October 21, 2003

Mahathir's Mire


From YahooNews (AFP) yesterday: Bush rebukes Mahathir over "divisive" remarks.

We're very glad to see President Bush's criticism, but Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad's anti-semitism is nothing new. This 1997 report from an organization called the Jewish World Congress cataloged Matathir's anti-semitic comments, going as far back as his 1970 book, The Malay Dilemma, in which he wrote that "the Jews for example are not merely hook-nosed, but understand money instinctively."

And as recently as last month, Mahathir said he suspected the Asian financial crisis might have risen from a Jewish "agenda", saying Jews "are not happy to see the Muslims progress."

Mahathir has promised to retire at the end of this month after running the Southeast Asian nation for 22 years. Good riddance.

(Hat tip RajanR)

Posted by Forkum at October 21, 2003 07:50 AM