April 11, 2007

When do people mean what they say?

In reference to news that is 100 years old by now, but whatever...

From Ace of Spades, a commentary on Barak Obama, who recently said, "No one is suffering more than the Palestinian People".

It seems to me as if, for some arcane reason, we want to believe that people don't really mean what they say when they say something inconvenient. If someone says "those Christian nutbags" a la Karl Rove, or "our idiot troops" a la Kerry/Rangel, for some reason we're incredibly credulous about claims of "misunderstanding", despite the lack of believable alternative interpretations. For some reason, I think this is especially true of historically "victim" minorities who are willing to believe almost any wild story to explain away the ambivalence or hostility of their leaders.

Case in point, this ludicrous statement by Obama that "no one is suffering more than the Palestinian People"... This is, of course, demonstrably untrue. No one is exterminating them (Darfur), their government isn't purposely starving them (Korea), and they don't suffer medieval plagues (India and central Africa). So, being demonstrably untrue, what does a statement like this tell us about how Obama views the Israeli-Palestinian conflict? Everyone knows the answer, but Jewish leaders at the AIPAC are asking Obama for a flimsy excuse to make them believe otherwise.

From Ace of Spades:

Democratic Jews are demanding to know exactly what Obama meant by the remark. Democratic Jews are, I've decided, idiots. Let me explain what he meant: He meant precisely what you think he meant, and he further meant all the implications that flow from that.

I'm not sure why American Jews are so willing to believe there's some subtle nuance to these kinds of statements. There isn't. Many prominent Democrats, as a general matter, support Palestinians more than Israel. So as not to lose a voting block they'll insist that this support is nuanced in some indescribable way, but given the history of the conflict and the political discourse on it, this "nuance" borders on farce. And yet here stands the AIPAC, demanding that Obama have the decency to make his press agent lie to them.

I'm kinda happy that Evangelicals didn't really demand Rove's apology or explanation... It says to me that they have sense enough to know everyone on some level means what they say.

Here's the rest of the Obama/Palestinians commentary, with the comments section thrown in for giggles:

Obama: "Nobody Is Suffering More Than The Palestinian People"

Nobody? Not non-Muslims being systematically raped and murdered in Darfur?

The Palestinians are suffering, to be sure. But their suffering is due, at least partly, to their own choices and actions. They have made the conscious choice to suffer in order to pursue the revanchist dream of extirpating Israel from the globe, to suffer in misery, poverty, squalor and backwardness to achieve this.

And they consciously choose to suffer casualties, both terrorist and civilian, through their never-ending terrorism against Israeli civilians. Oh, occasionally they kill some soldiers, which, as much as I don't like it, is a permittable choice of target in a guerilla war; but most often they find such targets to be too difficult to reach, and not providing a sufficient horror factor, and so choose to blow up schools, pizza shops, discotheques and the like.

Land can be compensated for; walls can be moved; boundaries can be redrawn. But the dead cannot be brought back to life.

The left euphemizes the Palestinians' self-defeating choices by saying "The Palestinians never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity." By which they mean the Palestinians never forgo an opportunity to kill Jewish children, nor actually choose peace over war, nor to accept reasonable, if not generous by their lights, proposals to cede back most of their lost land. All in favor of killing, and killing, and killing some more.

My own reservoir of pity for the Palestinians ended on September 11th when I saw that grotesque witch handing out cake in celebration of the American dead. They've chosen their path, and that path is misery and murder.

They are suffering. They chose to make others suffer, and to suffer themselves in return. Let their be no tears over their embrace of murder and masochism.

Democratic Jews are demanding to know exactly what Obama meant by the remark. Democratic Jews are, I've decided, idiots. Let me explain what he meant: He meant precisely what you think he meant, and he further meant all the implications that flow from that.

Grow up. Your party has collectively decided that no Muslim outrage cannot be mitigated or explained away by pointing to supposed sins of the west compelling them to behave as monsters.

I wonder how these "New York money men" got so rich while being so foolish.

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