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The Observer columnist’s odd piece on Israel, Islamists and Godwin’s law.
Tags: Hamas media Israel
First of all, I will carry on reading The Observer, and Nick Cohen - who at his best is still one of the best journalists around today. The buckets of filth poured daily upon his head in on the web encourage me to read and reread his columns and books.
Mehdi, please, will you accept that within the islamicist movement there are those who are not just anti-zionist, but also anti-semetic? In practice of course, it makes little difference, as the destuction of Israel would lead to genocide.
As to the relative positions of Muslim and Jew vis-a-vis 1930s/now, well, there was no Jewish state at all, there was widespread persecution, not just in Germany, but also in Poland, Hungary and the USSR. There was no jewish equvalent to the Saudi Royal Family, or OPEC.
Many Western Nations rationed asylum for refugees, condemning many to certain death. This included tyhe USA.
Oh, and there is no major industrial country today that has publicly set out to exterminate the Muslims within its borders.
Alongside the Holocaust, we should always remember the tens of millions who perished in Soviet Russia before 1941, and those uncounted in Communist China. The whole C20th was a bloodbath for far too many.
Israel is behaving despicably, but Hammas are no angels either. Our carping at the sidelines is fatuous at best, and at its worst, we are giving succour to fanatical murderers on both sides.
Any who see themselves as at all progressive need to start being rational. Israel will continue to exist. The Palestinian State must be protected. Both states must be brought under international law, and in this recent case, Israel must pay for its illegal behaviour.
Nick Cohen is not as far as most of his columns go, a reactionary. He stands four - square for the values of Enlightenment and social justice. As Mehdi says, he was exposing New Labour corruption when most of those attacking him were dazzled by that nice man Tony.
His defence of the Iraq war is at least coherent, and based on principle. The probvlem now, is that those he seeks to support - Iraqi Trades Unionists, Democrats, Feminists and intellectual free thinkers are now on the verge of extinction. This is an unintended result of the invaision, but the anti war lobby - with its thoughtless backing of victory for "freedom fighters" have long since shamefully abandoned such old fashioned concepts as universal human rights. They have also abandoned their comrades to their fate.
Maybe the harrassing of Nick has more to do with their guilt than it does with his...
What is the peaceful solution to the Arab/Israeli conflict ?
What is the common sense solution that both sides should accept ?
Will either side ever comprehensively consider compromise ?
Is this conflict just a product of the human condition ?
Am I alone in pitying both sides ?
Am I the only frustrated atheist ?
Mahatma Ghandi read Henry David Thoreau's "Civil Disobedience", which inspired his principle of non-violence. Anyone else think peaceful protest could be mightier than the sword ?
Mehdi Hasan is a contributing writer for the New Statesman and the co-author of Ed: The Milibands and the Making of a Labour Leader. He was the New Statesman's senior editor (politics) from 2009-12.