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Friday, June 02, 2006

Anti-Israel Bias

The Left's veneration of other nations' sovereignty, while deploring the US attempt to assert its sovereignty over its borders, has led it to claim that because a country has voted a certain way, they are beyond reproach. We hear that the Palestinians have "spoken" by electing Hamas to run it, so Hamas must be treated as the legitimate government. That is so, but becuase of Hamas' direct terrorist activities, why should we not bring all pressure to penalize these people for the erroneous choice?

Ed Koch, in his criticism of the NYT and BBC anti-Israel bias, quotes the NYT's concise restatement of this theme:

no one has the right, states The Times, to "punish the Palestinian people by endorsing any unilateral proposal (a reference to President Bush's support of a land exchange of about eight percent of the West Bank containing Jewish settlements) - doing that would punish them for exercising their democratic right to vote."

Koch retorts:

What idiocy on the part of The Times. Of course, the Palestinian people should be punished for their election decision.

That same view - not to criticize or take action - was in vogue in 1932 and thereafter following Hitler's democratic victory in Germany when he became the lawful Chancellor of the German government and began his war against the Jews and later the nations of Europe. Had the German nation been criticized and punished for electing Hitler in 1932, the world may have been spared the slaughter by the Nazis of 50 million people including six million Jews...

In the 1930s and '40s, the critical failure of The Times, reported on and acknowledged by The Times after World War II, was its omission to adequately report on the murderous war against the Jews undertaken by Hitler and his Nazi government.

Appeasement of dictators and anti-US and anti-Jewish state animus motivates the MSM today.


At 9:08 PM, Anonymous Jon said...

Koch's RealClearPolitics article -- the same one you linked to -- states an independent study finds the NYTimes does not have a "systematic or deliberate bias." Then, Koch says, "I don't agree with the panel's conclusion. I continue to believe..." yadayadayada. Um, I dunno, to me that says it's not the NYTimes that's biased, but rather, Koch is. So, there's that.

Then there's this bit about punishment. How much more should they be punished? From an SF Chron article (http://tinyurl.com/nn259):

"Under new guidelines issued April 12 by the Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Asset Control, U.S. citizens and organizations must cease all transactions with the Palestinian government, its ministries and institutions operating under their control.

The Treasury directive noted that Hamas is classified as a terrorist entity, and it ordered U.S. citizens to conclude all contacts with the Palestinian Authority by Friday, unless specifically permitted to continue."

In English that means we're imposing sanctions against Hamas and the whole of Palestine.

Bush supports Israel wholeheartedly, as do I (I know, hard to believe someone on the left could actually support Israel's defense measures, including the wall and targeted assassinations... or *gasp* agree with Bush :). I'm genuinely not sure what Koch is reacting to.

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