I have just spiked two posts about the Passion and reaction to it, sparked
by a letter from an idiot who thought it would be funny to end his letter
"Jesus loves you, baby! Ha! Ha!"
Yeah, funny, David. Ha. Ha. Very Christian of you, too. I can feel the
love, understanding, and warmth that Jesus directed you to show your fellow
In any case: This blog is going to be a Passion (the movie)-free zone
for a few days. I don't want to start a religious war. There are more
than enough battles going
on right now.
It's heading for the sixties here today. I think I'll go outside and
The first prisoner of Auschwitz
David Z. sent me the
link to this story. The first man imprisoned in Auschwitz died:
Ryniak was arrested by the Nazis in his hometown of
Sanok, in southern Poland, in May 1940 and accused of being a member
of the Polish resistance. He was 24 at the time.
He arrived at Auschwitz on June 14, 1940, together
with hundreds of other Polish political prisoners on that first train
Numbers were tattooed on the prisoners' arms in the
order of their arrival. The first 30 numbers were given to German criminal
prisoners who would serve as camp guards.
Ryniak's number was 31, making him essentially the
In 1944, Ryniak was transported to the Leitmeritz work
camp, in what is now the Czech Republic, where he was subjected to hard
labor until the end of the war.
Upon his release, he weighed only 88 pounds.
The survivors of the camps are dying off. It won't be long before there
won't be any left alive to refute the Holocaust
deniers like Hutton Gibson. permalink
One blogwar ends, another begins
It's like, not my fault, man. This time, I didn't do a thing.
But y'know, I do have a tendency to respond to things like this. Chuck,
several points which I feel I must answer, and I shall try to answer
them without my trademark juvenile scorn.
Today I'm removing from the blogroll Meryl Yourish,
Silent Running and Kesher Talk. Meryl has been an infrequent read recently
because of her consistent willingness to pick a fight in the Blogosphere.
The other two have gone beyond the bounds of good taste and civility
with their discussions about the movie The Passion of the Christ.
I think, frankly, you really mean that you're delinking me because of
my willingness to mix it up with people you like in the blogosophere.
I don't start fights. They develop out of something being discussed. I'm
still flabbergasted at the outrage over my post about Aaron's Monopoly
board, and even more so when Lair Simon was far nastier than I, and not
a single person went batshit all over him. In fact, that was what my
sociological experiment was all about. I'm convinced that there is
a large contingent of bloggers out there that can't stand getting beator
even criticizedby a girl. I have experienced my longest, nastiest
battles with male bloggers. They can't seem to let go, either. (You'd
think I'd learn to shut up, but nope. Can't.)
All of these bloggers make it difficult in the extreme
to be a supporter of Jewish causes and of Israel. Just as any criticism
of Jesse Jackson is considered racist, they are part and parcel of a
group that turns any criticism of Israel into anti-semitism.
Ah, I see. Because you don't like the opinions or attitudes of some Jews,
all Jewish causesand Israelmust suffer. That doesn't make
you look too good, Chuck. In fact, it makes you look downright fickle.
And not very faithful.
The fact is that Jews make mistakes. Zionists make
mistakes. The governments of Israel make mistakes. The army of Israel
makes mistakes. But there is a group of folks that see any criticism
or discovery of mistakes as overtly anti-semitic. Bullshit!
Bullshit is correct. I have stated on many occasions that there is a
difference between criticism of Israel and anti-Semitism, and have given
examples. You haven't been reading very closely.
My father fought his way across Europe to free the
relatives of these folks from the horrors of Nazism. His sweat and his
blood, along with millions of other men, did that. Just as the horrors
of the camps took millions of Jewish lives, other were saved by the
actions of men who had no reason, other than goodness, to act.
So, what, I'm supposed to be grateful to you because your father served
in WWII? Guess what, Chuckie? So did mine. My uncle was wounded in the
Battle of the Bulge and fought his way across Europe. My father
never made it out of the country, but that wasn't his choice, or his fault.
My mother's youngest brother served during the Korean war. Once more:
What's your point there? Because every other time I've heard that
army thing, it's usually to say in the next breath that the Jews didn't
fight for themselves, or their country.
