"I spoke as a historian who's looked at the world stage for a very long time."
-- New Gingrich, defending his his claim that Palestinians are an "invented" peopleIt's amazing watching completely backward arguments pass for legitimate debate these days. Well, I guess it's been going on for some time now, but this was a particularly blatant, egregious example. Take a look if you can stomach it.
Newt Gingrich alleges to be a historian, and has said that the Palestinians are an "invented" people. Gingrich continues to vigorously defend this completely ridiculous claim:
Republican presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich on Saturday defended his statement that the Palestinians are an "invented" people, brushing aside criticism that he had unnecessarily made the Mideast peace process more difficult.Of course, we know the Palestinians have a long history, and certainly qualify as a people (see #4). Wikipedia provides a useful summary of just who the Palestinians are, not that it matters to the Zionist stooge, Newt Gingrich:
"Is what I said factually true? Yes," Gingrich said during a candidate debate in which he drew applause for asserting that it was time someone spoke the truth about the nature of Israel's struggle with the Palestinians.
"Somebody ought to have the courage to tell the truth. These people are terrorists," he said. "It's fundamentally time for somebody to have the guts to stand up and say, 'Enough lying about the Middle East."'
Genetic analysis and historical accounts suggest the Muslims of Palestine are largely descendants of Christians and Jews of the southern Levant, and descendents of a core population that lived there in prehistoric time.Gingrich probably hasn't heard of Shlomo Sand, an Israeli academic, who contends it is actually the Jews who are an invented people. He also claims Jews have no historical ties to the land of Palestine. In the video below, Sand gives a lecture on his book, The Invention of the Jewish People.
Israel's surprising best seller contradicts founding ideology
No one is more surprised than Shlomo Sand that his latest academic work has spent 19 weeks on Israel's bestseller list -- and that success has come to the history professor despite his book challenging Israel's biggest taboo.
Sand argues that the idea of a Jewish nation -- whose need for a safe haven was originally used to justify the founding of the state of Israel -- is a myth invented little more than a century ago.
An expert on European history at Tel Aviv University, Sand drew on extensive historical and archaeological research to support not only this claim but several more -- all equally controversial.
In addition, he argues that the Jews were never exiled from the Holy Land, that most of today's Jews have no historical connection to the land called Israel and that the only political solution to the country's conflict with the Palestinians is to abolish the Jewish state. [...]You want to know the truth about a particular subject? It'll be the exact opposite of what Newt Gingrich and all the other Zionist puppets have to say about it. Palestinians are an invented people? Well, no, the Jews appear to be. Palestinians are terrorists? Well, no, the Jews and their colonies in the West are. Iran is an imminent threat to world peace? Well, actually, no, the Jews and their colonies in the West are the only threat to peace right now.
Watching the spectacle unfold in the video above reminded me of George Orwell's essay, "Politics and the English Language." A brief excerpt in closing:
In our time, political speech and writing are largely the defense of the indefensible. Things like the continuance of British rule in India, the Russian purges and deportations, the dropping of the atom bombs on Japan, can indeed be defended, but only by arguments which are too brutal for most people to face, and which do not square with the professed aims of the political parties. Thus political language has to consist largely of euphemism., question-begging and sheer cloudy vagueness. Defenseless villages are bombarded from the air, the inhabitants driven out into the countryside, the cattle machine-gunned, the huts set on fire with incendiary bullets: this is called pacification. Millions of peasants are robbed of their farms and sent trudging along the roads with no more than they can carry: this is called transfer of population or rectification of frontiers. People are imprisoned for years without trial, or shot in the back of the neck or sent to die of scurvy in Arctic lumber camps: this is called elimination of unreliable elements. Such phraseology is needed if one wants to name things without calling up mental pictures of them. [...]