Saturday, June 25, 2005

Everyone's Favorite Psycho-Zionist Posterboy, At It Again

Via jews sans frontieres, a delightful new installment in the Alan Dershowitz Cavalcade of Barefaced Mendacity. Further to his clawing, biting, hair-pulling campaign to prevent the publication of Norm Finkelstein's Beyond Chutzpah, (a blazing and much-anticipated indictment of Dershowitz's despicable, unscholarly and, of course, utterly dishonest writings in defense of Israel), it appears Dershowitz has taken the imaginative step of appealing to Gov. Schwarzenegger to intervene with the University of California press and make them yank the book.

Surprise! Even Arnie had no stomach for Dershowitz's idea of appropriate academic intervention (can one help picturing Dersh as the hysterical John Connor, tearfully shrieking 'I order you to make them pull it! I order yoo-hoo-hoooo!' and pounding his little fists on Arnie's chest?); his office responded that the Gov 'is not inclined to otherwise exert influence in this case because of the clear, academic freedom issue it presents.' So then what? Questioned, Dersh
unequivocally denies having written the letter! Pressed, he is forced to admit that, yeah ok, he did write it, but 'It was not a letter. It was a polite note'!

And on, and on, and on. Man just lies, all the goddamn livelong day. He lies, he gets caught lying, he is forced to amend lies, he lies again. I don't know how he has time to breathe, in between all that lying. Honestly, lying on that scale becomes a kind of spectator sport. You almost find yourself rooting for him to hit a really major grand-slam whopper right out of the park.

The Nation article goes on to provide a very favorable review of Beyond Chutzpah, which I'm personally gagging to read when it comes out in August. Even besides my boundless admiration for Finkelstein's scholarship and bravery, I just can't stop loving the fact that a world-class liar like Dershowitz has his own personal Fury dogging his heels, and no amount of outrageous shenanigans can kick him off.

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