But it comes from Obama's National Security Advisor James Jones, known to be no friend of Jews or Israel, as opening remarks in a speech at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.
Of course the Administration scrubbed the remarks from the official transcript. . .
Do you think he would have told this joke and used a Muslim merchant instead? Or had the merchant been black?
Pastorius cutting in:
Roger Simon comments,
Personally, I say the joke is not funny because it has no context. There are no Jews in Afghanistan. Well, there is one, I believe.
The National Security Adviser’s tasteless sense of humor makes him seem like a complete yahoo – and one who is hostile to Jews to a degree he probably doesn’t even realize himself. And all this in the midst of the Obama Administration’s heavy-handed muscling of Israel in an attempt to reignite Middle East negotiations. And in front of the Washington Institute For Near East Policy, no less.
This must be another bad day of clean-up for Messrs. Emanuel and Axelrod. Or maybe they are too reified even to be insulted anymore. But imagine a similar joke being told about just about any racial and/or religious group by a National Security Adviser. There would be consternation in the White House.So what about our President? He sees fit to bring people together over beer for a minor racial dispute (if there was one) between a cop and college professor. This is a key member of his administration involved in crucial foreign policy. What will the President’s reaction be? Or won’t there be any?
If the joke took place in New York, with a Queens-based Jewish merchant selling a country bumpkin a tie so he could go to Manhattan, that would be another story. At least, then, there would be some context.
But, being that there is only one Jew in Afghanistan (if, indeed, he is still alive), the joke reads a bit like telling a joke about a Jewish merchant selling underwear to Jews before they get on the trains to Auschwitz.
Point being, why would there be a Jewish merchant at the train station to Auschwitz?
Furthermore, one has to wonder if the lack of context means that, de facto, the joke is outight anti-Semitic. For, if Jones sees Jewish merchants pushing their wares ("ruthlessly"?) in places where Jews don't even exist as a culture, one has to wonder if perhaps he thinks there are Jews hiding behind every corner in the world, just waiting to take over the economy and convert us all into Neocons?