Jane Fonda, Mary Robinson, Jimmy Carter, Desmond Tutu: They're All Back and They are All Malicious... and Dangerously Malicious at That
September 08, 2009
OK, the Bertrand Russell psychodrama is also malicious but maybe not dangerously so. About six months ago, I came across a web posting announcing the formation of a Bertrand Russell Tribunal on Palestine. Yes, it was one of those false kangaroo courts in which, from the Stalin era on, convenes not to evaluate evidence but to condemn. In loads of cases the verdicts brought quick impositions of the death sentence. One such process is now unfolding in Tehran, and its backers are Muslim millenarians and western leftists who are prone to support every revolution even if it is decidedly and objecti
If Mary Robinson is entitled to the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Swedes are certainly entitled to refabricate one of the great libels in European history. The very leftist Aftonbladet, the most popular evening tabloid in Sweden, has published a story, "They Plunder the Organs of Our Sons," accusing the Israel Defense Forces of seizing Palestinian young men and then returning them to their families without crucial and transferrable parts. (The two stories in Ha'aretz unveiling this vile piece of journalism are here and here.) Mrs.
Here's To You, Mrs. Robinson
August 12, 2009
As I write, the moral and intellectual scandal of Barack Obama bestowing the Presidential Medal of Freedom on Mary Robinson is about to take place in the White House. I actually had thought that there was nothing more to say about this. But Charles (Chuck) Lane, once editor of TNR, who usually has a fresh view on what others already thought old-hat, wrote a column in this morning's Washington Post that proves otherwise. The Jewish and Israeli aspects of this prize have been amply covered, not only here but almost everywhere else.
Failure of Leadership
August 10, 2009
Last week, the White House released a list of recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest honor that the United States government can afford a civilian. Among the 16 awardees are truly great figures: breast cancer philanthropist Nancy Goodman Brinker, theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking, and Sidney Poitier, the first African-American to win an Academy Award for Best Actor.
The Poobah Goofies
March 07, 2008
Why would Jimmy Carter, Kofi Annan and Mary Robinson take a trip together? Having failed in every significant venture these two men and one women have ever undertaken they can carry on what I assume would by now be a very depressing habit by visiting the Middle East. And that is exactly what they are going to do. Who pays for these journeys, I do not know. The story is in Ha'aretz, a paper I really don't like but on which I am dependent.