The terrible earthquake in Haiti (for which donations can be made here) has left thousands dead, homeless and distraught. But while the news is filled with images of the people affected, the media has gone into overdrive, each using the disaster to prove their beliefs. The Guardian and other left leaning media have been filled with commentaries criticising the economic problems that left so many Haitians living in shacks which contributed to the disaster. Anti-imperialist blogs such as Lenin’s Tomb have criticised the apparent American intervention in the country, where opportunity beckons. But the strangest commentary is this blotched job by Stephanie Gutmann. Not content with the Telegraph’s incredulity that anyone could every question America’s motives which are clearly so altruistic, she, somehow, uses this as a passionate defence of Israel and criticism of Palestinian rights campaigners.
It starts of in cheery fashion, insinuating anti-Semitism is at work in criticism of Israel: “Clever people the Jews… oops, I mean the Israelis.” Wow, the old anti-Semitic card, never heard that one before.
Then a devastating attack on critics of Israel’s breach of international law: “but the Israelis, operating with their usual disregard to the niceties of law”. The comparison between giving aid to Haitians and the flagrant abuse of international law in oppressing the Palestinians is just so logical! Obviously such minor abuses of international law don’t really mean much when you take into account the 220 people sent to help.
But not to worry, we have some more accusations of anti-semitism “However, that has not stopped Jewish…er…Zionist propagandists”. Phew, I was lacking my fix of an accusation of racism, there hasn’t been one for, well, 4 paragraphs.
After proving the assault on Gaza wasn’t disproportionate in any way, she adds: “The word “disproportionate” in this case refers to the fact that this country of 7.5 million has sent 220 people, compared to say, China, which as of last week had sent 60.” They sent more people than the Chinese government? Wow, sending more people than a dictatorship is a really flattering comparison. But why China? I notice Robert Mugabe didn’t send any people at all, perhaps she could show Israel’s altruism by mentioning that? I mean, if you’re going to compare yourself to a dictatorship to prove a point, you might as well choose a really shit one?
But now the crux of the argument: “Great,” said someone identifying himself as ‘Smart Alex’, “I just hope the IDF soldiers don’t harvest any of the dead Haitians’ organs without the permission of their families. “I know, I know,” he wrote, “that was a cheap shot. But I believe well-deserved for a country that tries to use its U.S.-funded humanitarian efforts as propaganda to paper over its disastrous and vile treatment of the Palestinians.” A clever fellow and brave too! It takes guts to make such a deduction and publish it from behind the cover of a moniker like ‘Smart Alex’. Naturally this ‘Smart Alex’ speaks for every Palestinian supporter. Such intellectuals such as Noam Chomsky or Norman Finkelstein are just small fry compared to ‘Smart Alex’.
But while this article is nothing better than the tripe Richard Littlejohn comes up with, what makes it even funnier, is that this whole article was written in response to ‘Smart Alex’. Gutmann asserts the left are making these accusations, but provides no examples whatsoever. The logical conclusion is that such sentiments don’t exist, at least outside the minds of idiots who are rightly ignored. But she isn’t even demolishing a strawman. Instead, she went on the message boards, found an idiot and decided to write an article rebutting him. This is a “quality” paper, with one of their top journalists, who is paid to write an article rebutting a random dick on the internet.
So next week I might go on the BBC message boards, find a random fud complaining about the number of foreigners in this country, and write an article rebutting it, getting me a job as a top columnist. Easy.
Sadly Gutmann didn’t write an editorial piece extoling the virtues of the Palestinians when they gave aid to Haiti. It’s almost like she has an agenda.