Let's look again at Helen Thomas' non-apology for her anti-Israel, anti-Semitic rant last week:
“I deeply regret my comments I made last week regarding the Israelis and the Palestinians...."
I tried to make the point (along with many others) that to "regret" something is not to apologize for it; it's more of a disappointment that one has been caught doing something they would have preferred to have gotten away with "off the radar".
Luckily for us, Helen made the same point herself just the other day, while challenging the Obama Administration for not being tough enough on Israel for daring to protect their sovereignty (unlike us). Check out the exchange:
MR. GIBBS: ...Ms. Thomas.
Thomas: The — our initial reaction to this flotilla massacre, deliberate massacre, an international crime, was pitiful. What do you mean you regret when something should be so strongly condemned? And if any other nation in the world had done it, we would have been up in arms. What is the sacrosanct, iron-clad relationship where a country that deliberately kills people and boycotts — and we aid and abet the boycott?
MR. GIBBS: Look, I think the initial reaction regretted the loss of life as we tried and still continue to try to gather the relevant —
Thomas: Regret won’t bring them back.
Nor does regret take back the hateful words you spoke, you filthy,ugly, anti-Semitic beast. If "regret" isn't a strong enough term for the United States to use over an ally defending itself, it certainly isn't strong enough word for you to use to make amends for what you have said.
Helen knows that our "regret" over the loss of terrorist's lives is meaningless; so she uses the term as well, fully versed in its uselessness, so that she may proudly claim (later) to have never backed down from her statements.
Over at the Washington Post, Howard Kurtz has a slightly different quote from Helen:
Reached at home, Thomas, 89, said: "I'm very sorry for my remarks. I think I crossed the line. I made a mistake."
But it's all the same. She is "sorry for her remarks", but she speaks no ill of the substance of those remarks. She thinks she "crossed the line"? Thinks????? Again, apparently Helen still doubts she did or said anything wrong (and in fairness, within the liberal circles she travels, her Jew-bashing commentary is probably as common as an appetizer of lobster bisque soup).
And "I made a mistake"? Still, Thomas is unable to fully articulate the nature of her mistake. Was it the anti-Semitic remark, her own anti-Semitism, or as I mentioned above, simply getting caught espousing said anti-Semitism on camera?
We are convinced it is the latter. But I think this will all be fleshed out real soon:
Rabbi David F. Nesenoff, the man behind the Helen Thomas video, was just on Fox News, and he says Part II will be released "in a day or two."
Will it be enough for the Obama administration to finally condemn their favorite journalist? Only if she speaks ill of another ethnicity.
These days, anti-Semitism is so tightly intertwined with contemporary liberalism that it has become impossible to tell the two apart....
UPDATE: The Wicked Witch of the Far-Left has quit. Sniveling coward. After a long and storied career, all she will be remember for is her anti-Semitic outburst. I can't think of a more appropriate memorial:
Helen Thomas announced Monday that she is retiring, effective immediately.
Her decision came after her controversial comments about Israel and the Palestinians were captured on videotape and widely disseminated on the Internet.
Thomas later issued a statement: ``I deeply regret my comments I made last week regarding the Israelis and the Palestinians....
Yeah, regrets, you have a few....
UPDATE II: Best line goes to Robert Stacey McCain:
Rumors that Ms. Thomas plans to spend her retirement in Gaza serving as a “comfort woman” for Hamas terrorists could not be immediately confirmed...