Mitt Romney Is Accused of Racism by Palestinian Official

If you thought Romney made a fool of himself in Britain, it was nothing compared to Romney tripping his way through political minefields in Israel. Politics is perception — and at this, so far, Romney has failed miserably.

Yesterday the Israeli press said it was Romney speaking, but “Netanhayu’s words”. In that speech, Romney said Jerusalem was “the capital of Israel” and a Palestinian official said it was “absolutely unacceptable” that Romney would make such an announcement in the face of ongoing and precarious peace negotiations over the future of Jerusalem, accusing him of “destroying negotiations”. Today, Romney is accused of racism by the same Palestinian official, for suggesting that the Israeli culture is more advanced than the Palestinian culture.

Palestinian official Saeb Erekat said of Romney, “What is this man doing here? Yesterday, he destroyed negotiations by saying Jerusalem is the capital of Israel, and today he is saying Israeli culture is more advanced than Palestinian culture. Isn’t this racism? Israelis and Palestinians have a conflict, but they are people, they are equal, it is not a better culture or advanced culture.”

Erekat is clearly unfamiliar with our current Republican Party, for equality is not something they celebrate. They pick targets and enemies and then set about attacking the group as a whole, dehumanizing and vilifying them, in order to justify their policies against said targets. It’s just another way our modern day Republicans avoid real policy debates.

What is this man doing here? Good question. Allegedly, Romney is running for leader of the free world.

Here’s what Romney said that so insulted Erekat: At his rescheduled fund-raiser today in Israel (originally scheduled yesterday during Tisha B’Av, a Jewish day of mourning and annual fast day), where he raised more than $1 million, Romney said that Israel’s economic success over Palestine was attributable to the “hand of providence”. He continued, “And as I come here and I look out over this city and consider the accomplishments of the people of this nation, I recognize the power of at least culture and a few other things.”

Romney is now in Poland, on the last leg of his Romney Shambles foreign policy tour. After being dubbed “Mitt the Twit” in Britain and publicly mocked by conservative leaders who should have been his staunchest supporters, Romney moved on to Israel where he canceled a meeting at the last minute with Netanhayu’s opposition after a meeting with the Prime Minister, leading the press to say he accepted instructions from Netanyahu.

In Israel, Romney stepped in it by criticizing President Obama in a Sheldon Adelson owned paper and then again over his aide’s comments about Romney’s policy on Iran which led Face the Nation to ask Romney if he would green-light bombing Iran. Polls show the Israeli people do not want a war with Iran. And all of that was before he claimed Jerusalem to be the capital of Israel. Someone really needs to tell Romney that being President isn’t like running Bain. For starters, the President does not own all of the other countries in the world; it’s a bit more complicated than that.

In Poland, Romney is meeting with Lech Walesa, former Polish president, who refused to meet with President Barack Obama on his 2011 trip to Poland, miffed over not getting a one-on-one meeting with the President. Walesa is taking his Mittvenge now, endorsing Mitt Romney — perhaps under the illusion that he is dealing with the Reagan Republican Party instead of Mitt the Twit of the Koch Brothers party.

According to the Pew Global Attitudes Project, President Obama is still popular in Poland, even though in 2009 he reversed Bush’s plan to build a missile defense shield system partly in Poland, which is the basis of Romney’s attack that Obama has abandoned Poland and the Czech Republic.

Not only did Obama announce plans in 2011 to have the F-16 fighter jets and C-130 cargo aircraft train in Poland, but contrary to what you’ll hear Romney say today and tomorrow, the President has a plan to deploy a missile defense system for all of Europe, with significant parts being based in Poland. The Slovak Minister of Foreign Affairs accused Romney of dredging up settled debates in order to score political points and said they fully embraced the new missile defense:

“People have moved on,” said Miroslav Lajcak, the minister of foreign affairs and deputy prime minister, in an interview with The Wall Street Journal. “We are in a different situation now. We are discussing a different project. I see no reason to revisit discussions from three years back.”
During the Bush administration some Slovakian political leaders were critical of the missile defense plans in Poland and the Czech Republic, saying it was a bilateral, not a multilateral approach. But the Slovakian government has embraced the Obama administration’s missile defense plan, which relies on ship-based, not land-based, interceptors and is being developed under the umbrella of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.

In Poland, expect more war-mongering as Romney continues calling Russia our “biggest geopolitical foe”. Romney will attempt to wrap himself in the Ronald Reagan flag, no doubt posing near the bronze statue of Reagan in Gdansk’s Ronald Reagan Park and double down, retroactively, on his cold war talk.

Earlier today, Romney waded recklessly into precarious peace talks, inserting Netanyahu’s will as if they had purchased the land and it was up to Romney to divvy it up as he did with the businesses he bought — with the same careless disregard for the real life implications of his actions. Here’s a note to Romney: You don’t get to retroactively disown your words as the President.

“What is this man doing here?”

Romney is attempting to run for world leader, and apparently he thinks that position is best suited to someone with zero diplomacy skills who has signed off to be Netanyahu’s mouthpiece (aka, trying to align himself with the far right Evangelicals who still don’t trust Romney). Romney isn’t just the diplomatic gaffe machine we saw in Britain, taking a perfectly easy job and turning it into a headline filled disaster creating the meme “RomneyShambles”; rather, he’s a nightmare of a statesman, perfectly happy to set off unexploded political munitions in an effort to get a few votes.

