With 1,000 Dead in Gaza, Rightbloggers Claim Obama's Peace Process Threatens Israel

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[Roy Edroso dissects the right-wing blogosphere in this weekly feature]

Another week of horrible violence in Israel and Gaza has passed, and the world waits for a solution. Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry are working on it -- which rightbloggers consider an outrage. For one thing, diplomacy just isn't butch enough for them; isn't the solution in every case just to obliterate one's enemy and then enjoy the resulting millennia of peace?

For another, while diplomacy by Presidents with names like "Bush" and "Reagan" may be excused as minor infractions, diplomacy by Presidents named "Obama" is always part of a wider effort to destroy America, and that's what rightbloggers affect to believe the current Administration's turn at the well-worn Israel-Palestine peace table is all about.

The endless conflict between Israel and the residents of the Gaza Strip (also called Palestinians, though hard-liners argue that no such thing exists) got horribly worse about a month ago when three Israeli teenage hitchhikers were murdered in the West Bank and Israel, blaming Hamas, the elected ruling party of Gaza -- notwithstanding that Hamas denied responsibility for the deaths -- began bombing the shit out of them.

Hamas has fought back, but they are militarily extremely overmatched, so the death and devastation on their end has been high -- and high-profile: Enabled by social media, images of the damage -- particular at civilian sites such as hospitals and schools -- have spread rapidly, and though Israel is engaged on those platforms as well, it appears the reportage has inflamed world opinion against Israel, leading to large protests in several major cities, including Tel Aviv.

At this writing, international pressure has effected a cease-fire, but no one expects it to last.(UPDATE: That was quick.)

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Sure they voted with Israel, but that "no" vote isn't red enough! (Via.)
Even among supporters of Israel, the spectacle has been dispiriting -- but not for rightbloggers, who seem not to go for any of that human-cost bullshit and have instead been busily seeking ways to exploit the conflict for domestic political advantage.

True, some seem just to really, really want to kill Palestinians, regardless of partisan effect. At the Wall Street Journal, Thane Rosenbaum began his essay, "Let's state the obvious: No one likes to see dead children. Well, that's not completely true: Hamas does. They would prefer those children to be Jewish, but there is greater value to them if they are Palestinian." Believe it or not, it got worse from there.

Rosenbaum then spread his indictment to all the citizens of Gaza, and argued Israel had the right, Geneva Conventions be damned, to kill civilians: "All the ordinary rules of warfare are upended in Gaza... Hamas wears no uniforms and they don't meet Israeli soldiers on battlefields. With the exception of kaffiyeh scarves, it isn't possible to distinguish a Hamas militant from a noncombatant pharmacist... Under such maddening circumstances, are the adults, in a legal and moral sense, actual civilians? To qualify as a civilian one has to do more than simply look the part. How you came to find yourself in such a vulnerable state matters... On some basic level, you forfeit your right to be called civilians when you freely elect members of a terrorist organization as statesmen..."

We don't have a joke here that God hasn't already played on humanity.

Most rightbloggers, however, are only really thirsty for the blood of Democrats, and as the President and his Secretary of State have been trying, as has every U.S. Administration for decades, to limit bloodshed between Israel and her enemies through diplomacy, the brethren have hustled to portray this effort as an unprecedented abandonment and/or assault on Israel.

This may seem ridiculous to you, as the present Administration continues to shovel money to Israel (including direct assistance for the Iron Dome that protects it from Gaza rockets), the President continues to announce U.S support for Israel -- even in the middle of a Muslim-American dinner at the White House! -- and the Administration's representative to the U.N. Human Rights Council cast the lone vote against investigating Israel for war crimes; but rightbloggers are not constrained by such mundane realities.

" No one has ever accused Kerry of being the brightest bulb in the room, and this pretty much confirms everyone's previous opinion of him," snarled Rick Moran at PJ Media. "...It makes you wonder which side Kerry is on." "There is something dangerously incompetent about Kerry... By not only saving, but empowering Hamas, Kerry's delusion is dangerous," dudgeoned William Jacobson at Legal Insurrection.

