Oliver Stone decries Jewish lobby’s power
07/26/10
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(JTA) -- Oscar-winning director Oliver Stone in an interview decried what he called the Jewish lobby's control over Washington's foreign policy and said that Hitler's actions should be put "into context."

Stone in an interview with the Sunday Times also said that "Jewish domination of the media" has prevented an honest discussion about the Holocaust.

Jewish organizational and Israeli officials condemned the remarks, which were published Sunday.

The article by reporter Camilla Long is not available online without a paid subscription to the newspaper, although British bloggers and other newspapers have printed excerpts.

During the interview, Stone said that Jews were dictating U.S. foreign policy and that the Jewish lobby "are hard workers."

"They stay on top of every comment, the most powerful lobby in Washington," he said, adding that "Israel has f---ed up United States foreign policy for years."

Stone, the winner of three Academy Awards, including as best director for "Platoon" and "Born on the Fourth of July," has a Jewish father. He also directed such films as "Wall Street," "JFK" and "Nixon."

On Hitler, Stone said that the German leader “did far more damage to the Russians than the Jewish people, 25 or 30 million. Hitler was a Frankenstein, but there was also a Dr. Frankenstein -- German industrialists, the Americans and the British. He had a lot of support.”

Elan Steinberg, vice president of the American Gathering of Holocaust Survivors and their Descendants, in a brief statement said that "We are deeply offended. These are words of hate and a disgraceful evocation of anti-Semitism. Shame on Oliver Stone."

Israel's public diplomacy minister, Yuli Edelstein, also condemned Stone's remarks.

"They are nauseating, anti-Semitic and racist," the Jerusalem Post quoted Edelstein as saying. "Not only is he showing ignorance, he is demonizing Jews for no reason and returning to the 'Protocols of the Elders of Zion.'

"When a man of Stone's stature speaks in this way, it can bring waves of anti-Semitism and anti-Israel sentiment, and may even damage Jewish communities and individuals."

Stone recently completed a documentary on Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and is working on a documentary series about American history.  

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If the logic is that someone is somehow to be seen 'in context' as relatively not so bad as once imagined because, 'hey look, this person went and caused the murder of 25 to 30 million other people, and that's a bigger number than 6 million' -- well, to me the conclusion would be then aren't they even much worse than you might have imagined? All that does is show how dreadful the context really was, not less dreadful. This isn't the first time this type of reasoning dubious beyond all absurdity appears. How in the world does it pass as logic? I guess because anyone seeking to draw such conclusions has by definition taken leave of their senses long before uttering such 'formulations' which by their pseudo-logical gloss-appeal disguise their underlying 'fulminating' character. But maybe there is something about such pseudo-logic that can cause usually very smart people to trip up in confusion? IF so, perhaps advise that we teach our young people more thoroughly the subject of logic and reasoning, and the numerous errors that can occur when depending on such methods to make sense of things.
Regarding Oliver Stone's statement today about Jewish domination of the media. Well, Is Stone wrong? Also, as having been all over the American political map as a participant, I find that Jewish American's relate to the Democratic (J-Street) and Stone's interpretation. When I was a member of the Republican Party the blind support for Israel or what I thought was Israel and her defense and support to this end was in the top 5 and still is. What’s wrong with the rightwing here? Or in the alternative what’s wrong with Stone and the left wing’s interpretation of this. This will speak volumes to me. I need an Israeli perspective here as the pots and pans being pounded by the left vs. the right regarding Israel is still very much of a mystery to me.

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