Boondoggle

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Needless Nazi comparison of the day

liberalfascismAllow me to parrot the furiously circular logic of Jonah Goldberg: Liberals are fascists.  Israel-haters are fascists.  Liberals are Israel-haters.  Liberals are fascists.

To Goldberg, the fact that there are a plethora of crank extremists out there — and even more on the Googlesphere! — is proof positive that the masses of the Islamic world, and, gasp, the West, are all card-carrying members of a vast plot to adorn Zionists with swastikas.  It’d be harmless enough, I suppose, if Goldberg were simply treading water alone in the cesspool of this paranoia, but he actually engages the disgusting arguments of theis lunatic fringe:

First, let us note that if supposedly all-powerful Israel is dedicated to exterminating the Palestinian people, it is doing a very bad job. The Palestinian population has only grown since 1948. There are more Arab citizens living in Israel proper today than there were in all of Palestine the year Israel was founded.

By caricaturing the history of Israeli-Palestinian interaction — it’s not failed genocide, see, no big deal — Goldberg both skirts the actual issue of Israeli aggression and trivializes the concept of genocide itself.  The fact that there are more Palestinian refugees in Gaza and in “Israel proper” right now does not exactly reassure me that their human rights are being taken care of.

(image from flickr user arellis49 under a Creative Commons license)

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January 6, 2009 - Posted by | Conservatives, Middle East | , , , ,

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