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Monday, December 22, 2003

Friedman Throws a Punch

In Sipping Geneva Juice, Steven I. Weiss reports on how Thomas Friedman recently responded in a short question and answer session:

I run over to the stage to catch Tom Friedman for that question-and-answer he promised I'd get after his speech. Harvey Schwartz, a Manhattan lawyer, greets Friedman and with a smile on his face tells him he learned two things from Friedman that night: That the columnist, "Supports drilling in ANWR," and is, "willing to sacrifice Israel on the altar of Iraq."

Friedman yells "**** you," hits the guy with his right hand, and then shoves him into a small crowd of people with their backs turned. Schwartz probably has a good foot and 100 pounds on the diminutive Friedman, but he went about three feet backwards from Friedman's push.


Steven sums it up beautifully:

The man who spent the past few hours pronouncing how we need to see past the present, the rhetoric, and the attacks to achieve peace has just gone violent on some random guy.

You couldn't ask for a more fitting ending.


Read the whole thing.