"Exclusive: See How Obama Could Be Secretly Funding Hamas," headlined L. Todd Wood at Western Journalism. (The U.S. has been funding Palestinians since the 1990s, but as a "foreign terrorist organization" Hamas is not eligible for funds.) Those who read past the headline would find Wood meant Qatar, a U.S. ally and aid recipient, might be giving money to Hamas, but how many do you figure read that far?

"Will some of the weapons that Qatar bought from American industry find its way into the hands of terrorists from Hamas?" speculated Wood. "...Could Qatar be financing the extensive tunnel networks that Israel has discovered leading to children's schools and the like inside Israel? There are a lot of questions that need to be answered." Indeed, especially as Wood offered no evidence of the funding better than this: Qatar "has good relations with the United States," Wood admitted, "but I wouldn't turn my back on them in a gunfight, especially if we are fighting terrorists supported by Qatar. Is the Obama administration aware of the Qatari funding of Hamas?... The American public deserves to know the answer to these questions." Then again, maybe it was all a misunderstanding, like Reagan trading arms to Iran. Questions remain!

"The Obama administration, in its mulish appeasement of the Muslim Brotherhood-Sunni supremacist axis that even Islamic governments (indeed, even the Saudis) are shunning," wrote National Review's Andrew C. McCarthy, "is subverting a golden opportunity to achieve decisive victory over Hamas - the necessary precondition if there is ever to be a stable Israeli-Palestinian settlement." We doubt Obama will take his advice, but then McCarthy once worked for the Bush Administration, and they didn't take his advice on Hamas, either.

McCarthy also tried the bit he and his former boss were accustomed to employ in the early days of the Iraq debacle -- convincing Americans the U.S. is also a direct target. "As [Caroline] Glick points out, Hamas is the Muslim Brotherhood, which makes it a big piece of the global jihad," he wrote. "Besides being every bit as much America's enemy as Israel's, Hamas is now not only motivated but more lethally capable than it has ever been," because of what Glick called the "rapid advances" in tunnel-digging, which Palestinians have been using to get out of the West Bank (into which they have been walled up by the Palestinians) and which has allowed some of them to kill Israelis, and because of their "missile technology," which the Wall Street Journal reports has improved to a range of 93 miles; perhaps McCarthy expects Hamas next to burrow under the Atlantic to reach New York, and to improve their rockets' range sixtyfold.

At the Washington Post, Jennifer Rubin has been filling her bile-cup with items like "Israel refuses invitation to commit suicide, snubs the irrelevant Kerry." Why, she asked, was Kerry asking for a truce at all? "One explanation," she offered, "is that he is foolish beyond our wildest imagination, entirely disconnected from reality."

After weighing this proposition, Rubin moved on: "Another possibility," she said, "is that this is yet one more sign of President Obama's antipathy toward Israel." She didn't say what the previous signs of this had been, but if you're a Jennifer Rubin reader you probably don't worry about that, and anyway, Rubin added, "it boils down to Obama's determination to appease bad actors in the cause of a temporary cessation in violence," to Rubin a ridiculous idea when there's a real solution sitting right in front of us, as she explained in a later column:

"...the dividing line between civilian and terrorist has been virtually eliminated by Hamas... The administration might at least comprehend the extent of the problem before mouthing off about the need for Israel to exercise 'greater caution' with civilians... If the Israelis can continue to dis-entangle missiles, suicide vests and rockets from the civilian population and to destroy the tunnels, then an end to hostilities can take place." So, invasion, occupation, and pacification -- which should be a snap, right? Just look at the history of the region.

One of the odder casus bellow of the week was the two-day suspension of U.S. air travel to Israel by the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA). Given the flying missiles in the region, and the recent fate of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17, this seemed a sensible decision -- except to conservatives, who cried conspiracy.


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merl.allen
merl.allen topcommenter

The funny thing is that if an airliner did get shot down that would also be Obama's fault.

