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A Clear Definition of Anti-Semitism

March 27, 2003

Re "Simplistic, Yes; Anti-Semitic, No," Commentary, March 21: William Saletan clearly can't equate attributing negative powers to the Jewish people as a monolithic group with anti-Semitism. Perhaps he should ponder these questions:

Why didn't Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.) note that President Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, Secretary of State Colin Powell, Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage, national security advisor Condoleezza Rice, political strategist Karl Rove and others are Christians?

Why didn't Moran state that the support of the Christian community for this war was crucial to its being pursued? Why didn't he note that the overwhelming majority of senators and representatives who voted to give the president war powers were Christians?

The answer should be clear. Moran believes that the Jews all share a common political view and that they have overwhelming powers to control what this overwhelmingly Christian country does, and that those powers are exercised in a way harmful to the majority. If that is not anti-Semitism, what is?

David G. Epstein

San Diego

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