Sunday, February 27, 2011

Syria/Charlie Sheen/Stephen Walt

Elliot Ganchrow writes:

There was a great piece in Friday's New York Post in which Benny Avni asks the question as to why the US is not doing more to force out Assad in Syria. His point is that the Assad family have been brutal dictators in Syria (his father killed 40,000 people in 1982 to put down a rebellion), the seeds of rebellion are alive in Syria and that Syria with its nuclear plants being rebuilt and its sponsorship of Hamas and Hezbollah makes the Assad dictatorship one of the world's most dangerous regimes. Yet, if you take a look at this month's Vogue magazine (my wife gets the magazine and showed me the article), there is a puff piece on Assad's wife. She is portrayed as a woman of the world and Syria as a country for all cultures. Mrs. Assad tells the author that "There is a very big Jewish quarter in old Damascus." The only problem, as the author points out, is that the Jewish quarter consists of sealed up houses as most Jews left Syria in 1992. When you consider Syria's brutal repression of its citizens and its sponsorship of terror, it is shocking that the Assad family can pick up positive press. Shame on Vogue.

I know that the ADL said that it was borderline anti-semitism, but it was mildly funny that Charlie Sheen insulted the executive producer of his tx show, Chuck Lorre, by calling him by his birth name, Chaim Levine. Mr. Levine may try to hide his Jewishness but ultimately the Charlie Sheens of the world will never let you forget from where you came, no matter what you change your name to.

___________________________________________________________________________Wall Street Journal exposes the idiocy of Stephen Walt, the anti-semitic/arab shill who co-wrote "The Israel Lobby". This is what Walt said in January about Libya, "Athough Libya is far from a democracy, it also doesn't feel like other police states I have visited. I caught no whiff of an omnipresent security service- which is not to say that they aren't there... Nonetheless, Libya appears to be more open than contemporary Iran or China and the overall atmosphere seemed far less oppressive than most places I visited in the old Warsaw Pact..." Good call Mr. Walt.