Helen Thomas has been in the White House press room longer than I’ve been alive — and probably longer than you’ve been alive. She’s certainly been there too long — and every day that passes is another day too long. She’s a bitter, hateful woman, as she so charmingly made clear with her recent statement that the Jews in Israel should “Get the hell out of Palestine” and go back “home” to Germany or Poland. Video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=RQcQdWBqt14<br />
Unbelievable. While I’m sure the boys at Hamas and the nearest skinhead rally found her comments spot on, batty Helen has been pretty roundly condemned by most decent people, leading to her invevitable, and, quite grudging “apology”:
I deeply regret my comments I made last week regarding the Israelis and
the Palestinians. They do not reflect my heartfelt belief that peace
will come to the Middle East only when all parties recognize the need
for mutual respect and tolerance. May that day come soon.
Can’t you feel the remorse?
No? Neither can I. Probably because this isn’t an apology, just a sad attempt to dodge responsibility for what she said.
Neo-Neocon breaks it down better than I could: Translation of Thomas’s statement:
I wish I hadn’t said it, and I especially wish I hadn’t gotten
caught on camera saying it.
But I don’t take it back, I won’t apologize to those evil
Israelis/Jews. Instead, I’ll put out some cover words that indicate I
want peace to come to the Middle East. Of course, my idea of “peace” in
the Middle East is for the illegitimate Israelis to leave the area and
make it Judenrein, as I made crystal clear in my previous, more
And then I’ll speak in some general moral equivalency terms about
respect and tolerance on both sides—a respect and tolerance I
completely failed to show towards the Israelis. That sort of
non-apology ought to do the trick and get me off the hook with the
idiots who don’t think too deeply.
I pretty much have nothing to add to that. Except Helen Thomas must go.