"Gore Vidal is dead, and with any luck, he will stay that way. But that’s not the good news. The good news is his soul is now in G-d’s hands. And boy is that twisted scribbler in for a surprise."
Source: Truthfully Yours
By Ruth King
Submitted by Dan Friedman, NYC
HIS NASTY FOREWORD TO A NASTY BOOK
Sometime in the late 1950s, that world-class gossip and occasional historian, John F. Kennedy, told me how, in 1948, Harry S. Truman had been pretty much abandoned by everyone when he came to run for president. Then an American Zionist brought him two million dollars in cash, in a suitcase, aboard his whistle-stop campaign train. ‘That’s why our recognition of Israel was rushed through so fast.’ As neither Jack nor I was an antisemite (unlike his father and my grandfather) we took this to be just another funny story about Truman and the serene corruption of American politics.
Unfortunately, the hurried recognition of Israel as a state has resulted in forty-five years of murderous confusion, and the destruction of what Zionist fellow travellers thought would be a pluralistic state – home to its native population of Muslims, Christians and Jews, as well as a future home to peaceful European and American Jewish immigrants, even the ones who affected to believe that the great realtor in the sky had given them, in perpetuity, the lands of Judea and Samaria. Since many of the immigrants were good socialists in Europe, we assumed that they would not allow the new state to become a theocracy, and that the native Palestinians could live with them as equals. This was not meant to be. I shall not rehearse the wars and alarms of that unhappy region. But I will say that the hasty invention of Israel has poisoned the political and intellectual life of the USA, Israel’s unlikely patron.
Unlikely, because no other minority in American history has ever hijacked so much money from the American taxpayers in order to invest in a ‘homeland’. It is as if the American taxpayer had been obliged to support the Pope in his reconquest of the Papal States simply because one third of our people are Roman Catholic. Had this been attempted, there would have been a great uproar and Congress would have said no. But a religious minority of less than two per cent has bought or intimidated seventy senators (the necessary two thirds to overcome an unlikely presidential veto) while enjoying support of the media.
ROBIN SHEPHERD: THE BRAZEN CHEEK OF PALESTINIAN RACISM
Source: Truthfully Yours
By Ruth King
They’re at it again. Fresh from telling the International Olympic Committee it would be spreading “racism” if it held a minute’s silence at the London Olympics for the Israeli athletes murdered by Palestinian terrorists in Munich, the “moderate” Palestinian leadership has now lashed out at Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.
Apparently, he’s “racist” because on his recent trip to Israel he suggested that wealth differences between Israelis and Palestinians are largely explained by cultural factors.
In general terms, the notion that cultural practices are the most important determinant of economic success is not controversial. Indeed, recognition of culture’s importance is often the best antidote to truly racist arguments that some races and peoples are genetically programmed to be poor, so we might as well give up on them. Culture can change and adapt. Race cannot.
But the Palestinian leadership, as per usual, is totally uninterested in a reason-based discussion. They simply slammed Romney as a racist because he’s pro-Israeli and because he didn’t indulge their victim complex by attributing Palestinian economic and social woes to the “occupation”, which is only partial and is in any case directly attributable to the Palestinians’ point blank refusal to accept peace offers for a two-state solution going back as far as 1947 if not further.
Given that Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’s “PhD” was a piece of Holocaust denial, and given that the current Palestinian leadership’s racism against Israelis extends to glorifying terrorists who slaughter Israeli civilians merely because they are Israeli civilians, they’ve got a brazen cheek using the word “racist” in the first place.
Only today, a new report from Palestinian Media Watch shows the Palestinian Authority describing Israel as “an octopus… [with] flames shooting out between its fangs”. This was featured in a monthly periodical from the Palestinian Authority’s Ministry of Education. Does this animal imagery attributed to the Jewish people amount to racism? Probably not to Western media outlets, who fail time and again to report such things. But racism it certainly is.
Then again, the Western media they are aiming at in their attempt to smear the Republican candidate will never hold them to account, at least not in Europe. The BBC report on the subject obviously failed to mention any of this sort of context. But that’s not surprising since the BBC remains enamoured of Barack Obama and instinctively hostile to the State of Israel.This was an opportunity to kill two birds with one stone — they get to slam the Republican candidate precisely for his praise of the Jewish state. They must have been loving it.
To be fair, the wider media, including most of the more enlightened parts of it on the centre-Right, are little better. The Palestinian narrative is largely given a free pass right across the board, which is a key reason for the predominance in (west) European countries of their delegitimisation agenda.
Very basic facts about the conflict, which would radically undermine the Palestinian position, are simply never aired leaving most people with default assumptions that are profoundly anti-Israeli.
There is nothing especially new in all this. It is just that as every year goes by it all sinks deeper and deeper into our political culture to the point that it seems quite normal, for example, for the BBC to write a profile of Hamas that air brushes out any reference whatsoever to anti-Semitism. That’s a little bit like writing a profile of the Scottish National Party without mentioning Scotland.
Anti-Semitism is so central to the Hamas agenda that a profile of the group that doesn’t mention it is effectively worthless propaganda that will mislead you about what Hamas stands for rather than enlighten you. But the BBC profile of Hamas has now been up for years, and they’ve always refused to change it to reflect reality.
As regular readers will be aware, we at The Commentator will have nothing to do with a Palestinian agenda which is largely based on bigotry, hypocrisy, inversions of the truth and outright deception. It’s just a pity that so many others seem totally in thrall to it.