June 8, 2010
Her message to Jews to "go back to wherever you came from" was outrageous and offensive and I in no way wanted to side with her in my previous GarveyBlog post. I was making light of her as a threat to anyone at 89 years of age. Threat or no threat, it is a sad ending to a great career.
A friend said "gimme a break" in response to my previous remarks about Thomas. He is right. I was not careful.
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Why do you find you need to apologize?
This is getting way out of hand.
Helen Thomas' lineage is from Lebanon.
She has every right to say what she said.
It was from the heart.
Maybe she was completely fed up with all this schlock we've had to endure day-in and day-out for some 40 years.
A day has not gone by since I was in high school where Israel was not in the news one way or another. I'll tell you this: for one small piss-ant country, with a population of 'G-d's chosen' just a tad more than their population here, they sure have us wrapped around their thumbs.
Me? I'm sick of it.
I am Catholic and a supporter of the Holy Land.
BUT-- I DO NOT go along with the war-mongering actions of this not-so-christian elite.
What they did in Lebanon was way out of line and Gaza?
READ THE SERMON on THE MOUNT.
G-d save us from this wretched lot.
Oh my! I'm an anti-semite!!
That's what they'll call me, you & ANYBODY whom so much as questions anything they do they label and attack.
Anybody labeling me or you or anyone as such can suck lemons.
I come from a long line of supporters of Israel.
A tree is planted in the Holy Land in memory of my blessed mother, G-d rest her soul.
As Woody Allen one said; "Say anything about them and they'll start writing letters..."
Enough is enough.
-David S. | Ballston Spa, NY USA | June 8, 2010
Have you listened to the now famous Helen Thomas remarks?
There's absolutely no malice in her voice. In fact, the interaction between her and the meddling rabbi was quite cordial. He really had no business intruding into her space, but this is what he did. She could have told him to bugger off, but she did not.
The rabbi is the one who brought up Israel and Ms. Thomas obliged him with her opinion.
Freedom of speech may have taken a hiatus during the Cheney/Bush regime, but it's back and we must respect it. The rabbi used his to ask Ms. Thomas and she used hers to respond.
If we were all of the same opinion, how dull this world would be.
There was by far more damaging talk during the last election as candidates and supporters drove wedges to divide the country.
How sad it is that some react to opinions in disagreement with their own agenda by canning the opiner.
-Franz Fripplfrappl | Stoughton | June 8, 2010
So much for freedom of speech. The only thing people are allowed to say today is to agree with the government.
This is a hallmark of totalitarian government: Toe the line or be fired, harassed and driven underground.
Let us never forget the USS Liberty. An American warship repeatedly attacked by Israel while it was flying a American flag. And then there was Jonathan Pollard, spy for Israel.
I thought this web site was devoted to free speech and not to government sponsored totalitarian thought. I guess I was wrong.
-Bill | Watertown, WI | June 9, 2010
Wow. What happened Ed? Did some of your donors to Fighting Bob Fest get to you?
Fact is that Israel has had a policy of West Bank settlement that is the moral equivalent of Hitler's Lebensraum. A lot of the settlers are ultra Orthodox and many come from militant Zionist factions here in the United States. Some also come from the countries mentioned by Helen Thomas.
Good old Abraham. The worlds first dead beat dad and look what a mess he made for us. I dare say that if genetic testing were done a good many of the Palestinians would have a clearer genetic tie to the prophets of old than the modern Jew, who is a real genetic mix, a lot of it European. Lots of reasons for that and most of them not so nice. I will grant you that. Still, in the face of bully boy tactics and out and out intransigence how much Holocaust Guilt are we supposed to carry? I consider the debt paid, in full.
-Griebnotz Doerkpfester | Egg Harbor,WI. | June 9, 2010
Well Ed, although your friend's argument ("gimme a break") about the Helen Thomas incident sounds 'virtually irrefutable' - - at least on a playground or in a barroom - - you might want to try reading some slightly more lengthy, reasoned commentaries like Paul Jay's (www.commondreams.org/view/2010/06/07-6)
or Robert Parry's (www.consortiumnews.com/2010/060810.html), among numerous others.
-Big Em | Milwaukee, WI | June 9, 2010