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(RNS) For Mitt Romney the answer to the Palestinians is crystal clear: Give up. After all, in his view Palestinians are “culturally” defective and God is on the other side. By Sam Bahour.

  • Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb

    Thank you for your coherent appraisal of the dangerous blather of Mitt Romney. His racism toward Palestinians is only part of his overall racist attitudes and behaviors toward people of color. He believes that people who are not as rich or white as he is are a substandard species not favored by God. His comments are nothing less than a revision of the horrible beliefs that lead to eugenics, and the Nazi genocide of the Jews and the North American genocide of Native Americans, and the slavery and segregation of the United States. Germans believed Jews were culturally inferior. Repetition of this henious belief is a complete disgrace to the people of the United States and the world. We are trying to overcome social Darwinism and attitudes, beliefs and behaviors based on extreme prejudice, not perpetuate them. If the American people elect Mitt Romney for president, we will be the ones to carry the epithet of a lesser species.

  • Robert H Stiver, Oahu, Hawaii, USA

    I am disturbed that my comment of last night has not been posted (there were no comments when I visited this site). Please find the comment I spent minutes composing and post it!

  • Anon

    The author’s view on Israel is clearly blinded by hate – while he has a point, i.e. that the worth and value of the Palestinian economy cannot be accurately measured while it is an occupied territory – he completely ignores the fact that the Palestinians, like most modern Arabs, are indeed culturally not suited to building economies of the type America, Israel, and Europe have in the past. To deny this, and worse, to see it as something “bad” shows a lack of historical and cultural knowledge, plus a desire to compare everyone to an arbitrary universal standard.

    Further, the “racist” slurs, while being a tried and tested technique of the left, is easily seen for the cheap ad-hom attacks that they are. It is far to easy to label someone ‘racist’ than to address their actual argument. Similarly with cheap attempts to denigrate your opponent to achieve your political ends (that’s directed at you, Ms. “Rabbi” Lynn the Democrat)

    There is also the argument that Arab culture was advanced in previous times. We’ve come a long way since then, Mr Bahour, a long way…Arab civilization is on the brink of collapse, and just because they influenced, very positively, the standard of civilization in the past, this is no longer the case. In fact, the Arab world is an example of what not to let happen to your society/civilization. It is being torn apart by successive civil wars.

  • Robert Stiver, Oahu, Hawaii

    I am now more indignant that you have failed to enter my properly attributed comment on this thread. If you post the ilk of “anon,” then you are obligated to post my comment. Please do so immediately!
    Robert H. Stiver

  • John D

    Sam Bahour is absolutely right in every respect. To gain an understanding of what Palestinians have to put up with on a daily basis, go to Read their daily updates and then try claiming that the Israel occupation forces and their crazy irregulars (so-called “settlers”) do not make economic development of Palestine impossible. The ultra-orthodox crazies in Israel view all goyim as sub-human – including Mitt “The Twit” Romney !! Your problem in the USA is that you have the most politically corrupt systemn in the world. Your political system has been bought and paid for time and again by the Zionist lobby. That is why Romney made such a stupid speech. He is singing the words they want to hear to his paymasters. Like some barely literate strolling minstrel of yesteryear he kowtows to his political massas.

  • Abe Bird

    As long as peace will be dependent on Arabs there won’t be a peace in Palestine. Jews depend themselves from Arab Islamic aggression and wars, and the Arabs want to annihilate the Jews from the face of the land of Israel. Arabs and Muslims as a whole don’t see peace as a goal to be achieved but as a tool to forward their expansion plans.

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  • David

    I’m sorry, but I would still vote for Romney, and see no other viable oipotns in our cast of candidates. I wish this weren’t true, but must face facts.a0Santorum is going to be crucified by the anti-religious left-and evena0Republicans who don’t like his invasive (not truly) moral standards.a0Trust me I lived through the Kick Rick Out campaign in 2006, and they beat him down bad. Perry will alsoa0get beat up by the left for all manner of his conservativeness and his performance in the early debates, and thena0get skewered in debates with Obama.a0 Gingrich is smart, but not savvy. I’d say he is whining enough now to lose any hopes he had. I won’t even talk Hunstman, and what’s left? OH, Paul.Forget about him. If he wins or runs as 3rd party, I will simply shoot myself. I am depressed enough without listening to all of the infighting, and the laughing by the left.I would hope thata0Romney the Rinoa0would pick a running mate of highest conservative values- such as West-or my dream ticket- Rubio! Now that I hear this, I suppose West would not be on that list, but if he would he would have my gratitude!God Help Us.