I am not an anti-semite. I am a Zionist. I believe
that Israel has a right to exist and the United States should firmly
and strongly support Israel.
But I have never been a participant in the "My
country, right or wrong" school of politics. Israel has made mistakes
that should be recognized and, yes, atoned for. Yet, the bloggers that
I am delinking are loyal, beyond reason, to Israel. Loyal to the point
of expressing irrational hatreds and cruelty.
You're not a very good Zionist if you threaten to remove your support
from Israel because of three Jews who pissed you off. And I've never said
that I support Israel unconditionally.
My faith has been mocked. The real pain that Our Savior
felt, for sinners including Jewish sinners, has been the butt of jokes.
Oh, boo-hoo. Here's an interesting fact for you: My faith is mocked every
time you say that Jesus died for my sins. I don't consider
him my savior, or the Messiah. According to my religion, Jesus was a devout
Jew. That's it.
That's the thing about religion and faith: If you truly believe your
religion is right, then every other one is wrong. I know it, you know
it, everyone knows it. We generally don't say it because it tends to start
arguments and cause hurt feelings.
And let's face it, the Gibson movie is what's being mocked. Not Jesus.
Grow up. The movie is being touted as the literal truth. It's effing Hollywood.
The literal truth? Shyeah. Much
of the script was based
on the visions of some nutcase nun who claimed to "see"
the crucifixion some 18 centuries before she was born. Oh, yeah, that's
some literal truth. That's some historical text.
And FYI, I had dinner tonight with a Presbyterian minister, his wife,
and his daughter. All three of them know an incredible amount about the
days of Christthe historical as well as Biblical. The minister's
wife was discussing the Passion, and said "Mel Gibson has ruined
the last two hundred years of New Testament scholarship with this movie."
She said it. I wasn't a part of the conversation at all, just an interested
The blogs that I'm tossing are as intolerant as any
Islamic sect. They mirror the hatred and ignoble evilness that Mel Gibson's
father spouts and expect that they will be seen as brave and noble and
Wow. As intolerant as any Islamic sect? Mirroring hatred and "ignoble
evilness"? (Don't you think "evilness" was enough without
adding the "ignoble"?) My blog is that bad?
Really? Where are we going around saying that people should be lynched
for their religion? Where are we saying that such-and-such a group controls
the world? Where are we spreading lies about the number of innocents killed
simply because they're a member of such-and-such a group? Last I checked,
I only call for the death of rabid anti-Semites and Jew-killers.
I don't see them that way. Just me, no one else. One
person saying "I don't like you because you're an asshole."
Right back atcha, Chuck. You want to delink me, fine. You want to dislike
me, that's fine, too. But I hope you didn't expect me to not respond.
That's just not my style. permalink
More Passion links than you can
shake astick at
Yeah, you thought I was going to make another bad joke, didn't you?
Judith Weiss has been working overtime to give you a zillion Passion
links, from every aspect you could possibly think of, and then a few more.
master key to all the links. I suggest starting there and scrolling
down. Right-click on most browser menus, and a shortcut menu with "Open
in new window" will pop up.
George Will, in
an article about the anti-Semitism of the left, includes this about
Today's release of Mel Gibson's movie "The Passion
of the Christ" has catalyzed fears of resurgent anti-Semitism.
Some critics say the movie portrays the governor of Judea -- Pontius
Pilate, the Roman prefect responsible for the crucifixion -- as more
benign and less in control than he actually was, and ascribes too much
power and malignity to Jerusalem's Jewish elite. Jon Meacham's deeply
informed cover story "Who Killed Jesus?" in the Feb. 16 Newsweek
renders this measured judgment: The movie implies more blame for the
Jewish religious leaders of Judea of that time than sound scholarship
suggests. However, Meacham rightly refrains from discerning disreputable
intentions in Gibson's presentation of matters about which scholars,
too, must speculate, and do disagree. Besides, this being a healthy
nation, Americans are unlikely to be swayed by the movie's misreading,
as Meacham delicately suggests, of the actions of a few Jews 2,000 years
Fears about the movie's exacerbating religiously motivated
anti-Semitism are missing the larger menace -- the upsurge of political
anti-Semitism. Like traditional anti-Semitism, but with secular sources
and motives, the political version, which condemns Jews as a social
element, is becoming mainstream, and chic among political and cultural
elites, mostly in Europe. Consider:
A cartoon in a mainstream Italian newspaper
depicts the infant Jesus in a manger, menaced by an Israeli tank and
saying, "Don't tell me they want to kill me again." This expresses
animus against Israel rather than twisted Christian zeal.
