In Rall’s world …
Dear Editor:In February, Hamas leader Dr. Mahmud Al-Zahar said, “Before Israel dies, it must be humiliated and degraded. Allah willing, before they die, they will experience humiliation and degradation every day.” This means that Hamas is “ready to start peace talks with Israel,” according to Ted Rall in his column in Tuesday’s Aspen Times.In January, Hamas candidate Salah Al-Bardawil said, “Hamas has never proposed to amend its charter [calling for the destruction of Israel].” In Rall-speak, this is interpreted as, Hamas is “willing to make concessions.” Last August, Dr. Al-Zahar told the Jerusalem Post, “Neither the liberation of the Gaza Strip nor the liberation of the West Bank or even Jerusalem will suffice us … Palestine is an Islamic land belonging to all the Muslims.” Tuesday, in “the world according to Ted,” this indicates that the “radical Islamist group is ready to disavow terrorism and transform itself into a parliamentary political party.” In October, the president of Iran, a mystical fanatic, claimed that the Holocaust didn’t occur and called for Israel to be “wiped off the map.” Under Mr. Rall’s enlightened interpretation of Islam, was Ahmadinejad really saying, “Maybe we should all get together for tea sometime”?I don’t know what motivates Ted Rall to ignore critical facts, revise history and fabricate current events in an effort to disparage and demonize Israel at every turn. It is unfortunate, however, that he who has concocted the most demented view of the world and espouses the most absurd, preposterous and indefensible arguments, is rewarded with a syndicated column.Doug WeiserOld Snowmass
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