Your average Thomas Friedman column is foolish, incomprehensible, and morally obtuse, but this is truly reprehensible:
That concern for Gaza and Israel’s blockade is so out of balance with these other horrific cases in the region that it is not surprising Israelis dismiss it as motivated by hatred — not the advice of friends.Israel is holding ONE AND A HALF MILLION HUMAN BEINGS IN CAPTIVITY. It has imprisoned them in a concentration camp. It is one of the surpassing moral outrages of our era, an act of criminal viciousness and vindictive, retributive collective punishment that ought to shock the conscience of any human being.
The acts that Friedman finds so much more worthy of hand-waving denunciation, while regrettable and worthy of condemnation, pale in comparison. I mean, gunmen storming a summer camp are a very bad thing, but this pales beside Israel's offenses. Forget Gaza. Israel killed more people by a whole order of magnitude in its ridiculous 2006 Lebanon war than in all of Friedman's examples combined.