Nader suffers from degenerative disreality
As if reflecting a nervous tic or psychopathological obsession, the leitmotif of Ralph Nader’s Israel bashing (“Ralph Nader: Reason and justice address realities,” March 27) appears as a nonsequitur in an otherwise apparently reasonable piece that begins with need to address the costs of medical error and the waste in congressional spending.
Mr. Nader — perhaps driving his beloved Chevrolet Corvair — suddenly veers into a lane of historical myopia, exclusively haranguing Israel for the cause of the long entrenched “Israel/Palestinian struggle.” Never mind that, following the UN partition in 1947 — to which Israel agreed — the Palestinian mindset was to ensure the very idea of any Jewish sovereignty in the region be stillborn, Nader engages in literally talking trash about wasteful United States’ spending.
He conveniently omits that the U.S. government averages $400 million in annual fungible aid to the Palestinian Authority, which boasts its “play-for-slay” system that monetarily rewards Palestinians for killing or attempting to kill any Israeli — military or civilian, aged or infant. The bottom line is: U.S. citizens are subsidizing the most wanton acts of murder.
But Mr. Nader and I agree on one thing: An effective and affordable U.S. health care system is necessary — provided it will help treat his many symptoms of degenerative disreality.
— Joel S. Pachter, Simsbury