Serial blog creator and Mexican ginger Josh “Tacitus” Treviño has found yet another place to say things on the intertubes, this time at The Guardian, and he is kicking it off by pointing out that, ‘Hey remember that time when I said I was ‘cool with killing Americans’ by twatting on the twitter:
“Dear IDF: If you end up shooting any Americans on the new Gaza flotilla – well, most Americans are cool with that. Including me.”
…you probably took that to mean that he was cool with the IDF killing Americans which isn’t at all what he said. I mean, that’s crazy talk! LEARN ENGLISH, PEOPLE! THIS IS AMERICA!
Here, let Josh ‘splain:
The imperative for all of us who care about politics is not merely to have sound ideas, but to convey them soundly. Few meet either standard well, and that is simply the human condition. Yet the burden on me to that end is immeasurably more than that upon the average person: I write for a living, I communicate professionally and, debatably, I have some effect on policy and politics in my sphere. So when I fail, it tends to be noisily.
I realise that this statement left a sizable number of people appalled that I, by their reading, urged the Israeli Defense Force to shoot Americans participating in the second incarnation of the Gaza flotilla.
I urged no such thing. I intended no such thing. But sufficient numbers believe I did, and in cases of widespread misapprehension of meaning, the fault always lies with the writer.
Also, it was Hillary Clinton’s fault. That bitch.
…the Gaza flotillas sought to render aid to a known terrorist group – and, in my view, its participants were morally complicit in that. Moreover, in these circumstances, Israel was within its rights to prevent the breach of its blockade and to defend itself by force, if necessary, in so doing.
This wasn’t simply my interpretation. Two days before my tweet, on 23 June, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the following in a press conference at the department of state:
“[W]e do not believe that the flotilla is a necessary or useful effort to try to assist the people of Gaza … [W]e think that it’s not helpful for there to be flotillas that try to provoke actions by entering into Israeli waters and creating a situation in which the Israelis have the right to defend themselves.”
Also, it was Rick Perry’s fault. That bitch.
In a letter to US Attorney General Eric Holder five days later, Texas Governor Rick Perry, then on the cusp of his presidential candidacy, went a step further, and urged that Americans participating in the flotilla be actively prosecuted.
Ergo and therefore, I submit to you:
…what I intended to convey, then, was exactly what Hillary Clinton, Rick Perry, and the broad sweep of American opinion historically affirms: that US citizens on the Gaza flotilla of 2011 were responsible for their own fate, and that Americans utterly out of sympathy with their de facto assistance to a terror group would not be moved if the worst befell them.
And also, if the IDF wanted to kill them, I was totally cool with that.
This is what people are talking about when they say “context matters”….