What Anti-Semitism Is

Many of the seemingly authoritative takes of the last few days on the heinous shooting at Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life synagogue show a fundamental misunderstanding of what anti-Semitism actually is and what causes its slimy tentacles to take hold of people and societies.

American Power Under Siege

In 1991, after the Soviet Union collapsed, the United States gained unchallenged supremacy in the world. Indeed, just three years later, the U.S. alone accounted for about 25 percent of global GDP and 40 percent of world military spending, while Washington’s treaty allies in Europe and the Asia Pacific boasted roughly another 47 and 35 percent, respectively. Potential adversaries, meanwhile, were weak and overmatched: Russia was reeling from the Soviet implosion; China did not have the economic or military weight to compete; Iran was still recovering from its calamitous war with Iraq. In this environment, the U.S. could act with impunity. Democracy was expanding across the globe; the long shadow of communist authoritarianism had disappeared. It was the end of history as we knew it. Or so many thought.

Journalist Group Staffers Fail to Disclose Conflict of Interest With Al Jazeera

al jazeera

Two staffers at the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists argued in a lengthy essay published Monday that Al Jazeera should not be required to register as a foreign agent in the United States, without disclosing that an Al Jazeera host is a member of their organization’s board of directors.