The day started off with a celebration on NPR for George Soros’s donation of $100 million to
Human Jihadi Rights Watch. In the interview, Soros stated that the donation was necessary to fund the group since the United States has lost the “moral high ground” thanks to the Global War on Terror and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
I find it difficult to be lectured to on moral issues by a Nazi collaborator – a member of the Judenrat who never expressed regret or remorse for his hand in the extermination of millions during the war and the pillaging of currencies and undermining of small investors through insider stock trading afterward as Scott Carter writes:
“No feeling of guilt?” asked Kroft. “No,” said Soros. “There was no sense that I shouldn’t be there. If I wasn’t doing it, somebody else would be taking it away anyhow. Whether I was there or not. So I had no sense of guilt.” A Nazi would steal the Jews’ property anyways. So why not him?
That moral hollowness has shaped Soros’ life. He’s a rabid critic of capitalism, but in 1992 when he saw a chance, he speculated against the British pound, causing it to crash, devastating retirement savings for millions of Britons. Soros pocketed $1.1 billion for himself. If he didn’t do it, someone else would, right?
In 2002, Soros was convicted of insider trading in France, and fined millions of dollars. He admitted buying the shares, but denied it was a crime.
Last year, when he made $3.3 billion off the banking collapse, he called the world’s financial crisis “the culmination of my life’s work.”
This is a man who boasted he offered to help his mother commit suicide. Apparently he didn’t see enough death in Hungary.
I have come to believe that some men are born without souls. They lack the consciences that most are born with or learn from their parents and grandparents and as a result lack the constraints on their actions of empathy. There is little that separates a man like George Soros from your run-of-the-mill jihadi, except the latter doesn’t usually financially profit from the misery of their victims – and usually blow themselves up in the process.
George Soros has no soul. Someone with a conscience could not have participated in the Holocaust without feeling remorse. A man who plunders the savings of millions lacks a conscience if he can swallow his food without it sticking in his throat. The man who has chosen to become the very example of the rapacious and vile Jewish banker of Nazi propaganda posters has no soul if he funds an organization dedicated singularly to the destruction of Israel.
In his Eightfold Path, the Buddha taught “one ought not to engage in trades or occupations which, either directly or indirectly, result in harm for other living beings.” Although not Buddhist (and perhaps no longer even Jewish), George Soros’s occupation as “rapist in chief” of capitalist economies makes one wonder what the Buddha would make of a man like Soros using his ill-gotten wealth to spread anti-American and anti-semitic propaganda. He would probably shrug, smile and say “He’s eighty now, isn’t he?”
What George Soros is doing with his billions differs little from what Osama Bin Laden and his wealthy Jihadi-spreading financiers have done over the past two decades. The only difference is that the NPR interviewer wouldn’t have smelled like an old man’s socks after kissing Soros’s feet for 3 minutes in the Bin Laden interview.
Unlike Soros, Bin Laden was born into wealth and power. Bin Laden eventually rebelled against the wealth and power of Saudi Arabia that allowed his family to prosper, eventually being disinherited and officially cast off from the elite that fostered him.
Soros escaped to Western Europe and the United States where he eventually rebelled against the free society that allowed him to prosper, as well as the basis of that prosperity itself: free market capitalism. As Carter notes, Soros seems overly fixated on central authority – a remnant of his life with the Nazis and later with the Communists, perhaps.
Both men show a fanatical and in the case of Bin Laden, single-minded desire to kill the systems that allowed them to achieve success. In the case of Bin Laden, I suspect that the roots of his hatred of the Saudi regime lay in his religious beliefs. Soros has no such beliefs as far as I can tell; all that matters to him is his personal success. Killing the system of freedom and free-market capitalism is almost Oedipal in intent; it would guarantee that no one can achieve his success.
Yet in the case of both men, eternity awaits (at least for Soros – I believe Bin Laden’s bones lay beneath the mountains of Tora Bora). Bin Laden has failed to drive the Saudi ruling elite out of the Arabian Peninsula, and Israel stands defiantly, a bulwark of freedom and democracy among the autocrats Soros adores. Both men have – and will ultimately fail – just as all men do who lack souls.
The soul is what keeps a man from harming another, but it is also the spirit that keeps him persevering in the face of adversity. In the end it shapes the footprint that he leaves on this world, and one that cannot be erased by a hundred million dollars worth of lies and propaganda. Without it, Soros’s money will blow away in the wind, and his name will be forgotten just as Bin Laden’s will someday be.