Ahmadinejad *isn’t* Jewish?

Which raises a question: Is it good for the Jews?

Apparently not.

So, to ask an old question:

Is this good for the Jews?

I’m of two minds.

On the one hand, whatever makes anti-Semites look ridiculous is good, and a Jewish anti-Semite is always good for a laugh.

On the other hand, remember Charlie Rangel’s deadly comment about George W. Bush:  that he’d single-handedly destroyed the myth of white supremacy.   If that loon had really turned out to be Jewish, it would have been much harder to maintain with a straight face the idea that Jews have some sort of genetic cognitive edge.

So on balance I’m glad to let the Aryans claim him.

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: Markarkleiman-at-gmail.com

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