May 28, 2011

Dopey WNJ Letter of the Week 2

Michael Heyman, son of a Holocaust survivor, is severely misguided:

Mr. Netanyahu is adept in his efforts to manipulate America’s foreign policy to be the same as the Israeli policy and oppose anything more than a token Palestinian state. It was disingenuous for him to leave unsaid that the president’s words were a reaffirmation of the U.S. position for the past 20 years – to carve out a Palestinian homeland from territory Israel appropriated in the Six-Day War. “Arab Spring” set in motion a thirst for democracy that came in like a tidal wave and spread throughout the Arab world. Any country that resists the inevitable will be swept away.

If America is going to be a leader of the emerging democracies, President Obama will have to show that America treats Israelis and Palestinians as equals – and he needs to do it sooner rather than later.

Two things. One, aside from perhaps the events in Tunisia, the evidence that there is a "democracy-loving" Arab Spring is simply foolish. What we've witnessed in Egypt, for example, may lead that country backward as the radical Muslim Brotherhood may be poised to win elections there, and the populace may be inclined to rescind the 30+ year old peace treaty with Israel. Two, to state that the US should treat the Palestinians and Israelis "equally" is akin to saying that the US should treat the Taliban and, say, the Italians equally. The comparison is ludicrous. How can you treat "equally" a population that, [hugely] by and large wants to decimate and eradicate an entire race of people?

But Heyman deserves respect as a descendant of a survivor of the previous attempt to eradicate the Jewish population. He deserves respect, even though I vehemently disagree with him, much like any American serviceman deserves respect ... even though I may disagree with him. I just pray that Heyman's misguided idealism wakes up before another major tragedy befalls his people.

Posted by Hube at May 28, 2011 07:37 AM | TrackBack

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I don't see where he deserves any respect. If he himself were a Holocaust survivor, yeah, I'd say he definitely deserves respect. But the fact that he is descended from a Holocaust survivor doesn't make him some kind of royalty. I'd say if anything he is showing a profound lack of respect for his families own suffering. As far as I'm concerned he needs his fucking ass kicked.

Posted by: ThePaganTemple at May 28, 2011 09:29 PM