Alterman's article is a second unfortunate example in as many weeks of a an exemplary Nation writer gone horribly wrong when straying from their field of expertise (the other is Alexander Cockburn writing about global warming). Convinced as I am that the current sorry state of mainstream media--particularly the liberal media--is hugely responsible for the disastrous state of our so-called Western "democracies," I eagerly search out and read Eric's column, "The Liberal Media" each week. May I point out that this one has nothing to do with its name and to plead with Eric to return to form and to topic?
The "horrible" I refer to is mostly contained in these two sentences:
...the apparently never-ending deadly violence between Hamas fighters and the al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades in Gaza--to say nothing of the murderous hatred both sides openly profess toward all Jews--ought to provide considerable cause for pause among those who demand an immediate end to the Israeli occupation, security concerns be damned. And yet from those who hold that position, one hears precious little about Israel's entirely understandable worries about the prospects of being asked to live alongside a failed, fanatical and heavily armed Islamic state."
"Murderous hatred" professed "toward all Jews"??? I suddenly felt I was reading an ADL or AIPAC pamphlet instead of The Nation. Is this what happens when one goes back to schul? At a time when radical imams and mosques are being singled out for condemnation, perhaps it is time to address what is being disseminated in synagogues, even the reformed variety that Eric attends. I have read too much and talked to too many Palestinians not to recognise the disinformation and paranoia in that statement.
As for "understandable worries about the prospects of being asked to live alongside a failed, fanatical and heavily armed Islamic state," this time I felt like I was hearing Bush tell us one more time about what would happen if the US was to end its occupation of Iraq--another tainted example of an occupier's disinformation about what will result if the occupation is ended--used as an argument to maintain it, of course.
I don't subscribe to The Nation in order to imbibe Israel Lobby propaganda or Israeli paranoia. Please Eric, return to holding the liberal media to account. Leave writing about the Middle East to Alexander Cockburn. And if you are communicating with him, please ask him to return to his subject of expertise. In his case, he needs to go back to school to learn more about science and the scientific method. His prejudices have unfortunately and horribly compromised his judgment (see Justin Podur's Znet article on this subject).
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
May 27 2007 - 8:58am