In the words of Ronald Reagan, “there he goes again.”
I was deeply offended by the gleeful disingenuousness of Richard Vatz’s online “Say it isn’t so” August 3 missive, and its twee counterfactual chatoyance.
He smugly pontificates the “absence of any evidence of anti-Semitism in Ron Smith’s life whatsoever” on the basis that Smith “associated with and had many Jewish friends” - i.e., some of his best friends…
An illogical and bogus argument. For even if Smith’s dealings with other WBAL employees or other individuals who claim to be Jewish were cordial, that is quite irrelevant to Issachar Friedmann’s original argument. Any Jew the least bit conversant with the history of anti-Semitism in America – which apparently excludes Professor Vatz ! - knows that Henry Ford was the most notorious anti-Semite of the early part of the 20th century, evidenced by his widespread dissemination of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion. The Ford Motor Company employed numerous Jews. Yet none of them were discriminated against or treated any differently than the company’s non-Jewish employees, despite Henry Ford’s well-publicized bias.
Further, in his original JT letter, Vatz contended that he knew Smith “for decades and never heard him make an anti-Jewish slur. Never.” So what? As the Talmud notes, lo raeenu, ayno raaya. Hillary Clinton never caught her husband Bill “in the act” with Monica. Does that mean it never occurred? Henry Kissinger claims never to have heard President Nixon utter anything anti-Jewish. The White House tapes prove otherwise.
In the person of Mr. Vatz, the spirit of Max Naumann remains alive and well. La-Malshineem…