Friday, January 20, 2012

Atlanta Jewish Times publisher: I'm sorry for that assassinate-the-president column

Posted By on Fri, Jan 20, 2012 at 3:02 PM

Gawker's John Cook today points us to a recent enlightening column titled "What would you do?" by Andrew Adler, the owner and publisher of the Atlanta Jewish Times, one of metro Atlanta's many community newspapers.

Does Andy want readers' advice about beekeeping? How to tell kids "no?" Nope, he's tackling the touchy issue of how Israel should protect itself from terrorist groups and Iran — particularly when the United States might be hesitant to start conflicts.

Among the options he's brainstormed: tell U.S.-based Mossad agents to "take out" a president "deemed unfriendly to Israel." (Cook's posted Adler's entire column, which was only available in the print edition, here. Here are the graphs that caught people's attention.)

Three, give the go-ahead for U.S.-based Mossad agents to take out a president deemed unfriendly to Israel in order for the current vice president to take his place, and forcefully dictate that the United States' policy includes its helping the Jewish state obliterate its enemies.

Yes, you read "three" correctly. Order a hit on a president in order to preserve Israel's existence. Think about it. If I have thought of this Tom Clancy-type scenario, don't you think that this almost unfathomable idea has been discussed in Israel's most inner circles?

Another way of putting "three" in perspective goes something like this: How far would you go to save a nation comprised of seven million lives...Jews, Christians and Arabs alike?

You have got to believe, like I do, that all options are on the table.

When asked by CL how his day was going, Adler said "it's been better." He told us that he only wrote the column to get a reaction from the local community.

"I don't advocate anything," Adler said." "I don't preach anything. Wasn't calling for action, anything like that... Do i regret writing it and how I did it? Very much so and I apologize to anyone who took it differently. But in no way shape or form do I support the overthrowing [of the country] in order for Israel to do its thing."

He says he hasn't heard from any law enforcement officials or the Secret Service about the column.

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