The summation thus far is that Romney is so insecure as a politician that he is a ‘wimp’; he let’s foreign leaders tell him what to do and there’s no low too low or danger too explosive when it comes to desperate attempts to score political points. He runs around insulting people and tossing dangerous sparks onto volatile situations and then slinks back with “I watch Downton Abbey”.

America needs a strong, independent leader, not a chameleon who says whatever he thinks people most want to hear. And even on that, Romney is out of touch, seemingly unable to connect with people around him in any genuine way.

8 Replies to “Mitt Romney Is Accused of Racism by Palestinian Official”

  1. A few other things? Such as what?

    At least it’s not on record that he made bagel jokes, but I believe he is doing everything he can to sabotage peace in the Middle East and, if possible, provoke Iran into giving a casus belli before the election. That has several advantages for the Dissocialists, to wit:

    A. If the Obama administration responds in kind, there is already a war, for which it can be blamed, and which the Dissocialists can claim to be better prepared to fight.

    B. If Obama is nonetheless re-elected, his second term would see the country so drained of will and resources that even if 2016 didn’t result in a Republican sweep, expenditure for civilian commonweal would be all but wiped out.

    C. If the Obama administration did not respond to the casus belli with military aggression, they could be characterized as appeasers, Mooslamic sympathizers, and (through back channels) agents of the “worldwide Caliphate” and traitors.

    I hope even the more intransigent of our opponants can see through this puppet show, and refrain from responding to the provocations issuing from the hinged mouth of this vain little marionette.

  2. (Laugh) Again, when I read the headline, I had an immediate reaction besides curiosity. My first thought was “So, what’s new about that? Doesn’t it go with the territory?”

    I suspect that Saeb Erekat was trying to get a message to the Republicans… “Hey, wake up and look where you’re headed!” I often have to use a similar message as he did when I encounter racism against my own people – “Hey, we’re people, not demons, not spiritual superbeings, but people!” It’s quite uncomfortable if not painful to have someone denigrate ones’ culture as Romney did – and minorities know that feeling quite well. Being a representative of his government, what Saeb says and does is significant and his words shouldn’t be taken lightly. He and his people have a legitimate gripe.

    This idea of cultural superiority (as demonstrated by Romney) is quite old and ubiquitous (known as ethnocentrism). However, it’s also demonstratively in error. Archaeologists often try to get people to realize that “primitive” doesn’t mean uncultured or without knowledge, and that that “primitive technology” might be actually rather advanced (try knapping a decent flint arrowhead or tool without experience and some training!) Anthropologists have long practiced cultural relativism, because culture is the way humans adapt to their environment and while they can be compared, there is no real “ranking” involved (the idea of human rights admittedly causes an exception). Thus, while there are differences in cultures (sometimes really significant), it should be argued that one culture or people is no greater or “better” than another. The sooner that people like Romney come to realize that we’re all people, and all people deserve respect because they ARE people, the sooner he will become less of a threat to the world itself.

    In the meantime, his (and the Republicans’) own beliefs and ideology will continue to cause them to shove their foot in their mouth (if not stick their head up a less hygienic location). They remind me of the Emperor in Star Wars, wishing to rule by fear and force, and never realizing that friendship is far more powerful and effective at keeping peace and getting things done.

    If I could, I’d remind Romney and the Republicans that power and greatness aren’t synonyms, and that a humble nation is likely to be far greater and more effective than a powerful one.

  3. Uh, “Jewish culture makes Israelis more economically successful than Palestinians, Romney tells donors” sure sounds like the typical money-grubbing-Jew comment. I mean what is the difference between what Romney says and the KKK? Romney wears a suit

  4. This certainly does sound racist—epitomizes USA relationship with State of Israel, ie so much aid given over decades, the state of Israel, probably DOES look more “Advanced” –state of living-wise-than that of Palestine, inhabitants of latter, often forced to live in poor “Refugee” type settlements, tents even (so i hear) But this provides no indication of the 2 culture’s levels of “Advancement” at all—(would GNP, be a better indication instead ?)

  5. It is racist. Israel is NOT a land of equal opportunity for all. Palestinians have very few civil liberties. The playing field is definitely not equal, so comparing the two is quite disingenuous. Rmoney is more interested in padding his pockets than anything. His remarks are ironic, considering the Mormon teachings about Jews.

  6. America needs a strong, independent leader, not a chameleon who says whatever he thinks people most want to hear.

    “I stand by what I said, whatever it was” — Mitt Romney

  7. He just called the nation of Palestine the equivalent of the N word. Lazy shiftless LOL. It is a wonder that God hadn’t smote him when he had his hands on what Megan Kelly referred to as the westen wall instead of the wailing wall. And if those people knew that he thinks the splitting of the mound will happen in Independence Missouri, they might have had a different reaction.

  8. This man is a walking disaster. I shudder to think what will happen to this planet if he is elected president. He could single handedly bring us all to ruin.

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