Saturday morning grumpy news
I'm grumpy; the news is not. For one brief, heart-stopping moment, I
saw all the lights lit on the modem. Then I realized it was just testing
itself. And teasing me. Sigh.
Syria's Lebanese sock-puppets: We're not anti-Semitic,
we're anti-Zionist! The Syrian-controlled government of Lebanon
to France, which intends to block the Iranian-sponsored Hezbullah
propaganda station from broadcasting in France.
BEIRUT, Lebanon (AP) - Lebanon criticized French efforts
to ban the militant group Hezbollah's television station, saying the
channel may be anti-Israeli but it is not anti-Semitic.
France's Council of State is expected to act later
this month on a July 12 request by France's media watchdog, the CSA,
to block broadcasts of Al-Manar TV through the Paris-based satellite
Lebanon's Foreign Ministry defended Al-Manar on Friday,
saying the station's programs "condemn the policies of Israeli
governments and are not by any means racist or critical of the Jewish
faith or people."
Nope, not at all. Why, the Protocols of the Elders of Zion are not considered
forgeries by everyone.
At the center of the storm appears to be the Syrian-produced
29-part series "Al-Shatat," which Hezbollah broadcast throughout
the region. It is based on "The Protocols of the Elders of Zion,"
an anti-Semitic 19th-century tract commonly used in Nazi propaganda
to incite hatred against Jews.
Don't you love the phrase "appears to be"? It's so wishy-washy.
AP is doing it's anti-Israel dance. And they're refusing to lable the
protocols forgeries. But wait, there's more.
The series, which depicts among other things a rabbi
ordering a Christian child killed so the blood can be baked into Passover
matzos, has been broadcast throughout the Muslim world and in France,
which has an estimated 5 million Muslims, many of Arab origin. In January,
French Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin pledged to keep it off TV.
Lebanon claimed French authorities have taken "a
political role rather than a judicial" stance in the case against
"The bias by some French audiovisual outlets is
clear since it is lenient toward French stations that broadcast anti-Islamic
and anti-Arab programs," the Foreign Ministry statement said.
Name one. By the way, notice how AP is using the word "statement"
in this story. No faceless organization is being quoted, as they do so
often when quoting the Israeli armed forces. Anyway, here's the kicker:
Lebanon said there should be a distinction between
anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism.
"The Zionist ideology and practices are condemned
because they are the basis of the Arab-Israeli conflict and the source
of the tragedy and injustice the Palestinian people are subjected to,"
the Foreign Ministry statement said.
Zionism, the Jewish national movement, is based on
the belief that Scripture has foretold the return of the Jews from the
Diaspora to Israel, which includes land currently occupied by Arab Palestinians.
Notice how incredibly biased that definition of Zionism is. It barely
acknowledges that Israel was the Jewish state. Here's the definition from
Jewish Virtual Library:
Zionism, the national movement for the return of the
Jewish people to their homeland and the resumption of Jewish sovereignty
in the Land of Israel, advocated, from its inception, tangible as well
as spiritual aims. Jews of all persuasions, left and right, religious
and secular, joined to form the Zionist movement and worked together
toward these goals. Disagreements led to rifts, but ultimately, the
common goal of a Jewish state in its ancient homeland was attained.
The term "Zionism" was coined in 1890 by Nathan Birnbaum.
As The Arafat Turns: The unrest continues.
The second storming
of a PA building in a week hit Gaza, this time unemployed college
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) - About 100 unemployed university
graduates stormed a Palestinian Authority building in a Gaza Strip refugee
camp Saturday, holing up inside and demanding jobs.
The graduates - all of them unarmed - said the Palestinian
Authority promised them employment and failed to live up to its obligation.
Negotiations between police in the Khan Younis refugee camp and the
protesters were underway.
Y'know, I'm starting to think that Arafat is going to have to make changes,
after all. What with even the UN noticing that his security changes are
cosmetic, and these kinds of things going on more and more often, I'm
thinking the old man is going to be boxed into a corner. Or maybe I'll
get to collect on my dead pool
points after all.
