Stern of face and stupid with it, a CNN anchorman in Washington holds forth on the evil Hamas. How, he fulminates, can this abominable organisation justify its expenditure on violence while the Gazans it purports to represent live in poverty?
This is what happens, you see, once an organisation is designated terrorist. Even the pretence of balance goes out the window. Likewise elementary reasoning skills.
This anchorman, when all is said and done, is citizen and richly rewarded mouthpiece for a state which spends $1tn a year on violence while 30 million of its citizens live below the poverty line.
A month ago I’d never heard of the man. When I first encountered his name, in a pro Palestinian article whose source escapes me, its author had written “Jake
Tapeworm Tapper …”
How juvenile, I thought.
Now I think he was praising the man with – I say this as one who bears tapeworms no ill will – faint damnation.
By contrast I’ve known about Norman Finkelstein, a relentless critic of Israel who lost almost his entire family on both sides in the Nazi death camps, for years. Though I haven’t read any of his books – The Holocaust Industry … Beyond Chutzpah: On the Misuse of Anti-Semitism and Abuse of History … Image and Reality of the Israel-Palestine Conflict and others – I’ve seen him in many videos and read many shorter writings, including those which first brought him to my attention. I speak of the McCarthyesque smearing of Jeremy Corbyn as anti-Semitic, prior to his ouster as leader of the British Labour Party to make way for a lawyer acceptable to a ruling class but weirdly unable to distinguish between a nation’s “right to defend itself” – which does not, legally speaking, apply to an unlawfully occupying power – and mass murder.
Which brings us back to Gaza. Fortunately for the smugly idiotic Mr Tapper, Norman doesn’t go head to head with him; let alone with an uncrowned queen who by rights should be in the dock at The Hague but here has a walk-on part to remind her dim-wittedly deplorable subjects that peace is war, and war peace.
So this interactive take-down will have to do.