Quote of the day

“[It] should be obvious by now to all reasonable observers that Iran is an unstable regime shot through with dangerous anti-Semitic impulses, apocalyptic fantasy and convoluted conspiracy thinking that has no business anywhere near nuclear weapons. In this regard, much ink has been spilled over whether the mullahs are “rational actors” or not–i.e. whether they would bomb Israel even if this would result in devastating retaliation–but Via Meadia thinks that such speculation misses an important point: anti-Semitism is never a rational policy, yet it persists. Infamously, Hitler and the Nazis exiled their own best physicists because they were Jewish, enabling the US to win the nuclear arms race and ultimately World War II. History is replete with stories of countries driving productive citizens into exile because Jew-hatred is an irrational passion that overmasters common sense and destroys the ability to perceive ones own best interests.”

Walter Russell Mead on “Iran and the Bomb” – the most recent post of many in which Mead speaks out about contemporary antisemitism.

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