Spectator Guilt

Is it a coincidence that Dutch society, hitherto famous for multiculturalism, succumbed to Muslim-bashing only after the failure of Dutch soldiers to prevent the massacre of Muslim civilians in Srebnica? One well-known way of handling guilt is to hate the people whom you have wronged; only if the people whom you failed are bad guys may you continue to regard yourselves as the good guys. This works on an individual basis, so why not on a national?

On the other hand, the example of Norway seems to point in the opposite direction: having originally banned the entry of Jews in their 1814 Constitution, and having then looked the other way while the Germans deported all the Jews in the country – in shameful contrast to the way the Danes rallied round theirs and helped them escape to Sweden – the Norwegians became the most whole-hearted supporters of Israel in the gentile world. Some Norwegian preachers went as far as to identify the Palestinians with the Canaanites, proclaiming that it was therefore God’s will and command that they be enslaved or even exterminated.

It is patently obvious to everyone (except such murderous Norwegian gentile Zionists) that this fanaticism was a guilt-reaction; so why did the Norwegians not justify their wartime behaviour along the cognitive-dissonance lines described above and become even greater anti-Semites than they had been before? The answer may be that they did, but with the Arabs as the Semites in question. Thus could the still more or less Judenfrei Norway relieve its dirty conscience. They hated the Palestinians, who had done them no harm, because they themselves did not want to think about how they had helped the Nazis murder the Norwegian Jews.

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