Independent wonders: Why do Americans treat Israel as the good guys?

posted at 9:27 pm on August 14, 2006 by Allahpundit

Written by Andrew Gumbel, contributor to the Nation, Common Dreams, and other publications renowned for seeing both sides of an issue.

Nuance out the ass:

As the conflict has gone on, the media interpretation of it has only hardened. Essentially, the line touted by cable news hosts and their correspondents – closely adhering to the line adopted by the Bush administration and its neoconservative supporters – is that Hizbollah is part of a giant anti-Israeli and anti-American terror network that also includes Hamas, al-Qa’ida, the governments of Syria and Iran, and the insurgents in Iraq. Little effort is made to distinguish between these groups, or explain what their goals might be. The conflict is presented as a straight fight between good and evil, in which US interests and Israeli interests intersect almost completely.

That’s just a taste. The entire piece defies parody, from his opening lament that more of the country isn’t out protesting on behalf of Hezbollah the way the good people of Dearborn, Michigan are to his assertions about what political line Jews are apt to take during New York City “dinner party conversation” to his outrage at blogger accusations that Hezbollah might have stage-managed media coverage of Qana to, of course, his swipe at the only “Bush administration cheerleader” who spends most of her time knocking the president on immigration, judges, Homeland Security, the Dubai Ports deal, you name it — our own Ms. M:

Part of the Republican strategy this year is to attack any media that either attacks them or has the temerity to report facts that contradict the official party line. Thus, when Reuters was forced to withdraw a photograph of Beirut under bombardment because one of its stringers had doctored the image to increase the black smoke, it was a chance to rip into the news agency over its efforts to be even-handed. In a typical riposte, Michelle Malkin denounced Reuters as “a news service that seems to have made its mark rubber-stamping pro-Hizbollah propaganda”.

Part of the socialist strategy this year, like every year, is to minimize the malfeasance of their allies lest public attention to it hurt the cause. Hence his mention of the first Hajj photo while ignoring scads of other evidence of media manipulation, not all of which is contained in Zombie’s post.

Read the whole thing, seriously. And then see this old post at Tim Blair’s. This douche will never believe that the contempt people on the right and the left feel for his moral equivalence is rational and heartfelt, and not some cynical attempt to silence him because our power can’t handle his “truth.”

By the way, Malkin-bashing has also made an appearance at that DU thread on the kidnapping of Steve Centanni. Lots of comments have already been deleted by the administrator, but not the one wishing that Michelle herself might soon be “deleted.”


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Those Dummies are a really sick bunch.

JammieWearingFool on August 14, 2006 at 9:38 PM

Ummm… Democracy? Ummm… Freedom? Ummm… Human Rights?

Gosh golly gee! Don’t ask me. I’m just a dumb-ass, God-fearing, flag-waving American!

venmax on August 14, 2006 at 9:41 PM

The conflict is presented as a straight fight between good and evil, in which US interests and Israeli interests intersect almost completely. Anyone who suggests otherwise is likely to be pounced on and ripped to shreds.

Interesting metaphorical projection, considering that the jihadists do exactly that to those who disagree with them.

As far as ‘a straight fight between good and evil…’ – that’s exactly what it is. Mr. Gumbel and the rest of the looney lefties need to wake up and smell the coffee before it’s too late (fat chance).

speed647 on August 14, 2006 at 9:54 PM

Sounds to me that all they have done is to confirm what Ann Coulter said about Liberals in her book, Godless.

There are only shades of grey. There is no black and white.

Case in point….

As the conflict has gone on, the media interpretation of it has only hardened. Essentially, the line touted by cable news hosts and their correspondents – closely adhering to the line adopted by the Bush administration and its neoconservative supporters – is that Hizbollah is part of a giant anti-Israeli and anti-American terror network that also includes Hamas, al-Qa’ida, the governments of Syria and Iran, and the insurgents in Iraq. Little effort is made to distinguish between these groups, or explain what their goals might be.

The fact is that there is no difference between any of these groups. They have one goal and one goal only – the Islamic domination of the world. Their method is to use any means necessary to achieve that goal. This means killing as many Jews and non-Muslims as they can any way that they can even if it means killing some of their own in the process.

The Left is totally delusional if they think that they can “feel their pain” and negotiate for a peaceful world. It ain’t gonna happen because these terrorists believe that there can be no peace until they have total control, period.

.

GT on August 14, 2006 at 9:55 PM

Because Israel, dispite their faults, are the good guys.
From what I’ve seen of

“Arab Islam”

, I wouldn’t want to have anything to do with the likes of it.

Besides, I used to wear a beard, and it iches. Plus, I favor a burka-less environment, to view, you know… is that so bad?

