The popular 20th Century Jewish American novelist Edna Ferber once wrote "the United States seems to be the Jews among nations. It is resourceful adaptable, maligned, envied and feared... its peoples are travelers and wanderers by nature, moving shifting, restless."
Sadly enough, recent events have proven that Ferber was right. The Jewish people and the United States have a lot in common, both are successful, resourceful, adaptable, highly creative, inventive and hated. Like the Jews, Americans are increasingly the objects of hatred, fear, jealousy, bigotry, prejudice, violence and terror from all corners of the globe and the political spectrum.
In particular, America and Americans are now the target of a vicious, irrational, destructive, well-organized, well-defined, popular and widespread campaign of hatred, prejudice and hysteria similar to that directed against the Jews before World War II. Anti-Americanism has become as popular and as widespread as anti-Semitism was in the 1920s and 30s and its effects could be just as destructive and as tragic as the wave of anti-Semitism that gave rise to Adolph Hitler and the Final Solution.
The historical analogies between anti-Semitism in the first half of the 20th Century and anti-Americanism today are absolutely bone chilling. In the early 1920s, all of the world's problems were blamed on the Jews. The Jews had somehow started World War I, Jewish bankers had financed the Russian Revolution, Communism was a Jewish conspiracy to enslave the world, the Jews had somehow engineered Germany's defeat in 1918, Jewish artists and intellectuals were responsible for the decline of culture and morality, Jewish businessmen were responsible for all the problems of capitalism and the troubles of the poor. This was nonsense but it was widely believed even by the most educated and respected of people.
Today, the problems of nations and peoples all over the world are blamed upon America. The collapse of the Argentine economy, human rights violations committed by Latin American dictators in the 1960s, 70s and 80s, vicious and oppressive governments in the Arab nations, starvation and poverty in Africa, are all blamed on America. The crack cocaine epidemic and the AIDS virus are both blamed upon the CIA. Some anti-American bigots even had the audacity to blame the Sept. 11, atrocity on the United States.
This nonsense is spread all over the world by the entertainment and news media. Many of these myths have become tenets of faith among the world's intellectuals. Hollywood movies, Arab newspapers, American network television and scholarly books are full of absurd anti-American conspiracy theories which are treated as historical facts. On a more basic level Americans and America are always portrayed as shallow, arrogant, imperialistic, violent and evil.
Americans should be afraid of this anti-Americanism because the tolerance of anti-Semitism among respectable European society in the late 19th and early 20th centuries led to Nazism and the Holocaust. In the 1890s, educated and respectable Germans including the personal chaplain to Kaiser Wilhelm II, Germany's Emperor, promoted anti-Semitism. A decade later Austrian politicians were winning elections by blaming their nation's problems on the Jews. By the 1930s Nazi storm troopers were terrorizing Jews in the streets and Anti-Semitic laws were being passed. By the 1940s, Germans were herding hundreds of thousands of Jews into gas chambers and machine gunning hundreds of Jews outside Russian cities.
Anti-Americanism, like anti-Semitism, has already led to irrational violence. On Sept. 11, 2001, Arab fanatics showed that they were willing to die for a chance to kill Americans.
And the Arab fanatics are far from alone. The American flag is burned regularly in the streets around the world and not just in Third World countries. In March 2003, the Stars and Stripes was publicly burned in the center of Paris. In other words thousands of people around the world are publically demonstrating their desire to destroy America and Americans. The Islamist idiots burning the American flag today would jump at the chance to burn Americans and American cities tomorrow.
Like the Jews in the 1920s, Americans today should be afraid, very afraid. Just as the anti-Semites believed they could solve the world's problems by killing Jews, the Anti-Americans believe they can solve the world's problems by killing Americans. And they're willing to go to great lengths to do it. They will even sacrifice their own lives for a chance to kill us.
It's time we Americans learned what the Jews learned during World War II: vicious and irrational prejudice can lead to genocide and that depending on the good faith of others is a sure way to end up at Auschwitz.
We Americans must take action now to stop anti-Americanism. For if we don't, our descendants may end up sharing something else with the Jews, mourning the deaths of millions of our people in a 21st Century Holocaust.