Wednesday, August 06, 2003

World Class Hypocrisy

I read Tom Friedman's piece in the NYTimes and laughed out loud. He had the perfect reaction to Amr Moussa's questioning of the legitimacy of the 25-member Governing Council that was appointed in Iraq in which Moussa said "If this Council was elected, it would have gained much power and credibility." The money quote from Friedman:
I love that quote. I love it, first of all, for its bold, gutsy, shameless, world-class hypocrisy. Mr. Moussa presides over an Arab League in which not one of the 22 member states has a leader elected in a free and fair election. On top of it, before the war, Mr. Moussa did all he could to shield Saddam Hussein from attack, although Saddam had never held a real election in his life. Yet, there was Mr. Moussa questioning the new U.S.-appointed Iraqi Council, which, even in its infant form, is already the most representative government Iraq has ever had.
That is just it, isn't it. It is absolutely amazing what is said by many members of the Arab leadership throughout the Middle East, the incredible hypocrisy of the statements made with the convictions of a true-believer---and the way it is generally treated by the press as a legitimate expression of thoughtful and representative opinion. The only way to respond to that crap that is truly effective is the way Friedman did... directly, harshly, openly and repeadedly -- until people get it.

In particular, take a look at what Dershowitz had to say in his upcoming book, A Case for Israel, with respect to the same concept in terms of the treatment of Israel (emphasis mine):
If the tone of this book sometimes sounds contentious, it is because the accusations currently being made against Israel are so often shrill, uncompromising, one-sided, and exaggerated... These false charges must be answered directly and truthfully before a tone of compromise and mutual acknowledgment of wrongdoing can be restored and the issues debated on their often complex merits and demerits. But all too often, today's debate, especially on university campuses, is characterized by contentious and one-sided accusations made by those seeking to demonize Israel. They are often answered by far more candid acknowledgments of wrongdoing by defenders of Israel and a tone of apology that often panders to the accusers.
I think he's got a good plan.

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