On Sept. 4, The New York Times publishes an op-ed, “When It Pays to Talk to Terrorists,” in which Paul Thomas Chamberlin, history prof at U of Kentucky, says we should talk to Hamas.
By failing to strengthen moderates within the P.L.O. and effectively locking the Palestinians out of the Arab-Israeli peace process, American officials sidelined potential peacemakers and pushed Palestinian national ambitions to the back burner….
… Washington shouldn’t rule out alternatives [to force] when dealing with groups that may have more limited long-term goals, like Hezbollah and Hamas.
As Nelson Mandela, Gerry Adams and Menachem Begin have shown, yesterday’s “terrorists” have a tendency to turn into tomorrow’s peacemakers.
Sept. 4, Scott Roth links the piece on twitter:
20 bucks says Abe Foxman will get a letter to the editor published re this oped. I’m often right about this.
Sept. 5, lengthy letter by Kenneth Jacobson, deputy director of the ADL, is published by Times. It begins:
History tells us the very opposite message that Paul Thomas Chamberlin conveys about talking with terrorists.
Sept 5, Scott Roth:
Well okay, I guess Abe Foxman is on vacation because his deputy gets a letter printed re yesterday’s oped. I win $10.