I very much enjoyed the LGF quiz comparing right wing American talk concerning the Iraqis on one particularly invidious and rather stupid website with the statements of prominent Nazis about the Jews.
Most people couldn’t tell the difference between the statements. The prolific and stimulating Billmon at Whiskeybar did score a perfect 14 out of 14 (he attributes it to having once written “a college term paper on the cultural antecedents of Nazi rhetoric”.
Most only managed just above 50% – this is a shocking score as there were only two choices per question. Nazis and LG Footballers are almost indistinguishable
In honour of that quiz, I’ve am proposing a different kind of rhetorical game.
Here is a list of quotations from famous Americans about North American Indian peoples during the 19th century. While checking population numbers for another article about genocide, I was struck by how much the American rhetoric reminded me of Sharon’s own rhetoric concerning Palestinians that I had read in passing over the course of the last couple of years.
Now I don’t read Hebrew and don’t keep up with the Israeli press closely enough to be able to find again the exact parallel statements. But I’m guessing that the bright readers of the Whiskey Bar can help.
In the comments section below, please post parallel quotations from the Israeli leadership about Palestinians, together with time and place. The quotations should be accompanied by some kind of cooberating link from within the official American or Israeli press. If the reporting is now archived and inaccessible, an exact date and page and publication will be sufficient for verification.
I would prefer quotations directly attributable to Sharon but quotations from other significant politicians in Israeli governments past and present including Netanyahu and Ben-Gurion are eligible.
Without further ado, here are the main quotations:
I believe in the [Indian] policy that exterminates the Indians, drives them outside the boundaries of civilization, because you cannot civilize them.
Congressman James M. Cavanaugh 1868
No State can achieve proper culture, civilization and progress…as long as Indians are permitted to remain.
U.S. President Martin Van Buren
The most vicious cowboy has more moral principle than the average Indian…. Reckless, revengeful, fiendishly cruel, they rob and murder, not the cowboys, who can take care of themselves, but the defenseless, lone settlers on the plains.
Future President Teddy Roosevelt, January 1886
They have neither the intelligence, the industry, the moral habits, nor the desire of improvement…Established in the midst of another and superior race…they must necessarily yield…and ere long disappear. U.S. President Andrew Jackson, Message of the President to the Two Houses of Congress, 23rd Congress, 1833
We are not going to let a few thieving, ragged Indians stop and check the progress of the railroad. I regard the railroad as the most important element now in progress to facilitate the military interests of our Frontier….We must act with vindictive earnestness against the Sioux even to their extermination, men, women and children…they must feel the superior power of the Government.”
General Sherman (letter to General Grant) 1867
Not merely have all attempts to civilize them failed, but also every endeavor to enslave them. Our Indian tribes submit to extermination, rather than wear the yoke under which our Negro slaves fatten and multiply. Ethnological researcher Josiah C. Nott
Intelligence, activity, ambition, progression, high anatomical development, characterize some races; stupidity, indolence, immobility, savagism, low anatomical development characterize others….our only safety depends upon the total extermination of the Indians. Having wronged them for centuries we had better, in order to protect our civilization, follow it up by one more wrong and wipe these untamed and untameable creatures from the face of the earth. In this lies safety for our settlers and the soldiers who are under incompetent commands. Otherwise, we may expect future years to be as full of trouble with the redskins as those have been in the past.
L. Frank Baum. author of the Wizard of Oz
All history and honest observation will show that the Red Man is a skulking coward and a windy braggart, who strikes without warning—usually from an ambush or under cover of night, and nearly always bringing a force of about five or six to one against his enemy; kills helpless women and little children, and massacres the men in their beds; and then brags about it as long as he lives, and his son and his grandson and great-grandson after him glorify it among the “heroic deeds of their ancestors”.
Mark Twain, 1870
The idea that a handful of wild, half-naked, thieving, plundering, murdering savages should be dignified with the sovereign attributes of nations, enter into solemn treaties, and claim a country 500 miles wide by 1,000 miles long as theirs in fee simple, because they hunted buffalo or antelope over it, might do for a beautiful reading of Hiawatha, but is unsuited to the intelligence and justice of this age, or the natural rights of mankind.
New Mexico Supreme Court, United States v. Lucero, 1 NM S. Ct. 422, 1869
There will be a prize awarded for the closest matching and verified quote. Either a copy of textSOAP, the great text cleaning utility for Windows and Macintosh very useful in web writing or an equivalent donation will be made in the winner’s name to fund the work at either ISM (International Solidarity Movement) or First Nations Site.
The prize will be awarded one month from today, on condition that neither the Bush administration nor the Israelis deploy tactical nuclear weapons in the Middle East between now and then. In that case all bets are off.
Most quotes from First Nations Site.