The European Union has suppressed a study it
commissioned, because the study blamed the upsurge in anti-Jewish acts
on European Muslims -- and the European left.
Nineteen percent of Germans believe what a best-selling
German book asserts: The CIA and Israel's Mossad organized the Sept.
On French television, a comedian wearing a Jewish
skullcap gives a Nazi salute while yelling, "Isra-Heil!"
Israeli victims of palestinian terrorism were not allowed to testify
at the Hague. But Belize,
a small Central American country, can. Why?
According to Israeli diplomatic officials, the reason
for Belize's involvement was no mistake, is consistent with the country's
past record, and has much to do with the Belize Prime Minister Said
Musa, according to a Web site promoting the country
of some 240,000 people, is "a British-educated lawyer of Palestinian
and Belizean heritage." It is the Palestinian angle, according
to officials, that has moved Musa to place his country among the list
of the more vocal defenders of the Palestinian cause in various international
This was not the first time Belize has taken a stand
against Israel at international forum. At the Durban conference in 2000,
Belize seemingly out of nowhere was among the most vociferous
of the non-Muslim countries blasting Israel.
Yeah. The fix is in.
And because every other link here isn't funny, here's one that is: Ilyka's
bad experience with a bag of barbecue potato chips. Moo, indeed. My
weakness is sugary sweet stuff, like, oh, Peeps. Or Gobstoppers. I have
never outgrown my childish love of sugar. Help. permalink
No time for Passion; links, dogs,
I should just call this post "Misc."
Somebody died of a heart attack while watching Gibson's Passion. It's
all over the New York TV news. I really, really, really want to make a
bad joke that will probably offend many of my Christian readers, but I
am controlling myself. I want you all to remember that. I truly do like
all of my readers equally. Well, except the ones who send me presents.
I'm shallow. Of course I like them the best.
the New York Times pro-pal op-ed with the Washington Post's pro-Israel
editorial. Huh. The WaPo, pro? Who knew? For those of you refusing to
register, here are the best parts of the WaPo editorial:
The Palestinian appeal this week to The Hague-based
International Court of Justice, supported by such allies as Algeria
and Cuba, is aimed at winning an advisory opinion declaring the security
barrier illegal and, in the Palestinians' dreams, triggering an international
sanctions campaign against Israel. In reality the case, shunned by the
United States, the European Union and almost all the rest of the non-Muslim
world, will prove no more successful than previous attempts to sanction
or delegitimize the Jewish state. Instead it will probably reinforce
the prevailing conviction in the Israeli and U.S. governments that the
Palestinian administration is incapable of participating in a constructive
peace process under its current leadership.
Rather than isolate Israel, the case is isolating the
Palestinians from the real action in the Middle East -- and at a crucial
moment. While Palestinian lawyers have been drawing up speeches for
delivery in the Netherlands, the Israeli government of Ariel Sharon
and the Bush administration have been quietly negotiating the terms
of a momentous initiative that would transform the situation on the
ground. Mr. Sharon proposes to couple Israel's fence construction with
the unilateral withdrawal of all Israeli settlements from the Gaza Strip,
along with an unspecified number from the West Bank. At the same time,
he would reinforce some large Israeli settlement blocs. The end result
would be an Israeli-imposed "long-term interim settlement"
-- the same result Mr. Sharon previously offered for the outcome of
peace negotiations. Instead of working out the terms with the Palestinians,
Mr. Sharon now bargains with the White House -- and seeks in exchange
a formal U.S. endorsement of the Israeli initiative and a commitment
to back it both diplomatically and, possibly, financially.
Wary at first, the Bush administration has steadily
warmed to Mr. Sharon's idea and is giving it serious consideration.
