NYT’s Cohen reveals anti-Israel face

Posted: May 27, 2009 by Jonathan Boyko in 'Idiots' Awards, Anti-Israel, Iran, Israel, Middle East, Own Articles, Press and Media, US


WHILE HE SEEMS sophisticated, after his recent op-ed it becomes clear NYT’s columnist Roger Cohen walks on the other side of the road, if you know what I mean. That is – Cohen’s mind is set against Israel, not considering other options besides ones his ideology dictates to him. Furthermore, Cohen sees Israel’ Netanyahu as a giant spider, holding poor, little Barack Obama in his claws (paws, whatever).

He goes further, though, going as far as implying Israel sets killing of Iranian children as its prime goal, quoting – apparently – the Bible to prove his point. Sadly, last name Cohen never shields you from rays of inanity.

Not only Cohen pushes forward his “Iran and Israel-Palestine and how the two are linked” agenda (ridiculous idea in itself, as Iran began its political infiltration of Israeli-Palestinian conflict – besides the military one – only in recently), but goes as far as criticizing Netanyahu for his connection with the Bible.

But the world has not come to an end, for all Netanyahu’s dangerous, mythologizing attempts to liken Iran to Amalek, the Biblical enemy of the Jews that the Israelites were told to destroy, every “man and woman, infant and suckling, ox and sheep, camel and ass.”

That’s right – Roger Cohen goes as far as saying Israel is ready to “destroy” all Iranian children and “sucklings”. No, you are not insane at all.

While Cohen strongly advocates for “creativity” in Iran-related policies, it seems he is far from taking an extensive look at Iran. Yes, it is true “creative" Obama policies could prevent Iran from developing WMDs and leave it only with nuclear power plants. But what if it doesn’t work? In none of his recent op-eds has Cohen ever considered such chance. Unprofessional journalism at the Times?

Cohen vigorously addresses Iran’s connection to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict while time and again failing to address Iran’s calls to battle the United States due to its involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan. For example, in 2008, Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad argued US used 9/11 as a pretext to invade Iran and Afghanistan, while mentioning his mistrust of official version of the attack, calling the attack “suspicious”. Ahmadinejad also added that names of 9/11 victims were never released (obviously a lie) and claimed that 100,000 (yes, that is one hundred million) people were killed due to US’ deeds over the course of years (not to mention another billion living in poverty).

Not to bore you with facts, but few months later, in December 2008, Ahmadinejad stated his regime would never recognize Israel. If you are Roger Cohen – you should skip clicking this link; after all, facts are not in play here for you – ideology is.

Cohen urges Obama to coerce Netanyahu into appeasement on all fronts, claiming many lives of US servicemen and servicewomen would be lost if Israel took on insanely tricky ordeal of attacking Iran. Yet, Cohen conveniently forgets about potential millions of Israeli victims, who would perish by Ahmadinejad’s hand if Cohen and his assessments are incorrect.

Sadly, the Times – joining many others like it – allows its opinion section writers to discharge baseless and prejudiced beliefs. Political journalism is no religion – philosophy should give way to facts. Some of them Cohen provides. Regrettably, Cohen forgets the facts when they lie in disagreement with his personal concepts.

P.S.: I am proud to announce that Roger Cohen gets the Idiot of the Month award for May 2009, for his “Amalek” remarks. You worked hard, lad, and you finally got it. Congratulations.


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