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Caroline Glick at HR mission
Caroline Glick, columnist and Deputy Managing Editor of the Jerusalem Post, addressed the HonestReporting mission this morning in Jerusalem.
Glick delivered a powerful talk on Israel and the West's confrontation with radical Islam, describing an inherent cultural clash between totalitarian Islamists on one side, and Israel/the U.S. -- founded upon individual liberty and democracy -- on the other. Glick stressed that world terror groups are not 'amorphous and non-definable', but rather are actively enabled by Arab states (such as Iran, Syria and Pakistan) that must now be confronted aggressively to cut off the terrorists' lifeline.
"We have to make it clear," said Glick, "through HonestReporting and continual letter-writing, who the enemy is and what is really happening with the Islamist threat against Israel, the U.S. and the West. Just as they used jetliners to destroy the twin towers, they will use the media to destroy our will. We cannot let that happen."
With regard to Israeli politics, Glick believes the Israeli left is suffering from a type of 'battered wife syndrome' that leaves one with the illusion that 'my husband will come to like me if I learn to make creme boulee!' In fact the husband may be a beast who cannot be appeased -- likewise, implied Glick, the current Palestinian leadership.
Regarding NY Times columnist Thomas Friedman, Glick said:
Tom Friedman is an honorable man, but he's been wrong about everything he's written on the Mideast and Israel for about 25 years. [As illustrated by his recent columns] Friedman doesn't understand that with the Lebanon withdrawal, Israel brought the enemy to our doorstep -- Israel is a much less safe place than before the withdrawal.
Friedman is not only wrong -- his views are downright dangerous, for he consistently blames Israel for the fact that someone wants to exterminate us. By failing to acknowledge the true nature of the threat, Friedman is guilty of encouraging it.
Glick left the mission participants with a thought on Nazi Germany's ongoing impact on the Jewish people:
The Nazis made it hard to understand antisemitism outside of mass extermination and gas chambers -- if you don't have chimneys, many now believe, it's simply 'anti-Zionism' or something else. We must understand that this attitude is another, ongoing form of victory for the Nazis. Today's antisemitism, when disguised as anti-Zionism or 'sharp criticism of Israel', must be exposed, delegitimized and crushed.
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Your make a very good point!
Caroline !, you are as usual a great jewish poet ...and you are always touching the most sensitive problems of our time !Including the shameful behaviour of T.Friedman and the NYTimes.Unfortunately , some of our sons and daughters are trying to captivate the world around them and in so doing they are the "Kapo" of our time . This is a free world ...but because of that you deserve respect and admiration for not fearing the usual ..taboos ..,from another site there are the Safire, Krauthammer ecc. that speak out with the same articulation and finesse that you demonstrate all along your career ,G-D bless you
Sincerely yours ,Raffaele David MD
I have always been impressed with your editorials in the Jerusalem Post and you haven't let me down today. I agree that Tom Friedman's ideas are malicious. His recent editorial in the New York times was pure fantasy. He believes that moral superiority is enough to win converts to Israel's side. This may be true if someone is not holding a gun to your head. Ufortunately, ethics have a difficult time debating with bullets.
Bravo to Caroline Glick for her comments regarding Tom Friedman. His double standard was again evident in his recent column on how the schools of Saudi Arabia teach hatred for the U.S.
While I am sure he is correct, why doesn't he recognize the same hate for Israel being taught in Palestinian schools since they took control of their own curriculum in 1993 when the Oslo accords were signed,-in violation of those accords I will add. This is but one example of his double standard which basically says the U.S. is unjustly a target of violent Islamic Fundamentalism, while Israel is totally to blame for its conflict with the Arab world because of its settlement policies and other acts in pursuit of its legitimate security needs.