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Sympathy For The Devil

Sympathy For The Devil

Associate Editor

Wednesday, June 11th, 2008

“I shouted out ‘Who killed the Kennedys,’ when after all
it was you and me.”

– Rolling Stones, “Sympathy for the Devil”

With all the dust kicked up after Hillary dared mention the assassination of Bobby Kennedy the other week, let’s remember one thing. It wasn’t you and me that killed the Kennedys, or at least it wasn’t me. A pair of leftists killed the Kennedy’s: JFK by Lee Harvey Oswald, a defector to the Soviet Union and a “Fair Play for Cuba” guy; RFK by Sirhan Sirhan, a fair play for Palestinian guy from the West Bank.

Go through The New York Times archives, or even the archives of most Jewish newspapers, and you’ll find more references to Yigal Amir being Orthodox than you will to Sirhan Sirhan being Palestinian; even though the newspapers have had 26 more years to write about the Sirhan shooting than about the Amir shooting; even though you’d think American newspapers would be more curious about a Kennedy assassination than an Israeli one.

When a politically active, affiliated leftist kills a Kennedy, we’re told the assassin was a “lone gunman.”

When a lone gunman kills Yitzhak Rabin, we’re told the assassin was Orthodox.

Yes, Amir acted alone, said Israeli Attorney-General Menachem Mazuz.

Even most American Jews have been drilled to believe that Amir embodied and embraced all the hopes and darkest dreams of Orthodoxy – even though the Israeli AG declared in 2005 that Amir acted alone. You can read the Yediot article reporting the attorney-general’s statement that there was “no proof” of Orthodox incitement right here.

It’s not that Amir wasn’t exposed to vile bitterness and contempt for the prime minister from a rabbi or two, but no more so than Oswald and Sirhan were exposed to vile bitterness and contempt for the United States from their fellow Communists and Palestinians.

If Bar-Ilan University or pro-settlement yeshivas can be indicted for Yigal Amir, City College can be indicted for the Rosenbergs selling the bomb to the Russians.

When Islamic fascists flew four jets into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a Pennsylvania field, there were news anchors who told us we shouldn’t judge Islam. Even Colin Powell said, the very next day, that the attacks “should not be seen as something done by Arabs or Islamics; it is something that was done by terrorists.”

The enlightened ones absolve Islam for September 11, 2001, but indict Orthodoxy for November 4, 1995.

It is incredible that in the same week of the anniversary of Kennedy being killed by a Palestinian terrorist, Mike Lupica, in his memoriam to Jim McKay in the Daily News (June 8), writes that McKay “will be remembered best for Munich in 1972 and what was really the beginning of terrorism, real and public terrorism, with the murder of Israeli athletes in the Olympic Village by the Black September group.”

No, the killing of Bobby Kennedy by a Palestinian terrorist was “really the beginning of terrorism” for America.

Lupica’s confusion exemplifies the free pass that the Palestinians get for killing Bobby, the greatest persistent example of selective media amnesia in the past generation.

The left would have you believe that Bobby was killed because of his “Abraham, Martin and John” civil rights liberalism. In fact, Bobby’s murder had nothing to do with civil rights. It had nothing to do with Bobby “walking over the hill” with Abraham, Martin or John because they freed “a lotta people.”

No, Bobby was killed in June 1968, on the first anniversary of the Six-Day War because a Palestinian terrorist perceived Kennedy to be unsympathetic to the almost-Final Solution one June earlier. And so, the Palestinian arranged a Final Solution for Kennedy.

Sirhan was not just anti-Zionist, he was anti-Semitic. Evan Thomas, in his 2000 book, “Robert Kennedy: A Life,” reports that as the race for the 1968 California primary was drawing to a close, “an olive-skinned, bushy-haired Palestinian-American named Sirhan Sirhan, who had seen an earlier TV report of Kennedy wearing a yarmulke outside a synagogue, bought a box of ammunition for his .22-caliber pistol.”

Kennedy putting on a yarmulke was the final straw for Sirhan.

Never has an American tragedy been so mourned, its importance reverberating for generations, and yet so poorly reported or understood.

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