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“The Protocols of Zion”
by Jared Israel
[Posted 26 November 2002]
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Illogical, Sloppy and Incoherent... but otherwise just fine
As we shall see in Part III of this article, it is not absurd to think that *some* (by no means all!) of the political statements in "the Protocols" resemble the attitudes and plans of our modern Establishments. Indeed, as we shall see, this would have to be true given the source of the Protocols. But taken as a description of a supposed plot by "Elders of Zion," the book simply makes no sense.
Consider first that "The Protocols" is written from the viewpoint of the most extreme right-wing Aristocrats -- and yet these conspirators are supposed to loathe the Aristocrats...And the Aristocratic language the supposed conspirators use is missing all the ironic humor of Yiddish literature and speech; yet the authors are supposed to be Central or East European Jews...And the document is supposed to be the minutes of a meeting, and yet there is no mention of the order of business, no 'he-said, she-said,' and some of it is actually written in the *first person*.
*Some secretary, he writes up a meeting this way! What, is this whole conspiracy just one secretary, he's got to record his own minutes?* (I wrote the last two sentences to demonstrate the cadence of Yiddish; note that those sentences sound nothing at all like,
As my grandfather, a Russian Jew, would have said, "What it is, I can't say. But Yiddish it is not."
Second, sometimes the author states that "The Jews" must carry out one or another evil deed *in the future,* in order to bring down the gentile states. But at other times the author claims the (supposed) Jewish conspirators *are already in power.* Whoever fabricated "The Protocols" was obviously in a great hurry to finish. They didn't have time for minimal editing.
Third, from Adolph Hitler to Muhammad Subhi, who wrote the script for the TV series, "Horseman without a Horse," which glorifies "The Protocols," those who present this as an honest document say it is a blueprint for Jewish action. Some of its plans, they say, have already come true; others are in the works.
But as a plan for action it is completely incoherent. By way of example, let us consider what "The Protocols" says about 'Equality'.
The Jews Are 'Blamed' for...Equality? ...Blamed?
In the following quote, note that "The Protocols" presents the made-up "Jewish Elders" as accepting the 'blame' for spreading the egalitarian ideas of the French and American Revolutions. Who on earth would consider spreading the ideas of Liberty and Equality to be blameworthy? Who, that is, but the most ultra-right wing Aristocrats?
Here's the quote from "The Protocols": (3).
First, notice that these European Jews are apparently incapable of speaking their own language. In Yiddish the word 'goy' is a noun. The adjective would be 'goyisha.' No Yiddish-speaking person would write about the "goy states" because this is like talking about "America baseball" or "France wines." Such errors reveal that the writer could not speak Yiddish, where the proper expression would be "goyisha states."
Second, notice that we are told a secret Jewish plot was behind the democratic slogans of the 18th century! It was? Voltaire was Jewish? Rousseau was Jewish? Tom Paine was Jewish? George Washington was Jewish? They were agents of "The Jews"? They were? You gotta love that.
Third, note that even the "agents" who supposedly carry out this secret Jewish plot (to spread the ideas of Liberty and Equality [!] and thereby bring "whole legions... to our ranks") are "blind" to what they are really doing. Those Jews really must have some heavy supernatural powers.
Fourth, and most important, the writer states that the *privileges* - not just the leadership, mind you, but the *privileges* - "of the natural and genealogical Aristocracy" were "the only defence peoples and countries had against us [i.e., against the evil plotters of the Elders of Zion and their minions, the evil Freemasons]."
How obliging of the supposed Jewish plotters to stress so strongly the crucial benefits to the oppressed masses of the *privileges* of the Aristocracy - i.e., of their oppressors. Why, the Aristocrats should have sent those "Elders of Zion" a thank you note!
"The Protocols" reads like what it is: a pro-Aristocracy propaganda pamphlet. It says that if the Aristocrats lose their privileges, society falls apart or falls prey to conspirators - indeed, it says that the effort to limit Aristocratic privilege is itself the work of the "enemies of the goy states." And this apology for the "natural and genealogical Aristocracy" is put in the mouths of the most discriminated group at the time: "The Jews." Amazing stuff.
Fifth, note that the supposed destruction of goyisha society is presented here in the past tense.
Thus we are told that by "boring into the well-being of the goyim" with the "canker-worms" of belief in "Liberty, Equality, Fraternity" these "Elders" got hold of "the master card - the destruction of the [Aristocracy's] privileges" which destruction has in turn *already* destroyed "all the foundations of the goy States."
So the supposed conquest of "goy states" is presented as already having been accomplished: "As you will see later this *helped* us to our triumph." Past tense.
And yet elsewhere the "Elders of Zion" speak wistfully of a distant time, "When we at last definitely come into our kingdom by the aid of coups d'etat prepared everywhere for one and the same day..."
So which is it? Are "The Elders" already in power? Or are they trying to come to power?
And Sixth, you will recall that in the quote above the elders said the goyim have been and must be won to believing in equality. However, we are also told that:
So, "The Elders of Zion" want to a) win all the goyim to believe in equality but b) they also want to teach all the goyim that you shouldn't believe in equality.
Certainly a challenging approach...
Imagine the task of some poor Jewish underlings, scurrying to carry out the dictates of the hotshot "Elders of Zion," as expressed in the quotes on Equality from Protocols #1 and #3, above. They would have to mobilize those "whole legions" of "our blind agents" to teach the necessity of equality in the morning, only to re-mobilize the same blind legions to teach the impossibility of equality, at night. This would run the poor legions ragged. (But perhaps the endless labor of building up and destroying the gentiles' belief in equality, repeated over and over, would drive the gentiles crazy, thus in itself wiping out goyisha society, or at least making it very tired).
And yet, though the two passages are incoherent *as prescriptions for or predictions of action,* they do serve a function. The first quote argues that equality is harmful; the second quote argues that it is impossible. Thus, both passages support the idea that the privileges of the "natural and genealogical Aristocracy" must be maintained. And that, after all, is why "The Protocols" was written.
Investigators were able to show many decades ago that this book was not written by some supposed "Elders of Zion." Big surprise.
As I mentioned earlier, this was shown in 1921 by Philip Graves, writing with intelligence and wit in the London Times. I am proud to say that we have scanned Mr. Graves' articles, from August 16, 17 and 18, 1921, so the originals of these historic and brilliant documents can be viewed for the first time on the Internet. Mr. Graves took passages from a liberal French political satire, published in 1863, and compared them to passages from "The Protocols of Zion." As you will see, they are near-carbon copies.
Knowledge is power. All who fight for
democratic change need to understand better how the myths promulgated
in the "The Protocols of Zion" are used to pollute movements and
undermine the very possibility of democratic change.
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Note: On 16-18 August 1921 Philip
Graves published his famous London Times articles showing how "The
Protocols of Zion" was a plagiary. We have scanned his articles into
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(3) Sergyei A. Nilus, 1958 (1921), Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion, London, UK: The Britons