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Re: “Gazette's un-funny editorialist

RichardBK8: I read Wayne Laugesen for 10 years in Boulder, and I found him quite annoying. His work, however, was mostly understood in an academic setting (Boulder is the best educated city in the United States). You asked for reference that Israel is part of the West (strange request, by the way), saying this is impossible to find. How about starting with an easy-to-find, referenced article from Wikipedia: "Since the Age of Discovery and Columbus, the notion of the West expanded to include the Americas, though much of the Americas have considerable pre-Western cultural influence. Australia, New Zealand, and, sometimes, South Africa are considered part of Western culture due to their former status as settler colonies of Western nations. In addition, Israel and Lebanon may be considered part of the West due to their geographic location and late European colonial origins in the early twentieth century. Generally speaking, the current consensus would locate the West, at the very least, in the cultures and peoples of Europe, North America, Australia, and New Zealand." For the full article, here's the URL: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Western_world I am a liberal Democrat who's active in Boulder's thriving Jewish community. Though I despise most of what Wayne Laugesen writes, he has long been a major defender of Israel, the local Jewish community, zionism, and Jewish culture, law and tradition. He went so far as to label as anti-Semitic anyone who opposed Israel's treatment of Palestinians and the cozy relationship the U.S. has with Israel. Much as I hesitate to defend him (his libertarian politics mostly suck, and I've told him that) the idea that he's anti-Semitic just doesn't fly. I also happen to know that he's half Jewish. The article was poorly researched. Why not take on his extremist views about guns, or his hatred of environmental activism, or his extreme anti-government sentiment? There are lots of things to say about Laugesen, but he doesn't contend that a Jewish conspiracy controls North America. Nobody who has read his work will believe this. Do some simple research next time. The article has done him a favor by resorting to such a nonsensical accusation. Kenny K, Boulder USA

Posted by KennyK on 05/31/2008 at 12:39 AM

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