Is he or is he? Only his cell leader knows for
sure. Okay. So you read this
article, and you think the Pakistani caught taping buildings in Houston
is simply a tourist. But you read this
article, and you think for sure he's a terrorist. All I can say is,
I need to know more before I make up my mind, but who videotapes banks
in downtown Dallas and doesn't tape Dealey Plaza or the Book Depository?
Investigators have watched a 40-minute video of banks,
buildings and light-rail trains, trolleys and transit facilities Akhtar
shot of Houston, Dallas, Atlanta, New Orleans and Charlotte.
His brother says:
Akhtar received a student visa to get into the United
States, his brother said, but never went to school. Because he violated
the terms of that immigration status, Akhtar used a different identification
with the last name ``Shaikh'' when he applied for political asylum in
1992, Irfan Akhtar said.
But the Feds say:
However, investigators discovered he had been ordered
to leave the country in 1998 because he had entered the United States
illegally through Mexico in 1991.
Somebody needs to get his story straight.
Rain, rain, go away. Hurricane Charley got
a trailer park. They're saying there was "significant
loss of life." Damn. Meantime, Andrea
has been offline since last night. I suspect her power is down, but I'm
sure she's fine. Come to think of it, I have to call my friend in Orlando,
at UN refugee camp. But this one won't get the same attention
a palestinian stubbed toe receives.
BUJUMBURA, Burundi (AP) - Dozens of attackers raided
a U.N. refugee camp in western Burundi, shooting and hacking to death
at least 180 people, witnesses and local officials said Saturday.
[...] The massacre will further complicate U.N. efforts
to encourage Congolese refugees to return home, said M'Hand Ladjouzi,
head of the U.N. mission in Congo's troubled North Kivu province.
"This is a setback in our efforts to ensure security
here," Ladjouzi said. "We are trying to find out who did this.
Their aim is to complicate the situation. Obviously, they did this to
stop all the efforts the international community is making."
Ya think? Sure. Let's let the UN run Iraq. They're so good at what they
truce talks break down, nobody is surprised. Just kill him
already. When Colin Powell is calling
him an "outlaw," you know his number is up.
And how about we stop calling Najaf "the holy city of Najaf"?
Or if we're going to use that adjective, howsabout we call Jerusalem "the
holy city of Jerusalem"? It's got more shrines per square foot than
any three Najafs.
I don't get it. Last but not least, this
one's a puzzle. Oil
prices continue to rise, but the gas prices in Richmond are actually
falling. This has never happened before. Any economists out there
want to explain this to me? Because my conspiracy theory tinfoil hat is
beckoning, telling me that oil execs have decided that we've gone about
as far as we can go in paying their prices at the pump, and they don't
dare raise it anymore, or they didn't need to raise it as high as they
did in the last few months to begin with.
Either that, or Bush and Cheney told their pals to keep prices steady
to help the economy (and thus their re-eleciton bid).
I told you my tinfoil hat is beckoning. And on that note: permalink
Yes, the cable modem is still on the blink, but it's not the modem. They
think it's the cable. They warn me that it might be my computer. It's
not my computer. It's the friggin' cable.
I don't really want to go into details. Suffice to say that I loathe
Comcast, but I loathed them when I had them in NJ, too. I never had a
moment's trouble when my cable provider was AT&T. They get bought
out by Comcast, and I have nothing but problems.
And since they're not going to be here before Sunday evening, posting
will be a trifle light this weekend.
When I'm a bit less grumpy, I'll write more, but right now, I'm grumpy.
Grump, grump, grump. Effing Comcast.
And yes, I still have my unfever, too, and unfortunately had to work
today, and will have to work tomorrow and Sunday. Grump, grump, grump.
On the plus side, I've been using the time to work on my new business.
I'm officially an entrepreneur. I have a zoning permit, a business license,
and my company name is registered. All I need now are customers. permalink
Wednesday news roundup
Since January, 90 terrorist attacks to be carried out inside the Green
Linewhich is, by all accounts, the "real" border of
The officials added that all Palestinian terror groups
have increased cooperation and joint operations.
