Kasey is a unique dog. Many dogs like trash, of course. Kasey does, too. But Kasey especially craves a certain kind of trash — used Kleenex from the bathroom wastebasket.
If you leave the bathroom door open and the wastebasket on the floor within Kasey’s reach, it’s just a matter of time before you hear a bang and clatter and then see old Kasey shuffling by, munching on a mouthful of tissue and guarding it zealously when you try to get it away from her.
Disgusting, you say? Sure! But dogs do a lot of disgusting things, from appalling tongue swabs of their nether regions to up-close-and-personal sniffs of assorted animal droppings to hearty bites of flyblown roadkill. By comparison, chowing down on used Kleenex is a minor transgression in the canine health and sanitation area.
The mysterious question, however, is: why used Kleenex? As I’ve mentioned before, there’s a lot that we don’t know about Kasey’s history, given her Erie County Humane Society past. Did she once have to survive on Kleenex to fill her belly? Is eating used Kleenex the canine equivalent of nose-picking? Does the Kleenex remind her of something pleasant from her past? Are her senses of smell and taste so acute that she can identify the human who used the tissue?
Kasey will never tell. I’d ask her, but she’s working on a mouthful of Kleenex right now.
What should Jews do? No one is predicting a second Holocaust — but no one predicted a first Holocaust, either. No one wants to retreat in the face of depraved and murderous attacks, but would you want to continue to expose your family and children to potentially unsafe conditions and a culture in which slurs and physical intimidation are increasingly commonplace? It’s an impossible individual choice, being made against the dark historical backdrop of genocide that happened on the European continent less than a century ago.
The burden instead must fall on governments to stop Europe from backsliding into hell. Protest marches and public pronouncements are nice, but more must be done to stop the anti-Semitic wave, demonstrate the commitment to a Europe that welcomes and includes Jews, culturally and politically, and aggressively identify and prosecute the perpetrators of street bullying, vandalism, shootings, and every other anti-Jewish criminal act. Americans can reinforce that message by not spending their money in Europe unless action is taken.
If people are to leave the European continent in the wake of an anti-Semitic wave, it should be the wrongdoers, not the persecuted.