Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Marty Peretz, My Favorite Wingnut

Matt points us to yet another nonsensical post by Martin Peretz. This time, he is infuriated that Norton is publshing the diaries of Rachel Corrie, the peace advocate killed by the Israeli army in 2003. Even worse for Marty, Norton is comparing them to the Diary of Anne Frank.

What Marty doesn't understand is this: Just because you're Jewish doesn't mean that you're right. Peretz is like all too many Israelis and Israeli supporters--they believe that there is no comparison between what they do to the Arabs and what was done to them in Europe. It's not the same thing, but it's not nearly as different as Peretz likes to think.

Matt is also right that comparing Corrie to Frank is not accurate. He compares them to Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner, the northern SNCC activists killed in Mississippi's Freedom Summer of 1964. Now that's an accurate historical analogy.