Originally Posted by SDW2001
Look, what I'm saying is that nowhere else have I seen someone refer to the textbook definition of the term.
Well, I'm not surprised you have not seen it. Maybe you only read Right-wing sources and there's no point in them quoting the facts is there?
The term has a very, very specific meaning as I said. However, it is possible that this is not the case in the US - I don't know - but in Europe it means one thing and one thing only.
I also believe it means only one thing to US Jews too.
I understand that definition. Palin clearly used it in a different context.
Obviously. That's not the point though is it? People who use the word 'nigger' use it often in a different context. People who use the word 'untermensch' use it in a different context also but these uses still cause controversy.
She has a point. There are false accusations being made concerning her (and others') culpability. Many have stated that she is at least partly responsible, as are other "right wingers."
Some of the accusations are out of order I agree. I don't see Palin as responsible as such....but she is dangerous because she is stupid in the same way as Bush was. And she will appeal to stupid people (of whom there are millions and thus translate into power) and make stupid mistakes like this one. And worse.
The right-wing though may well be responsible. They exist in a culture of extreme violence and abuse...often against minorities as well as opponents. And they rejoice in it.
Those kind of statements are libelous. They also concern a violent act, hence the term blood libel.
This is verging on the insane.
It's a perfect term. You just don't like it.
I don't wind it...it's just a phrase.
What I find sick is when people like you think it is appropriate to use in a context where thousands of people were not systematically exterminated on the basis of their race.
Perhaps the Right will at some point lie about a certain ethnic group....perhaps they will claim that this group drinks White Christian blood. Perhaps they will then kill members of this ethnic group because of the lie they made up themselves.
Then I'll be happy to use the term myself.
But until then I will continue to be disgusted by your drawing an equivalence between those millions of deaths and Palin's situation.