NYT's Friedman - as inept as he is Zionist
Friedman - a rabid pro-Zionist - is widely considered one of the best columnists the New York Times has to offer. If so, the New York Times better start recruiting – FAST! This guy couldn’t draw a valid analogy if his life depended on it and with a few short strokes, instead of effectively attacking Arab conduct, he buried Zionist strategy six feet under.
Let’s set aside for a moment, that Friedman is as rabid a Zionist as they come, and think about what he’s saying. What exactly is he trying to prove with his ‘let’s follow India’s example’ analogy?
Friedman:"There are too many people, Tim, outside of Lebanon, in the Arab world, getting their “buzz,” frankly, off seeing Hizbullah stand up to Israel while Lebanon gets decimated. Lebanon - the first Arab democracy - I have a real problem with that . . . It’s time for the Arab world to stop getting their “buzz” off of fighting Israel and to overcome their humiliation that way. It’s time to start building something.
You know - you ever ask yourself what’s the second largest Muslim country in the world? It’s India. It’s not Pakistan or Iran. What did we see in India, just a couple of weeks ago? 350 Indians killed in, what is widely suspected, an attack by Muslim extremists at a train station in Mumbai.
The Indian reaction was incredibly restrained. Why is that? Why don’t Indian Muslims get their “buzz” this way? Could it be because the richest man in India is a Muslim software entrepeneur? Could it be because the president of India is Muslim? Could it be because there’s an Indian Muslim woman on the Indian Supreme Court? Could it be because the leading female movie star in India is a Muslim woman?
You know when people get their dignity from building things rather than confronting other people, it’s amazing what politics flows from that."
350 Indians killed as compared to what? how many Muslims killed by Israelis? Or, as compared to how many Israelis killed by Muslims? He appears to be contrasting Arab Muslim conduct to Indian Muslim conduct, but the analogy simply doesn’t make sense. Arab response may not be seen as “restrained,” but it can hardly be described as disproportionate. Whereas comparing India’s reaction to Indian deaths with Israel’s reaction to Israeli deaths seems quite appropriate. So, let’s take it further.
India’s response to 350 deaths has been “incredibly restrained,” whereas Israel’s response to 8 deaths has been to decimate a nation, kill hundreds of innocent civilians, and displace hundreds of thousands.
Unlike Friedman’s inapt assertion, it seems that it is Israel who could learn a lot from India. But instead, Israel derives its self-worth from how many people it can subjugate and how many nations it can destroy. Unfortunately, Israel will not stop until someone stops them, or until there is nothing left to destroy. Meanwhile, Zionists like Friedman keep spewing their garbage on national tv.
A little background on Friedman . . .
Friedman lives in "a palatial 11,400-square-foot house, now valued at $9.3 million, on a 7½-acre parcel just blocks from I-495 and Bethesda Country Club." He "married into one of the 100 richest families in the country" - the Bucksbaums, whose real-estate Empire is valued at $2.7 billion.Thanks for the tip, Elizabeth.* * *
[I]t's probably more relevant to refer to him as Billionaire Scion Tom Friedman than columnist Tom Friedman, both because that's more descriptive of what he represents, and more important for readers of his work to know so that they know a bit about where he's coming from.