Iran's involvement in Palestinian terrorism, whether
directly or through the Hizbullah, is also increasing, the officials
said. The officials added that there have been some, but very few, cases
of terrorist attacks that have been thwarted by Palestinian security
The nerve center of Palestinian terrorism remains Nablus,
the officials added. According to the report on Israel Radio, over 2
tons of explosive material, bullets, mortars and other weaponry has
been smuggled into Palestinian territories through Egypt.
That's some bunch of hard-working tunnel rats. I'm starting to think
Israel should build that moat.
They have a
suspect in the New Zealand anti-Semitic cemetery attacks. And Kiwi
Bob has a report
on the New Zealand Parliament's motion against anti-Semitism. Bravo,
The United Nations is leaping
into action over a border dispute again. Against Israel, of course.
10 August 2004 The senior United Nations envoy
in southern Lebanon today called on Israel to end its numerous over-flights
of Lebanese territory, calling them violations of the Blue Line marking
the point of withdrawal between the two countries.
Voicing dismay at numerous such breaches over the last
36 hours, Staffan de Mistura, Secretary-General Kofi Annan's Personal
Representative for Southern Lebanon, reminded all parties that one violation
cannot justify another.
He said the latest violations disturbed the relative
calm that had returned to the Blue Line following increased tension
last month when Israeli jets flew over Lebanon, including Beirut, at
low altitude after two Israeli soldiers and a Hezbollah militant were
killed in an exchange of fire.
The UN left out a few little details about that "exchange of fire."
You might remember that a pair of IDF technicians were gunned
down as they fixed an antenna on the roof of an IDF outpost. There
was no "exchange of fire." There was an unprovoked sniper attack,
and then a military response to the attack.
In any case, it's astonishing how every time we turn around, Israel is
told to stop defending herself. Once
more, when we say "Never again," we mean, "Never again
will Jews leave their fates in the hands of others." That includes
Last, but not certainly not least, the Washington Times is reporting
that Osama bin Laden's hit squads are going to assassinate
"high profile" political leaders.
The targets, in addition to the financial institutions
in New York, Washington and Newark, N.J., that have been the subject
of public warnings, include such economic-related targets as oil and
gas facilities with a view toward disrupting the November election.
"The goal of the next attack is twofold: to damage
the U.S. economy and to undermine the U.S. election," the official
said. "The view of al Qaeda is 'anybody but Bush.' "
The officials also said the terrorist group has begun
using female members for preattack surveillance and possibly as suicide
bombers, thinking that women will have an easier time getting past security
checkpoints at airports, borders and ports.
The al Qaeda attack plans call for bombings using trucks
and cars, and hijacked aircraft, including commercial airliners and
"There is a particular concern that chemical trucks
will be used," one official said.
Well, that's the most specific leak we've seen yet.
Regarding the new bin Laden message, the officials
said there are intelligence reports, some of them sketchy, that a new
tape from the al Qaeda leader will surface soon.
In the past, video and audio messages by bin Laden
or his deputy, Ayman al-Zawahri, were broadcast days or weeks before
an attack, the officials said.
"The message likely will be the signal for the
attack to be launched," one official said.
A second U.S. official said one intelligence agency
was aware of unconfirmed reports of a new bin Laden tape.
"There may be such a tape, but it hasn't surfaced
and we haven't seen it," this official said.
Next month is going to be a month fraught with tension, to say the least.
Blogging will be light today. I have some kind of un-fever (up to 96
from 94), and my cable modem is on its last legs. I'll try to get a new
one tomorrow, but meantime, it's (sigh) 56k modem and AOL connection.
And yes, the tipjars are always open. Up there, on the left. permalink
On Second Thought
Oh, Cabana Boy. Sarah G. was on vacation
last week, and no, I'm not bitter that both the G.'s and Heidi chose the
exact same week to desert me, no, not at all, nope, I wasn't lonely
or bored or anything like that, nope, nuh-uh, and WHY ARE YOU ALL STARING
Um. To get back to the issue at hand, Sarah found a really funny ad in
the paper where she was, and shared it with me, and now, I'm
sharing it with you. The vacation house is called "Oh, Cabana
Boy" and well, it's so not an "Oh, Cabana Boy" house,
that it's funny. Wait for the slide show. You can see the interior and
exterior of the house. It is incredibly lame. Let me just say that when
I rent an "Oh, Cabana Boy" house, it will not be this one, and
it had damned well better come with a Cabana Boy and he'd better
have six-pack abs.
