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Glad tidings from NY: Power gets wise counsel from her hero Wiesel

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Samantha PowerUN ambassador Samantha Power now has a twitter feed and 160-odd followers. She has three images in her library: a photo of her swearing in, a video of John Kerry, and the image above, taken in New York, two weeks ago, demonstrating that she is a friend of Israel. (Thanks to Angry Arab). Power’s caption:

Got very wise counsel from my friend and hero Elie Wiesel today. He has a unique take on what really matters here.

P.S. Reminds me of Power’s countryman Van Morrison’s ironical song about New York, which I gather even Sopranos used savagely:

And we’ll send you glad tidings from New York
Open up your eyes so you may see
Ask you not to read between the lines
Hope that you will come right in on time…

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  1. just on August 29, 2013, 12:25 pm


    I guess that she could not find an Irish or American hero.

    Oh well.

    • amigo on August 29, 2013, 12:37 pm

      “I guess that she could not find an Irish or American hero.

      Oh well.”

      Sadly this political whore is a hero to many (gullible)Irish people.

      I am ashamed of her.

  2. piotr on August 29, 2013, 12:33 pm

    In the background “Retail space available”. Does Powell hint that the “unique take” of Elie Wiesel has some commercial motivation?

  3. seanmcbride on August 29, 2013, 12:45 pm

    I took the trouble to read some of Samantha Power’s writings, which I discovered are mediocre and second-rate. She is easy prey for the clever neocons — not particularly bright — and eager to please, stroke and fawn over those who can boost her career.

    Compare the quality of her mind and character to that of, say, Glenn Greenwald or Philip Weiss. She is a born apparatchik and functionary — not a bold and original thinker who is capable of challenging the status quo. Thousands of people like her ran the bureaucracies of the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany.

    She is basically now a tool of the Israel lobby — but not an especially effective one. People are laughing at her.

  4. Xpat on August 29, 2013, 1:03 pm

    Eli Wiesel is the American Shimon Peres. Sanctimonious and hypocritical, and elevated on to a pedestal. They never go away. They just get older and older and go on droning on..

  5. yrn on August 29, 2013, 1:20 pm


    For You and Phil Eli Wiesel, symbolizes something you try to escape from something that shocks your mental stability, that’s why I figured out you are going to response
    as he is a prisoner in the Auschwitz, Buna, and Buchenwald concentration camps and he never forgets, for persons like you to be reminded about killing Jews and concentration camps shocks your Agenda.
    Yes They the Holocaust survivors never go away……, guess you and the author suffer don’t you , that they are still here to remind you.

    • eljay on August 29, 2013, 2:49 pm

      >> … he is a prisoner in the Auschwitz, Buna, and Buchenwald concentration camps and he never forgets …

      Unfortunately, even as he “never forgets” a past injustice, he is content to justify, defend, excuse and advocate for a different and ON-GOING injustice.

      When “never forgetting” makes you a (more) hateful and immoral person, it’s time to forget.

    • Xpat on August 29, 2013, 3:20 pm

      @ yrn –
      Thankfully, my mental stability does not hinge on Eli Wiesel. I thank god Shimon Peres isn’t a Holocaust survivor. He’s totally insufferable as it is. I can only imagine if he could add that to his resume. Instead of the “Grapes of Wrath” killings in Lebanon he would have given us “Revenge of the Partisans”.
      As Eli Wiesel has learned well and taught us all, there’s no business like Shoah business. From his lofty Holocaust perch he leverages his creds to undermine Palestinian rights.
      Who will Samantha Power’s successors turn to for approbation when this generation is gone?

      • bintbiba on August 29, 2013, 7:49 pm

        “….his lofty Holocaust perch …”
        Priceless, Elliot!!

    • Donald on August 29, 2013, 3:28 pm

      Wiesel is a Nakba denier

      Jerusalem in my heart NYT Jan 24 2001

      Unfortunately, he is proof that being oppressed doesn’t necessarily make you a saint. That’s not surprising, but Wiesel is treated like some sort of oracle on human rights. He isn’t.