It's possible that unilateral Israeli steps, while failing to deliver
a peace, could substantially improve the situation if they involved
a major withdrawal of soldiers and settlers and improved defenses against
terrorist attacks. They might even open the way to a Palestinian state.
But much depends on what form the initiative takes and in particular
where Israel's proto-border is constructed.
Judith Weiss sent me this
link about the fence:
and Sweden pays for Arafat's propagandists at the Hague
The Palestinian propaganda offensive against Israel in the Hague is
being led by two lawyers -- Michael Tarazi and Diana Butto, who are
employed by Arafat's PLO and whose salaries are being paid by the taxpayers
of Britain and Sweden via the Negotiations Support Unit.
The European Institute for Research on the Middle East
has completed a study of the Palestinian Negotiations Support Unit,
created in 1998 and funded by British and other governments, for technical
assistance in its preparations for permanent status talks. The NSU is
officially part of the PLO and therefore under the direct control of
Arafat. After the collapse of the Oslo framework and negotiations, the
NSU has continued to operate, primarily as an information and propaganda
arm of the Palestinian Authority. In particular, the NSU, which continues
to receive British and other European funding, and its personal, have
been central in the campaign to demonize Israel regarding the construction
of the separation barrier, including in the UN General Assembly and
the case brought to the International Court of Justice. The text is
available at www.europeaninstitute.info/Publications.htm
this sign in Denver in response to the opening of the Passion:
The Pentacostal Church on Colorado Blvd. and Mississippi
has, in response to a film of current interest, posted a sign saying
"The Jews Killed Our Lord Jesus. Settle."
Go read the whole post. I don't really think we're going to see much
more than isolated incidents such as this in the U.S. That's not what
worries me about the effect of the film. I'd bet quite a lot of money
that the Passion winds up being used in Muslim anti-Semitic propaganda.
I still owe you a post on the Gibson 20/20 interview and whether I'm going
to see the movie after all (I really can't take graphic gore, and that's
a huge factor in this decision). I thought I was going to, but the interview
pretty much changed my mind. More on that when I get back to Richmond
and get some time.
Mike Silverman did
the math from this
post on the fence. It works out to a lot of September 11ths.
Janet P. (via her husband) sent me this excellent post on the
fence going up between the I's and the P's. Excerpting it will ruin
the twist; you have to read it for yourself.
Crunch was delivered safely to (I found out) the woman who originally
bred him, but gave him to Sarah because she didn't think Crunch would
be a show dog. Whoopsie. Bad judgment. Crunch was mostly well-behaved.
He whined a little after the halfway mark. Sarah says it's because he
thought he was going to a field trial, which he loves, and was anxious
to arrive. I think it's because I tried to get him into a discussion on
the current political situation, and Sarah hadn't told him that Dean quit
the race. I had no idea he was part of the Dachsunds for Dean movement.
By the way, either the drivers were much better today than they've been
in a long time, or my swearing tank needs a refill. There were hardly
any at all uttered until I reached New Jersey. Most of them were reserved
for New York drivers (you all suck) and one North Carolinian.
And the brisket special at Jonathan's was absolutely to die for. It's
a hot brisket sandwich with two potato pancakes instead of two pieces
of bread holding the meat together. Major, big-time yum. Can't get that
My mother has no decent junk food here. She has no popcorn. Not any.
How can you not have popcorn? She just asked me if I wanted to munch on
salad or raisins. Raisins. What do I look like, a health nut? Raisins
aren't junk food, unless they come inside a chocolate bar.
We're going to remedy this problem tomorrow. permalink
Just a bit slow this afternoon
Last week, Sarah called and asked me if I was busy this week. Not really,
I told her. So then she asked me if I'd like to drive Crunch
up to New Jersey. Crunch is her dachsund. Showdog, purebred, that sort
of thing. Sarah's putting him out to stud, and the bitch went into heat
last week, and the owner's car and her husband's car both chose that week
to blow up, and the upshot of it is, well, yeahI'm pimping a dachsund
tomorrow. I'll be driving Crunch up to NJ, and Diane will meet me there
and take the dog back to her place, which is over the NY border up 287
a ways. With any luck, we'll both beat the traffic.
