Need To Know with Mona Charen and Jay Nordlinger
Episode 85: Who Are You Calling Nazi?

Aug 8, 2014
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NTK FeatureWhat do the King of Saudi Arabia, the leader of Egypt, and the leader of India have in common? They’re all more anti-Hamas than our president. Jay and Mona consider the oddness of this moment, and then move on to the question of why – of all things – Israel is routinely accused of being Nazi.

There are countries and movements in the world that resemble Nazis, and Jay discusses a new book about the abuse of Falun Gong by China. It’s one small window into the horrific nature of that regime. And yet, we trade, we travel, we study – we pretend that China is just another normal country.

Mona talks about the experience of writing for the New York Times this week, and Jay reports a bit from Salzburg, where he goes every year to participate in the Mozart Festival.

No offense meant to Wolfgang, but we close with some Beethoven because it’s linked to a language point Jay was making. Enjoy.

 

  1. Eugene Kriegsmann

    I read the Jung Chang, Jon Halliday bio of Mao a couple of years ago. It was, as you said, superb. In Chang’s book Wild Swans one gets a pretty clear picture of China under Mao, very unlike most other books on the subject. I was disturbed by some of the reviews I read about about the Mao bio, but felt certain that it was factual. Wild Swans was a work of incredible integrity, and I refused to believe that she would write anything but the absolute truth. I was pleased to hear Jay’s praise of it. I have preordered The Slaughter for my Kindle. It is due to be released on the 13th. Thank you for that recommendation. 
    I love all of the Podcasts on Ricochet, but yours will always be my favorite.

  2. Petty Boozswha

    Since the youngest “refugee” born in Israel being fed, housed and clothed by the UN in Gaza would qualify for social security by now; don’t you think one of the steps we could take to move this stalemate would be to forbid further American funding or participation in the UN refugee farce?

  3. ctlaw

    You are giving Iron Dome too much credit.

    First, it’s only “working” when Hamas fires artillery rockets one or two at a time. Those rockets were made to be fired dozens at a time per launcher from many launchers.

    Second, Iron Dome is engaging very slow projectiles in freefall. Any more serious threat would involve missiles that approached faster either due to reentry from outside the atmosphere or from having engine power continue all the way to the target. They might also maneuver to avoid intercept.

    Third, it has been reported that many of the claimed successes are actually failures. Iron Dome is failing to detonate the warheads of the intercepted rockets. Also Israel is apparently claiming a success if the interceptor explodes and the rocket does not hit a high value target. That’s not saying that the rocket was actually going to hit a high value target if the interceptor was not fired. The claimed successful interception may have had no effect at all. Statistically, even with a deflection, that might only mean it deflected a hit from landing in one parking lot to landing in another. The default Jerusalem Post Iron Dome photo appears to be a miss.

  4. ctlaw

    I liked your “guilt-free anti-Semitism” comment. Perhaps you should sell bumper stickers: “BDS: Guilt-free anti-Semitism.”

  5. Doctor Robert

    Political blacklisting in the fine arts is very real.  Until recently I had a minor career as a period oboe player, playing baroque and classical oboe. In 2008 a colleague asked me how I dared to have a McCain sticker on my car, was I not afraid of my being blacklisted?  I blithely replied that I didn’t give a damn.   Before the concert we had a half hour in the green room during which my politics came out; the conductor/personnel manager mentioned that his politics are very left of center, I responded about mine and we had a brief and (so I thought) cordial discussion about the merits of John Kerry versus Barack Obama.   Although I played perfectly well, I was never called again.

  6. swatter

    Mona and Jay, you are the Establishment types I do like.

  7. Capt. Spaulding

    Jay’s little story about the editor who wanted him to change the phrase “each musician should have his say” to “should have his or her say” reminded me of a style rule in The New York Times Style Manual, which is vigilant about sexism. The Times advises writers to avoid the word “manmade.” Obviously that slights half the human race. The preferred term is “artificial.”

  8. Wolfsheim

    Jay Nordlinger rightly bemoans the clumsiness of politically correct gender-inclusiveness in English. In German, in which gender-neutral nouns such as “musician” and “critic” are far fewer than in English, it is likewise an issue, and there are those, including myself, who enjoy mocking tangled bureaucratese intended to insure that no one is left out. I suppose that there may be few Francophiles on Ricochet, but it must be said that on the whole the French approach is less loony. Try saying “chacun à son goût” as the equivalent of “to each his or her own”! Non, ça ne se dit pas! But then one never knows…Perhaps in a few years the famous song sung by Jeanne Moreau in Jules et Jim will be edited: “Chacun ou chacune pour soi et reparti ou repartie dans l(e) tourbillon de la vie…”  By the way, the equivalent in German of “Chacun à son goût” is “safe”: Über Geschmack lässt sich nicht streiten. (‘There’s no quarreling about taste.’)

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