Interesting, brief overview of Victory of the West, by Niccoló Capponi, featuring the Battle of Lepanto in 1571, where the Turkish fleet was smashed by a coalition navy. The response by Ottoman Sultan Selim II when he heard about the defeat?
“So, these treacherous Jews have deceived me!”
Nothing’s new, it seems. Especially, as reviewer Daniel Johnson says:
Every al-Qaeda attack is blamed on Israel, directly or indirectly. The misfortunes of the United States in Iraq are blamed on the “Israel lobby,” while many Europeans blame Israel for everything they resent about America.
It’s as if Jews, and Isreal specifically, are the collective Emmanuel Goldstein for the rabidly anti-Semitic and anti-American.
Reminds me of a line from the song “National Brotherhood Week” by the great Tom Leher:
Oh, the Protestants hate the Catholics,
And the Catholics hate the Protestants,
And the Hindus hate the Moslems,
And everybody hates the Jews.
Or, as another songwriter put it, “Everything old is new again.” And again and again.