Sunday, June 2, 2013

Going Mad in Herds

"Men, it has been well said, think in herds; it will be seen that they go mad in herds, while they only recover their senses slowly, and one by one." Charles Mackay, Extraordinary Popular Delusions & the Madness of Crowds

"Premier Barry O'Farrell and Opposition Leader John Robertson have cast party politics to the side, when they signed the London Declaration on Combating Antisemitism*... In Canberra, all 105 federal Coalition parliamentarians have now signed the declaration, with both sides of politics in Victoria also set to commit to the global initiative in the coming days." (Leaders unite against hate, The Australian Jewish News, 24/5/13)

In stunning contrast to this extraordinary display of groupthink, two NSW Greens politicians, David Shoebridge and John Kaye, have publicly declared their refusal to sign the declaration on the grounds that it "wrongly conflates valid criticism of Israel with anti-Semitism." (This is not how you fight anti-Semitism,, 28/5/13)

Australia has over 800 state and federal politicians. Are Shoebridge and Kaye the only two Australian politicians with sufficient intellectual courage and moral fibre to speak out against this Zionist sleight of hand?  

 [*See my 17/5/13 post The Tel Aviv Declaration on Combating Criticism of Israel.]

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