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Is Tom Friedman an Anti-Semite?

Friedman’s suggested approach is for Israel to concede to pretty much every Palestinian demand in every negotiating process.

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Rich Baehr

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April 9, 2014 - 10:58 pm
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Read a collection of Tom Friedman columns and after a short while, they begin to sound very familiar. Much like his fellow Times columnist, Paul Krugman, Friedman almost  never has anything new to say, so he goes back to the old standbys every few weeks spitting out pretty much the same venom directed at  those who  have not  adopted his worldview.  Krugman thinks more government spending and higher taxes on the wealthy are what are needed to solve every problem (the disappearance of the Republican Party would also help). In many of his columns, Krugman sounds almost needy, as he demands  credit for all the “insights” he has offered the world in his columns (“I was right and they were wrong about austerity, deficits, inflation,  interest rates and the size of the stimulus package!”).

Friedman thinks the world is primarily threatened by global warming and Israeli settlements. Friedman seems unconcerned, though, with his own global warming footprint, as he regularly flies first class around the globe, and relaxes in his “modest” Maryland home.  Conserving and living modestly are for the masses, not Times writers who married into enormous family money.

Friedman would be a good choice to be the new CEO of Mozilla, except that he knows nothing about the business. Of course ignorance of a subject has never stopped him from opining about various subjects in his columns.  Friedman is not a demographer, but he states as fact in his latest column that there are 2.7 million Palestinians in the West Bank , thereby supporting his thesis that Israel needs to get out of the area to preserve its Jewish character. Some Israeli demographers think that  2.7 million  number may be overstated by a million or more — hardly surprising when the higher estimate is  based on earlier self serving numbers offered up by the Palestinian Authority and happily  lapped up by Times columnists and reporters, who seem unaware that the figure has even been challenged.

Friedman’s intolerance for those who do not agree with him, is amply demonstrated in his April 5th column on Sheldon Adelson. Friedman’s scathing personal attacks on Adelson, would insure that he would fit in nicely with the new totalitarians running the show at places like Mozilla  and OkCupid  or Chicago’s City Hall — all of whom have been busy purging those who do not fit the accepted script for today’s progressives.

As those at the Passover Seder might say about Friedman: “Dayenu (it would have been enough for us).”  But Friedman’s April 5th column in the New York Times reveals something far more noxious than mere ignorance, though the column demonstrates plenty of that as well.  Change Friedman’s name to Friedreich, or maybe Pat Buchanan, and print Friedman’s latest piece on some paleo-conservative website, and the Anti-Defamation League and the Southern Poverty Law Center would be all over it, attacking the author’s virulent Jew hatred. In short, Friedman has shown quite clearly, and not just with this column, that he is an anti-Semite, and should be considered as such when he next opens his mouth or types a column.

Buchanan has earned his page on the ADL website with gems such as this:

“Even if his veto of the (loan) guarantees is overridden, he (President George H.W. Bush) will have won high marks for his courage, and exposed congress for what it has become, a Parliament of Whores incapable of standing up for U.S. national interests, if AIPAC is on the other end of the line.” (Syndicated column, December 18, 1991)

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Leftism hates Judeo-Christian strength. It hates faith-based congregation.

It despises principled dissent from its raging fury and demand for absolute fealty. And it really, really, really hates when a black, Jew, Hispanic, gay, young, or feminist openly oppose their totalitarian iron fist.

Palestine ...is a dead cat thought exercise. The two state "solution" is the Morton's Fork.

It is more Final Solution redux than an actual negotiation. It is little more than an excuse for Jew Hating to go out in public, disguised as "compassion" for a "displaced" people.

Ridding themselves of Christians and Jews is a bonding exercise for radical leftists and radical Islam.

Friedman is a raging leftist as is Krugman and most of what pukes up from The Daily Duranty. "Palestine" is not a goal, it is a cattle prod. It keeps the branded herd moving, in the direction of their rustlers intent.

The actual numbers don't matter. The history of one sided acquiescence doesn't matter. The complete unfairness to Israel doesn't matter. Because the truth doesn't matter.

Friedman is a leftist. As with all leftists (hiding as "liberals"), every other element of his ancestral makeup is therefore, subjugated to complete irrelevance. He attacks Israel, Adelson, the Koch Brothers...because they destroy the Inverted Narrative.

Is Friedman an anti-Semite? He hates everything that leftism hates...on cue.
28 weeks ago
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Let me give you an example of where political correctness literally blinds people on global issues. It is a matter of ignoring context - of failing to use the phrase "compared to what?"

When India's Muslim population - the inheritors of Mughal colonialism - realized they might not fare well in India after the British left, they insisted on their own country. In one of those new countries, Pakistan, a nation was created to specifically be a Muslim state. Massive and involuntary population exchanges in the millions were brought about by violence. It happened at the same time as Israel was created. Does that sound familiar?

