Victor Mallenbaum: Friedman fails history

August 9, 2013 

Friedman failures

In his Aug. 8 column “Daring to fail in the Mideast,” New York Times columnist Thomas L. Friedman once again treated us to his unhistorical, prejudiced analysis of Middle East events. Space will allow comment on only two points.

Friedman wrote, “Rightists will go ballistic over any Israeli givebacks in Jerusalem.” “Givebacks” to whom? The Palestinians never owned an inch of it. Words are powerful, whether true or not.

Second, “One should never forget just how crazy some of Israel’s Jewish settlers are. They assassinated Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin.” “They” was one person, Yigal Amir, who was born and raised in Herzliah, Israel, and at the time of the murder was a student in Tel Aviv, Israel. He was no settler, but let’s not let facts interfere with Friedman’s fiction.

If one were to say “never forget how crazy some Muslims are. They murdered 13 people at Fort Hood,” people would say his thinking is perverted. Does the shoe fit Friedman?

Victor Mallenbaum

Raleigh

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