10 thoughts on “McCain: ‘If I Were a Neo-Nazi’ – Tikun Olam תיקון עולם إصلاح العالم
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  1. “I’d like to see some sensible Republicans step forward and tell McCain to knock it off.”

    Do they still exist?

    Zhu Bajie, alive in the bitter sea

  2. “Rashid Khalidi, by the way, is not and never was a “PLO spokesperson.” In fact, he’s a respected professor of Middle Eastern politics at Columbia University. And even if he was, has McCain forgotten that the PLO is our supposed ally in Palestine against Hamas? ”

    All ey-rabs are the same and we needs to kill’em.

    Praise Jaysis!

    Vote Palin 2012!

  3. McCain’s hypocracy knows no bounds. SO much for the “Straight Talk Express”

    From: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/10/28/mccain-funded-work-of-pal_n_138606.html

    During the 1990s, while he served as chairman of the International Republican Institute (IRI), McCain distributed several grants to the Palestinian research center co-founded by Khalidi, including one worth half a million dollars.

    A 1998 tax filing for the McCain-led group shows a $448,873 grant to Khalidi’s Center for Palestine Research and Studies for work in the West Bank. (See grant number 5180, “West Bank: CPRS” on page 14 of this PDF.)

  4. Not that Juan Cole needs any plugging from me, anyway:
    See especially his half-hour interview with Charlie Rose for some insights into the mind of this “neo-Nazi”.
    As usual, Larry of Cyberia has it exactly right:

    when John McCain says that Obama’s aquaintance with Rashid Khalidi proves he consorts with terrorists, the correct answer is not: “But McCain knows him too!”. The correct answer is: “Rashid Khalidi is not a terrorist. He is an Arab-American, and a supporter of Palestinian national rights. Neither one of those things makes him a terrorist, and I reject your racist assumption that ‘Arab-American’ or ‘Palestinian’ are synonyms for ‘terrorist’.”

    It’s the same issue as with the “Obama is a Muslim” slurs, to which Colin Powell gave the only possible answer. While he’s at it atoning for past sins, perhaps he can do it again?

  5. First – it appears Khalidi was a spokesperson for the PLO in the 70’s and early 80’s and possibly thereafter… 3 articles mentioning him as a PLO spokesperson have been uncovered… from the LA and NY Times.

    Second – for me the fact that he was a spokesperson for the PLO in the Lebanon days is not as of concern to me as that he wrote a glowing tribute in the early 90’s to the mastermind of the Munich massacre.

    Third – of course in newsbite simplistic presentation the value of this in a Presidential race is a simplistic guilt by association that is dangerous and concerning…. but nonetheless probably worthy of reporting for an election to President… I might add that the ‘progressive’ left is as guilty of this ‘guilt by association’ and assassination of character.

    As far as the neo nazi reference – yes that was a poor overbeaten dead horse reference… as we see Richard Silverstein use this reference to pugilistically batter th0ose with whom he disagrees with… not that it matters but a more intelligent choice of comparison (and McCain Palin campaign has not been very intelligent by anyone’s accounting) John McCain eating dinner at the home of an ardent pro life supporter who had strong ties to terrorists who had attempted to or blown up abortion clinics….

  6. @Avi Benson: No, it appears that the Republican party and right-wing pro-Israel Jews believe that he was. But that doesn’t make it so. Besides, the PLO has been at peace with Israel since 1988 & Fatah is now a U.S. ally. Or have you forgotten that.

    Besides, I’m at a loss to understand why Barack Obama is not allowed to break bread with a Palestinian professor who never harmed a person in his life, while Avi no doubt has no problem with the fact that at least two Israeli prime ministers planned and executed terror attacks that killed not only combatants, but civilians. Do I not hear you denounce the acts of Shamir and Begin as fulsomely as you denounce Rashid Khalidi, that dangerous PLO terrorist?

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