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Tab 21. Power Letter - January 97 - Part B

Passage 1

     "Now the Federal government is appealing this decision,
     and as per usual, the Canadian politicians have a few
     friends in the public "B'nai Brith" and the Jewish
     Lobby. Or is it the other way around? There would be no
     such hearing and persecutions by the Government of
     Canada of dissidents like Ernst Zundel, were it not for
     the constant meddling and whining of this noisy,
     powerful Jewish Lobby group!

                                                   [Page 27]

     Here, too, time will tell how long these people will be
     allowed to use the Federal government bureaucracy as
     its patsy or hit squad to silence B'nai Brith's
     opposition. Jewish history and the Jewish track record
     shows that organized Jewry repeatedly clenched defeat
     from the jaws of near-total victory by their arrogant
     abuse of power and influence, once they thought they
     had "arrived"! Some people simply have no feel for when
     enough is enough!
     There is always that last straw that breaks the camel's
     The pattern has been the same from the Weimar Republic,
     where Jewish elements had immense power, to various
     Bolshevik countries where they lost their near-total
     power because of their own excesses, to Clinton's
     grotesque and disproportionate Cabinet appointments,
     where Jews - who represent only 5% of the U.S.
     population, if you believe those fudged statistics
     which hide all those "Holocaust survivors" - make up
     over 50% of the Clinton Cabinet and other major
     appointments. By deduction this can only lead people to
     conclude that, with the exception of this small tribal
     group, the rest of American citizens are seen as
     incompetent or stupid and unworthy to hold cabinet
     Do they like it? Of course not! My American friends
     tell me that America is seething with resentment! In
     Canada, the power of the tribe is more hidden and not
     as brazen. However, few who still think are fooled."


The first two paragraphs first construct an entity called
the `Jewish Lobby,' apparently distinct from the legitimate
organization B'nai Brith, which, the writer asserts via
stipulation, is both very powerful and at the same time
manipulative, arrogant. Moreover, the use of the expression
`public B'nai Brith' implies the existence of a secret B'nai
Brith, which is sinister and conspiratorial in nature. The
terms `meddling,' `whining' and `noisy' are pejorative in
nature, implying that Jews should properly have no interest
or involvement in cases in which they as a group have been
singled out as criminals. The use of the expression `the
other way around' invites the reader to conclude that Jews
as a group are controlling the Canadian government.

In the second paragraph, the writer implies through the use
of scare quotes (`...who think that they have "arrived"..' )
that Jews are lesser people than others, and constitute a
group who do not know their proper place in some (undefined)
social order, implicitly a position less than that of the
writer. The writer stipulates that Jews have overstepped
their proper place in the social order, using the  warrants
supposedly revealed in "Jewish history" and the "Jewish
track record", although these warrants have no force, since
they are only stipulations themselves. The term `these
people,' like the expression `some Jews' in Tab 13, Passage
4, is used pejoratively, identifying Jews as a group and
singling them out in an accusatory way. The last sentence is
an implicit threat to Jews, suggesting that their activities
must be stopped.

                                                   [Page 28]

The third, single sentence, paragraph is an implicit threat
to Jews. It takes its force from the preceding paragraph
which attempts to establish the proposition that Jews do not
stay in their proper social place, and therefore they must
be put back Into what the writer considers their appropriate
place in the social order.

The fourth paragraph likens the governments of the Weimar
Republic and the United States by asserting the common
factor of being influences [sic] by Jews. In the former
case, Jews are accused, without warrant, of "excesses" of an
undefined nature, while in the putative parallel case of the
United States government, the President's cabinet is
asserted to contain an excessive number of Jews. The writer
fails to establish why the number is excessive, claiming
only that the percentages do not reflect the overall
populations percentages. The pejorative expressions `tribe'
and `tribal' imbue Jews as a group with special negative
tribal properties, assigning them with such attributes as
organized exclusiveness, manipulativeness, and secrecy. The
implication is that Jews are manipulative (and should not
be, since manipulativeness is a negative attribute) is
congruent with the earlier passage in which the writer has
attempted to claim that Jews should remain in a subservient
social role.

