Part of what disturbs me…

about what might be called the “Buchananite Traditionalist” faction of Catholics who oppose war with Iraq (as distinct from the Dorothy Day types) is that a none-too-subtle anti-semitism undergirds their thought.

Exhibit A: ChristusRex.org. Note that in addition to the various links to Church leaders opposing war, we also get links to Anybody and Everybody (Robert Fisk, Le Monde, the Holocaust-denying and anti-Semitic Institute for Historical Review, bizarre junk about our “Illegal War in Afghanistan” and the same sort of quackish Talmud-combing that CAI specializes in) who opposes war and then, for good measure, a something called the Thirteenth Tribe with some gibberish or other about Jews as Khazars. (ChristusRex ominously informs us, in the best International Jewish Conspiracy tones that “As expected, The Thirteenth Tribe caused a stir when published in 1976, since it demolishes ancient racial and ethnic dogmas…At the height of the controversy in 1983, the lifeless bodies of Arthur Koestler and his wife were found in their London home. Despite significant inconsistencies, the police ruled their death a suicide…” One can practically hear the black Israeli helicopters hovering over the Koestler home in “whisper mode”.)

Clearly what lies at the back of such stuff is the cherished Rad Trad notion that the Jews are the True Enemy, that if the US would just stop backing these Christkillers everything would be just fine. They wouldn’t put it that bluntly of course. But the grotesque hostility to Jews that these links attest belies that. And it makes Buchananite Traditionalist anti-war arguments hard to buy. They aren’t really rooted in Church teaching, methinks, but in a deep hostility to Jews.


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