Kini on August 14, 2006 at 11:08 PM

GT stated:

The Left is totally delusional if they think that they can “feel their pain” and negotiate for a peaceful world.

You could have stopped after the first five words…

Rusty Bill on August 15, 2006 at 12:15 AM

Why do we consider Israel the good guys? How dense is this man?
1. We’ve always maintained very good diplomatic ties with them
2. They are not now, nor have they ever been engaged in a war with us
3. They are a democratic government, not some fanatic theocracy, autocratic monarchy or other oppressive regime
4. They have been singled out for destruction by EVERY one of their neighbors at some point in time (America likes an underdog)
5. Look what they have done with themselves, especially as compared to their neighbors

Regarding #1, Israel hasn’t forgotten who helped it regain the land and become a nation. Regarding #5, the monetary aid we give them is far more well spent than that given to any of their neighbors. They build schools, hospitals, a solid infrastructure and magnificent cities. By contrast, the Palestinians have received millions upon millions (likely billions) in aid and what have they done with it? They could have a modern, admirable society like Israel does, but they do not because their leaders have squandered it on weapons (to fight the Zionsist they hate) and pocketed the rest. And yet the Palestinians dearly love their leaders.

What fools they be.

Bellicose Muse on August 15, 2006 at 12:36 AM

By contrast, the Palestinians have received millions upon millions (likely billions) in aid and what have they done with it? They could have a modern, admirable society like Israel does, but they do not because their leaders have squandered it on weapons (to fight the Zionsist they hate) and pocketed the rest.

Use Google Earth to zero in on the Gaza Strip. You pretty much don’t need to see the political boundary lines to distinguish civilization from barbarism.

speed647 on August 15, 2006 at 12:48 AM

The Left sees Israel as the bad guys, the opressors and Palies as the poor, downtrodden victims of Israel. In reality, the Palies are treated better in free and democratic Israel than they are in muslim countries. Leftwingers view them as the underdog and the good guys because … “the enemy of my enemy is my friend”. Socialism is the enemy of the free world, but so is islam. Even though islam also hates commie-socialism, there’s a marriage of convenience to found here. Once freedom is destroyed, the commies and the muslims will turn on each other. We need to find a way to make that happen *before* Western Civ is destroyed, let them kill each other off until freedom is the only thing left standing, then and only then will we have peace.

Condi ’08

Tony737 on August 15, 2006 at 1:03 AM

Man, I just finsihed up reading a good portion of the DU comments. All I can say is that there is night and day difference about what is posted on DU and what is posted in what the label “neo-con’ blogs. I see vile hatred and irrational emotional lashing out like 5 year old children I don’t really see to much of that on conservative blogs. What difference!

Egfrow on August 15, 2006 at 4:01 AM

Little effort is made to distinguish between these groups, or explain what their goals might be.

Why? Simple. Can We Close our eyes?

There is no equivalency.

Hezbollah must be stopped.

For our childrens sake.

heroyalwhyness on August 15, 2006 at 9:30 AM

Part of the Republican strategy this year is to attack any media that either attacks them or has the temerity to report facts that contradict the official party line.

Uh, it’s called getting the truth out, MORON!! We all know the MSM is incapable of doing so.

All I can say is that there is night and day difference about what is posted on DU and what is posted in what the label “neo-con’ blogs. I see vile hatred and irrational emotional lashing out like 5 year old children I don’t really see to much of that on conservative blogs.

I don’t believe you – they are the compassionate ones.

Rick on August 15, 2006 at 1:33 PM

Little effort is made to distinguish between these groups, or explain what their goals might be. The conflict is presented as a straight fight between good and evil, in which US interests and Israeli interests intersect almost completely.

Sounds off to you then? This seems like a reasonable assessment to me.

Just call me a jihadi enabler.

THeDRiFTeR on August 15, 2006 at 2:37 PM

Michelle Malkin was so far ahead of the curve on all this, from Hezbullah to illegal immigration, no wonder they fear her and try to minimize her impact.

IMHO if Malkin had not been around speaking very loud her very clear positions, the MSM would have been able to spin so much of this to their advantage. She set up a framework that people cannot forget and she did a lot of it before the shoot hit the fan.

I wasted my time defending Coulter at The Independent. I decided to point out her ‘non credentials’ matched – Hillary Clintons. Both prestige law graduates, both worked for the Senate Judiciary Committee.

However, I noted that Hillary had the creepy honor of having tried to convince the Committee that then-President Nixon had no right to legal counsel in his impeachment trial. The Committee Democrats even rejected that one. Good thing for Bill, eh?

What a waste of good argument responding th that rag. They never print valid rebuttals.

entagor on August 15, 2006 at 11:19 PM