The Radio Equalizer: Brian Maloney

13 January 2005

What the Prince Harry Uproar Really Means

Almost daily in the past several years, fresh reports of antisemitic incidents in Europe have made news. It's not just in France and Germany but the UK as well.

Sometimes the European left try to cover their hatred by using terms like "anti-Israel" or "the American Israeli lobby in Congress" (one of Archbishop Desmond Tutu's best-loved expressions, by the way) and other times they feel emboldened enough to go further.

So why are Europeans shocked that Prince Harry would show up at a party in a Nazi outfit? Why wouldn't this hate-filled rhetoric rub off on young people? Isn't Harry simply reflecting the Euro-environment around him?

Instead of attacking him, wouldn't it be a great time for Europeans to reflect on what got so many of them to this point? And how much further they may be willing to take things in the future?

(BBC News)
Sun front page
Prince Harry was photographed at a friend's fancy dress party
Prince Harry has apologised for wearing a swastika armband to a friend's fancy dress party.

Clarence House issued a statement in response to a photograph published on the front page of the Sun newspaper under the headline, "Harry the Nazi".

It read: "Prince Harry has apologised for any offence or embarrassment he has caused. He realises it was a poor choice of costume."

The Board of Deputies of British Jews said the costume was in "bad taste".


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