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Ron Radosh

Let us then ask, since David Duke is one of Mr. Blumenthal’s fans and is happy that what he has been saying for years is now being said by Max Blumenthal, whether, if the same book had come out by Duke, the NAF board would have asked him to speak, and whether Peter Bergen would have been the willing chair of the event. Would James Fallows take to the pages of The Atlantic to praise Duke’s courage and integrity, and condemn anyone who suggested that the NAF not use its facilities and its reputation as an endorsement of David Duke’s book? I think we all know the answer. And since there is little difference between what Duke says about Israel and what Max Blumenthal says, it is perfectly reasonable to try to let the board of NAF know why so many of us are disheartened at their decision to hold this talk and as a consequence to add to the growing animus against Israel by our intellectual liberal class.

Already, sensible liberals show that they understand how dangerous it is for them to be taking this path. Alan Dershowitz said that “Max Blumenthal is well outside the acceptable range of rhetoric about Israel. His constant comparisons between Nazi Germany and the Jewish state establish him as an extremist bigot whose greatest appeal is to anti-Semites and others who apply a double standard to the Jewish state.” Dershowitz has it right. No “decent person,” he continued to say, “should ever support the views expressed by Max Blumenthal.”

Dershowitz’s comments came after it was revealed in Buzzfeed by reporter Rosie Gray that Max Blumenthal’s father, journalist Sidney Blumenthal, is going to bat for his son’s book in a big way. The problem is that Sidney Blumenthal may still be on the Clinton’s payroll, and is listed in The Atlantic as an advisor to the Clinton Foundation. Dershowitz is obviously concerned that should Hillary Clinton decide to run, her association with Sidney Blumenthal could hurt her campaign, unless she dissociates herself with his defense of Max’s book.

I have a simple response to James Fallows and Peter Bergen. Shame on both of you for trying to make Max Blumenthal into a respectful journalist. By doing so, you harm your own integrity and reputation. As for myself, I would rather be called a censor and an opponent of free speech by James Fallows than be seen as lending credibility to a cheap extremist like Max Blumenthal.

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I think Max has mental issues
36 weeks ago
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It's pretty obvious, the last few years the academic left has wholly embraced the kind of gutter filth antisemitism we used to speak of in complete contempt... so eager to wrap their arms around their "oppressed" muslim brothers, they ignore the crimes they excuse, ignore the murders, the bombings, the constant rocket attacks.. all to pin one more liberation theology merit badge on for supporting the newest flavor third world thugacracy..

Think not? Zombie has the pictures of the rally's the left supports the news will not show the American public... "Hitler didn't go far enough"... a pretty common theme..

and Obama embraces these scumbags..

Cutting a friends throat at the behest of islamic extremists.... they may as well have been running the trains to the death camps.. there is little moral difference.. and even if God didn't select the Jewish people as his chosen, I'd still support them, because they're friends.. and you do NOT betray friends...


no matter how much the left demands it.
36 weeks ago
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I notice a trend in illegitimate political positions and ideologies, that is to say that whenever someone throws some light on the ideology, exposes it in some way, or confronts its problems, they are labeled an enemy. The actual position they maintain is never really talked about, but everything is about how they must be a terrible person. The other, related strategy, is to use hyperbole in the form of "X person threatens something we hold dear."

That is why I don't tend to take the pro-Israel position very seriously. There are too many problems with Israel to list here, and those problems are never discussed, and criticism is silenced. Our alliance with Israel is a national security risk and costs us a small fortune, but no fiscal conservative will ever engage that topic in an intelligent manner.

The very alliance itself strikes me as irrational, we expose ourselves to extremist Muslims (9/11) in large part because of our alliance with Israel, we engage in wars in foreign lands to help pacify the region, again because it is furious with us. Yet the only real reason we support Israel is because of religion. A sizable number of Americans believe that Israel must be supported for prophesy, as if we live in the dark ages.

It makes my head spin.
36 weeks ago
36 weeks ago Link To Comment
No.. that's the drugs....

Israel is a democracy in a sea of corrupt kings and dictatorships, islamist Hell holes, and cesspools... and you... are so thumb sucking afraid of them, you'd cast off an entire nation to genocide and destruction all for no rational reason..

We outnumber you, and cowardice is no reason to sentence an ally to death.. and as far as our religion bothering you.. your second petty bigotry is highlighted..

I'd still fight for Israel, because it's right, it's moral.. and selling out the Jews is an all too common leftist trait we want NO part of..

36 weeks ago
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it's all the fault of the Chews.
36 weeks ago
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Is Max Blumenthal a Jew? Are the Jews who overwhelmingly voted for Obama Jews? Why do Jews hate the Jews so much?
36 weeks ago
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It appears Max Blumenthal is not a Jew. His mother is not a Jew.

At some point his father was accused of spousal abuse. Perhaps his hatred of his own father is what is behind Max Blumenthal's anti-semitism.

http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/property00/jurisdiction/blumenthaledit.html
36 weeks ago
36 weeks ago Link To Comment
Cheap extremists on Israel (and Jews per se) abound today, including in the White House. gutter anti-Semitism is gaining social respectability, especially with lefties.

(But don't say "all whom stand in the way".)
36 weeks ago
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Things have only gotten worse when it comes to journalism-

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q2PQCNQH2lY
36 weeks ago
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Whatever accusation the left levels at the right is an opportunity for a column. The reason is because they are invariably engaged in what they accuse us of.
36 weeks ago
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Mr Radosh - You wrote "There are scores of serious critical books about Israel that are worth having a dialogue with authors about." Could you give us a list?
36 weeks ago
36 weeks ago Link To Comment
Israel, silence your enemies, once and for all.
The new brown shirts/green shirts are of the same Nazi mentality as those of our not so distant past and always keep in mind, appeasement never works. Strike hard strike fast and strike decisively before this liberal cancer spreads and becomes acceptable once again.
36 weeks ago
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It's despicable that anyone would support genocide like you just implied. It really shows how religious ideology warps the thinking process.
36 weeks ago
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He implied nothing... you took a flying assumption, it really shows how leftist ideology warps the thinking process...

He was paraphrasing an old passage.. get over yourself...
36 weeks ago
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