Reality checking Tom Friedman on the Middle East

I really shouldn’t pick on Tom Friedman.  If he was the average idiot holding forth in a bar or living room, I probably wouldn’t.  But this average idiot has a forum — the New York Times — that gives him license to spread his stupidity to a much wider audience than is made available to the normal fool.

Friedman has distinguished himself again this past weekend with an article, written from his Olympian vantage point in New York, opining that everyone ought to leave the Israelis and Palestinians alone so that both sides can see the error of their ways.  It is the usual Leftist pap that pretends there is a moral equivalence between the Israelis and the Palestinians.  They are, in his mind both equally sinned against and sinning.

Friedman is, as I said, a fool.  While the Israelis are no saints, they are not sinners.  The same cannot be said for the Palestinians, at least at the leadership level.  They are malevolent people who are happy to sacrifice their own citizens, and to make free use of the credulous fools in the West, in order to achieve their real goal:  not peace and certainly not a two state solution, but (as their own charter freely admits) the complete destruction of the Jewish state and all her citizens.  Aren’t they likely to have idiots take up their cause?

By the way, if you doubt my freely stated assertions about Israeli good will and Palestinian intransigence, read this.

And a second “by the way” — the Israelis aren’t so bright either.  There’s an old saying:  “Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me.”  The Israelis, blinded by their own Left, have clearly been fooled too many times to count.

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  • suek

    Off topic…in fact, by rights, it belongs on an open post…but there isn’t one handy!  So…I ran across this link this AM, and found it pretty interesting.  I hadn’t heard of this particular type of war-gaming before.  It’s pretty reasonable, I suppose, but still…surprising.
     
    http://patriotsagainstthenwo.blogspot.com/2010/12/pentagon-preps-too.html

  • Danny Lemieux

    I really shouldn’t pick on Tom Friedman.  If he was the average idiot holding forth in a bar or living room, I probably wouldn’t.  But this average idiot has a forum — the New York Times — that gives him license to spread his stupidity to a much wider audience than is made available to the normal fool.

    Stupid is as stupid does, I suppose.  I always assumed that only intellectual idiots take the New York Times seriously so, in that regard, he’s pretty much preaching to his own choir. Friedman has an uncanny ability to state the obvious while simultaneously missing the obvious. That being said, not having read the article (I refuse to register my name with the NYT only as it would only help drive their ad revenues), I also happen to believe that Palestinians and Israelis should just be left to sort out their differences on their own without any meddling on our part. They’ve both been playing the U.S. and EU for fools, and rightly so. Friedman’s shlocked crock can still be right twice a day.

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com Ymarsakar

    Danny, don’t you mean left twice a day?

  • SADIE

    (Weekly Standard)- Z Street, the pro-Israel group that alleges the IRS has prevented it from gaining tax exempt status because its policy toward Israel is anti-thetical to the administration’s, now says that the IRS is changing its tune. Instead, Z Street is being excluded because of a “a Terrorism Special Policy, and that Israel is included.” Lori Lowenthal Marcus, in a short press release, briefly explains what’s going on:

    We now have the mind-numbing IRS defense for delaying (almost a year now!) Z STREET’s application for tax exempt status.  In a signed affidavit, an IRS official explains that there is no “Israel Special Policy,” instead it is a Terrorism Special Policy, and that Israel is included.  That’s right, Israel is a terrorist state because terrorism happens there.  True, Israel is the victim, but why quibble with details?  This brings moral equivalency to a whole new level.  Every Zionist should be screaming from the rooftops.  The brief is here and the most significant of the IRS affidavits is here.  The affidavit of the agent in charge of Z STREET’s application ishere.  And you’ll be shocked, shocked to learn that the government completely ignores having asked another organization whether that organization “supports the existence of Israel”, and that organization’s “religious beliefs about the land of Israel.”  That doesn’t quite fit into their new defense.  Nor, of course, the Constitution.
     
     

  • gpc31

    I really shouldn’t pick on Tom Friedman.  If he was the average idiot holding forth in a bar or living room, I probably wouldn’t.  But this average idiot has a forum — the New York Times — that gives him license to spread his stupidity to a much wider audience than is made available to the normal fool.

    Well, why not?  The guy is Ron Burgundy with a porn ‘stache and jowls.

  • SADIE

    The guy is Ron Burgundy with a porn ‘stache and jowls.
     
    Or a hybrid between Ron Jeremy and Ron Burdundy. LOL

  • SADIE

    oops..Burgundy

  • gpc31

    Sadie, you know I love you, but even though Friedman is a putz, he’s no Ron Jeremy.  Yutz, maybe…

  • SADIE

    Nope. Won’t go there. Must exert control, even if I implode with a dozen puns racing across my mind.
     
    p.s. If only I could make any of them fit for family friendly viewing.

  • Charles Martel

    No, no, no, no. . . .

    Ron Jeremy and Sadie in same thought. . . .

    Please. Head. Do. Not. Explode.