As repugnant as Monk's statement is, it's actually closer to the truth than any red-blooded American would care to know. The anti-semitism he speaks of was not only restricted to Germany and the United States. It was pervasive throughout practically the whole of the Western World. It was only when the horror of the concentration camps was revealed that everyone got the reality check. The horror was double, because everyone saw their own racial hatred manifested in what the Nazis did. As usual, in denial of our own sins, we double-damned the Germans and the Japanese so that we would not have to confront our own transgressions. Were there early Jewish refugees fleeing the terror that were turned away from our shores? Though I won't state so categorically, I do think I did read something to this effect some time ago. Still, I won't assert this without having a firm reference. Nonetheless, though I think going to this length in discussing matters of the Bush Adminstration is going a bit far, I have to recommend reading Howard Zinn's "A People's History of the United States." It's the real deal. One will quickly see that our nation's history isn't as rosy as we have been lead to believe. What the Bush Adminstration is and has been doing is pretty much to form. And it ain't pretty. Just remember: What most Americans want and believe this country to be is different than the designs of the rich and powerful elite would have.