The writer's claim that "by deduction", non-Jewish Americans
are stupid, etc. thereby fails, since the premises are not
warranted, and the argument by population analogy, in the
absence of other possible factors, is also unwarranted.

The overall thrust in the passage is the attempt to
establish that Jews are overstepping (undefined) social
boundaries and are exerting power and authority in
inappropriate ways, with the concomitant sub-theme that such
activities are improper, illicit and must be stopped. The
passage is an attempt to provide rationalization for the
writer's dislike for Jews and to propagate that attitude via
unwarranted claims.

Passage 2

     "...Hitler was also born as a reaction to the same
     strident, shrill, ruthless power grabs by Jewish
     bankers, gangsters, culture perverters, stock market
     swindlers and criminals of every stripe The
     "Holocaust", whatever it was in reality - Germany's
     anti-Jewish policies, laws and decrees - can ultimately
     ONLY be understood if we put them in the context of the
     time. We can never neutralize the heated, emotional
     nonsense surrounding the "Holocaust" promotion if we do
     not explain properly WHY Hitler came on the scene!
     We must fill the vital link If we don't we will be
     forever apologizing for perfectly logical steps
     undertaken by the German government of the time - steps
     which were carbon-copies and standard procedures in
     most civilized countries, including England, Canada and
     the United States, against criminal elements, security
     risks, agitators, saboteurs and alien minorities.
     Remove the Iying accusation of "genocide by gas
     chambers " and you will see that the German policies
     were often more benign and far less racially motivated
     than the policies of the Canadians and the Americans -
     against their citizens of Japanese origin, for
     instance! "

                                                   [Page 29]


In the texts made available to me, this passage is one of
the clearest instances in which the writer specifically
targets Jews as a group of criminals. Its tone is strident,
inflammatory, and highly negative. The writer indulges in an
out-pouring of anti-Semitic rhetoric in the first sentence,
labelling Jews as a group as "gangsters, culture perverters.
stock market swindlers and criminals of every stripe '' .
The writer attempts to give this assertion, a stipulation
without overt warrant, added strength by asserting that
issues surrounding the Holocaust are "heated, emotional
nonsense". The writer then attempts to justify the violent
anti-Semitic language by telling the reader that it is only
by acknowledging the accusations against Jews that the rise
of Hitler can be understood. Thus, anti-Semitism is
justified in the passage by virtue of assigning Jews as a
group both negative attributes (criminality, cultural
perversion, etc.) which must be accepted as the basis for
the revisionist position advocated by the writer. The form
of the logic is `A implies B,' where A is the attribution of
evil characteristics to Jews, and B is Hitler's rise to
power. Of course, the truth of B does not imply the truth of
A. Thus, ((A implies B) & B ) does not imply A.

The writer also asserts that the actions of the German
government of the Third Reich were less severe and less
racially motivated than those of the American and Canadian
governments of the time. This argument is doubly flawed.
First, there is no warrant for the claim that the "perfectly
logical steps" undertaken by the German government is either
"standard procedures in most civilized countries" nor was
the same as undertaken in England, Canada, and the United
States. The second flaw is that in order for the argument to
go through, the hearer must subscribe to the writer's claim
that the Holocaust, and in particular, "genocide by gas
chamber" is false.

The cooperative principle necessarily requires that the
writer and reader share a common set of discourse
assumptions. Thus, the reader, to facilitate the
understanding of the rhetoric of the writer, must subscribe
to the notion that the writer in fact does not utter
something for which there is no evidence, which is ambiguous
or deliberately misleading, which is irrelevant, etc. The
cooperative principle simply means that when trying to
construct a meaning representation from a text of this sort
(as opposed to, e.g., a work of fiction), the reader assumes
the truthfulness and honesty of the writer.

More important, however, is the fact that in this passage,
the writer overtly singles out Jews, calls them `criminals
of every stripe,' and invites the reader to hold them in the
same contempt that the reader would presumably hold any
`gangster, culture perverter, swindler and criminal.'

The passage stands as a justification for the Nazi policy of
dealing with Jews. The writer asserts that whatever German
(Nazi) policies were adopted, including the destruction of
six million Jews, those policies were perfectly logically
justified as a way for dealing with monstrous Jewish criminals.

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