“Mr. Williams did not say he hated anyone. He said that he felt uneasy and I bet we all have it cross our minds, on an airplane, when we see even a young Arab male, whether he is dressed as a Muslim or not. Whether it is right or wrong is not the issue; it just is.”
Rob Bradshaw on Nov 4, 2010 at 00:06:05
“Seeing someone and attributing characteristics to them before having the luxury of knowing them as an individual is the definition of prejudice. Just because there are lots of prejudice people does not make them right.”
“I read some comments that stated Juan Williams should have been fired. It seems to me that this all started with Don Imus being fired, which was wrong. People have to toughen up and not try to stiffle each individual's right to give his or her opinion. To stop that, is so dangerous and sad. I have heard so many derogatory remarks about Christians (of which I am one) and yet I know what I believe and I just ignore it. Muslims and everyone else needs to be thankful we are in a country that allows free speech. NPR acted in a stupid, ignorant and mean way.”
“Butterflymcqueen, I am 66 years old and as I wrote earlier went to a McGovern rally in Philly as a young woman. The police were riding around with billy clubs and we had to escape down a subway station. I never put myself in that position again, knowing what could happen. So if someone wants to they can do it, but just be prepared for pain. Jesus was non-violent, as were so many other good people, but the people on the flotilla were not ; at least not the ones who used clubs. I agree with you about freedom fighters and anyone who cares to protest, but if they had been non-aggressive, the soldiers would not have gotten panicked and shot.”
johnsonc20 on Jun 2, 2010 at 19:57:06
“The people on the boat say that the Israelis were shooting before they even landed. It is not surprising that some would take up whatever was handy and try to fight them off. If it had been premeditated they would have come up with more effective weapons than clubs, bars, and knives, don't you think? To Israeli soldiers, non-Jewish protesters' lives are cheap. It is not uncommon for a couple of Palestinians to die even in a completely non-violent protest. You give them too much credit.
Jesus was non-violent, but even St. Peter tried to fight back when Jesus was taken away by the Roman soldiers. Not everyone can control their emotions when their friends are violently attacked.”
“Barney Frank would not have that opinion were he living in Israel. I am so tired of phony so-called peace activists acting in a violent manner. It was all set up for confrontation.If you put yourself in a confrontation, you better be ready to be hurt and not go crying to Mamma later. If it had really been for human aid, the ships could have gone to Egypt or Israel to be checked out. Why don't the news channels show the video of the attacks on the soldiers? I was also disgusted that Helen Thomas, supposed to be a journalist, gave an opinion against Israel, in the White House briefing. I am for Israel and always will be. I am not Jewish, but from day one, Israel has been attacked by Arabs. I also despise the socialist, get it socialist, anti-Israell groups in America.”
butterflymcqueen on Jun 2, 2010 at 18:24:29
“Nonviolent social action is meant to PROVOKE.....ask John Lewis, or MLK, ....it is meant to provoke and uncover the brutality of oppression to the outside world. The flotilla has been successful.”
“When I was young in the 70s, I went to a rally for McGovern in Philly. The mounted police came along to clear the sidewalk, waving their billy clubs. We had to run down into a subway station. I have never gone to anything like that since, because I know I am asking for trouble. If you are brave and want to take the risk, go ahead. But don't blame the police or the Israeli forces if you get hurt or killed.”
“If you don't want to be hurt, don't try to run a blockade. If they tell you to turn around, do it. Do not blame Israel for inforcing their rules. You don't seriously believe that the ship was just a bunch of sweet, little old ladies carrying aid, do you?”
cincinnati on May 31, 2010 at 18:44:29
“it was in international waters or do you understand that at all ???”
justitia on May 31, 2010 at 17:47:08
“I pity your ignorance of international law and those who fan you.”
nurseattorney on May 31, 2010 at 17:44:56
“Yes, in fact, the aid flotilla was not armed and was carrying civilians. They were in international waters. Israel dropped heavily armed soldiers onto the decks in the middle of the night. They shot people who were sleeping.
