Francis Fukuyama om “The Origins of Political Order” – igen

Fukuyama har en særegen opfattelse af Danmark, – vi får en ny udlægning hver gang. Islam er lidt af et tabu for Fukuyama, – der skal et spørgsmål til, før det emne kommer op.

Noget af denne forelæsning er hørt før, andet er nyt. Fra AEI den 2. april 2012 – lyden glipper et par sekunder, men bliver straks ordnet:

The Origins of Political Order

Andre kilder: RealClearPolitics,


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