Global Warming and the Children of Israel

Since we have so little market news to report to you, we will take our quest for truth and beauty to other areas: global warming and the children of Israel for example. Both are touchy issues. In Europe, if you say you are skeptical of global warming, they look at you like a lion at a Christian. In America, you can say almost any nasty thing you want against Arabs…but if you are planning to run for public office, don’t dare to criticize Israel.

We begin by telling a story that a Jewish colleague told us yesterday.

“You really have to be careful to maintain good relations with your neighbours. That’s something my family discovered in WWII. My father was just a little boy in Paris when the war broke out…and then the French surrendered. You know, France was divided in two…there was the zone occupied by the Nazis and there was the unoccupied zone to the South. Since they were Jewish, they figured they’d sneak across the line and once they got to the unoccupied zone, they would just keep a low profile, not mention to anyone that they were Jews, and they would be safe. But my father was only a kid. And when they put him in the local school, in the little town they were staying in, the first thing he did was tell everyone that he was a Jew. So everyone knew why they were there. And then, when the Germans took over all of France anyone in the village could have denounced them and get them sent to a concentration camp. But no one did.”

This recalled another story. A disagreeable French woman, then in her ’70s, once told us that during the war she had been the directress of a boarding school for little children. It was a Catholic boarding school. But it was wartime and a few of the children were Jewish, sent there by their parents in the hopes that they would be safe.

“When the Germans came to Lyon, they came around to the school. They demanded that we send out the Jewish children. The truth is, I don’t like Jews. But I disliked the Nazis even more. I had already changed the school’s records so the Jewish names didn’t show up anywhere. So, I told the lieutenant that we only had Catholic children. And I showed him the list. If he had wanted to pursue the matter, he probably would have found the Jewish kids and then sent them and me to the camps. But maybe he didn’t really want to find them…you never knew; it was a strange time.”

Well, times are always strange, we guess. And we find our little bits of courage and grace here and there…in odd places…and generally in the shadows. In the harsh light of the public eye, these civilized little acts of kindness and courage wilt like wildflowers…or get run over by a campaign bus.

When a presidential candidate discovers that a former friend or supporter has become a liability, for example, he is “thrown under the bus.” Jeremiah Wright has the tire tracks to prove it – since he was thrown under the bus of the Obama campaign. The Obama group also sacrificed Robert Malley, an advisor on the Middle East, after it was revealed that he had met with Hamas officials. As every American knows, the Hamas fellows are bad hombres, and anyone who meets with them is no friend of Israel. Since being a friend of Israel, like wearing a flag on the lapel, is a requirement for America’s top office, Obama had to push Malley off the team and then run him over with the bus.

Zbigniew Brzezinski, former national security advisor, said he thought the Jewish lobby has become too powerful and is showing a “McCarthyite tendency…by slandering, vilifying, demonizing. They very promptly wheel out anti-Semitism…”

So far, Mr. Brzezinski hasn’t been dropped under the bus, but he should probably check his ticket.

Over on the McCain bus, another man of faith has been tossed beneath the treads. The Rev. John Hagee has views worthy of a man with great faith. According to Gideon Rachman’s Blog in the FT , he believes the European Union is headed by the Antichrist. In his mind, the EU is a prelude to Apocalypse. And who are we to say he is wrong? There’s no mention of it in the EU charter, but who knows what they’re up to?

If Mr. Hagee had stopped there, he probably would have been all right, since most Americans agree that there is something ungodly about Europe. But then he goes further…and says that the Jews were murdered in WWII for a good reason – to drive them to Israel. It’s all part of God’s plan, he says; God made Hitler so the Jews would move to Israel, so the Apocalypse would come, followed by the second coming. How he knows God’s plans in such detail, we can’t imagine, but that’s the beauty of faith; you can believe anything you want…until you put it to the test.

Rev. Hagee is a McCain supporter. But McCain is no longer a Hagee supporter; the reverend had to go “under the bus.”

Under the bus, too, is where skepticism regarding global warming is going. George W. Bush fairly recently got on board, agreeing that the earth’s climate is changing and the humans are to blame for it. And now all three candidates not only favor doing something about it – all endorse the idea of “cap and trade” as a palliative measure.

Here too, faith conquers wit. No one really knows what direction the earth’s mean temperature is going…or why. There are only hypotheses.

