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Ted Koppel Writes the Dumbest Op-Ed About Terrorism You Can Imagine
FrontPage Mag ^ | 8-10-2013 | Daniel Greenfield

Posted on 08/10/2013 9:31:27 PM PDT by smoothsailing

Ted Koppel Writes the Dumbest Op-Ed About Terrorism You Can Imagine

August 10, 2013

By Daniel Greenfield

When you saw the name “Ted Koppel”, your first reaction was probably to wonder if he was still alive. The answer is, yes. He is.

Your second reaction was probably to wonder if he was still the same smug boring media personality reciting liberal truisms at the speed of a snail.

The answer also yes.

And for some reason the Wall Street Journal gave Ted Koppel editorial space to write one of those “The only real danger from terrorism is if we hit terrorists too hard” op-eds from 2002.

Ted may be getting a bit senile and probably thinks we’re on the verge of the Iraq War. The WSJ has no such excuse.

June 28, 2014, will mark the 100th anniversary of what is arguably the most eventful terrorist attack in history. That was the day that Gavrilo Princip, a Bosnian Serb, shot and killed the heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne.

... If there should ever be a terrorists’ Hall of Fame, Gavrilo Princip will surely deserve consideration as its most effective practitioner.

Terrorism, after all, is designed to produce overreaction. It is the means by which the weak induce the powerful to inflict damage upon themselves—and al Qaeda and groups like it are surely counting on that as the centerpiece of their strategy.

The problem with Ted Koppel’s argument is that Gavrilo Princip was backed by the Serbian government. Shouldn’t Austria-Hungary have declared war on a country that assassinated the heir to its throne?

...

WWI wasn’t being fought about terrorism. The proximate trigger of an escalating conflict is not necessarily about the trigger. Ted Koppel claiming that WWI was about terrorism is not only ahistorical, it’s retarded....

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TOPICS: Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Germany; Israel; Russia; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: germany; israel; partisanmediashill; partisanmediashills; paultards; russia; waronterror

1 posted on 08/10/2013 9:31:27 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing

I would agree. His assessment is historically laughable. Also, note that he doesn’t go into why the Serbs were supportive of a terrorist attack on the Austro-Hungarians.


2 posted on 08/10/2013 9:36:33 PM PDT by Viennacon
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To: smoothsailing

Sounds like someone in full denial of reality


3 posted on 08/10/2013 9:39:01 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: GeronL

Well, ole Ted has been wearing that wig too tight for a long time.


4 posted on 08/10/2013 9:44:28 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing

“Hello, I am Ted Koppel and this is NIGHTLINE...” he probably still says this before going to bed.


5 posted on 08/10/2013 9:45:23 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: GeronL

LOL! :)


6 posted on 08/10/2013 9:48:55 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing

Ted: Kenneth... where are my dentures?

Wife: You haven’t seen Kenneth for years, go back to sleep.


7 posted on 08/10/2013 9:52:00 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: GeronL

We keep forgetting, unlike the Brits who properly call them ‘newsreaders’, that these people are chosen to anchor the news for their hair and deep confident voices, nothing else.


8 posted on 08/10/2013 9:54:09 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: Revolting cat!

His hair was always well kept, always waiting for him when he showed up at the studio.

Kudos, hair-taker whoever you were!

I think they nicknamed it “Tribble”


9 posted on 08/10/2013 9:56:38 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: GeronL

That poor horse still misses its tail!


10 posted on 08/10/2013 9:57:58 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: Revolting cat!

lol


11 posted on 08/10/2013 10:06:54 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: smoothsailing

Didn’t he join Phil Donahue, Norman Mailer, , Radar, Alan Alda, Ellen Barkin, Cher and Red Buttons on one of the first Apology Tours?


12 posted on 08/10/2013 10:18:22 PM PDT by lee martell
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To: GeronL; Revolting cat!

America Held Hostage


13 posted on 08/10/2013 10:24:08 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: GeronL

One word. ASS


14 posted on 08/10/2013 10:28:50 PM PDT by Busko (The only thing that is certain is that nothing is certain.)
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To: smoothsailing

Rock hard stoopit.


15 posted on 08/10/2013 10:44:52 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: smoothsailing

Yes I read that and I even commented over there. It was an awful story. I mean you can’t please this guy. Even Obama (beloved by Koppel I’m sure) both under reacted to Benghazi and over reacted, with the embassy closings.

It did read like the ramblings of a confused, old, man and I’m surprised the WSJ even published it.


16 posted on 08/10/2013 11:12:07 PM PDT by jocon307
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To: smoothsailing
Koppel's position matches that of Al Qaeda's chief weapons supplier:


17 posted on 08/11/2013 12:28:48 AM PDT by LyinLibs (If victims of islam were more "islamophobic," maybe they'd still be alive.)
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To: GeronL
Kenneth... where are my dentures?

Give him time...he's gotta know the frequency first.

18 posted on 08/11/2013 12:29:24 AM PDT by Ackackadack
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To: Ackackadack; GeronL
"What's the frequency, Kenneth?"

Sorry boys, that was Captain Dan the Newsman...

19 posted on 08/11/2013 2:02:05 AM PDT by metesky (Brethren, leave us go amongst them! - Rev. Capt. Samuel Johnston Clayton - Ward Bond, The Searchers)
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To: metesky

lol

cookies outta a box

all those newsreaders look alike to me!

