Tuesday, 15 February 2011

Hell Hath No Fury Like Thomas Friedman Scorned...............by Dan Friedman

[I’ve been receiving a lot of mail today about St. Thomas Friedman’s latest anti-Israel rant. It’s been ages since I read his column or his paper and I only visit the website to download and print the puzzle, which I get for free. In that same spirit, I’m not going to supply a link. If you want, you can find them without my help. But below are a few well-chosen words from comrade-in-arms Richard Baehr of the indispensible American Thinker who still seems to let Friedman get under his skin.

Richard, the thing to remember about Friedman (no relation, thank G-d) is that he thinks the world of himself, but the world just won’t reciprocate - especially a tiny part of it called Israel. This in turn makes Tom furious because for at least 25 years the Jewish state has defied his prognostications and made him look the fool. Worse still, the product of his compounding rage is all there on the record in black and white. May Israel continue to confound Thomas L. Friedman and make his blood boil. The sooner the piece of poison burns himself out the sooner we can forget him. df]

Richard Baehr writes:

Tom Friedman, the single most overrated journalist in America, has been obsessed with Israel and settlements for three decades. In mid 2010, he accused Israel of behaving like Syrian mass murderer Hafez Assad, who put down a protest in the city of Hama in 1982, by killing most everyone in the town, 20,000 in all in a single day. Somehow, Israel's behavior reminded Friedman of this atrocity, since he accused Israel of following Hama rules in the 2006 war with Hezbollah, and the 2008 war with Hamas in in Gaza . Friedman believes the events in Egypt represented a great opportunity for Israel to drop its qualms and just make peace with the Palestinians, since the deal has been out there for a long time, and especially since he exchanged peace plans with the Saudis over sweet tea. . And of course, for Friedman, Israel's concern over what might follow Mubarak, and the stability of the 31 year peace treaty with Egypt that has prevented a land war between the nations after they fought 4 in 25 years from 1948 to 1973, is dismissed as Israel choosing to protect the pharoah, rather than stand for democracy, and disappointing the Obama administration which was such a paragon of virtue, speaking so forthrightly and consistently during the crisis.

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