Thursday, May 31, 2012

Today's Attacks on A HuffPo Blogger

Everyone's favorite punching bag Abraham Foxman has recently written an article for the Huffington Post about the negotiations circling the Iranian nuclear program. I encourage you to read it before we proceed any further, mostly to see if it has any extreme political positions that might justify the rage the editors knew it would inevitably produce. The closest I could find was this:

"The Baghdad meeting enhanced the credibility of the Israeli position that the Iranians see diplomacy as merely a stalling tactic to enable it to move forward on its nuclear program. The basic criticism of Israel in some quarters that Israel was rushing to judgment seemed far weaker after Baghdad."
And Foxman was not the first person to come to such a conclusion. I had read other op-eds in the Washington Post with a similar point of view, though I have a feeling many perceive that newspaper as right-wing. Anyway having discussed the success and failure of negotiations and inspectors, Foxman does bring up the possibility of an Israeli attack on Iran:
"Undoubtedly, the goal of getting at least some legitimacy for an Israeli military option gained ground over the last week. And with it, the logic of the value of a military strike rose as well....None of which is to say that we know what Israel intends to do. But Iran's clear intransigence at a critical moment may have changed the dynamic of decision-making in Jerusalem and maybe in time in Washington and elsewhere as well."
Not exactly "rah rah get 'em" but not exactly anti-war either. But it really doesn't matter what Foxman said. He's the leader of a pro-Israel and pro-Jewish organization, and anything he says is just another excuse for the Huffington Posters to pour out their hatred. And pour they did, while the moderators took a lunch break:

(By the way, the original poster might have had a good point, except that the Huffington Post doesn't appear to mind publishing even the opinions of high school students as long as they are anti-Israel. So I don't have much sympathy for him.)

Hey do you remember when the Huffington Post used to forbid personal attacks? Oh wait, they still do!
"This community does not tolerate direct or indirect attacks, name-calling or insults, nor does it tolerate intentional attempts to derail, hijack, troll or bait others into an emotional response. These types of comments will be removed from the community where warranted."
Perhaps they should have provided an addendum: "However, attacks against Jews will never be considered 'warranted' so go right ahead."

1 comment:

  1. According to the HuffPo Jews aren't really people, just Untermenschen, so attacks on us don't count.


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