A bigger, better bug. Scott Johnson came
up with an
even better bug story, one that will give both Ilyka
and Sarah nightmares
for the rest of their lives. Don't read it, ladies.
I turned and looked at what must have been Satan's
own chitinous pet. Swear to God, the thing must've been six, eight inches
long, with a yellow banded cylindrical body and flicking long black
legs. It looked like a self-propelled banana with a balance problem.
It's been nearly ten years and I get the heebies just describing it.
Read it all. Spit-monitor warning.
Singapore has the right idea about gum.Tig
stepped in gum yesterday. I'm pretty sure it's gum. It's black and sticky
and nicely stuck onto the fur between the pads of his front paw. Normally,
this wouldn't be too much of a problem, except this is the cat who has
to be anesthetized in order to get his claws clipped. So I managed to
pull the bulk of it off yesterday and only get bitten twice, neither one
breaking the skin, but it's still there, and if I so much as look
at his front paw, he hisses at me. So I figured the hell with it, let
Tig get it off.
So this morning, he must have done that while I was asleep, because I
found some wet, gum-covered fur in the bed where he'd been sleeping.
Y'know, sometimes, I hate cats.
Good fences make good neighbors. Gracie
has suddenly remembered how much fun it is to be outdoors on a beautiful
summer day. I think it was the three sunny days in a row that convinced
her. But she's also gotten braver, which can be a problem. There's a large
wooden fence behind my apartment, separating my block from the one behind
me (thankfully; that's the one with most of the crime problems). But it
doesn't reach the ground, as the ground is uneven and the management company
is cheap. So there's enough room for cats to go under the fence. Gracie
decided to explore. I told her I didn't think that was such a good idea.
She ignored me.
About sixty seconds later, I heard growling, hissing, and leaves rustling.
Then Gracie shot out from under the fence in Full Foof Mode, and the face
of a beagle appeared. After I ascertained that Gracie was unhurt, I could
barely stop laughing long enough to get pictures of her and Tig, who had
raced back to the patio as soon as he realized that something was chasing
Gracie. The beagle wisely decided not to attempt to come under the fence.
I'll post the pictures tomorrow. I have a busy day planned and will be
over at Heidi's tonight, on (sigh) 56k modem and AOL connection.
Not My Robot. Big experiment today: Sorena
wants to see "I, Robot," so Heidi and I are taking her. She
has hated SF movies since she was six. We took her to see The Phantom
Menace. Alas, she doesn't hate SF movies because Phantom Menace sucked
so bad. She hates them because Darth Maul scared the hell out of her.
In fact, she was angry with Heidi and me for ages afterward, though she
doesn't remember it that way. She thinks she doesn't like the Star Wars
flicks because they're boy movies.
But during the previews to the latest Harry Potter flick, Sorena told
me she'd very much like to see "I, Robot." I told her that it's
the kind of film she doesn't like. That people will die in it. That there's
lots of violence. She still wants to see it. So we're off to see it this
afternoon, and probably eat popcorn for dinner.
I'm really hoping she'll like it, because it will open a whole new world
of films that she has previously refused to watch.
Oh, and I know the film bears little resemblance to the Asimov book.
I don't care; I'm going to pretend it has nothing to do with the book
and simply enjoy it. That's why I call it "Not My Robot."
If she likes this, we can watch my comic book movie DVDs. An X-Men double
Cross your fingers, folks. permalink
Tuesday morning news links
No nukes for Iran: President Bush keeps
up the pressure on Iran. Salon magazine, who are trying to get me
to re-subscribe (yeah, that'll happen), has an article titled "October
Surprise?" about the issue. I think I'll pass on reading it. The
headline says all.
