There seems to have been a veritable epidemic of blokes saying astonishing things. Ken Livingstone’s crassness-du-jour is dwarfed the latest piece of cretinry from Chomsky-acolyte and self-publicist, Professor Norman Finkelstein.
Last month, Professor Norman Finkelstein opined on his website on the subject of his affinity with Hezbollah:
“I say this without fear: for those who believe in freedom and dignity, We are all Hezbollah now. “
As Harold Evans argued on CiF, that is a pretty obnoxious view to hold.
Surely those who seek to identify themselves with Hezbollah don’t really mean it?
A reader forwards to me an email exchange with Professor Finkelstein in which he is directed to the following film on YouTube, featuring Nasrallah leading a crowd in the traditional chant of “Death to America”. The correspondent sarcastically describes Nasrallah and co as Finkelstein’s “pals”.
Finkelstein responds as follows:
Thank you for this. It was inspiring. Nasrallah is an excellent speaker. Quite intelligent, honest, modest: Israelis (and Jews) can learn something from him.