A letter from a physician who practices and teaches at a medical school in New York, who introduced himself to the boss at last night’s protest of the Met's performance of the "Death of Klinghoffer."
Dear Mr. Kristol,
It was a pleasure meeting you tonight at the protest. (I was the Weekly Standard subscriber.) If you are planning to write about the protest, I would recommend the quote from a Met spokesman: "the fact that Klinghoffer grapples with the complexities of an ... act of violence..." This to me epitomizes the problem with the opera's viewpoint: there are no "complexities" to this despicable act of murder. This issue has not only affected my contemporaries but in fact, it was first brought to my attention by my sixteen year old daughter, Alex, who was so incensed by the insensitivity of the opera that she set up Facebook and Twitter accounts to protest.
Thank you once again for fighting against moral equivalence.
Ira S. Meisels, M.D.