President Bush said Monday that the United States would
maintain pressure on Iran to abandon its nuclear weapons program, emphasizing
that his administration was working with other countries and not confronting
Iran on its own.
"Iran must comply with the demands of the free
world, and that's where we sit right now," Mr. Bush told a Republican
crowd at an "Ask President Bush" campaign event in this Washington
suburb. "And my attitude is that we've got to keep pressure on
the government, and help others keep pressure on the government, so
there's kind of a universal condemnation of illegal weapons activities."
Top Spook: There's a new CIA director, and
former intelligence agent with Cold War experience.
The Connecticut-born Goss graduated from Yale in 1960
and launched a clandestine career, working for Army intelligence for
two years and eventually the CIA's most well-known division, the Directorate
When he got into politics, Goss had to get special
permission to reveal that he was associated with "the agency"
for roughly a decade, reportedly in Europe and Latin America. Goss still
doesn't discuss classified details of his work, although he has said
he was deployed in Miami during the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis.
"I had some very interesting moments in the Florida
Straits," Goss told The Washington Post in 2002.
Here's hoping he can get the CIA back on track. We can't afford another
intelligence miss like 9/11. Our economy is still suffering from the fallout.
Jews? What Jews? IMRA reports that palestinian
television continues its Final Solution of Israeli history by erasing
Jews from Israel's historyagain.
In the broadcast last week on PA TV the following are some of the main
points of the"history".
1. The Hebrews of the Bible have no connection to the Jews today.
2. The Hebrews of the Bible were Arabs.
3. The Prophets of the Bible were Muslims.
4. Biblical King Solomon was a Muslim Prophet.
5. Solomon's Temple was not built by Israelites but by Arab Canaanites.
6. The Canaanites are the forefathers of the Palestinians
7. The Bible is legends based on what Jews imagined and not on history.
8. The Jews today are descendents of a 13 th Century Khazar tribe with
no history in the Land of Israel.
9. The location of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem is a Zionist invention.
10. Zionism is Racism.
If that's not enough for you, let's look at some more lies:
Albaz: "Where did the story of Solomon's Temple
Al-Qidwa: "Solomon's Temple, I believe, was built by the Canaanites
who were the neighbors of the Israelis, the Israelites... I want to
state several words clearly: the Bible became an archival document,
not representing what the Israelis and the first Jews were, but what
they thought they were, what they imagined. The Temple is the fruit
of their imagination. In any case, when our nation or our Canaanite
forefathers came to Palestine, they built the Temple. a temple in Jerusalem"
Sissalem: "We, as the Palestinian nation fighting
for its freedom and liberation, must not focus to much attention on
these false [Biblical] legends. The history of our land continues more
than ten thousand years. The land of battles and wars, [many] armies,
tribes and commanders came through. I want to point out that we should
not focus much on what is called the [Biblical] Hebrew tribes, who are
in fact Bedouin - Arab tribes. There is no connection between them and
these Khazar Jews [of Israel today]. Those [Hebrew - Arab] tribes were
erased and ceased to exist and no traces were left of them. That group
did not have a pure religion. They claimed that Solomon, may he rest
in peace, built the Temple. Does the land testify to this? Solomon was
a prophet and we see him as a Muslim and part of our [Islamic] heritage.
There is no historical text that proves the existence [of the temple]
or that it has a real history other than the Bible, and the Bible as
we have previously mentioned. was written based on ancient legends."
I'm shocked, shocked: Arafat resists reforms.
Actually, the surprise is that AP is reporting
something like this:
Yasser Arafat, pressed by his legislature to commit
to promised reforms in writing, has largely been evasive, disappointed
lawmakers said Tuesday, after two meetings with the Palestinian leader.
Arafat's only concession so far is an assurance that
his prime minister, Ahmed Qureia, can appoint Cabinet ministers, said
the legislators, members of a committee set up last month to write a
reform plan, following growing chaos in the West Bank and Gaza. Qureia
briefly resigned last month to protest his lack of powers.
