May 3, 2009

Andrew O'Hehir Is Lame in Salon

Update: See Gary Leupp's piece on AIPAC, Bush neocons and lame-ass Democrats and Pelosi the Hawk (Stephen Zunes in Foreign Policy in Focus). Zunes' piece offer a real-politik analysis that explains for example why the normally non-interventionist Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-Madison) gets all crazy, voting for pro-Israel, pro-militarism resolutions against those dreaded Arabs that neocons hate.

Andrew O'Hehir's has a lame interview with filmmaker Simone Bitton, director of the documentary Rachel.

Skip the Salon interview, and see the film on the murdered American peace activist Rachel Corrie.

I guess Salon editors think need a pro-militarist, anti-human rights voice on their site so O'Hehir gets 900 words in the introduction to give some balance.

O'Hehir tries to assume the same pro-Israel tone as the Washington Post coverage of the murder of Corrie by belittling the human rights mission with which Corrie traveled to Gaza to bring attention to Israel's tendency to kill people.

Skip the interview, see the film. Better yet support the work of the Palestinian Center for Human Rights, B'TSELEM - The Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories, and the Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace and Justice.

Militarists will always have their apologists like O'Hehir. The success of human rights and peace activists depends entirely on what we do.

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