:p


20 posted on 08/11/2013 2:05:42 AM PDT by GeronL
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To: Viennacon

Perhaps it’s an argument to support blaming GZ for any future race war.


21 posted on 08/11/2013 3:29:49 AM PDT by jimfree (In November 2016 my 13 y/o granddaughter will have more quality exec experience than Barack Obama)
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To: smoothsailing

Ted Koppel is a dinosaur relic of the big three traitor networks that took it upon themselves to become kingmakers and President breakers.

They didn’t do this subconsciously; it was deliberate and purposeful. Adding insult to injury, they continued, even to this day, to insist how unbiased they were/are. They actually believe their heinous work was a needed public service that brought good to this country.

They beat good men and women down and propped up worthless tyrants of ideology and have left us with a legacy of deceit, deviousness and distrust.

Ted Koppel is one of them. I hope he rots in his old age.


22 posted on 08/11/2013 3:32:00 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: smoothsailing

Love it. Ted Koppel and his kind live in a bubble. It is nice to see someone call him out for his stupidity.


23 posted on 08/11/2013 5:31:19 AM PDT by VRW Conspirator (Producing Talk Show Prep since 1998.)
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To: smoothsailing

Koppel always impressed me as a mental midget.


24 posted on 08/11/2013 6:40:54 AM PDT by IbJensen (Liberals are like Slinkies, good for nothing, but you smile as you push them down the stairs.)
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To: smoothsailing
Actually the heir to the throne wasn't killed. He and his wife were found on the Riviera a year after WWI ended. WWI was a mistake.

(/satire if needed)

25 posted on 08/11/2013 6:54:13 AM PDT by SkyDancer (Live your life in such a way that the Westboro church will want to picket your funeral.)
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26 posted on 08/11/2013 6:54:24 AM PDT by SJackson ( The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself. BF)
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To: IbJensen

He and Joe Biden are “distinguished” alumni of Syracuse University.


27 posted on 08/11/2013 7:12:11 AM PDT by BilLies (I despise The Progressive Liberal American Press, its corporations, management, reporters, readers.)
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To: smoothsailing

Well Howdy is one of the dumbest idiots on TV.


28 posted on 08/11/2013 8:35:49 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS!)
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To: metesky; Ackackadack; GeronL
cookies outta a box

all those newsreaders look alike to me!

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29 posted on 08/11/2013 8:43:59 AM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing

lol


30 posted on 08/11/2013 10:12:45 AM PDT by GeronL
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To: Viennacon; smoothsailing

When Push comes to Shove, all wars are about greed. The greed takes different forms, of course, but it is greed nonetheless. Excuses as to “why” are just that: Excuses. Muslims are greedy, and zealously so. But then, so are most politicians. Power, money, marbles, houses, land, all of it is about greed.


31 posted on 08/11/2013 10:16:29 AM PDT by Monkey Face (Gun laws would prevent shooting sprees??? Please, tell me more about how criminals follow laws.)
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To: LyinLibs

I recognize that sleaze!


32 posted on 08/11/2013 10:17:10 AM PDT by Monkey Face (Gun laws would prevent shooting sprees??? Please, tell me more about how criminals follow laws.)
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To: smoothsailing

Derpa derp.


33 posted on 08/11/2013 10:17:40 AM PDT by Monkey Face (Gun laws would prevent shooting sprees??? Please, tell me more about how criminals follow laws.)
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34 posted on 08/11/2013 10:21:24 AM PDT by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: smoothsailing

Did the “overreaction” produce more terrorists who went around assassinating crown princes? Who was the “government” of Serbia, anyway? It was part of the Austro-Hungarian empire, and Russia got involved when Germany insisted on joining Austria in a punitive action against the Serbs, which then involved France, which then sucked in Turkey on the side of Germany and Austria, and England on the side of France. I don’t think Princip wanted a world war per se, so much as a united Greater Serbia. The war itself was as retarded as Ted Koppel’s article, but the fallout from that war is still going on today, while the words of that dingus will be forgotten tomorrow.


35 posted on 08/11/2013 11:29:18 AM PDT by Eleutheria5 (End the occupation. Annex today.)
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To: GeronL

I thought he shoved the excess foliage in the ample space between his ears when he went home.


36 posted on 08/11/2013 11:30:40 AM PDT by Eleutheria5 (End the occupation. Annex today.)
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To: smoothsailing

I always thought that Koppel was one of the dimmest bulb’s in journalism, and I knew I had never been wrong when he went to Vietnam to make his own “investigation” of the “Swift Boat” veterans’ charges against John Kerry and showed himself as a giant dupe to boot, when he simply accepted the “eye witness” reports arranged for him by the communist dictators in Vietnam; upon which the issue was for him “case closed”.


37 posted on 08/12/2013 10:28:02 AM PDT by Wuli (uir)
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To: smoothsailing
The problem with Ted Koppel’s argument is that Gavrilo Princip was backed by the Serbian government.

The government of Austria-Hungary may certainly have believed that to be the case. However, I don't believe any evidence of that has come out in the 100 years since.

38 posted on 08/12/2013 10:39:18 AM PDT by Straight Vermonter (Posting from deep behind the Maple Curtain)
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