Long-time reader and Thinker of Deeper Thoughts Mitch, who might be a full-time operative of ours in some department to which the Czar doesn’t pay much attention, wrote in on the recent discussions of Israeli demographics.
Mitch is a bit uncomfortable with the subject of white-skinned versus non-white-skinned peoples in the Middle East, and with good reason. He wants to point out a couple of things, though:
|Your points about the descent of the Ashkenazi do not align with modern genetics research. They are a genetically distinct, and rather isolated population – having self-selected for tribal solidarity (anyone who wanted to take it *easy* converted to the local majority religion and dropped out into the general population, the remainders had to work at it. In fact, there is a strong argument that the combination of urbanism and literacy requirements acted as a long-term inadvertent eugenics experiment, causing an apparent five-ten point IQ *average* advantage among Ashkenazi vs. the general European population) and disinclination to intermarry with non-Jews.
Yes, rapes and backdoor bastardy will have its way with human genetics – and I once met a blue-eyed, canary-yellow blonde Orthodox woman, so individual cases will diverge all over the map. But on average, the genetic population of the Ashkenazi, – barring the basic genetic drift caused by 2000 to 1500 years of isolation from the Sephardim and Mizrahim, which includes the elevated intelligence and associated genetic diseases distinct to the Ashkenazi – shows recognizable commonality with their cousins of the Mediterranean and the Middle East.
The Czar had a longer thought the other day that got into haploid types but he deleted it from his response simply because it reduced the whole thing to triviapretty much as Mitch laid it out. In fact, more specifically, the genetics of the local population of Israel show that Palestinians are much, much closer to Jews than they would want to admit. So the whole thing is silly.
If this looks like the Czar is shifting his position, it isn’t. Nor is Operative BJ.
The question isn’t one of genetics, but of cultural influence. Modern Israel was founded between 1880-1948 by various groups of people who had spent their lives, up until that point, in Europe or as the sons and daughters of European parents. For most of themthe Ashkenazi in particulartheir language was Germanic. Their cultural influences were Polish, Lithuanian, Hungarian, German, and French. They lived in a world of European fascism, European democracies, European socialism, European national socialism, European communism, and on and on. Their world outlook was shaped in Europe for the most part. Hence, they are the descendents of Europeans far more so than Samaritans or Judeans.
But that, in effect, was Operative BJ’s greater point: when your genetics are the same, your history just as convoluted, what the position of the medianot Operative BJ, SMR, or the Czarcomes down to is a matter of skin coloration.
Heck, Mitch agrees:
|This is why I hate to see “white” used in a racial context when talking about the Middle East. American cultural distinctions associated with race are inappropriate in the regional context – yes, Caucasians and Semitics are kind of, sort of separate races genetically. But that’s not the same thing as “White”, especially these days, when Asians are batched together with their English-speaking European cohorts when it comes down to racebaiting and affirmative action bean-counting, and some very, very Caucasian Hispanics get excluded from the definition|
It’s the MSM that is simplifying the news cycle to a “Jews versus Arabs” binary reduction that’s tantamount to the racial titillation that’s so delightful to the Left. Now they can hate Israel, since every other argument has been disproven. That’s all.
Божію Поспѣшествующею Милостію Мы, Дима Грозный Императоръ и Самодержецъ Всероссiйскiй, цѣсарь Московскiй. The Czar was born in the steppes of Russia in 1267, and was cheated out of total control of all Russia upon the death of Boris Mikhailovich, who replaced Alexander Yaroslav Nevsky in 1263. However, in 1283, our Czar was passed over due to a clerical error and the rule of all Russia went to his second cousin Daniil (Даниил Александрович), whom Czar still resents. As a half-hearted apology, the Czar was awarded control over Muscovy, inconveniently located 5,000 miles away just outside Chicago. He now spends his time seething about this and writing about other stuff that bothers him.