Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Should Showtime be showcasing Oliver Stone's anti-Semitism?

Ron Radosh is rightly infuriated by Oliver Stone's revealing interview with the London Times interview in which Oliver Stone revealed a level of anti-Semitism usually unspoken outside of Arab diatribes.
Next, Stone insists that Jewish deaths must be put “in proportion.” After all, “Hitler did far more damage to the Russians than the Jewish people, 25 or 30 [million killed].” Then Stone pulls out all the stops in an example of anti-Semitic vitriol not heard in our country openly since the days of the Gerald L.K. Smith, the World War II-era American anti-Semite. Here, in bold, is the key paragraph in the Long interview:
Why such a focus on the Holocaust then? “The Jewish domination of the media,” he says. “There’s a major lobby in the United States. They are hard workers. They stay on top of every comment, the most powerful lobby in Washington. Israel has f***** up United States foreign policy for years.”
Stone’s revolting words turn one’s stomach. How different from President Harry S. Truman’s reaction, when he first heard reports of what the Nazis had done to Europe’s Jewish population and could not sleep at night. One also remembers General Dwight D. Eisenhower’s response, when he saw the Nazi concentration camps and quickly ordered a press trip as well as a tour for members of the House and Senate, so that the world would learn what had taken place, would never forget, and would never be able to deny.
And this is the man whose history of World War II, Showtime (owned by CBS) is planning to turn over their television time to. Not content with displaying his adulation of Fidel Castro, Hugo Chavez, and Ahmadinejad in his documentaries, he's turning his skewed focus to Hitler and Stalin by placing them in what he calls "context." What could go wrong?