      • philweiss on August 29, 2013, 3:41 pm

        Thanks for that link, forgot about it

      • yrn on August 29, 2013, 6:16 pm

        Forgot about what Phil?
        If you accuse Wiesel as a Nakba denier, why don’t you publish it in your article and accuse him in public ?
        If you think so, Do it, why did you wiat so long, it was published in 2001.

      • Mondowise on August 29, 2013, 7:50 pm

        question is, are you also a Nakba denier? if not, then why don’t YOU say so publicly? or should we assume that you are since you can’t, won’t or haven’t said so? what, you’ve got no comment on the link yourself? why is that? don’t like being reminded of the murderous rampage against Palestinians? only the horrors of atrocities suffered in the jewish holocaust are worthy of infinite pan-global hyper-melodrama, resurrected relentlessly? well, think again! your silence is passive complicity. what IZRAEL did and does to Palestinians in the PALESTINIAN HOLOCAUST which is STILL ONGOING is equally as unconscionable and unforgivable as what the nazis did in the jewish holocaust. don’t like THAT truth? try psychotherapy, it may help.

      • Djinn on August 29, 2013, 11:36 pm

        Says the guy who a few posts above make thinly veiled “people like you” calls.

      • kevin on August 31, 2013, 1:40 am

        Really Phil? From his Wikipedia entry we get the well sanitized comment;

        “In 1948, Wiesel became involved with the Irgun, translating articles from Hebrew to Yiddish for its periodicals,”

        So he was working in propaganda for the Jewish terrorists that committed the Nakba ten years before he wrote the first of many modified versions of “Night.”

        This doesn’t raise a brow with you?

      • Cliff on September 3, 2013, 5:58 am

        yrn is a nakba denier and a jewish colonist

        he hates arabs and muslims (probably africans too)

        but Phil keeps him here for demographic purposes, just as he let through NormanF’s hateful call for genocide (as a way to show how Zionists really are)

      • American on August 29, 2013, 3:55 pm

        @ Donald

        Some abused children grow up to be child abusers themselves.
        Other abused chldren grow up to be defenders and advocates for abused children.
        There is no way to account for this except the difference in individuals –some prexisting mental, emotional defect that makes some become abusers also.

    • john_manyjars on August 30, 2013, 7:32 am

      “Yes They the Holocaust survivors never go away……, guess you and the author suffer don’t you , that they are still here to remind you.”


  6. Dan Crowther on August 29, 2013, 3:51 pm

    She’s definitely giving Bono a run for the title of “worst irish export” – at least in my opinion.

  7. Chu on August 29, 2013, 4:19 pm

    Aww, Sam Powers, how sweet – flashing her holocaust hero like it was a tatoo for the beltway power worshipers. It’s a flag for whose side she will be on. What an illustrious career she will have. #Pathetic…

    Thank god Angry Arab is around. That guy is great.

  8. LanceThruster on August 29, 2013, 5:29 pm

    Maybe I shouldn’t be surprised that the perpetrators of a Pogrom portray themselves as the victims, in the present case as victims of the Holocaust.

    Herman Melville noticed over a century ago, in his analysis of the metaphysics of Indian-hating, that those who made a full-time profession of hunting and murdering indigenous people of this continent always made themselves appear, even in their own eyes, as the victims of manhunts.

    The use the Nazis made of the International Jewish Conspiracy is better known: during all the years of atrocities defying belief, the Nazis considered themselves the victimized.

    It’s as if the experience of being a victim gave exemption from human solidarity, as if it gave special powers, as if it gave a license to kill.


    • RoHa on August 29, 2013, 10:27 pm

      “It’s as if the experience of being a victim gave exemption from human solidarity, as if it gave special powers, as if it gave a license to kill.”

      I thought everyone knew that you only get that when MI6 promotes you to 00- status.

  9. Abdul-Rahman on August 29, 2013, 5:29 pm

    Some of the best writing analyzing the apartheid, colonialist apologist Wiesel was by done by Norman Finkelstein.