StringOnAStick
StringOnAStick topcommenter

Ah, the right wing; there's no problem that a full-scale invasion with heavy let-God-sort-them-out action won't cure. Only thing is, they never see the obvious blowback their actions would guarantee. 

lmorrisglick
lmorrisglick

Did anyone even read this article? I'm surprised, in such a publication, that such venom only generated one comment. When such inciteful hate is posted on other sites, like the Huffington Post, usually 100's, if not thousands, come out to vent their antisemitic spleen in favor of terrorists and killing the Jews. I guess the Erdroso is still in the minor leagues as far as anti-Jewish incitement. It seems the leftwing journalists--of which there is a surplus--feel they have to be more and more disgusting in order to generate hits and reads. There are so many such 'journalists" around, I guess it is the symptom of too many people going through higher education but not enough real jobs, they can't make it in a real profession, like medicine, engineering or law, so they become "journalists" and bloggers and free lance writers (and instant experts on anything, if you ask them).


I chalk this up to yet just another unhappy hater and underemployed overeducated leftwing bigot.


By the way, I'm a registered Democrat, have migrated from the left, and find that both the left, and its shelter in the Democratic Party, as too despicable for me to bear much longer. 


It's people like you, Mr. Erdroso, who have knocked some common sense into me, and pushed me away from liberalism and away from the Democratic Party, where I was happily at home since i worked for JFK's election as a youngster in 1960.


I would give anything to have my old party back, the party of JFK, Hubert Humphrey, Scoop Jackson, and Harry Truman, among others. Now, it is increasingly becoming the home of haters, bigots, antisemites and apologists for terrorism, violent jihadis, and anti-Americanism.

sj660
sj660

The right wing will use anything to discredit Democrats, but there is no transitive property of politics. Hamas is hiding weapons among civilians and is shooting missiles at Israel.

imarnold2
imarnold2

@lmorrisglick There's a former (arab/jewish) solider touring the country speaking about the lies perpetrated by Netanyahu. 

I.E. He knew Hamas was not responsible for kidnapping the three students. He knew the students were found/dead a week before announcing they were found.

He has Israel agents fomenting unrest while posing as palestinians. 

joe_dee
joe_dee

@lmorrisglick Good! Leave! The right wing knuckledraggers, and half wits will embrace you with most open arms. 

RogerAiles
RogerAiles

@lmorrisglick Here's your hate; what's your hurry?


Roger el-Simon could use the eyeballs.  Give him a chance.

SusanofTexas
SusanofTexas

@lmorrisglick  You are at least 74, right? Maybe a bit younger; if you were 15 in 1960, you are 69.


You are still a registered Democrat so this disgust with the anti-Semitism of the left is a new thing. Has it occurred to you that this new disgust of the mostly Democratic working man is a by-product of the deterioration of your mind? Perhaps Alzheimer's  is making you cranky and illogical.


Despite your fears you do not give any examples of anti-Semitism in either Mr. Edroso's work or anyone else's,  in your blanket condemnation of many of your fellow Americans. This might be another indication of dementia; irrational fears with no basis in reality are a warning sign.


You might want to get your eyes checked as well; it's "Edroso" not "Erdroso."


Perhaps your caregiver should not let you go on the computer; it's a scary place for confused people and you might end up accidently threatening the president or cyberbullying a teenage girl or ordering 5000 packages of Depends by mistake.

roy84
roy84 topcommenter

@lmorrisglick  I see you haven't answered any of the arguments made, nor disputed any of the facts referenced, in the article; in fact, "antisemitic spleen in favor of terrorists and killing the Jews" is the only part of the comment that even refers, however tendentiously and inaccurately, to the article. You didn't even spell my name right. Maybe after your opening, "Did anyone even read this article?" you should have added, "because I sure didn't!"


Anyway, thanks for the personal assessment. You sure caught me out there. What I really wanted was a career in heating and cooling. 


As for the "pushed me away from liberalism and away from the Democratic Party," that's a classic gambit, but you should be aware that some parts of it have require modernization. While it was fashionable for ex-Democrats to refer to Scoop Jackson in the 1980s, today no one remembers who is. If your aim was to go retro, why not be a little original and make it Paul Tsongas? 

