Friday, August 04, 2006

Hassan Nasrallah turns his back on the Oscars

Nick in the Standard (no link, as yet):

I can't help but feel sorry for Mel Gibson. If only he had joined the Muslim Brotherhood or Hezbollah rather than an ultra-reactionary Catholic sect, his views on a world Jewish conspiracy would have done him no harm. Hassan Nasrallah, the leader of Hezbollah, declared that if Jews "all gather in Israel, it will save us the trouble of going after them worldwide", yet Channel 4 News bends over backwards to make excuses for him.

The OED:

harm (v): To do harm (to); to injure (physically or otherwise); to hurt, damage.

Is it just tediously literal-minded of me to point out that the military resources of Israel are currently aimed at blowing Hassan Nasrallah to bits, that they've blown lots of similar characters to bits in the past, and that they're not trying to kill Mel Gibson? The odious Mel, on the other hand, after a few ritual efforts at therapy and public abasement will continue to earn prodigious amounts of money in Hollywood. Despite the attractions of excuses being made for you on Channel 4, I think the smart career advice for repulsive anti-semites is to make the Hollywood rather than the Hezzywood choice.


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