Wow Mondo, I'm really amazed. So you are blocking not only my links to Carl Camerons investigation of major crimes, crimes you allegedly abhor, but you also block my comments when I point out the blocking.
As someone who was responsible for moderating comments on political sites himself, I think it is perfectly legitimate for you to block whatever you want. It's your site, you pay the bills, you select published content.
But what really bugs me is, that you can't be bothered to at least send an e-mail to a loyal reader and commenter like me, who has recommended this site to his friends since the days when Phil was still at the New Yorker. By e-mail, you could at least shortly explain why you censored the content in question, for which I saw no basis.
If that's how you treat your supporters, I'm done supporting you. Goodbye.
lysias, I thought of mentioning Grass, too.
To our non-German fellow commentators:
After Grass, a respected Nobel Laureate, published this poem critical of Israel and breaking taboos like Israeli nuclear weapons, the Israel Lobby in Germany went on a libeling spree against him. The Zentralrat der Juden, originally intended to give German Jewry a unified voice, attacked Grass and smeared him essentially as an "anti-Semite". Even more appaling, Israels ambassador to Germany answered Grass by stating "it's normal for Europeans to accuse Jews of ritual murder around Easter". That's pretty serious, libeling the population you are intended to represent your country to.
Of course, the political and media establishment does not come out in support for Grass' statements. They don't talk about his peace plan for the Middle East, entailing a nuclear free zone including Israel. They all fear the wrath of the Lobby.