In honor of Eric Alterman's suggestion yesterday that Israel withdraw from the West Bank in order to prevent Islamist terrorism outside of Israel, I am inaugurating the Alterman Award for Reflexive Capitulation and Pointless Appeasement. Eric Alterman is himself the first Alterman laureate. Other examples of statements that could win an Alterman Award would be:
1) Asking Japan to stop exporting automobiles to the US, in order to prevent violence against Chinese-Americans.
2) Arguing that sodomy should remain illegal, in order to protect young gay men from being tortured and killed.
3) Appealing to black people to stop exercising their voting rights, in order to prevent future church bombings.
Readers are invited to send in their nominations of real-world Altermanians. Please include a URL.
(my earlier comments on Alterman's remarks, below)Posted by Stefan Sharkansky at July 18, 2003 11:58 AM