June 06, 2010

On Israel

A lot of people have a lot of opinions about what's going on Israel these days. It seems most people have chosen to react to what has happened based almost entirely on their own preconceived notion about the conflict, and they're choosing to believe the facts or narrative they choose to believe.

I'm used to this with the left and right on most political issues, but I don't know that I've ever seen more of a divergence of underlying assumptions between two sides of an argument. A couple of other points:

- Seeing as how President Obama has been less critical of Israel, following the flotilla attack, than just about any head of state in the world, I'm really not seeing how his reaction proves he's "anti-Israel." Read the transcript of his Larry King interview- I really can't find anything untoward in there at all.

- Helen Thomas needs to be fired, immediately. Being critical of Israel or Israel's government actions doesn't make you an anti-Semite. But saying the Jews should go back to Germany or Poland, I'd say, does.

And once again, as long as we're kicking people out of the mainstream media for being anti-Jewish, how about we toss out Pat Buchanan too?

Oh, and Drudge- you're an asshole too. Obama had his picture taken with Helen Thomas, therefore their views on the Mideast must be exactly alike? I'll bet you can find a similar picture of Thomas with, oh, every U.S. president since Eisenhower.

Posted by Stephen Silver at June 6, 2010 11:56 PM
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