Whoa. Criticism of the sole, legitimate representative of the palestinian
people? But wait, there's more:
Arafat has refused to share power and has run the Palestinian
Authority with a system of patronage, nepotism and official corruption.
The Palestinian leader has evaded reform demands by
the international community, most recently Egypt which wants him to
relinquish some control over the security services ahead of an Israeli
withdrawal from the Gaza Strip in 2005.
Double whoa! But wait! Is there a "but"?
However, he appears to have been shaken by growing
dissatisfaction at home, including unrest in Gaza and open criticism
of his rule.
Palestinian officials said Tuesday that Arafat, sending
a message through envoys, has offered Cabinet posts to two of his most
outspoken critics, Mohammed Dahlan and Samir Mashrawi, who played a
key role in last month's protests in Gaza against Arafat's appointment
of a relative to a top security job there.
Dahlan, a former Gaza security chief, is widely seen
as a possible Arafat successor, and Mashrawi is a leader of the ruling
Fatah movement in Gaza.
Arafat also agreed to meet with legislators to discuss
Of course there's a "but." However, I don't believe any of
these "reforms" will be acted upon, and I don't believe Dahlan
will take the position. He's a marked man. Arafat has killed every one
of his rivals over the past four decades, and Dahlan is not a stupid man.
You don't even have to read in between the lines to see that Arafat is
merely saying what the people want to hear.
For example, he told legislators he was committed to
the Basic Law. When asked whether he would give up control of several
government institutions, such as the Palestinian Monetary Fund, in line
with the Basic Law, he said no.
Arafat also avoided a clear answer on security reform,
participants said on condition of anonymity. Control over tens of thousands
of armed men is a pillar of Arafat's power, and he has fought hard against
those asking him to relinquish it.
Europe's proxy war against the U.S.: Ilke
Schroeder, the young German politician who accused the EU of ignoring
the fact that its funds were being used by the PA to support terror attacks,
steps up her accusations and accuses
the EU of mounting a proxy war against the U.S., using Israel as its
"The Europeans supported the Palestinian Authority
with the aim of becoming its main sponsor," she said, "and
through this, challenge the U.S. and present themselves as the future
global power. Therefore, the al-Aksa intifada should be understood as
a proxy war between Europe and the United States."
She elaborated her position in an earlier address in
"You have only to see the exhibitions on Israel
and Palestine in the European Parliament's foyer -- where Israel is
accused of sociocide and branded as an apartheid state -- to know which
side the EU is on," she said.
The EU's primary goal, Schroeder said, is the internationalization
of the conflict to underscore the need for its own mediating role. "The
longer the conflict continues and the deeper it gets, the more evident
is the incapability of the U.S. to moderate a peace process. ... This
is why the EU does not wish the (Palestinian Authority) to give up too
early and why the EU is strengthening the PA. ... The Palestinians are
... cannon fodder for Europe's hidden war against the U.S. ...
Schroeder made it clear that she does not believe EU
officials conspired with PA leader Yasser Arafat to wage war against
Israel. Rather, a convergence of interests emerged, with both Europe
and the Palestinians sharing an interest internationalizing the conflict.
The oil-dependent Europeans, with sizable Muslim minorities, want a
sphere of influence in the Middle East independent of Washington. The
Palestinians know international troops can do little to curtail guerrilla
attacks but can hamper retaliation by armies such as the Israel Defense
Or stand by and watch as Israeli soldiers are kidnapped. Whoops, did
I say that out loud?
The real suppression of dissent: Arab journalists
covering the chaos in the PA have received
Journalists working for Al-Jazeera and Al-Arabiya have
complained in recent weeks that they have received death threats from
rival Palestinian groups because of their coverage of the crisis and
their focus on demands for reforms in the PA.
The Palestinian Journalists Syndicate in the Gaza Strip
has also warned its members against covering the power struggle. The
journalists were told that anyone who violates the order would be severely
PA Chairman Yasser Arafat has also rebuked Palestinian
journalists for laying too much emphasis on the turmoil and ignoring
more important issues like threats from extremist Jewish elements to
blow up the mosques on Temple Mount.
