I gave Jon Stewart the benefit of the doubt. I did. Look, the guy was on Space Ghost. What can I say? I have a weakness for him. So I’ve been saying for the past year that the best thing about having a democrat win the election would be finally getting him back on our side.
And I still think he’ll switch back to mocking the left, once they take office. But he let me down, and from an angle that I never saw coming. Israel.
It’s not that I expect him to be pro-Israel just because he’s Jewish. That’d be silly. I find it a little jarring (and personally disappointing) for him to be so viciously against them defending themselves, but that’s his right. It’s the ignorance that bothers me.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg: Let me just phrase it for you - something that’ll bring it home. If you’re in your apartment and an emotionally disturbed person is banging on the door screaming “I am going to come through this door and kill you” - do you want us to respond with one police officer, which is proportional, or with all the resources at our command?
Jon: I guess it depends if I forced that guy to live in my hallway and make him go through check points every time he has to take a shit.
Nobody forced the Palestinians to live in Gaza. They wanted that land, they demanded it, and in 2005, Israel conceded and let them have it. Israel removed its own citizens, and gave them the land — with utilities and existing buildings all included. The Palestinians happily moved in, en masse.
As a thank you note for the gift, they elected a terrorist group to “govern” them and started lobbing rockets at civilians. So, yes, Israel’s protecting its own borders, go figure. But Gaza has other borders. If the border with Egypt is porous enough to allow in thousands of missiles, then obviously people could get out, if they were so grievously appalled at Hamas and the bombings.
To extend the already belaboured metaphor: Just because Jon won’t let the deranged guy live in his apartment, doesn’t mean he has to live in the hallway. The apartment building has a door. The deranged guy could get on with his life and move to another apartment. Instead, he decided to stay in the hall and keep trying to kill Jon — and I’m thinking even Mr Stewart wouldn’t invite the crazy guy in, and offer him the spare bedroom.