Of course, since Sarah's paying my expenses, this is (and I'm having
so much fun telling people this) an all-expense-paid trip to New Jersey.
I do believe I'm making the ultimate Jersey joke. But then, I get to
visit my family, see my favorite hairdresser (nearly as important!), restock
on the great corned beef and kosher foodsall in all, a nice little
So the reason it will be quiet today is that I'm driving north on 95,
probably swearing at most of the drivers on the way. Virginia drivers
don't know how to merge into oncoming traffic. They also don't understand
the concept of yielding the right of way. Beltway drivers are all nuts.
Maryland drivers are too slow. Delaware drivers are Delaware residents,
and don't even get me started on the Delaware tolls again. New
Jersey drivers are also batshit.
Yup. I'll be doing a lot of swearing on the drive. permalink
Aches, pains, but damn, what
I climbed my first 5.8 route tonight at the gym. The walls start at 5.4,
and I've been doing consistent 5.6 and 5.7s. Today, Carrie and I were
climbing with Clair, who is far more experienced than either of us, and
who, it turns out, was an excellent coach as well. We both moved up a
step in our route difficulty. And the 5.8 that I chose to climb was close
to fifty feet high, which made it even better. I'd tried a higher route
earlier and didn't make it halfway before the fear of heights kicked in.
This one was so zig-zag I didn't realize how high I was until I'd reached
I also conquered one that has you feeling like you're reaching out in
midair to get a hold. I hadn't been able to make that climb before tonight.
So. The score for tonight is two scraped knuckles, a slight pinch when
Carrie slipped on a difficult route immediately after asking me to give
her more slack, a torn fingernail, a slightly pulled rib muscle, but damnI
made two climbs tonight that I'd been unable to do before.
Today's moment of kitty zen
from Jerusalem requested more cats. Which works out perfectly, as I've
been mulling over a new Tig entry since I took this picture. (I know,
I know, Gracie has been getting second billing for a long time. I'll fix
it, don't worry.)
Tig is the least stereotypically cat-like of the two. He's never stand-offish.
He's affectionate to the bounds of annoyance (wants attention ALL of the
time he's awake), I have taught him tricks (he fetches, he stands up on
his hind legs, he plays catch and Tig-hockey). He sleeps with his head
on either my pillow or the spare one on the bed, depending on what time
of day it is. He's friendly to everyone who comes to my home, and isn't
afraid of children. He doesn't care for them when they start to get loud
and move quickly, but if they're cool, he's cool. The twins stand in awe
while Tig rubs around their legs. He comes up to their thighs. It's hilarious
to watch. I think I put a picture of Tig and Rebecca up sometime last
The above picture was taken last week, when Richmond was basking in a
few days of sixty-plus-degree weather (Fahrenheit, of course). Tig was
lying in the sun, thinking his little kitty thoughts, when I grabbed the
camera and went to take some pictures. Opening the door caused him to
open his eyes, so I just stood and waited a few seconds for him to go
back to what he'd been doing. That's the look of an extremely contented
kitty. Cats blink when they are content, or when they are submitting.
When they're content, and they're blinking at you, some people say it's
the equivalent of a kiss.
So there you go, Rahel. Kitty kisses from a contented Tig, and wishes
from me to stay safe. permalink
Why the fence exists
Ma'ariv has a
heart-wrenching article about the families of terrorism victims who
went to the Hague to try to get the Israeli side of the story heard:
The pressroom was full of journalists, photographers,
camera crews and technicians. Twenty empty chairs stood on a small black
stage in the front of the room. Behind it hung a colorful collage showing
pictures of hundreds of Israeli victims of terror. A few minutes earlier,
a bus stopped near the Israeli communications center in The Hague and
representatives from 19 families of terror victims disembarked. They
were supposed go inside, take a seat on the stage, face the cameras
and tell their personal stories of grief in order to concretize the
need for counter-terrorism barrier. However, when they entered the room
something else happened, something that could never have been planned,
a spontaneous moment, full of energy and power.