Several Palestinian columnists and editors have also
received death threats over the past few weeks. One of them, Adli Sadek,
a prominent columnist with Al-Hayat Al-Jadeeda daily who has called
for an end to corruption, said a written letter containing threats against
his life was left at the entrance to his home in Khan Yunis.
I expect to see the entire world media up in arms over this, with page
one coverage. /sarcasm.
All right. Time for breakfast. (I'm beginning to see a pattern in these
news roundups. Are you?) permalink
European anti-Semitism deepens
its reach: Jews attacked at Auschwitz
Yes, Auschwitz. Yes, that Auschwitz. No, I'm not kidding. Yes,
had to read the lead four times to believe it myself.
While on a tour of the museum at the Auschwitz death
camp in Poland on Sunday, a group of around 50 Jewish university students
from Israel, the U.S. and Poland were verbally attacked by a three-member
gang of French male tourists.
Evidently incited by the presence of an Israeli flag
wrapped around the shoulders of Tamar Schuri, an Israeli student from
Ben Gurion University, the first assailant ran at the group while its
members were being guided through a model gas chamber and crematoria
and began swearing and hurling anti-Semitic and anti-Israeli insults.
"He told us to go back to Israel and said that
we were stupid and should be ashamed to walk around with an Israeli
flag," testifies Maya Ober, a 21-year-old Polish student at the
Academy of Fine Arts in Poznan and member of the Polish Union of Jewish
Students (PUSZ), which organized the 16-day summer learning program
along with the World Union of Jewish Students (WUJS).
After the initial altercation, a second assailant grabbed
Ober by the arm. "One of the guys held me by the arm and wouldn't
let go," says Ober, who lost several members of her family at Auschwitz.
"I was afraid. I couldn't move and I didn't know what he was going
So it comes to this: In the shadow of the dead of the
gas chambers of Auschwitz, where hundreds
of thousands of Jews were killed, three Frenchmen felt it was their
right to harass living Jewsbecause the French, who supported Israel
in the 1967 Six-Day War, have been so propagandized in the years since
then that three of its own would attack a group of living Jews
because they dislike Israel's policies.
Arafat learned his lesson from his Soviet teachersand former President
Then again, it isn't anti-Semitism. It's anti-Zionism. Right?
Monday morning links
Jews for Bush: Michele's
friend Faith created this site. Take a gander. It brings you articles
like this, which quotes former New York mayor Ed Koch ("How'm
"I do not agree with President Bush on a single
major domestic issue," he says, "but in my view those issues
pale in comparison with the threat of international terrorism. The stated
goal of al-Qaida and its supporters is to kill or convert every infidel,
and that means Jews, Christians, Buddhists and everyone else who will
not accept Islam's supremacy."
Yes, Mr. Mayor, that's exactly how I'm thinking these days. And Ed Koch
is a Democratic stalwart, which tells you something.
were killed by terror in the last four years than the entire history
of Israel: The statistics are disgusting, especially the fact that twice
as many women and children are now being used to attempt terror attacks.
Over the last four years, Dichter said, Israel has
suffered 11,356 casualties, compared to 4,319 terror-related casualties
between November 1947, when the United Nations voted to establish Israel,
Dichter noted a sharp rise in the use of women and
children in terror attacks over the past few years. Some 7.8 percent
of the Palestinians involved in attacks this year were women or children,
up from 2.7 percent in 2001, he said. The increase indicates that the
terrorist organizations are having recruitment problems and are therefore
turning to weaker, more easily influenced populations, he said.
An Op-Ed in the New York Times on how democracy
is now the talk of the Arab world, in spite of the refusal of many
(John Kerry included) to place the item high on their agenda.
