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Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Reasonable people differ. I learned the truth of this back in the day when I was a student at the finest law school in all of Washtenaw County. The late renowned Whitmore Gray taught it to us in our Contracts course. He also taught us to never indulge in ad hominem commentary pertaining to folks who disagree with us. He also taught us to refrain from making unsubstantiated allegations — for to do so is not only unfair, it also subjects one to the risk of being proven wrong and thus being legitimately viewed as a canard-spewing fool.

Take, for example, those wags who opine that anyone who disagrees in any way with the policies and practices of the current governmental regime of Israel is without doubt an anti-Semitic neo-Nazi hate monger. How ridiculous is that? All real patriotic Americans want whatever is best for our country — whether or not it coincides with what the current governmental regime of Israel seeks to dictate.

President Jimmy Carter is no anti-Semitic neo-Nazi hate monger. Of course not. He is a great American. But he strongly disagrees with the apartheid policies and murderous practices of the current governmental regime of Israel. So do most of the leaders of the civilized countries of the world. Those of us in the Carter Camp welcome reasoned debate, sans name-calling, pertaining to resolving the current horrible mistreatment of the Palestinian people by Israel’s government. It would seem that some folks want to stifle any such legitimate debate. Reckon why?

James H. Dautremont

Greenville

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