Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Jon Stewart On Cultural Superiority

Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney's bigoted comments regarding the cultural superiority of the United States and Israel versus some of their neighbors receives a justified skewering from Jon Stewart on The Daily Show:

This is a wonderful example of how it can be easier to point up the folly of peoples' prejudices using comedy than trying to make a serious case. To anyone familiar with the reasons the Palestinians are where they are now, Romney's comments are absurd. I don't discount cultural differences, but there's a hell of a lot more going on here than two cultures that started out on even terms. For a variety of economic, geographic, and historical reasons, Israel has had an advantage from the early days of their formation. Glossing over all that in favor of extolling the superior culture of the Israelis is an insultingly stupid comment, even by the standards of today's political discourse.

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