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Old 12-24-2011, 03:44 PM
ledocs ledocs is offline
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Default Re: Values Added: The Whirligig of Time (Glenn Loury & Walter Russell Mead)

Here is a prior post-W&M Friedman column on the settlements:


Here is the blog post that brought me to it, care of Google:


Please do a Google search on “Thomas Friedman Israel Lobby.” The Net is now replete with reaction to Friedman’s column that labels him a long-time Israel-hater and self-hating Jew. Not just that. Just as I characterized things before the fact, Friedman is characterized as a radical leftist whose entire audience consists of radical leftist elitists. This is a guy who sells millions of books for businessmen to read in airports or on their flights. It’s absurd.

It would be nice if Friedman is forced to pay some sort of price for finally coming out of the closet as a dyed-in-the-wool Israel hater. But he probably won’t. As he made clear in his column, he isn’t writing for the general public, but for a very small, select group of elitist leftists. These are the only people who matter to Friedman. And they matter to him because they share his opinions and his goal of indoctrinating young people to adopt his pathologically hostile views about Israel and his contempt for the American public that supports it.

Friedman has now told “The Jewish Weekly” that perhaps he should have said that the Israel Lobby “engineered” the congressional ovation for Netanyahu, not that the Lobby bought and paid for the ovation. Friedman does not ascribe to “grand conspiracy theories.”

What is the point? While Stephanie may be blasé about the recent Friedman column and its import, the Jewish Lobby is not, and I would be astonished if Friedman did not anticipate this reaction to his column. If he had said “engineered” instead of “bought and paid for,” the reaction would have been precisely the same.
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