“But if you really want to know what it’s like to be a 16th-century heretic, try saying you’re a bit skeptical about man-made global warming,” writes Harry Mount in the Daily Telegraph .

In the middle ages, the Catholic Church made money by offering sinners a way to buy their way out of Hell – with an indulgence. In today’s secular world, you will have to buy your way out of the sin of using too much fossil fuel, by buying “carbon rights.”

Bill Bonner
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Bill Bonner

Bill Bonner

Since founding Agora Inc. in 1979, Bill Bonner has found success and garnered camaraderie in numerous communities and industries. A man of many talents, his entrepreneurial savvy, unique writings, philanthropic undertakings, and preservationist activities have all been recognized and awarded by some of America’s most respected authorities. Along with Addison Wiggin, his friend and colleague, Bill has written two New York Times best-selling books, Financial Reckoning Day and Empire of Debt. Both works have been critically acclaimed internationally. With political journalist Lila Rajiva, he wrote his third New York Times best-selling book, Mobs, Messiahs and Markets, which offers concrete advice on how to avoid the public spectacle of modern finance. Since 1999, Bill has been a daily contributor and the driving force behind Markets and Money.
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Smack MacDougal
The biggest false belief about these days is “Global Climate Change”. There’s no such thing as “Global Climate”. All climates are local. A climate is the seasonal pattern owing to the blend of prevailing winds and prevailing temperatures in relation to topographical forms. Prevailing winds and temperatures relate solely to the where in time the earth is within its revolution around the sun. Further, the only source of heat for the surface of earth is the sun. In truth, the sun is the only source of heat for the Solar System (hence the name, ahem). It’s well known that the… Read more »

Smack: What about El Nino/La Nina? The Pacific Ocean is a bit large for me to consider that to be ‘local’.

The other problem with what you say is that there is no “history” of this being a problem. Well, there never used to be choking smog in Beijing in those years either. I get your point, but I think circumstances are much different now to our history.

Smack MacDougal
Pete: You say: “Well, there never used to be choking smog in Beijing in those years either.” Truth: Smog is pollution phenomena, not heat. You say: “The other problem with what you say is that there is no “history” of this being a problem.” Truth: I wrote, “In fact, during periods of global warming, humans FLOURISHED. BECAUSE of Global Warming, Humans left the Iberian peninsula and populated what is present day British Isles. And when Global Warming happened in the Middle Ages, the human head count increased rapidly, ensuring survival of our species. Men FLOURISHED ” You say: “What about… Read more »
Greg Weilo

You are not allowed to criticise Israel in Australia either.

My point about Beijing is that extrapolating history as a path for the future is not a line of fact…it is just speculation. I definitely believe in El Nino/La Nina and it’s effects. I have seen quite a bit of doco on these things and they made sense. Although it is possible it is all just a part of a conspiracy to indoctrinate me, but these documentaries were not talking about Global Warming anyway, just weather patterns. It is my understanding that El Nino affects Australia and Peru at the least, are they not separated by the Pacific? To suggest… Read more »
Smack MacDougal
You confuse Men History, shaped by Acts of Man alone with Natural History, which gets shaped by Universal Forces. You conflate natural events and political ones. El Niño and La Niña are names given to observed patterns that happen in the South Pacific with some periodicity. These patterns get connected to increased or decreased amount of rainfall from the observed average taken over long time stretches. Neither El Niño and La Niña have anything to do with either Global Warming, a geologic phenomena driven by changes in Sun forces, and Global Climate Change, a political action driven by men. You… Read more »
And what is it that you wish to criticise Israel for? For being the only democracy in the region and defending herself against 22 much larger Arab nations, many of whom wish to annihilate her? While you lament that “you can say any nasty thing you want against Arabs” while one wishing to run for office “dare not criticize Israel” let us remember that the events of September 11th were committed by Arabs/Muslims. Of course, not all muslims are terrorists, but there are large numbers of muslim children being taught at their schools and at home to hate the west,… Read more »
Artist, Bill isn’t criticizing Israel, he’s criticizing the public atmosphere in which Israel and Global Warming are not to be challanged, they’re untouchable. Do you wonder why that is? There are many countries that have the same qualities as you listed, such as France, England, Germany, etc… But if a politician says something negative about the French no one cares. If they say something negative about Israel it’s equivalent to committing political suicide. Strange, isn’t it? Same with Global Warming. A politician can openly criticize evolution, a very well supported scientific theory, and no one really cares. But if they… Read more »
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