‘Emergency Committee for Israel’ can dish it out, but it can’t–

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When Chuck Hagel was confirmed as Secretary of Defense earlier this week, the Emergency Committee for Israel promptly posted a statement saying that the battle against Hagel had limited his freedom to hurt Israel in American policymaking and concluding:

This battle against Chuck Hagel is over. The fight for a principled, pro-Israel foreign policy goes on.

ECI solicited comments on the post, and soon published three critical ones, shown in the screenshot below. The last one says:

Ben Gayeh commented – 15 hours ago:
You stay classy Kristol, keep lobbying for a foreign government and against American interests. Great job on smearing a national hero who fought bravely for his country, not wholly different to how you fight for a foreign entity. By fight I mean lie, smear, raise unlimited secret money and wallow in your own filth. Go back to riding your daddy’s laurels.

The comments were soon scrubbed. And the post now appears as it does below. (Thanks to commenter iResistDe4iAm and Annie.)

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Cute: keeping an EARLY record of ADVERSE comments on web-sites. Keep it up! They tend to disappear. Here 10 hours intervened. I bet the early stuff disappeared much sooner.

A nation that makes a great distinction between its scholars and its warriors will have its policies made by cowards…

Actually, Thucydides never said any such thing. Methinks Andrew Watts is no great shakes as a scholar himself. “A complaint about broadcaster Vincent Browne referring to Israel as the “cancer in foreign affairs” on his late night TV3 show was upheld by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland’s complaints committee. During the programme, Mr Browne said Israel “polarises the Islamic community of the world against the rest of the world” and also said that the creation of Israel “stole the land from the Arabs”. The complainant found three remarks made by the broadcaster… Read more »

I clicked on your link, but there was no comment field there at all when I arrived.

You’re right, Lysias. It’s a paraphrased quote widely misattributed to Thucydides. Actual quote is from British historian Sir William Francis Butler: “The nation that will insist on drawing a broad line of demarcation between the fighting man and the thinking man is liable to find its fighting done by fools and its thinking done by cowards.”

Still fits Bill the Bloody like a glove though, regardless of the authorship.