The family members entered the room, saw the collage
and were drawn towards it. They crowded under it and each one began
searching for the picture of their loved one who had been taken too
soon. They looked and found. When they found the picture, they looked
at it and touched it, and as if a gentle touch provided one more confirmation
of what they knew to be true. Photographers began to crowd around them.
Floodlights illuminated the small stage with a warm glow reminiscent
of an unusual aurora. Slowly, some family members began to shed tears.
Avi Ohayoun, who lost his family in the attack on Kibbutz Meitzar, hid
his face in his hands and cried bitterly. Others followed. Some wandered
around staring at the faces on the wall. Daniel Manchel lost his daughter
in the attack on the Matza restaurant where Rachel Koren lost her husband
and two sons. Throughout the entire event, Ron Kehrmann held a photograph
of his daughter Tal who was killed on the no. 37 bus in Haifa. A brotherhood
[...] At that very moment, the news came from Jerusalem.
The telephone of Shoshi Yosef, who works in the Israeli embassy in The
Hague, rang maliciously. Her brother had been killed in the attack in
Jerusalem. Her husband Arnon, Economic Attaché to The Hague and
the grandson of Dov Yosef, a minister in early Israeli governments,
broke the news to her. Shoshi was close to her brother. She was only
one year younger than he was and very closely tied to him. They grew
up together but now that had to part. Victims of terror flew to The
Hague yesterday and a new victim made the reverse trip from The Hague
to Jerusalem: two capitals, two continents, and two completely different
In the evening, at a dinner hosted by the Israeli embassy
in The Hague, Ambassador Eitan Margalit told the story of the Nuri Yitzchaki,
his Operations Officer and a long-time Foreign Ministry employee, who
was injured in the attack on the Cafe Moment in Jerusalem two years
ago. Recently, when looking at a picture of the attack scene, Nuri recognized
his jacket and cell phone, lying next to the table where he had been
sitting with another ministry employee, who was killed. How did fate
send two Israeli victims of terror to work in the same embassy, not
just any embassy but the one in The Hague where the ICJ sits? Two out
of ten, 20%.
It's a small world, the world of terrorism. My sister-in-law's cousin
died in the World Trade Center. Everyone in my area knew someone who lost
someone, or knew someone who knew someone. Even in a metropolitan area
of what, 10-12 million?
Israel has about 5.4 million Jews. More
than 7,000 Israelis have been killed or injured in terrorist attacks
since September of 2000. You do the math. I'm not up to figuring how many
September Elevenths that works out to. But I know that per capita, it's
far more than we lost.
The ICJ, like the UN General Assembly, is loaded with Jew-haters. I find
it impossible to believe they'll rule any way but against Israel.
Finish the fence. Screw the ICJ, and the UN, too. permalink
Around the blogosphere
As usual, Dean Esmay is spreading
lies about me. I just want to say that it's completely false that
I only target people with testicles. I go after Dean, don't I?
Lair Simon did not, as I requested, hold off from jumping
into the fray. And I can't resist linking to Lair's post, though I'm
not finished with the sociological experiment (I swear, I'll post about
it when it's over). Think it's time to move Lair up from "great friend"
to "adopted baby brother" status. There's only one
other guy with that status, and he's a tech, too, as well as someone
whom you also don't want to get mad at you. (Come to think of it, I'm
adding him to my left menu column. Buy
books from Neil. He'll get you those hard-to-find F&SF novels,
many signed by the authors. And ohmigod, Aidan is getting so big!)
Michele has a great new look
to her website. The Little Dead Girl is back. (That was such a
strange sentence to write.) And speaking of Michele, don't forget that
The Command Post is the place
to be for the best news roundup on the web.
This is an excellent article by Omri Ceren on what
is wrong with the Israeli left, and how they still can't seem to realize
that the pals really, truly are the enemy.
is on fire, and it's the cold fire of rage:
A message from one Israeli mother to the esteemed members
of the International Court in the Hague:
We have every right to defend ourselves.
You have no right to tell us not to.
I forgot to mention Dave
last week as one of my sources of Israeli opinions. So I'm mentioning
him now. And Sha has a new URL.
No more Blogspot!
Ilyka put up a phenomenal
post about the Holocaust that pretty much explains why I love her
weblog. So glad you didn't stop blogging after all, kiddo!
