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>12/22/02
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>Carrol:
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>   During the twentieth century, many so-called intellectuals publicly
>rationalized away the murderous crimes of communist regimes, especially those
>of Lenin, Stalin and Mao. And, of course, history has seen intellectuals like
>Ezra Pound extolling the fascist virtues of Mussolini.  So forgive me for
>being completely unimpressed with the misguided statements of 800
>intellectuals. If 800 people babble the same gibberish, it does not make it
>truthful. After all, in the often-sorry history of humankind, people have
>been executed for challenging the accepted majority view that the Earth is
>the center of the Universe, with the Sun revolving around it.
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>   I have spent four years on this list writing about Eliot and reading, with
>great interest, others' posts about Eliot. That is why I and others joined
>this particular list. I find your on-going attempts to usurp the T.S. Eliot
>list and turn it into a forum for a diatribe against Israel to be utterly
>contemptible and wholly unacceptable. But, as much it goes against every
>single reason why I (and others) devote time to this poetry list, I promise
>you that I will find the time to challenge each and every one of your
>hateful, venomous anti-Semitic posts (Yes, anti-Semitic, though thinly
>disguised and wrapped in the intellectual banner of "Anti-Israeli
>government").
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>   I simply refuse to allow you to spew lies against the Jewish people with
>impunity. If your views represent the majority views of the political left
>these days, then surely the left has wholly lost its way. If I'm the only one
>to confront and challenge your despicable poison, then, as Dante said, I will
>stand alone as a party of one. Be on notice: your intellectual bankruptcy and
>unconscionable prejudices will be publicly exposed and will not go
>unchallenged. You can count on it.
>
>-- Steve --
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Dear Steve,
    Once again, thank you for your post.

Marcia