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Friday, September 07, 2012

Nazi Who Threatened to Burn My "Jew House" is Dead

The General's inner-Frenchman here. A few days ago, I learned that the Nazi skinhead who terrorized my family for a decade died of an overdose last weekend. I know I should forgive him, but frankly I'm happy as hell he's gone.

At the same time, I feel sorry for him. From what I understand, he was a third generation Nazi. His family spent summers at the Aryan Nations compound in Hayden Lake, Idaho before the SPLC shut them down. He was raised to be the monster he became. Sure, we all have the opportunity to break free from our upbringing. I did. But, I wonder if some lack the intellectual capability to do so. Our persecutor was a very stupid man. I don't think he was capable of seeing beyond the indoctrination his family provided.

Anyway, I thought I'd repost something I wrote back in February 2006. It briefly outlines some of the problems we had with him.
Commenters at strormfront and Little Green Footballs have a lot in common. For instance, they both believe that you're an anti-Semite if you criticize Israel's apartheid government.

My wife, daughters, and grandson are Jewish. We live near a part of Washington State that has been targeted as a new white homeland by the neo-nazis. Many have moved here. We have a Christian Identity church and a militia in our town--that's part of the reason I blog using a pseudonym.

For awhile, the National Socialist Vanguard left their anti-Semitic literature on our doorstep on a regular basis. My daughters were harassed by skinheads when they were in high school. It became so bad we called the ADL. The principal blamed it on my daughters for flaunting their Jewishness by wearing stars of David. He eventually resigned because of it.

It was hard on my daughters. One renounced her heritage for awhile and pretended to be a Presbyterian so that she could better fit in with her peers. It's heartbreaking to see your daughter in that much pain.

More recently, a skinhead, whose family never missed the Aryan Nation's summer gatherings at Hayden Lake, Idaho during their heydey, told my oldest daughter that they were going to burn down our "jew house" and run us out of town. I spent a few nights cradling a shotgun after that. So please tell me more about my anti-Semitism.

The Israeli government does not represent the views of my family or most of the Jews I talk to at the temple. We're Americans. We're liberal. We oppose racism and bigotry in all of its forms. Our opposition to the Israeli right isn't anti-Semitic--it's American, because we cherish notions of equality and ethnic tolerance.

Some also question why I haven't criticized the Muslims who are rioting over the Danish cartoons. I don't see the point in doing so. Their idiocy speaks for itself. Fundamentalists act like fundamentalists. I think that it is more interesting to look at how the cartoons are an expression of Europe's racist attitudes toward its darker citizens.

--The General's Inner Frenchman

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