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Geraldo Rivera and 1967 Borders

posted at 6:00 am on May 21, 2011 by

Dear Fox and Friends,

The next time Mr. Rivera is on your show advocating his vapid ideological drivel as though it might contain some deep geopolitical insight, please point out four things to him:

First, “the” problem in the Middle East is neither Israel’s unwillingness to return to the pre-1967 war borders nor even the Arab-Israeli conflict.  The problem is the unrelenting hatred of Israel and the rampant anti-Semitism of far too many Middle East Muslims.  This hatred is aided and encouraged by Arab (and Persian)  governments, who have done virtually nothing for the Palestinians, except to use them as stalking horses for their own evil political ends; the aim of those governments seems only to use anti-Israeli  sentiment to distract from their corrupt and dictatorial policies.   Let Mr. Rivera point to a single Arab government that shows any evidence of respect for human rights, including the rights of women and minority religions (perhaps Mr. Rivera might ask the Coptic Christians in Egypt what they think “the” Middle East problem is).   That is the Middle East problem — the hatred and  intolerance that animates the Muslim states and their citizens, generated by a deep ignorance and sustained by an unwillingness to change.

Second, Mr. Rivera can point to no moral principle, no international law that requires Israel to return territory that has been used on three separate occasions to mount attacks on Israel, with the sole purpose of extinguishing the state of Israel and exterminating  Jewish citizens.  Mr. Rivera can point to no evidence that the Golan  Heights or the West Bank would not soon be used — undoubtedly with the cooperation of Iran — to again mount attacks on Israel, attacks meant to threaten if not end the existence of a Jewish state.   Unfortunately, there is no reason to hope that in the next two or three generations that the Arab/Muslim governments and their citizenry will finally forswear their hatred of Israel.

Third, Mr. Rivera is flatly inconsistent.  While he applauds the U.S. sending troops into Libya, Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan to defend itself, he apparently won’t extend the same international “right” to Israel.  Indeed, I suspect that even someone as driven by ideology as he is would allow the U.S. to hold on to territory that   there was every reason to believe would be used to attack the United States.  President Kennedy took the U.S. to the brink of nuclear war in order to “neutralize” a territory that threatened us.  Mr. Rivera cannot consistently applaud the one while decrying the other.

Finally, ask Mr. Rivera if it comforts him to know that he is in the same intellectual company as Helen Thomas.  Just as surely as anti-Semitism drives her, an empty, uninformed, and completely historically-blinded ideology drives Mr. Rivera.

(Note: The author of this letter has requested to remain anonymous)

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Thank you! Of course, I don’t expect the Fox & Friends crew to ever challenge Rivera. They seem to believe that Geraldo and O’Reilly are to be revered as great thinkers. *shakes head*

Greyledge Gal on May 21, 2011 at 8:28 AM

Mr. Rivera should sail off into the sunset. He knows the direction. Left or to the port.

Kissmygrits on May 21, 2011 at 8:35 AM

Well the spitter seems to feel that American should let all the illegal aliens coming over our southern border to stay here! I just wonder if he feels we illegally took our southern states from mexico and should give those states back to them? I can not stand the spitter, he is no friend of Israel it seems! Our home is a friend of Israel and prays daily for her. God be with you Israel.
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letget on May 21, 2011 at 9:31 AM

Nice piece Rovin, maybe it can be moved to the main page for a little lively discussion.

darwin-t on May 21, 2011 at 11:25 AM

Good piece, but you have a number of obvious grammatical errors that better proofreading would resolve.

Western_Civ on May 21, 2011 at 12:07 PM

Western_Civ on May 21, 2011 at 12:07 PM

The original “letter” was posted here “as is”, but I have since edited it with the permission of the author. Thanks for the note.

Rovin on May 21, 2011 at 2:28 PM

The left is trying to turn the history of humanity on it’s head.

Israel fought a war and won territory. If we start to redraw all the lines of history by saying that you have to give back territory you won in war.

No countries border is safe!!!! Every border of every country has been won or lost in war!!! (Some is paid for, like the Lousiana purchase, but it was to fund another war.)

History is history and humans fight wars to get territory! Thre is nothing illegitamate about that!

If the Palestinians are going to get that land they will have to win it in another war.

Obama and Rivera are calling for war, not peace.

When Sadam fought and gained Kuwait we fought and got it back. That is how history works!

petunia on May 21, 2011 at 2:33 PM

No one at Fox will challenge Geraldo, They don’t want to be spit on.

meci on May 21, 2011 at 3:27 PM

Herrraaallldddoo would also like to demand that the USA return to its borders of 1811….. and grant to Mexico everything else…,.. and still not enforce the new /old borders

LegendHasIt on May 21, 2011 at 9:28 PM

No one at Fox will challenge Geraldo, They don’t want to be spit on.

meci on May 21, 2011 at 3:27 PM

That, and Garaldo’s level of crazy is infectious enough the CDC should list him as a biohazard.

Uncle Sams Nephew on May 22, 2011 at 12:51 PM

As a distant relative of Jefferson Davis, I hereby demand that the United Nations recognize the pre-1865 borders of the Confederate States of America.

(See just how stupid that sounds?)

BigAlSouth on May 23, 2011 at 11:34 PM

I’m thinking that the “native” Americans might just be right-minded enough to re-cross the Bering Sea and return to their original homeland. UN order to follow….

Don L on May 25, 2011 at 4:38 AM