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June 08, 1990 - Image 30

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1990-06-08

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Curious Reactions
To Breslin's Bigotry

ARTHUR J. MAGIDA

Special to The Jewish News

T



here was a curious
reaction among
columnists to Jimmy
Breslin's recent anti-
Oriental, anti-woman tirade
against a Korean-American
Newsday colleague who
criticized one of his columns:
Virtually everyone who
commented in print defend-
ed Breslin's rabid racism
and sexism. This has special
relevance to Jews, who as a
minority, have often been
targets of the same sort of
bigotry.
(Mr. Breslin used words
that The Jewish News, being
a family publication, cannot
print. Take our word for it:
They were sexually and
racially explicit and very,
very nasty.)
In the Los Angeles Times,
Marvin Kalb, formerly of
CBS and now at • Harvard,
fretted that Newsday's
subsequent two-week
suspension of Breslin
"carries with it the risks
that are deeper than the
possible affront to an in-
dividual . . . You get to the
point where people . . . are
going to be concerned about
not offending somebody that
. . . they will all end up
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ing world."
A Newsday columnist,
Robert Reno, was apparently
more concerned that the
suspension stilled "a great
voice" and put "out to
pasture an original mind"
than he was about Breslin's
outburst.
Another Newsday colum-
nist, Murray Kempton,
scolded Ji-Ueon Yoh for the
"finkery" of the "no small
offense" that she committed
by passing her anti-Breslin
comments along to a News-
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He's "dangerous," he's
"ruthless," and he's "the
most dangerous man in the
world," according to the
cover story in U.S. News &
World Report.
The potential
troublemaker is Iraqi Presi-
dent Saddam Hussein, who
has reportedly spent about
$50 billion on a military
buildup over the last decade
and "has few qualms about
using" his new weapons.
No longer distracted by his
country's protracted war
with Iran, Hussein has
"suddenly returned to the
conflict with Israel with a
vengeance . . . " Especially
problematic for Israel is that
"virtually no one, at home or
abroad ... can restrain
[Hussein's] worst impulses.
He has few friends, even in
the Arab world, and fewer
and fewer within Iraq's own
political structure."
Worsening the situation is
Hussein's isolation. With,
according to USN& WR, "no

back channel to Israel, the
potential for a crisis arising
from miscommunications
seems especially high." And
according to an Israeli pro-
fessor who is "one of the
world's foremost scholars on
Iraq," Hussein "doesn't
understand how the Ameri-
can administration, Israel or
Iran, think. His advisers are
afraid to give him bad news [
and] . . . he is prone to make
mistakes because he doesn't
understand many things
outside Iraq."
"Are we as a state and as a
people ready for this
challenge and able to deal
with it?" asked the director
general of Israel's Defense
Ministry. "In my opinion,
`No.' "

Headline
Of The Week

"Israeli-Turkey Ties
Warming Up."
From the MetroWest Jew-
ish News, East Orange, N.J.

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