McSalmon
McSalmon

What is justice? A man kills another man - is justice served when the murderer's family is slaughtered along with him? Or if another man is killed, who is innocent? Hamas has committed crimes, but if the IDF would serve justice, it must do everything in it's power to insure the safety of people who are not involved, even if Hamas uses them as shields. If that sounds unfair, because terrorists get to cheat, and the IDF doesn't, then you probably don't understand how enforcing the law works. If the Israeli government insists in behaving belligerently, and ends up killing more people or destroying more property than they lost, and fail to back up why it was necessary, then you can't be surprised when people start sidling away from you, just as they would be wary of cops who are quick to shoot without cause.

As long as Israel controls the place, they have a commitment to act as the law, and not be above it. This simply looks bad, and a large percentage of the world, including other Jews, think that. It's not anti-semitism, it's critique.

GeoX
GeoX topcommenter

@lmorrisglick Don't worry--we're glad not to have shitheads like you in our party anymore!  OMG--does that make me a "hater?"  Heaven forfend.

duncanm
duncanm

@sj660 - "Hamas ... is shooting missiles at Israel"?  Well, what do you expect Hamas to do?  Israel has blockaded Gaza for decades -- that's an act of war -- and has been killing, maiming, beating, imprisoning and dispossessing Palestinians for even longer.  To say nothing of aggression against Lebanon on more than one occasion.  Don't Palestinians have a right to defend themselves?  If it's okay to bomb buildings and kill children on the beach, then it's okay for both sides to do it.  Israel and its apologists think it's okay for them to do it, so it follows that it's okay for Palestinians to do it.


Israel's war against Palestine doesn't end when it stops attacking Gaza.  The US media say that the Middle East is quiet when no Israelis have been killed, no matter how many Palestinians have been killed.  Palestinian deaths don't matter to Israel and the US.  Given that careful tunnel vision, it's no wonder that the US is surprised when the Palestinians shoot back; it seems to come out of nowhere -- but it doesn't.

SusanofTexas
SusanofTexas

@sj660  And Isreal is killing Palestinians. Nobody over the age of 5 will accept "he did it too" as a defense. The weakness of your argument only becomes more obvious with repetition.


When you are supporting death and its manservants, it doesn't matter which side you are on. We are mothers and fathers, sons and daughters. We are sick of watching people die while we sit helpless.


No more death! No more hate! We are sick of it!

SusanofTexas
SusanofTexas

@joe_dee @lmorrisglick  They'll probably put him on tv.


"I was a liberal until I saw little boys blown up on a beach. Then I realized that only anti-Semites hate to see little boys blown into pieces in front of their parents so I became a Republican."

merl.allen
merl.allen topcommenter

@roy84 @lmorrisglick We used to have the Scoop Jackson Airport until it was renamed Seatac probably because no one remembered him, like you said

andyvanm
andyvanm

@GeoX @lmorrisglick Another reason Israel cannot stop their defense mission, until they completely blot out the Radical Islamic group Hamas. The minute there is a truce call, Hamas will be at it again, digging their tunnels and resupplying their ammunition, for another day down the road.

merl.allen
merl.allen topcommenter

@SusanofTexas @sj660 The old "you're rubber I'm glue" defense belove of 5 year olds and wingnuts. Or is it the other way around? I'm not 5 years old anymore.

GeoX
GeoX topcommenter

@andyvanm @GeoX @lmorrisglick Well, you've sold me.  It's important that they keep murdering children forever.  After all, they're the Good Guys.

andyvanm
andyvanm

@GeoX @andyvanm @lmorrisglick

“We can forgive the Arabs for killing our children. We cannot forgive them for forcing us to kill their children. We will only have peace with the Arabs when they love their children more than they hate us.”
Golda Meir  

GeoX
GeoX topcommenter

@andyvanm @GeoX @lmorrisglick Ah yes, "they MADE us do it!"  The argument of schoolyard bullies and domestic abusers everywhere.

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