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Message Board Madness

I’ve long suspected that the Huffington Post has a lot of people with metal plates in their heads.  Now I am nearly certain.

Although they frequently try to pass off divorce columns as news (or is that AOL that made a deal with them doing that?) the fairly straightforward article entitled “Turkey:  Israel Possibly Target of More Sanctions” is one of their few news-like pieces written in Standard American English. 

The gist of the whole piece was how Israel and Turkey’s once friendly diplomatic relations have now thawed because the Israeli Navy had the utter gall and chutzpah to defend Israelis by setting up a blockade of a Turkish ship containing terrorists that was tying to maneuver through the waters of Gaza. 

In reality, the ship didn’t exactly contain Turkish coffee.  More to the point, it contained materials to make rockets and bombs.  The Israeli Navy boarded the ship and found some terrorists on board.  Now the terrorists, generally not known for their charm school demeanor, attacked the Israelis who in turn fought back and wiped out nine of them.  (Adios.) 

The UN said that the blockade of the cargo—bound ship was a “legitimate, security measure” but that the raid on the flotilla was “excessive and unreasonable.”  I don’t know about anyone else, but if someone started hitting me with metal objects, I’d assume that said person didn’t have my best interests at heart, and I would do what I could to clobber him back. 

Maybe those camping out on the message boards are from the same training compound that the pro-convicted murderess Amanda Knox commentators are from. 

One guy wrote that he wanted to donate money to the Palestinians.  Why he would want to do that is anyone’s guess because they certainly haven’t used the 85 billion dollars per year they get from the United States very constructively. 

Another opined:  Following is a quote from Original Sins (Olive Branch Press 1992, a book by an Israeli professor, Beit Hallahami, which be forced reading for every militant Israeli (Really, is there any other kind in his mind?)

One guy in a turban, so we can pretty much guess his politics, wrote “So does being Israel mean never having to say you’re sorry…no matter what you do?”

Just as I was beginning to think that there was some kind of a blog roll for these kinds of commentators, a lone voice of reason appeared with:  “Seems I recall far more apologies from Israel for their mistakes than from Arabs and Palestinians for theirs.”     

He must have slipped in under the ropes.

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