Why Thomas Friedman Abetted Anti-Semitism

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Friedman’s charge, as Rothman points out, is not only “scurrilous, destructive and harmful” to Israel, but it is also a lie. The Congress of the United States — including Republicans who have virtually no Jews in their district or state — supports Israel for the same reasons Harry Truman recognized Israel against the advice of the U.S. State Department, Richard Nixon saved Israel during the 1973 War despite his anger at Jewish liberals, and Dick Cheney vigorously supported Israel despite Wyoming’s having almost no Jewish population. They all believed that Israel shares America’s moral values, while Israel’s enemies (who happen to hate America as well as Israel) do not.

So how does Mr. Friedman, whom I assume is an honorable man and well-intentioned seeker of peace in the Middle East, write something that is equally mendacious and hateful, that abets anti-Semitism and that labels every pro-Israel congressman and senator a political whore?

Because he is a man of the left.

When good people adopt the leftist worldview, they eventually support ideas and say things that are cruel. Thomas Friedman did not write this anti-Semitic libel because he is an anti-Semite. Of course he is not an anti-Semite. He wrote it because he is a leftist.

Leftism poisons everything it influences — from journalism to the arts to universities to religion to government to male-female relations. And ultimately leftism poisons character. This does not mean that everyone with left-wing views becomes a bad person, and it doesn’t mean that everyone with conservative views is a good person. Both judgments are untrue and foolish.

But it does mean that leftism leads to pathologic altruism, i.e., bad things done by people with pure intentions. Just as Mahatma Gandhi’s hatred of violence led him to tell the Jews of Europe not to resist Hitler, so too has leftism led decent people who would weep at Israel’s destruction to mouth the very same lies about Israel as those who seek its annihilation.

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  • Arthur Fliegenheimer

    Do you know how to say "Quisling

  • g_jochnowitz

    Andrei S. Markovits, writing in the relatively progressive magazine Dissent, said in the Winter 2005 issue, “A new European (and American) commonality for all lefts—a new litmus test of progressive politics—seems to have developed: anti-Americanism and anti-Zionism (though not anti-Semitism, at least not yet).”

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    .פרידמאן איז פשוט א חזיר

  • Ron Carnine

    The Israeli lobby does not hold a candle to the from Saudi Arabia. As I commented elsewhere on a trip to my public library I found literature from that nation extolling its virtues. I also noted that Saudi Arabia couldn't brag enough about itself w/o condemning Israel. Saudi Oil money purchases places in American education through its large donations, places for the rewriting of history and out right hostility toward Israel. Saudi Arabia, the largest exporter of radical Islam and terrorism in the world, ought to hide its head instead of bragging about how wonderful it is. It rates right up there with Iran and out to be on the US list of terrorist organizations instead of being given a place of legitimacy and prominence. It also has purchased the influence of Democrats in the US congress and into the Presidents inner circle.

    • Raymond in DC

      True. I just finished reading Sen. Bob Graham's "Intelligence Matters", written following his work on the 9/11 Commission. In it he discusses the Saudi connection, the support given to some of the 9/11 hijackers, and the efforts made by the Bush Administration to squelch any discussion of a Saudi role.

  • Ben

    Is leftism a justification for masses of Jews and gentiles ?

  • http://www.resonoelusono.com/NaturalBornCitizen.htm Alexander Gofen

    A few points of disagreement with Mr. Prager.

    1) It is ludicrous to even suspect as though T. Friedman is "wanting to do good things ending up doing bad". Good things in whose view? Bad things in whose view? We are at (cold) civil war. Mr. Friedman is an enemy of me, of half of America and of Israel. His "good" things are my bad things…

    2) Mr. Friedman's "deep altruistic urge to bring peace to the Middle East" is no different from the similar urge of Judenrat to bring peace to the doomed ghettos under the Nazi occupation…

    3) The "well-intentioned seeker of peace" during a time of war is called a traitor. Mr. Prager is bright enough to realize, that nobody can "wish away" a war that is already in progress. This is the war waged by islam against the rest of the world, and the war waged by the Lefts and Marxist against the remnants of the Western civilization.

    However I completely agree with Mr. Prager that Jewish ethnicity of Friedman makes him particularly ugly and efficient enemy, just as the other so called nothing-but-ethnic "Jews" already exposed elsewhere:

  • NotaBene

    So, saying ‘the Israel lobby is powerful’ = antisemitism? Aren’t lobbies supposed to be powerful? If AIPAC is successful does that make them anti-semitism?

  • http://www.contextflexed.com Flipside

    How can you accuse a man of “abetting” something that is not a crime?

  • Rudy

    Why are the Jews so insane? They just LOVE the NY Times; the KVELL over it. The NYT Times has waged a virtual war against the Jewish people for decades: they buried every story about the Holocaust during the 1930s and 40s; opposed the creation of the state of Israel; and, have an unbelievable, sick bias against Israel on its Editorial and Hard News pages. What will it take for the Jew of America to see what the NY Times is all about? Another holocaust?

  • danseagull