I've been pretty critical of Israel in my posts at DU. But I was disgusted with Hamden. Blitzer (who I dislike a lot) gave Hamden three chances to denounce his words about Jews having persecuted Christians in the Holy Land and killing them to use their blood in making their bread. That's supposedly some kind of common and deplorable myth that circulates in the more fanatical and barbaric circles of Islam in the region, kind of like the crap involving the elders of Zion. To QUICKLY get rid of that question and move on to discuss the issues with Wolf, all Hamden had to do was retract his former words of hate. He didn't, he kept dodging the issue, and he just confirmed to me that some people on both sides of the Israel-Palestine argument will never really go for peace and are basically individuals I would write off as worthless. Even if Hamden truly believed those words about Jews consuming Gentile blood, he would let it go if he cared about his own Palestinian people and would try to male a gesture for peace.
Sure I wish Wolf Blitzer was even-handed and pointed out Israel's failures and previous racist statements of their political leaders. But someone has to make the first gesture towards peace. All Hamden had to do was retract what he previously said and move on to some constructive discussion. He didn't and it just reinforced my feeling that this conflict won't be resolved any time soon.