Not to the Left it doesn't. Dragging context into any argument is like the Black Death to the Left. If people like Friedman and historian William Dalrymple were principled, their concerns would be about each case, not just one. Obviously there is an agenda in play - one that is in the form of a Muslim apologist. Whether that strays into anti-Semitism I can't say, but there is obviously a double standard and the manipulation of a narrative in play. Given the blinding nature of PC, it could be simple ignorance combined with naivete.

I'll listen to Friedman on the day he starts addressing the right of return for ethnic Indians and religious Muslims over the British withdrawal and why there is no whining about that today, and the same thing for Jews expelled from around the Muslim world after 1948. Let's start by having Friedman write an article titled "Where Are Cairo's Jews?"
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When I was little boy in the early 1950s, I remember first hearing about the Holocaust and listening to one of my Jewish neighbors say that the NY Times knew what was happening and printed very little about it even though the newspaper was owned by Jewish people. Being only about 8-9 years old I asked why they would not write more about it to help the Jews and she said, "they don't like people to know they are Jewish." It seems that some of the most anti Israel venom on the Times pages have come from other Jews: Judt, Friedman, Woody Allen. etc
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It's a tough call. He's a jackass. Every Anti-Semite is a jackass. But not every jackass is an Anti-Semite.
27 weeks ago
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You forgot Friedman's perhaps most most infamous Antisemitic comment - an out and out blood libel. On June 26, 2010, Friedman wrote that Israel "plays by Hama Rules" in its war against Hezbollah and Hamas, comparing Israel to then-President Hafez el-Assad of Syria who put down an uprising in that town by shelling and then bulldozing neighborhoods, killing more than 10,000 of his own people. Hard to top that in the Friedman list of Antisemitic comments.
28 weeks ago
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Tom Friedman belongs to the new " Judenrat Police " : He walks along the steps of Haim Rumkovski who managed the Lodz Ghetto for the total satisfaction of the nazis.Today Friedman and his ilk walk along the tune of Georges Soros and the JStreet band. You should call a spade a spade, Tom Friedman is a replica of the judenrat policeman who helped the nazis to liquidate jews in Europe.Fredman does his best to liquidate jews in Israel.
28 weeks ago
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Wow You just called Friedman & Krugman
bad names for calling other people bad names;
you are such a profound journalist.
Now to the problem, it is called ethnocracy.
Can a religion or race democratically protect
itself in a globally diverse world.
A good example would be in the Southwest
United States where they are legislating
rules & laws to turn brown mexicans into white amerikans.
28 weeks ago
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With all do respect, Mr Baehr, Friedman's proposal for "unilateral withdrawal from the West Bank" shows his stupidity, not antisemitism.
28 weeks ago
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Friedman is the complete leftist anti-Semitic idiot!
28 weeks ago
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Tom Friedman is absolutely an anti-Semite, as is his entire leftist audience.
28 weeks ago
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First let me say that I am deeply ashamed of the ties that Michael Mandelbaum of SAIS has with him.

Secondly, it seems that if I noticed it years back, why hasn't everyone else?
28 weeks ago
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Tom Friedman may or may not be an anti-Semite, I suspect deep down he is. One thing certain is that Tom Friedman is a dangerous pompous fool.
28 weeks ago
28 weeks ago Link To Comment
Leftism hates Judeo-Christian strength. It hates faith-based congregation.

It despises principled dissent from its raging fury and demand for absolute fealty. And it really, really, really hates when a black, Jew, Hispanic, gay, young, or feminist openly oppose their totalitarian iron fist.

Palestine ...is a dead cat thought exercise. The two state "solution" is the Morton's Fork.

It is more Final Solution redux than an actual negotiation. It is little more than an excuse for Jew Hating to go out in public, disguised as "compassion" for a "displaced" people.

Ridding themselves of Christians and Jews is a bonding exercise for radical leftists and radical Islam.

Friedman is a raging leftist as is Krugman and most of what pukes up from The Daily Duranty. "Palestine" is not a goal, it is a cattle prod. It keeps the branded herd moving, in the direction of their rustlers intent.

The actual numbers don't matter. The history of one sided acquiescence doesn't matter. The complete unfairness to Israel doesn't matter. Because the truth doesn't matter.

Friedman is a leftist. As with all leftists (hiding as "liberals"), every other element of his ancestral makeup is therefore, subjugated to complete irrelevance. He attacks Israel, Adelson, the Koch Brothers...because they destroy the Inverted Narrative.

Is Friedman an anti-Semite? He hates everything that leftism hates...on cue.
28 weeks ago
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