Eco bravo


By Orlando Radice
February 25, 2011
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Most of the attention was appropriately heaped on Ian McEwan at the Jerusalem Book Fair this week – but Umberto Eco grabbed a headline or two with his eloquent trashing of academic and cultural boycotts.

He told an AP reporter: "I consider it absolutely crazy" and "fundamentally racist to identify a scholar, a private citizen, with the politics of his government."

With Berlusconi his country’s inglorious leader, Eco should know a thing or two about this.

Umberto Eco clearly has a special interest in the Jews. His latest novel, The Cemetery of Prague, probes deep into the minds of those who concoct antisemitic conspiracy theories. It’s yet to be published in the UK.

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Joe Millis

Fri, 02/25/2011 - 17:18

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Excellent points by yourself and Umberto Eco. I wonder if any of those who heaped praise on Ian McEwan for ignoring the boycotters are a little miffed that he chose the award ceremony to tell the Israelis a few home truths.


mattpryor

Fri, 02/25/2011 - 17:20

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Not really, it's his right to say what he thinks. It's my right to disagree with him. Unlike you we're not all totalitarians who only understand one point of view.

I thought it amusing that Palestinians have now told him he's unwelcome to visit though!


Joe Millis

Fri, 02/25/2011 - 17:27

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Well I'm glad we can agree about something, Matt, that it was his right to say what he thinks. And I do understand the one staters' point of view, but it's wrong


mattpryor

Fri, 02/25/2011 - 17:37

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So you don't think it's "extremist" any more then?


Joe Millis

Fri, 02/25/2011 - 17:38

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Of course it's an extremist view because it'll lead to the destruction of Israel.


mattpryor

Fri, 02/25/2011 - 17:52

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Hamas, Hezbollah, Islamic Jihad, etc want to destroy everything you love, including Israel. And they are working very hard to bring it about. If I were you I'd worry about them, not how many babies Arabs will have.


Joe Millis

Fri, 02/25/2011 - 18:05

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I do worry about them, Matt. But ultimately anyone who believes that problems will be resolved by having just one sovereign state between the med and the Jordan is deluding themselves.
Also, it's a question of reaping what has been sowed. Hamas was encouraged by israel as a counter to fatah at the start of the first intifada. Hizbollah and other Shia organisations was encouraged by Israel in the late 70s and early 80s to counter the PLO and Syria in Lebanon. It might have been Realpolitik back then, but you have to admit it has somewhat spectacularly backfired.


Joe Millis

Fri, 02/25/2011 - 18:12

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And before you ask, there were those in military intelligence research department who questioned boosting an offshoot of the muslim brotherhood and a fully paid up part of the mullahs' madhouse.


Yoni1

Fri, 02/25/2011 - 18:15

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"I wonder if any of those who heaped praise on Ian McEwan for ignoring the boycotters are a little miffed that he chose the award ceremony to tell the Israelis a few home truths"

Or in English, as opposed to Newspeak, spout ignorant propaganda.


Yoni1

Fri, 02/25/2011 - 18:16

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"And I do understand the one staters' point of view, but it's wrong"

In your unhumble opinion, of course.


Joe Millis

Fri, 02/25/2011 - 18:28

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Do you mean to say that those whose positions will lead to the destruction of Israel as the Jewish democratic national homeland of the Jewish people aren't wrong?


Jon_i_Cohen

Sat, 02/26/2011 - 13:57

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Those that are wrong Joe, are those sad, misguided, ill-informed, duped,open-toed sandal wearing, ganja-smoking, placard waving,left-wing useful idiots who align with our enemies advocating the creation of yet another Arab State.
There are already 55 Moslem/Islamic States aligned with the UN, we do NOT need another one.
The answer to the problen is align Gaza with Egypt and the Judean and Samarian Arabs can choose, Israeli citizenship or Jordanian citizenship, as you well know Jordan was the original intended "Arab Palestine".
There is NO room for an Arab state between the Med and the Jordan river, it is the creation of that, that could/would lead to the destruction of the Jewish State.


mattpryor

Sat, 02/26/2011 - 14:05

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Millis: Reaping what we sowed? What kind of idiot mentality is that? When a rocket lands on a kindergarten is it the kids' fault? No. Do not justify evil, fight it.


Yoni1

Sat, 02/26/2011 - 15:18

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Amazing. There are actually Nazi scum visiting this blog who are in favour of rockets landing in Israeli kindergartens, and they are not blocked.


jose (not verified)

Sat, 02/26/2011 - 15:21

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Milligramsam fighting evil? That'll be the day!

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