Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Israel Hater Cindy Sheehan Refuses To Come On Paltalk Show
When I received a press release from Cindy Sheehan, the well known anti-war activist whose son died in combat in Iraq, saying she would be protesting near the Martha Vineyards property where the Obama family will be vacationing next week, I wrote about it and invited her to come on my show.
At first, Sheehan accepted my invitation. But then her spokeswoman phoned me back, saying that she had reconsidered and won't come on News Talk Online on Paltalk.com because of my position on Israel.
Because of my position on Israel? You have got to be kidding.
I had invited Sheehan to come on the show to talk to my audience about her opposition to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Israel wasn't even on the agenda.
That aside, what difference does it make whether she and I agree on Israel? I've proposed a Middle East peace plan with which she, obviously, takes issue. If she wants to express her opposition to it on the show, she is more than welcome. But to refuse to come on after first agreeing because she disagrees with my position is - well - it's childish.
To what point have we evolved in the political debate in the United States where we are afraid to discuss issues with people who take an opposing view? If we just talk to the people with whom we already agree, then who are we actually influencing?
Sheehan obviously takes exception to my position on Israel. That's fine. That's her right. But I take exception to her rude retraction of her agreement to come on the show - I suppose in her mind as a form of "punishment" - because we don't agree on Israel.
Sheehan has lost all credibility in my book. I feel sorry for her that her hate for Israel is clouding her judgment - on issues that are totally unrelated. She should be ashamed of herself - though I doubt that she is. She probably thinks she's taking a higher moral ground, when in fact, she is only just embarrassing herself.