But make no mistake, he has made headway. Notwithstanding
the administration's modest approach, democracy is now at the center
of debate in Arab capitals. And while some in the United States continue
to insist that Arab democracy is the fantasy of a discredited cabal
in Washington, an effort to avoid what they assert should be America's
only priority - resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict - Arab intellectuals
don't necessarily agree. The director of Egypt's Al Ahram center for
Political and Strategic Studies, Abdel Monem Said, took the issue on
himself. "Making reform and human rights contingent upon resolving
the Palestinian problem," he said, "confirms what the American
neo-cons are saying, that the political regimes harming human rights
are using the Palestinian problem in order to divert glances from their
The terror plot against Heathrow Airport is bringing out some chilling
details. The mastermind lived
in an apartment on the approach to Heathrow for three weeks. And,
surprise surprise, palestinian
terrorists are working with Al Qaeda. (I'd quote the article, but
I can't take the breathless prose of the Daily Mirror. I'll find another
This is interesting. Condi Rice said yesterday on Meet the Press that
must not be allowed to gain nuclear weapons.
She declined to say whether the United States would
support action by Israel, which says Iran's program poses a particular
threat to its national security, to attack Iran's facilities the way
it attacked the Osirak reactor in Iraq in 1981.
"I think that I don't want to get into hypotheticals
on this," Ms. Rice said. "I do think that there are very active
efforts under way, for instance, to undermine the ability of the Iranians
under the cover of civilian nuclear cooperation to get the components
that would help them for nuclear weapons developments."
She said Russia had declared that it would provide
help to Iran only if it returned its nuclear fuel to Russia so it could
not be diverted for weapons. "I think you cannot allow the Iranians
to develop a nuclear weapon," she said. "The international
community has got to find a way to come together and to make certain
that that does not happen."
Ms. Rice's answer about Israel was particularly notable
because, in the period before the war in Iraq, she and other senior
administration officials said history had vindicated the Israeli raid
on Osirak. Had that attack not crippled Iraq's main nuclear reactor,
they argued, Saddam Hussein might have had access to nuclear weapons
before the Persian Gulf war in 1991.
Don't count on it. Once again, I say that it will not be nearly as easy
as the raid on the Osirak reactor. And the IAF cannot fly over neighboring
countries with the same impunity: Here there be the USAF. I believe a
raid on Iran's nuclear capabilities can only be done with US knowledge
Now, go read the rest of the news yourselves. I'm hungry. It's lunchtime.
Of Bugs and Men
Ilyka sent me to a new-to-me blog with
accounts of two misadventures
with roaches (read them both, and don't be drinking when you do).
I think both Ilyka and sb (can't find her name in the posts I read to
date) will be horrified about my most recent bug story.
First off, I'm not too afraid of bugs, depending on how big and ugly
they are. I'm not afraid of spiders at all. I consider them a girl's best
friend, and try not to vaccuum them up unless their webs are, say, over
the front doorknob, which I consider to be off-limits. I'm also not fond
at all of ants in my kitchen, which regular readers know. But for the
most part, I consider insects to be cat toys, particularly the ones that
fly. Okay, the non-stinging flying ones.
Well, two nights ago, I was on the computer, and a hair swept across
my face. I brushed it with my hand, and missed. I brushed it again, and
missed again. Damn, that hair was annoying, and I couldn't seem to get
it off my face. I stop paying attention to the computer and give my full
attention to getting that hair off my face, because it's across my mouth
and annoying me. I look down, and see a spider on my right sleeve. The
sonofoabitch was spinning a web across my face and shoulders. Revolted,
I brushed him off onto the floor, got rid of the spider silk across my
face, and decided that I wouldn't kill it, just send it outside. It started
hopping and refusing to hop towards the door. It hopped towards me one
last time, which pissed me off enough to grab an envelope and smash it.
Then I picked it up with a tissue (what does that say about my manliness,
sb?) and threw it away.
Ilyka has a very funny post about how in it
is absolutely a man's job to kill bugs (which leads me to wonder who
kills the bugs in a lesbian relationship). But she follows that up with
a question to the guys: What
do they think is absolutely a woman's job in the relationship? (In
the comments, I discount the obvious answer and make you come up with
Anyway. It's a top-down day for me. Work is slow, so if I don't get called
in by three, I'm heading over to pick up Sorena and do some driving. I'm
thinking I can finally take down the top, since it's been sunny for (gasp!)
three whole days now. Gorgeous weather. Seventies. Yeah, I think some
topless driving is in order. permalink
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