I delight in pointing out the idiocy and anti-Arab racism in the blogs that are part of the Pajamas Media/Jewish & Israeli Blog Awards nexus.
Thanks to the intrepid LGF Watch I discovered this lovely cartoon running at Atlas Shrugs, a blog devoted to the undeniable truth that there is a vast anti-Semitic Islamic (aren’t the two contradictions in terms since Arabs are Semites?) conspiracy out to exterminate the Jewish race. Of course, Pamela, Atlas Shrugs’ blogmistress, seems to lose sight of the fact that a cartoon (this one drawn by the eminent Mideast analyst/wine marketer Hugh Macleod of Gapingvoid) calling for U.S. carpet bombing of Jerusalem’s Arab population might smack just a wee bit of an anti-Arab genocidal itch on the part of certain Jews, Israelis and their hangers-on (like Macleod).
After I read the caption on this cartoon, “Take back Jerusalem, bring on the B-52s,” I tried to figure out precisely what the cartoonist meant. Wipe out Jerusalem’s population, Jews and Arabs? Why?
Then I realized that if Pamela ran the cartoon it must mean that Hugh wants to wipe out the Arab population of Jerusalem. Then I thought: “cool.” We’ll use Curtis LeMay’s crafty old stratagem adapted for those pesky Arabs (instead of the Soviets). We all know they’re all out to get us. So why don’t we pre-empt ’em and bomb ’em all back to the Stone Age where they belong?
So let’s start with Jerusalem. What should our targets be? Let’s not be too timid here. Let’s have the courage of our convictions. We’re not gonna start with some wimpy PA building (the Israelis probably got those long ago anyway). Let’s go for the big cahuna and take out Al Aksa and Dome of the Rock. After that we can bring on those B-52s for carpetbagging all those East Jerusalem neighborhoods populated by A-rabs.
And while we’re at it, let’s not stop with Jerusalem. Let’s wipe out all those pesky Arab states who hate our guts anyway. Syria–phhht, Gone! Iran–phht, Gone! Gee, I’m getting to like this. So neat, so easy, so clean. What a way to solve a problem–a lot of problems. Israel won’t have to worry about terror or finishing that anti-mongrel Wall. What a savings! We also don’t have to worry about Iranian nukes anymore. Plus we save trouble for all the other countries of the world who were trying to get the Ayatollahs to see reason and cancel their nuke program.
Mideast commentators, Israelis and Palestinians have spilt much blood and ink trying to work out a solution to the conflict that would resolve the issue of Jerusalem for both sides. But they needn’t have bothered. Hugh and Pamela have it all figured out. I tell you, those right-wingers really do know how to solve problems!
Oh and to give you a sense of how callous and clueless dear Hugh is–one of his commenters on the cartoon asked: “Have you been to Jerusalem?” To which he replied: “No, Avi, but I would love to go.” I bet you would. Why don’t you start by visiting all those ‘awful’ Arab neighborhoods you’ve just suggested need vaporizing. And think about the real people (not cartoon characters) who live there. I swear some people never learned about the meaning of the words “human decency.” In our Jewish tradition, we are required in war to show even our enemies a certain level of decency. I guess Pamela never learned about those halachot.
Oh and to give you an idea of how inept Pamela is, the link she provides in her blog post to Hugh’s cartoon is wrong (I found the cartoon and linked to it properly above). And by the way, who do you think is a finalist competitor for a JIB Award, Atlas Shrugs of course. If she wins, then I’ll know there is justice in the world!