I made two more points on the Helen Thomas debacle on the comments section of 2 other blogs.
Here is the link to the first one- http://jewtudes.blogspot.com/2010/06/ding-dong-wiitch-is-gone.html. An anonymous commenter mentioned trial balloon, here is the Wikipedia link to know what that is http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trial_balloon
The other point I made is here- http://dovbear.blogspot.com/2010/06/very-first-question-helen-thomas-ever.html my point is on top of the comments.
The United Nations gave Iran more sanctions but everyone knows the only way to be serious about Iran is to blow up their nuclear facilities. As per the New York Times and the United Nations, Iran already has the fuel for two bombs. What can sanctions possibly do now to stop Iran's nuclear wehrmacht, except give Obama the appearance of being tough while ceding the court to Iran?
Now, going back to my previous point, which is the point of like conservatives in general that leftists are not friends of the Jews or Israel, Israel is going up on its learning curve that leftists are not their friends. Israel was disallowed from sending homos to a gay pride parade in Spain. The Israelis are like well what about Palestinian atrocities? Well, what about them? Socialists don't give a f##k. To the left, Israel is an artificial European implant in Asian territory. I have always thought that it is pointless for Israel to kiss up to the gay sector because of the rampant leftism there.
In my personal opinion, Israel has a better chance marketing itself to Bible believers and perhaaaaaaaaaps to atheists against radical Islam. The thing about Islam is that from the soundbytes I heard of the Quaran, the book seeeeeems to be somewhat saner than radical Islam makes it out to be, I'm not an expert though. However the Islamic world is in need of serious deradicalization and other reforms. The only real way to end the Israel Palestinian conflict is if Israel gives the Palestinians IDF sponsored deradicalization of the same kind that the allies sponsored in Europe in the 1940s/50s. The premise is indeed that the Jews are in the right, and the Arabs need to chill.
However, marketing to the gay sector is just disgraceful and reeks of desperation in my opinion. The left OWNS the gay sector.
This is even more disgusting, according to the Huffington Post, a European Jewish "peace" group is planning on breaking the blockade with a flotilla of their own. Yuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuck. And OMG, a German member of one of these peace groups said, "We want to show that not all Jews support Israel." It just makes me want to vomit. This kind of thing makes the Arabs laugh. They know they're the perpetrators. The terrorism didn't start in 1967, as a response to "occupation," but rather it started looong before that, like right after 1948, but there was anti-Jewish violence even before that.
As for Turkey, the flotilla incident made Turkey more popular in the Islamic world.
"Turkey can count on applause from Arab foreign ministers for championing the cause of Gaza's Palestinians meeting in Istanbul on Thursday, but some may be discomfited that Turkey has done what they have failed to do."
"Though a non-Arab, Erdogan has become a hero to many Arabs, who admire his unbending demands that Israel lift a blockade of 1.5 million Palestinians in Gaza, submit to an international inquiry, and pay a price for the killing of nine Turks during the storming of the Mavi Marmara."
The United States said that Europe is pushing Turkey eastward. From the Wall Street Journal,
"Defense Secretary Robert Gates accused the European Union of pushing Turkey toward the East by its resistance to letting the mainly Muslim nation join the bloc, the closest any senior U.S. official has come to saying the West risks losing Turkey."
I'm not sure if it is Europe driving away Turkey or the reverse. Probably a bit of both. Take a look at this, from England's newspaper the Telegraph, Italian Bishop 'decapitated by driver' in Turkey. The point about this that I want to strongly emphasize is that the Catholic Church is rather impartial in the Israel-Palestinian conflict, remember that the next time you hear a leftist push for "balance" in America's foreign policy towards the region.