Letter to the Editor of the Annapolis Kapital (Sunday, 1-25-09):
I must take issue with Saul Friedman's taking issue with his rabbi's letter in defense of Israel's right to self-defense, a right Mr. Friedman would deny Israel and her brave people. Why? Because "there's no excuse for killing children." Except, of course, if you are a Palestinian. Now Mr. Friedman's position is hardly new nor is the use of children and other innocents to attack Israel and defend Hamas. But I have been looking for an excuse to write about this subject and this letter seemed to fill the bill.
I read his letter while dipping what my Lebanese grandmother called Syrian bread and butter into a cup of coffee (if Mr. Friedman can invoke his heritage, so can I). I find it inconceivable that anyone who has "covered" the Arab-Israeli conflict since the Yom Kippor War would remain under the illusion that Israel is somehow to blame. I have never been to Israel but I somehow understand the concept of self-defense. I don't know whether Mr. Friedman would allow someone to store missiles, rockets, guns and ammunition in his house, and use his house to attack his neighbor. Apparently he believes it is OK for the Palestinians to do this.
At the same time, we should thank Mr. Friedman for revealing to the hundreds of Kapital readers what his "journalism" really means. With this letter he formally joins the ranks of the "fake-but-accurate" gang in the main stream media. Teachers will no longer be able to pass his stuff off as objective reporting, not with a straight face anyway.
More Journalists of his era should follow his lead and simply declare themselves raving advocates of the liberal agenda. Maybe Mr. Friedman will be honored by the repressive and radical Hamas regime, like Herbert L. Matthews of the New York Times by Castro, with a small monument on a hill overlooking what used to be Israel: "For his vital role in convincing Western opinion that the Holy Land was infested by the Jew, making it easier for the forces of Islam to cleanse the land of this infestation and return it to the people of Mohammed."
For the liberals in the West the destruction of the state of Israel is the only alternative. Only then will Hamas and Hezbolla have no targets for their missiles and suicide bombers, save themselves. And who will really care if Palestinians and Lebanese shoot, burn and hack each other to death? Mr. Friedman? No. Suddenly then, the children won't really matter much.