You simply couldn't make this up. I give you Helen Thomas, acknowledged Dean of the White House press corps, at a White House Jewish Heritage Celebration:
And the thing is, it's not really surprising. Just someone who chose to say out loud the logical endpoint of Islamo-leftist opinion about Israel, and the way many on the left feel.
Back to Poland and Germany. Just let that sink in for a second.
Of course, Helen Thomas issued a statement later:
"I deeply regret my comments I made last week regarding the Israelis and the Palestinians. They do not reflect my heart-felt belief that peace will come to the Middle East only when all parties recognize the need for mutual respect and tolerance. May that day come soon."
It has no permalink, but is currently at the top of her site.
I'll begin by noting the term "last week." The videotaped statement was made on a Tuesday. Which leads to point #2.
This apology was an utter and complete lie, to an extent that would embarass the most hardened politician.
If her apology was true, she wouldn't have said what she said in the first place. While laughing. This statement, and her videotaped statement, cannot coexist in one belief set. And it's not like someone born in 1920 could possibly be ignorant of what "go back to Germany and Poland" means.
If her apology was true, she would have apologized that day, or the next day.
Every word of her "apology" is a lie, beginning with the word "I". The only thing she deeply regrets is the need to tell that lie, in order to preserve her job and reputation.
It should preserve neither.
The most likely defense mounted by her apologists is obvious: she's old, and doesn't know what she's saying. My response is 2-fold. One is that if this is true, she should be fired right now. People who don't know what they're saying can't be in a job that revolves around saying things.
The second is that this may be an argument for lowered inhibitions, but it won't make people say things they don't believe. Helen Thomas was asked an open-ended question, and then an open-ended clarification question. She responded with her real beliefs.
A belief that Jews, uniquely among nations, have no right to exist. No right to security. And ultimately, no right to live, save at the sufferance of others.
That's the real Helen Thomas. And she's not alone.