(From “The Redacted Beatitudes,” The Book Of Mitch, Chapter 12, verse 17.)
Someone’s getting a wee bit tetchy down Windham way. VTDigger:
Vermont State Police are investigating a “chilling” anti-Semitic voicemail left for an official whose company is seeking to build a large-scale wind farm in southern Vermont.
… Company officials requested the name and position of the employee, who is Jewish, not be released, and he declined to be interviewed.
Good to see that the anonymous perp did her due diligence. It’d be embarrassing if she left this little turd in, say, Clive MacGregor’s inbox:
“You ______ are a Jew and you cannot wait to drive 28 stakes through a town full of free, white Christian men with guns, and unfortunately the way to attract free, white Christian men with guns to you is to try and take their homes.”
“So, why don’t you go to Palestine ______ where you can shoot the feet of Palestinian soccer players, you can burn babies alive, you can rape Russian sex slaves and really overtly enjoy yourself rather than this covert activity in Vermont where you think no one knows you’re a Jew because you’re going to find out that they do. Bye-bye.”
You’d think this would be a clearcut case of crossing the line, right? Nobody could possibly defend this, could they?
Hahaha, we’re talking about the anti-wind brigade here.
And in the article and the comments section beneath, they tried to turn things completely backwards — pinning the blame on Iberdrola, pro-wind advocates, and the turbines themselves. First, anti-wind activist Liisa Kissel swore that her camp “would never do anything underhanded like that.”
So, false flag operation, I guess.
Next, Kim Fried:
This is an unfortunate incident but citizens and communities that are threatened by huge industrial ridge line developments feel desperate when they are ignored by the state and dismissed by the developer who has endless money to spread around. Desperate people will do desperate things to save their families and communities.
Yeah, desperate people have no choice but to make vicious anti-Semitic phone calls. I think this is another of the alleged effects of inaudible noise and/or Flicker Syndrome: noxious hate speech from a previously blameless, innocent Vermonter.
Next, a rather illiterate commenter named Neil Johnson:
You really need to thank VNRC and VPIRG for all these wind mills, they made it all happen.
Well them and all the legislators that gave this the fast track green light. They recently did a poll, by the Vermont Conservation Voter, which is run by the VNRC. They stated that they Democrats are doing all of what they want them too.
Ouch. Maybe our public school system does need an overhaul. And finally, of course, chief anti-renewables instigator Annette Smith had to weigh in:
This article proves once again that wind energy is one ugly business.
She went on to enumerate several alleged incidents of anti-wind advocates being threatened in one way or another. If those things happened, they are completely unacceptable and obnoxious. But to start out by blaming “wind energy” for producing ugliness in one of Smith’s fellow-travelers, well, that just shows you how far over the top and off the reservation she is.
Repeat after me, folks: Anti-Semitic threats are odious. They have no place in our public discourse no matter what the provocation. If the anti-wind folks want to be taken seriously as participants in energy debates, they need to stop making excuses for such behavior.
And while this particular threat may be an isolated incident, there is a nasty little nativist streak in the far reaches of the oppositionist world. Foreign names, foreign companies, are slammed for the very fact of their foreignness, as though they are alien threats to the purity of Vermont. Iberdrola. Gaz Metro. Blittersdorf. And now our anonymous Jewish employee.
Obviously the unknown hate caller stepped over the line. But many others have been walking right up to the line and sticking their toes on the other side. It was only a matter of time before one of their number took things too far.