Wednesday, November 22, 2017

The Facts: Why BDS and anti-Israel Arguments are Factually Flawed

(Borrowed from "An Open Letter to the University of Michigan Central Student Government "CSG" from Victor Lieberman, Raoul Wallenberg Distinguished University Professor of History and Professor of Asian and Comparative History")
If you support BDS or are against Israel, you are dead wrong, according to REAL FACTS:
You can’t judge it on the basis of anecdotes.
You have heard, or will hear, stories of Palestinian suffering.

These are genuinely moving, but no more deserving of sympathy than stories about Israeli victims of terrorism, such as:
* The teenage Israeli girl whose feet were blown off by a bomb

* The little Israeli boy who this July saw his father and grandparents stabbed to death.

Likewise, I think it’s wrong — as I’ve heard some students say — that the CSG should support Palestinians because they are “brown” people struggling against “white” oppression.
Not only are Israeli Jews, most of whom come from Arab and African lands, physically indistinguishable from Arabs, but to judge issues on the basis of physical appearance is not a useful mode of analysis.

Who Is Responsible for the Ongoing Conflict?

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

President Trump's Anti-Semitic Slur of the Jewish People

The actions of the President of the United States, while insane and unhinged, were a disgusting anti-semitic slur on the Jewish people (and other groups with which I stand in absolute solidarity) today, and in the most vehement ways possible I condemn and denounce him.
No Mr. President, the people who were protesting (allegedly the removal of the statue of Robert E Lee) were all racist anti-semitic neo-nazis, KKK members, and other flavors of violent White Supremacists. As they always do, they came armed and looking for violence, and they did indeed instigate that violence, resulting in the murder of a young innocent woman, and unfortunately, this is far from the first time this has happened. You have wasted more breathe defending these hate mongers then your trivial insincere tweet about her death.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Trump Blows it with China

As many of you know, I live in China. I read the Chinese news every day. I speak to nationalistic Chinese. I speak to [Communist] Party Members. The TPP was a shot against "over the bow" of China who (perhaps rightfully) is seeking dominance in many areas, especially in the pacific region. The TPP excluded China, and this pissed China off and directly threatened their dominance in trade. They have tried to come up with alternative arrangements to compete with the TPP. Yes, it was a trade deal, and "trade deals" have gotten a bad, and partly undeserved, partly deserved, reputation. But this deal was very different, especially as it gave the USA some added leverage over China.