Saturday, September 14, 2013

Casting Stones  

AA seems to founder a bit  as he looks for locutional stones to cast that can accurately express his haughty contempt for American journalists.

"... for the life of me, I could not believe that this passes as foreign policy analysis and journalism.  She [Christiane Amanpour] is to journalism what Barbara Waters is to...journalism and what Thomas Friedman is to...foreign policy analysis. "
Here is a much better, closer-to-home and on-target analogy: She [Christiane Amanpour] is to journalism what Prof. AbuKhalil is to academic scholarship.

Update (September 15, 2013): AbuKhalil is now obsessed with Christiane Amanpour. Here he asks: 

So conservative and liberal media have been hailing Ms. Manpour for her "emotional outburst" in favor of a US attack on Syria.  I wonder how many would have dared to hail her if she were to produce an emotional outburst (she never would, of course, it is hypothetical) on behalf of a US attack on Israel to help the Palestinians.  Would she have kept her job? For a second?

Th following info is not an answer. Just an attempt at some perspective and reality from a purely statistical POV:

On 24 July 2013, the United Nations put out an estimate of over 100,000 that had died in the Syria civil war, [since it started in 2011, 2 years]. (wiki)

In terms of the human cost, it is estimated that the Israel-Arab conflict has taken almost 94,000 lives since 1920 to the present  (93 years). *

Let's compare this with some other regional war: The Iran-Iraq war, for example: Lasting from September 1980 to August 1988, it is estimated that 100,000+ civilians were killed on both sides[12]
(not including 182,000 civilians killed in the Al-Anfal Campaign).

Or this war:
North Yemen Civil war, from 1962-1970, 1,000 Saudi dead 26,000 Egyptian dead, and altogether between 100,000-[8] 200,000 killed 

Numbers do talk, sometimes. You would think that a professor who teaches at an American institution would know it and would at some point learn to make some intelligent, fact-verifiable comments.


At 4:48 PM EDT, Anonymous Brian Goldfarb said...

"Th following info is not an answer." Of course it isn't an answer, Noga, because AA is incapable of listening to anyone who faces him rationally. An answer would be something that was listened, even if disagreed with, because a response is required. AA will never respond because he knows that he has no evidence.

He can only splutter.

It is an irony to note that the mass of the BDS mob at least ignore comparisons, and concentrate only on Israel/Palestine. That way, while they are opposable, they can't be accused of stupidity. many things, of course, but not that.

It makes one wonder how he gets out of bed in the morning. Perhaps by not thinking about what he said.

At 9:42 PM EDT, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"An Arabic-language professor [Ghassan Zakaria] at San Diego State University handed out a map of the Middle East which identified Israel as “Palestine.” ..."

Something is really wrong with California's public university system.


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