True then - True now: THIS WAS WRITTEN IN 1968 42 years ago -
You probably don't remember
the name Eric Hoffer. He was a longshoreman who turned into a philosopher,
wrote columns for newspapers and some books. He was a non-Jewish American
social philosopher. He was born in 1902 and died in 1983, after writing nine
books and winning the Presidential Medal of Freedom. His first book, The
True Believer, published in 1951, was widely recognized as a
Hoffer was one of the most influential American philosophers and free thinkers
of the 20th Century. His books are still widely read and quoted today.
Acclaimed for his thoughts on mass movements and fanaticism, Hoffer was awarded
the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1983.
Hopewell Publications awards
the best in independent publishing across a wide range of categories, singling
out the most thought provoking titles in books and short prose, on a yearly
basis in honor of Eric Hoffer.
Here is one of his columns
from 1968 -- 42 years ago! Some things never change!
ISRAEL'S PECULIAR POSITION...by Eric
Los Angeles Times
5/26/1968. The Jews are a peculiar people: things permitted to other
nations are forbidden to the Jews.
Other nations drive out
thousands, even millions of people and there is no refugee problem. Russia did
it, Poland and Czechoslovakia did it. Turkey threw out a million Greeks and
Algeria a million Frenchman. Indonesia threw out heaven knows how many
Chinese and no one says a word about refugees.
But in the case of Israel ,
the displaced Arabs have become eternal refugees.
Everyone insists that Israel
must take back every single one. Arnold Toynbee calls the displacement of
the Arabs an atrocity greater
than any committed by the
Other nations when
victorious on the battlefield dictate peace terms. But when Israel is
victorious, it must sue for peace.
Everyone expects the Jews to
be the only real Christians in this world. Other nations, when they are
defeated, survive and recover
but should Israel be
defeated it would be destroyed.
Had Nasser triumphed last
June , he would have wiped Israel off the map, and no one would have
lifted a finger to save the Jews. No commitment to the Jews by any
government, including our own, is worth the paper it is written on.
There is a cry of outrage
all over the world when people die in Vietnam or when two Blacks are executed in
Rhodesia . But, when Hitler slaughtered Jews no one demonstrated against
The Swedes, who were ready
to break off diplomatic relations with America because of what we did in Vietnam
, did not let out a peep when Hitler was slaughtering Jews.
They sent Hitler choice iron
ore, and ball bearings, and serviced his troops in Norway .
The Jews are alone in the
world. If Israel survives, it will be solely because of Jewish efforts.
And Jewish resources.
Yet at this moment, Israel
is our only reliable and unconditional ally. We can rely more on Israel than
Israel can rely on us.
And one has only to imagine
what would have happened last summer  had the Arabs and their Russian
backers won the war, to realize how vital the survival of Israel is to America
and the West in general.
I have a premonition that
will not leave me; as it goes with Israel so will it go with all of us.
Should Israel perish, the
Holocaust will be upon us all.