Comments: Israel Committed the One Unforgivable Crime

Jon, you've probably seen this already, but Stephen Walt recently posted a handy all-purpose list of rationalizations for situations just like this, similar to your 'Why the ______s Hate the ______s.'

If apologists everywhere adopted this coding system, these articles would be a lot shorter. ("Oh yeah? Well, #8, #10, and #20!")

Posted by Chris E. at June 4, 2010 03:46 PM

That editorial is right! I therefore demand that the United States immediately suspend all military aid to Hamas!

Posted by Duncan at June 4, 2010 10:08 PM

Yes, Chris, we definitely need some kind of hasbara bingo card to go with the one for ID Creationism and Tim Dunlop's version for Global Warming Skeptics.

There'd be a box for:
"The only democracy in the Middle East."
"They want to 'wipe Israel off the map.'"
"What would you do if someone was firing thousands of missiles at New Mexico?"
"Hamas seized power in a coup."
"Palestinians elected a terrorist organisation so the deserve what they get." (should be a way to give extra points if commentator uses both these last two.)
"Most ethical army in the world."
"How come you never bitch about Sudan?"
"Give back Manhattan."
Etc...

Posted by weaver at June 4, 2010 11:57 PM

Gee, where's the outrage when it comes to Darfur? I mean the Sudanese president is only wanted by the international criminal court for genocide, no outrage there, no sir

Posted by Non Nato at June 5, 2010 10:28 AM

The "outrage" over Darfur is overblown and based on made up "facts". I believe it is a little proxy war between Israel and China.

The worst example of killing in the world today is DR Congo, but no oil there, so no outrage.

Posted by Susan at June 5, 2010 04:03 PM

Lotsa Coltan though. Can the template iclude. Hamas,Hamas,Hamas. And Stop singleing out The Joos.

Posted by demize! at June 5, 2010 07:15 PM

But then, Non Nato, the International Criminal Court found the USA guilty of the unlawful use of force against Nicaragua in the 1980s, yet none of the Reagan gang were rendered to the Hague.

Posted by Duncan at June 5, 2010 08:48 PM

There were just such articles in 1986, and no doubt in the Richmond Times-Dispatch, only apparently A. Barton Hinkle wasn't writing them. Sad transformation.

Posted by Nell at June 5, 2010 09:19 PM

Wow. Nell, I hereby crown you Queen of Human Memory (with Google your loyal liege). That is quite a find.

Posted by Jonathan Schwarz at June 6, 2010 10:13 AM