2 readers online now  |  69 million page views

Poor Comparison

Reader comment on item: Ending the Palestinian "Right of Return"
in response to reader comment: Dear Mr. Tovey

Submitted by M. Tovey (United States), Jan 30, 2012 at 19:26

While Arizona is one of my favorite states, it is not my place of residence. Arizona is a place of vast western beauty, having the lions' share of tourism of the Grand Canyon and other such vistas of the meteor crater to remind us of our miniscule place in the universe.

The cited title is obviously a controversial one, since it plays to a very sensitive issue; that of who is responsible to educate children in the ways of the parent(s); and how that is usurped by agents of influence operating against the wishes of those same parents. But you take it further and try making it similar to the efforts of a nation desiring to ensure the integrity of its sovereignty in the face of attempts to undermine the same.

The Mexican-American history of the American southwest is emblazoned in uncounted volumes from varying perspectives, from the original indigent natives that were overrun by the Spaniards centuries ago to the cession of the former Mexican territories in the nineteenth century. I will not debate the lack of finesse in the various actions that ensued since those times, only to submit that the American government provided a different government under the auspices of freedom and liberty.

I suspect you attempting to make a connection to the premise that if the United States should return those territories or that a 'right of return' would be appropriate to the descendents of former populations, why not in Israel. Knowing that nothing less than a war won by Mexico would be the requisite action in order to implement such a reverse of fortunes, does anyone truly think that the hostilities along the Mexican border due to illegal drug activities is really the kind of life that former Mexican-Americans would leave their homes for? Seriously, of all the Hispanics I have had the good fortune to know over the decades, only those who have a radical leftist bent would consider such a thing.

But, in reality, you are trying so hard to legitimize in your frame of ideology the 'Palestinian' mentality of disenfranchising Israel from its proper place in the Middle East. And implementing the tactics of infiltration of the child's mind is already in force in the Middle East as we see video after video of children, babes really, being deprived the peace of childhood and having it replaced by terror games of learning how to use an AK-47 before puberty. Now why does any sane person need to have their child learn how to kill people at that age?

Parents have the right to teach their children anything that is appropriate to the teaching of good morals; the institutions need to butt out. Banning any books should be left to the parent who is better at determining the mental welfare of their children. There are people, (and I'll just guess you personally know some) that are just as eager to ban the Holy Bible like they do in Saudi Arabia and elsewhere in place that hold the Quran in high esteem. So you have no room for extending your issue of who is more right to ban anything considered contrary to the reigning ideology.

In the final analysis, if everyone would listen to Jesus Christ and His message of love, then this would be an academic issue.

Submitting....

Note: Opinions expressed in comments are those of the authors alone and not necessarily those of Daniel Pipes. Original writing only, please. Comments are screened and in some cases edited before posting. Reasoned disagreement is welcome but not comments that are scurrilous, off-topic, commercial, disparaging religions, or otherwise inappropriate. For complete regulations, see the "Guidelines for Reader Comments".

Comment on this item

Mark my comment as a response to Poor Comparison by M. Tovey

Email me if someone replies to my comment

Note: Opinions expressed in comments are those of the authors alone and not necessarily those of Daniel Pipes. Original writing only, please. Comments are screened and in some cases edited before posting. Reasoned disagreement is welcome but not comments that are scurrilous, off-topic, commercial, disparaging religions, or otherwise inappropriate. For complete regulations, see the "Guidelines for Reader Comments".

See recent outstanding comments.

Follow Daniel Pipes

Facebook   Twitter   RSS   Join Mailing List

All materials by Daniel Pipes on this site: © 1968-2022 Daniel Pipes. daniel.pipes@gmail.com and @DanielPipes

Support Daniel Pipes' work with a tax-deductible donation to the Middle East Forum.Daniel J. Pipes

(The MEF is a publicly supported, nonprofit organization under section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code.

Contributions are tax deductible to the full extent allowed by law. Tax-ID 23-774-9796, approved Apr. 27, 1998.

For more information, view our IRS letter of determination.)