This Melanie Phillips quote, via Augean Stables, is surreal:
So let’s get our head round this: Palestinians committed to the destruction of Israel fled from other Palestinians committed to the destruction of Israel into Israel, which is providing them with sanctuary and medical treatment, while the president of their putative state who bases his claim against Israel on its alleged refusal to admit Palestinian ‘refugees’ refused to allow actual Palestinian refugees fleeing Palestinian violence access to that same putative state, while Israel agonises over whether to grant them permanent asylum. Surreal, or what?
Richard Landes continues,
For all those progressives who love phrases like “speaking truth to power” and “the only thing necessary for evil to prevail is for good men to do nothing” — where is your voice?
It’s with all the voices of the feminists who don’t protest female genital mutilation, forced marriage, burkas, and treating women like property. It’s with the voices of the pro-homosexual marriage activists when they see homosexuals hanged in Iran. It’s with the voices of those who view waterboarding as inexcusable torture but are able to overlook the occasional beheading. It’s with the voices who say America is uncontrollably racist and that reparations for slavery are required but have nothing to say about the tens of thousands of people who are enslaved in Sudan right now.
Those voices are busily “speaking truth to power” against the Bush “Reich” or regime or whatever it is this week. Because nothing is more evil than a Republican. Excuse me, Rethuglican. But Che was cool, Castro is just nifty, and Chavez is the wave of the future, baby!
How wrong and foolish they are is aptly illustrated by Instapundit’s “They told me that if George W. Bush were re-elected” series. The latest is, “protesters would be herded behind fences. And they were right!“
The sad part is how little comprehension these so-called intellectuals have. That’s surreal too.