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Reader comment on item: Pollard Pardon? Not Now

Submitted by Gamaliel Isaac (United States), Feb 24, 2014 at 01:09

This is a bad kind of argument to make. That's like saying Israel shouldn't lobby congress because it will make Obama angry or Israelis shouldn't ascend the temple Mount because the Arabs will be angry or Republicans shouldn't ask for less spending because then Obama will demand more taxes and accuse them of holding the government hostage. It's important to stand up for what is right whether or not one fear that there will be attempts at extortion in response. If Obama makes unreasonable demands in response that isn't all bad because it will show the supporters of Israel the wolf in sheeps clothing that Obama really is.

A lot of good policy choices have not been made because of the kind of reasoning that you use in this article.

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Daniel Pipes replies:

I did not counsel anyone not to lobby for Pollard's release. I only said that I hope this does not happen now because of the great price I expect to be paid for this.

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