Rooting for the underdog can be a mistake

Americans like to root for the underdog.  But that can be a mistake.

In Europe after WWII there was soul-searching.  This benefited the Moslems who immigrated after the war.  But by 2005, 62 percent of French hate crimes had Jewish victims.  And mostly Moslem perpetrators.  The Moslems claimed they were victims.  They had socio-economic disadvantage in Europe, and occupation in Palestine (as they saw it, even if they were not Palestinians).
One of the hate-crime victims was Ilan Halimi, a Jewish cell-phone salesman who was grabbed and then tortured to death over the course of three weeks by an African-led gang who called themselves “the barbarians”.  More than 20 people tortured him in an apartment building where other tenants knew what was happening, but did nothing.  I quote from Pamela Geller’s site:

The screams must have been loud because the torture was especially atrocious: the thugs cut bits off the flesh of the young man, they cut his fingers and ears, they burned him with acid, and in the end poured flammable liquid on him and set him on fire.

Horrible tortures. Horrible torturers. One of the torturers would go to work at a TV station everyday and come back and partake in the torture. The girls who lured young men. They knew he had been kidnapped. They knew Yosef (the leader of the Barbarians) was extremely violent. They knew Ilan was still in his hands three weeks later. All they had to do was make an anonymous phone call to the police. No one would have known. They did not do it. No neighbor thought to say to the police that something strange was going on in this building.

As Christopher Caldwell says in his book “Reflections on the Revolution in Europe”, the new anti-Semitism advanced under the protection of anti-racism.  The French philosopher Alain Finkielkraut said that the “lofty idea of ‘the war on racism’ is gradually turning into a hideously false ideology.  And this anti-racism will be for the twenty-first century what communism was for the twentieth century, a source of violence.”
Now it is true that Moslem lands were colonized by Europeans for a while, and it is true that Blacks were enslaved by Europeans, but we also know that Moslems participated  in the slave trade of Blacks, and we also know that African blacks also are not always angels – witness the genocide in Rwanda, as well as the 5.4 million of dead blacks killed directly and indirectly by other blacks in the Congo.  We should not assume that being an underdog for a while makes a person or group immune from criticism. 
Even the Nazis were underdogs for a while.  So were the communists before they took charge of Russia, and then China.
The Palestinian Hamas members are underdogs in a sense – they wage a war against an enemy which has planes and tanks, which they do not.  But judging from their genocidal propaganda, it will be a black day indeed if they ever become the overdog.

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