The wisdom of this effort will shortly be revealed to everyone in the world, as Israel is roundly castigated for this brutal and disproportionate response to a peaceful effort to resist a blockade that is starving Palestinian children. That over-response is exactly what the activists wanted. What Hamas may learn is that these sorts of unarmed efforts, which have the support of many in the international community, are ultimately MUCH more effective in isolating and diminishing Israel than all the rockets they ever lobbed into civilian settlements.”
Edward Albee on May 31, 2010 at 17:44:28
“I don't think old ladies, or professional peace activists would enter a war zone to bring aid by challenging a military force.
Only a lunatic would organize something like that.”
tennistalking on May 31, 2010 at 17:43:19
“Dude. Israel should get the death penalty for its actions against the poor Palastinian people. The UN created Israel and it should desolve it. Israel is a terrorist state. Democracies do not lob missiles into apartment buildings to kill a blind guy in a wheelchair. Democracies do not attack ships in international waters. Israel makes me sick to my stomach.”
TCPITS on May 31, 2010 at 17:41:16
“Israel itself came into being in part by "running blockades" -- what goes around comes around.”
cwfutureboy on May 31, 2010 at 17:40:01
“What do you not understand about 'International Waters'?”
buddyboy on May 31, 2010 at 17:36:48
“Yet another appologist for Israeli terrorism. Attacking unarmed civilian aid workers is nothing new for this regime. We just need to give Israel enough time to come up with yet another B.S. cover story so they can play the victim card again. The blockade is illegal and used to starve innnocent Palestians so that even more of their land can be seized by the U.S. taxpayer supported Israeli state. Wake up America... Israeli is not our ally.”
rgateman on May 31, 2010 at 17:36:29
“Do you also blame that certain european country for enforcing their rules from 1937 - 1945? Same thing.”
rich misty on May 31, 2010 at 17:26:33
“I don't see any supporting documention for your accusations.”
bdaved on May 31, 2010 at 17:26:21
“Ever hear of Leon Uris?”
Ralph Noyes on May 31, 2010 at 17:25:55
“They were inspected by NATO soldiers, and it was determined that they carried NO contraband, NOTHING but humanitarian supplies.
So -- why do YOU think Israel is entitled to commit an act of PIRACY in international waters?”
“We do blame BP first of all. But, once the oil was loose, our leaders, those with money and the ability to form a new job corps, OBAMA, should have been on the move from the first week. I am boycotting BP, but they have their grimey hands in so many businesses.”
IsisCat on Jun 1, 2010 at 05:18:59
“You know what the real prob is - the number of multinational hands in political pockets. Grimey hands indeed.”
Viper on May 29, 2010 at 01:10:57
“What a WPA, thats communsim per the very Gulf states now in need. You cant complain about deficits and then say spend more.. the hypocracy.
Heck our coast guard was sent to iraq!
The repugs have blocked every vote to up BPs liability! A liability reduced because Chenny and others were paid off.... maeaning you are now asking our government to do a corporate baliout as it had to do and you guys are against. doing.
If you try to taxc the banks or the oil industry for the cost of the bailout... you guys will be against that.. how many ways can you have it. You do know we did not even have the planes to get troops to haiti?
.heck at least Obama is firing people when they fail, even when they inherited a mess... Not giving out Freedom metals to them or promted those that did nothing pre 9111 ( Rice)..
“Yep. You are right. We are all really guilty for our want of oil. I do not know what else we could do; go back to horses. But we could cut down by driving just five miles less a week and some other things. We could all demand more mass transit, but it all depends on oil. That still doesn't excuse BP's negligence.”
“Boy, I agree with you 100 percent. Thanks. And I voted for him. He couldn't even show a real compassion and talk to regular folks in Louisiana; go to a diner or a fishing boat or pep up some boyscouts to get out and help. Even if it were an act, it would make people feel part of a team with the President at the helm. But no, nothing. Maybe he only relates to Chicago.”