Nader suf­fers from de­gen­er­a­tive dis­re­al­ity

The Middletown Press (Middletown, CT) - - OPINION -

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

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