16 January 2009

Sir Gerald's loop

Sir Gerald (or in other words, Hon Gerald Kaufman, MP)has already appeared on our radar. What can I say - it has been great fun and real pleasure to view his extraordinary exploits. It is not that easy to find a nincompoop of that order of magnitude and in such an exalted position.

But his latest dazzling fit of intellectual activity (gladly picked up by CNN) easily towers over his previous mental shenanigans.

"The present Israeli government ruthlessly and cynically exploit the continuing guilt from Gentiles over the slaughter of Jews in the Holocaust as justification for their murder of Palestinians," he said.
Oh well, this strawman is not a new one, as you can easily ascertain, reading many an anti-Israeli diatribe by miscellaneous thinkers. It would be pointless to ask Sir Gerald to prove this statement, since it's not about proof or veracity. I don't know - the "present Israeli government" exploited several things - like relatively low gas prices (essential to fuel all that military machinery), the Christmas vacation, the wall-to-wall support of the citizenry demanding an end to the budding rocket science in Gaza, etc. But Holocaust? Oh well. I have already told several times that I personally use that "Holocaust guilt" of the gentiles only abroad and only to jump an especially long queue. Of course, Sir Gerald wouldn't listen.

But then Sir Gerald has decided to round up his accusation by another twist:
My grandmother was ill in bed when the Nazis came to her home town.... A German soldier shot her dead in her bed, he said. My grandmother did not die to provide cover for Israeli soldiers murdering Palestinian grandmothers in Gaza.
So who us using Holocaust now, Sir Gerald? This logical ellipse easily wins the 2009 prise for nincompoopery, and we aren't even in February yet! But there is nothing to do: all present and future contenders are left way behind, eating the dust.

So here it is: the 2009 Sir Gerald Nincompoop Of The Year award - won by Sir Gerald himself:

Cross-posted on Yourish.com.

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