“Go where you belong from now on – into the dustbin of history!” Leon Trotsky’s 1917 message to the Mensheviks.
Between 1963 and 2004, I did some traveling. Places visited included Chaguanas, Trinidad; San Francisco; Las Vegas; Boulder, Colorado; Moscow; Berlin; Tokyo; Beijing; Xian; Shanghai; Macou; Hong Kong; Phnom Penh; Santiago, Chile; Seoul; Havana; Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Brooklyn; New Jersey; Manhattan; and Jerusalem. In retrospect, a time lapse revealing a transformed global landscape, the Cold War having given way to what post 9/11 has come to be called a war on terror. Emerging from the shadows of that war, a resumption of the war against the Jews.
I set out on these travels simply to see the world– or some of it – and visit places I’d only heard about, not to make any great discoveries. Important to point out that the travels began in 1963 when Fidel looked like a winner and the Left was riding high and would before long come out in force to do its thing in the streets of America while the Vietnam War was happening. The major revelation of my travel was that Leon’s Bolshevik vision in all its forms – European, Asian, Latin-American – was done. The revolutionary upheavals in Russia, China, Cuba, Cambodia and Vietnam were not harbingers of a great socialist future. The specter that had haunted the 20th century was history.
The Soviet embassy in Havana, designed by the “People’s Architect,” Aleksandr Rochegov, has been described as a “constructivist pile so unremittingly ugly and out of place it has been compared to a syringe.” All the better, went the joke, to inject communism.
Béla Tarr’s dystopian Hungarian landscapes deliver a comparable message.
Among the nations casting an anti-Israel vote at the UN Security Council 23 December 2016 was Venezuela. It is difficult to comprehend that a nation in the grip of absolute socialist turmoil, a nation in which starvation has become reality for so many of its citizens, would regard an attack on Israel as a priority. There is this from a Boxing Day story in The New York Times:
“MATURÍN, Venezuela — His name was Kevin Lara Lugo, and he died on his 16th birthday. He spent the day before foraging for food in an empty lot because there was nothing to eat at home. Then in a hospital because what he found made him gravely ill. Hours later, he was dead on a gurney, which doctors rolled by his mother as she watched helplessly. She said the hospital had lacked the simplest supplies needed to save him on that day last July.”
The Venezuelan vote was cast by Rafael Darío Ramírez Carreño. An engineer, politician, and diplomat, Ramírez was the longest-serving cabinet member under President Hugo Chávez. If it can be said that one man near single-handedly destroyed Venezuela with fantastical socio-economic schemes while encouraging a plague of antisemitism, that man was Hugo Chávez. Absolutely fitting that one of his high-profile stooges would be among the well-fed cabrón happy to plunge a dagger into the heart of the Jewish state. Senior Ramírez might have used his time at the Security Council to plead the case for his desperate nation, for Kevin and many others. Apparently, the government of Venezuela had other priorities.
The anger and regret at the lost moral order of Soviet communism may run deep. Russia’s current Head of State, Vladimir Putin, is not a man of the Left but an anti-Marxian believer in passionarnost, the notion that the nation’s victories in war were not won by ideology but by tribal grit.
Ever ungracious, the Left has refused to ride the one-way ticket into history’s dustbin. Desperate to pump a little life into an ideological corpse, diehard leftists have gone after the State of Israel, disregarding historical realities, as Marxian polemicists are inclined to do, casting the Jewish state as a white man’s imperialism in the brown Middle East. The bottomless reservoir of Jew hatred, Jews ever suspect and available as scapegoats, compensating for the deficiency in logic.
We need to keep in mind that it is above all the Jewishness of the Jewish state that gives offense. Oddly, there is, as we know, much Jewish participation in the annual Israel Apartheid Week (IAW) and the Boycott, Divest and Sanction (BDS) movements, both of which coincide with the early years of the war on terror.