There’s something about Tucker

Tucker Carlson devoted the October 9 episode of his X show to the Hamas/Israel war. He opened by searching for “the wise path forward” and asking what we should “do next in this chaotic moment.” For some reason, he didn’t directly answer his own question. We were to infer, however, that it’s none of our business. It might be best to avert our eyes.

“War begets more war,” he advised. Such mindless shibboleths were to guide us on the “wise path forward.” John Lennon was unavailable to confirm.

What is going on here? It struck me as something very dark. Tucker’s musings put me in mind of Charles Lindbergh’s descent before the United States was attacked at Pearl Harbor. I couldn’t help but think back to the “Anti-Semitism for Ye, but not for me” episode of Tucker Carlson Tonight on Fox News.

In the November 15 episode of his X show Tucker Carlson served as the medium for the madness of Candace Owens in her dispute with Ben Shapiro. For some reason, Israel leaves Carlson cold. He prides himself on keeping cool about Israel’s ordeal. With Owens he minimized and brushed it off as “a foreign tragedy,” although American citizens were and are victims of Hamas’s war.

Joel Pollak provided background in the Breitbart column on understanding the dispute. Pollak harked back to the roots of “America First” isolationism in the Second World War, when some Democrats and Republicans (Pollak says “conservatives”) opposed U.S. involvement. Some in the America First crows blamed the Jews for urging American support of Great Britain.

Lynne Olson’s Those Angry Days is illuminating popular history on this subject. Among many other things, it helps readers understand the dark places America First isolationism took Charles Lindbergh. Carlson left a lot unsaid when he referred to the Hamas massacre of Israelis and others “a foreign tragedy.” The case of Charles Lindbergh may help one to fill in the blanks.

For some reason or other — you be the judge — Carlson found this to be a good time to ask how the government of Israel treat Christians. In the April 9 edition of his show Carlson asserts: “In the West, Christian leaders don’t seem interested in knowing the answer.” For the alleged answer he turned to the view of a pastor from Bethlehem.

Caroline Glick comments:

This is mendacious hit piece that shows Tucker’s generally well-hidden hand. The Christian population of Bethlehem all but disappeared after the PLO took over in 1996 due to Islamic persecution. The only Christian population in the Middle East that is growing is the Christian community in Israel.

The Christian community in Gaza disappeared after Hamas took over in 2005.

In 2002, PLO terrorists took nuns and priests hostages in a standoff with IDF forces in the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem.

There may be a thousand Christians in Gaza, but “disappeared” isn’t far from the mark. By contrast, some 185,000 Christians live in Israel and, as Glick says, the Christian population is growing there alone of all countries in the Middle East. How can that be?

Glick to the contrary notwithstanding, Tucker doesn’t entirely ignore that 2002 incident. He says that “a clergyman was killed in the church with American weapons.” What else do you really need to know?

There is much more that could be said on the subject. Joel Pollak says some of it here. It seems fair to add that Carlson might “try talking to Christians who actually live in Israel, not under the Palestinian Authority, to answer th[e] question” he poses in this episode of his show.

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