Stewart may keep his ears open, but he also speaks out on topics that might be too risky for a late-night network show. Most recently, he stirred up trouble with a widely circulated July 14 segment that examined the “asymmetrical” nature of the Israel Defense Forces’ incursion into the Gaza Strip. Noting the Israeli military’s practice of warning “Gaza’s residents of imminent bombing with a smaller, warning bombing, an ‘amuse-boom,’ if you will,” he then asked incredulously: “And then at that point, what are Gazans supposed to do?! Evacuate to where? Have you f—ing seen Gaza?” he said, his voice rising as a map of the region appeared in a graphic next to his head. “Israel has blocked this border. Egypt blocked this border. What are they supposed to do? Swim for it!?”
The piece set off a flurry of counterattacks from neocons and Israel hawks; some resorted to that tiresome trope of the self-hating Jew.
"Look, there’s a lot of reasons why I hate myself — being Jewish isn’t one of them," Stewart says. "So when someone starts throwing that around, or throwing around you’re pro-terrorist, it’s more just disappointing than anything else. I’ve made a living for 16 years criticizing certain policies that I think are not good for America. That doesn’t make me anti-American. And if I do the same with Israel, that doesn’t make me anti-Israel. You cannot outsmart dogma, no matter what you do. If there is something constructive in what they’re saying, hopefully I’m still open enough … to take it in and let it further inform my position. But I’m pretty impermeable to yelling. As soon as they go to, ‘Your real name is Leibowitz!’ that’s when I change the channel."
Some random young Jon.
"Spreading democracy in the Middle East is so hard. Maybe we shouldn’t have done it Second Amendment first." -Jon Stewart
Today someone asked John Oliver whom he would “marry, sleep with, [and] kill,” given Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, and Bill Maher, to which he answered “Fuck Jon, marry Jon, and die with Jon.” I feel the Internet should know this.
An arms appreciation.