I can’t stop stewing over this attack on Rashid Khalidi. Even the Washington Post editorial board called out the Republicans on this one, quoting Rashid as saying he would just wait till the “idiot wind” blows over. That’s the editorial’s title: Idiot Wind.”
I have been wondering why among all the awful things going on this one is occupying so much of my mental space, and I think I figured it out. Partly it’s because I know the person involved (I’m writing this sitting at the dining-room table where Rashid was a guest two weeks ago), but it’s beyond that.
What did John McCain do?
He exploited the Holocaust AND the Nakba to stimulate anti-Arab and anti-Muslim bigotry in order to frighten Jews from voting for an African-American secretly stigmatized as a Muslim terrorist. Wow! My whole life flashed before my eyes. That one sentence attacked virtually everything I ever considered important.
No victory can be big enough. Let’s get out there and take back our country.
Irancove @ November 1, 2008