  10. biorabbi on August 29, 2013, 7:58 pm

    Elie Wiesel is a hero to me and someone I’ve had the great pleasure to meet. He is a wonderful author, spoke up in an unpopular manner against Reagan’s visit to Bitburg, has antagonized anti-semites for years. What’s not to love? He is a wonderful author as well. That Samantha Power revers Wiesel(AS DOES PRESIDENT OBAMA)is a source of pride to me, and a source of mockery and derision to Phil Weiss and his not-so-merry posters. Wiesel is a nasty reminder of why the modern day state of Israel was born. His very physical being and personal history during the Shoah will serve to irritate the hater in the precise manner as Martin Luther King Jr. marching through Selma.

    • Xpat on August 30, 2013, 2:28 pm

      Biorabbi – you summarize the established Jewish community’s position very well.
      But Eli Wiesel cannot speak for the millions of Jews who were murdered , not because they were Zionists ( many, if not most were not)” , but because they were Jews. Where does Eli Wiesel get the chutzpah to speak for those who did not agree with him and were silenced in death?
      I come from a family of Holocaust survivors and I know what anti-Semtism is.
      When you met with Eli Wiesel did he, or you, bring up his denial of the Nakba?
      Samantha Power did not seek him out just because of his iconic standing representing the Holocaust. She needed this pic because of that AND because he has the right politics on Israel. If Eli Wiesel spoke out for Palestinian human rights in the name of the Holocaust, he would immediately lose his lustre.
      So, what defines Eli Wiesel in this discussion is not the Holocaust or anti-Semitism but pro-right wing Israeli politics.
      And for that Eli Wiesel deserves our scorn.

    • Cliff on August 30, 2013, 4:08 pm

      Elie Wiesel is an awful writer. He just wrote about the Holocaust and his experiences.

      As Finkelstein puts it, Wiesel is the ‘resident clown’ of the Holocaust Industry/circus.

      No one is surprised that a Zionist is fond of another Zionist. So spare us your pretentious twaddle.

      It’s absolutely shameful of you to include Wiesel in the same category as MLK Jr.

      MLK Jr. was an honest intellectual who criticized his own government on Vietnam.

      Wiesel is a Jewish nationalist and a racist.

      MLK Jr.’s wife, Coretta Scott King, supported a Palestinian non-violent activist (Mubarek Awad) – who your racist Jewish country club kicked out precisely due to his non-violent advocacy.

      And anyways, who CARES that we don’t like Wiesel.

      What is your opinion on the facts on the ground? The daily abuses and killings and theft?

      Oh that’s right. You either don’t give a **** or you won’t deal with those topics.

      Only issues of ‘Jewish identity’/the Israel Lobby in America interest ethnosupremacist racists like you (and hophmi).

      You comment on these threads or the threads that are about the daily abuses/killings/theft of Palestinian land ONLY TO interject some hasbara about Libya/Syria/Darfur/etc.

      So in other words, biohazard, even though you’re clearly a Jewish nationalist/pro-colonist and even though Israel is clearly your number 1 political concern (or else you’d be elsewhere trolling) – on the topic OF Israel, you avoid the issues and stick to diversionary rhetorical tactics.

      In other words, you’re full of crap and so is Weasel.

  11. Krauss on August 30, 2013, 2:11 am

    The full-blown prostitution of Ms. Power is one of the more sad things I’ve seen in recent public office, considering from where they came from. It’s a warning to everyone how power corrupts not just the corrupt even further but even people who began with a moral character in the beginning.

    • seafoid on August 30, 2013, 8:10 am

      American red lines mean nothing when Israel gets away with mass murder. The Zionists may have DC in their pocket but they can’t get Europe to swallow the Kool Aid.

  12. Maximus Decimus Meridius on August 31, 2013, 10:04 am

    ”P.S. Reminds me of Power’s countryman Van Morrison’s ironical song about New York”

    As an Irish woman, can I please ask that you don’t blame us for Ms. Power? Yes, I know she was born in Dublin, but her instincts and ambitions are 100% Washingtonian.

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