Gary Farber is probably
going to send me more email asking me to link
to an individual item (read this one first; it's frightening) on his
weblog. But you should be reading Gary's weblog yourself, regularly, so
posts. Okay? Okay. (And Gary, this
is the URL you can use for a long-term link. Add the last phrase:
&partner=USERLAND to your link and the Times should let it slide.)
And last, but not least, I haven't sent you over to my pals at Silent
Running lately. Murray's had a hurricane.
Tom's been threatened
by a Russian skinhead. And stereotyped
by a merchant in Fiji. And Wind Rider is still
making fun of Howard Dean.
Okay. I'm going to be busy for a while. This ought to keep you occupied.
80 more victims
Bastards got another one through.
people were killed and 72 were injured
in yesterday's suicide bomb attack on bus No. 14 in Jerusalem.
[...] The sources assessed yesterday that the bomber
decided to chance being discovered in order to wait for the bus to fill
with passengers, so as to increase the number of casualties. The police
are still investigating whether East Jerusalem residents drove him to
the bus stop.
Take out Arafat. Kill
The militant group al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, part of
President Yasser Arafat's Fatah faction, claimed responsibility for
the bombing and released a farewell video showing the bomber in front
of the group's flag. But it later denied involvement.
Finish the fence. Finish
Defense establishment sources assessed last night that
the terror cell that carried out the suicide attack on bus No. 19 in
the capital about a month ago was also behind yesterday's bombing. According
to defense establishment assessments, the cell located an easy access
route into the city and managed to smuggle in the two bombers and their
devices, far from the eyes of the military and police roadblocks deployed
around the capital.
Drop a bomb or two on them.
Palestinian Authority has declared Monday a day of "rage and protest"
against the security fence, calling on Palestinians to stage rallies
and demonstrations in the West Bank, Gaza Strip, and Jerusalem.
Sunday's suicide attack in Jerusalem, which took place
on the eve of the court hearing. PA officials said the timing of the
bombing was extremely harmful to the interests of the Palestinians and
could weaken their argument against the security fence.
The embarrassment was exacerbated by the fact that
the attack was claimed by Fatah's armed wing, the Aksa Martyrs Brigades.
Arafat chaired an urgent meeting of the PA National Security Council
to discuss the repercussions of the attack.
The council strongly condemned the attack, saying it
has ordered the PA security forces to pursue the perpetrators of "this
dangerous operation and to bring them to trial as quickly as possible."
The council also decided to place all the PA security forces in the
West Bank on high alert "to confront all those who seek to harm
the higher national interests of the Palestinian people."
Oh, yeah, that'll happen. Just like you've arrested the killers of the
American CIA agents. While you're at it, drop a bomb or three on this
PA Prime Minister Ahmed Qurei issued a statement stressing
that the interests of the Palestinians necessitate an end to such attacks,
"which give Israel an excuse to continue with the construction
of the expansionist and annexationist fence and assassinations."
Qurei said he was especially angered by the timing
and location of the suicide attack. "This is an attempt to disrupt
the huge mission in The Hague," he said.
"The timing and location of this attack are a
mistake and we are absolutely against targeting civilians."
A PA official in Ramallah described as "disastrous"
the fact that Fatah, the largest PLO faction headed by Arafat, was behind
Sunday's terrorist attack. "The attack is an indication that some
of our brothers in Fatah are working against the interests of our people,"
he said. "Those behind the attack want to embarrass President Arafat
and the entire Palestinian leadership at a crucial moment."
Sure we believe you. Right. That's why things like this occur:
In Jenin, scores of Fatah gunmen took to the streets
upon hearing about the Jerusalem bombing, firing shots into the air
in an expression of joy. Chanting slogans in praise of the suicide bomber,
the gunmen and some merchants distributed sweets to passersby.
Bring on the Apaches.
And while we're at it, eff
Irish Foreign Minister Brian Cowen issued a statement
that condemned the suicide bombing that murdered eight people and offered
his condolences to the families.
Then the statement read: "Outrages of this kind
are attacks on the hope for peace of all rational people. Firm action
against the planners of these attacks is imperative and should be taken
to the extent possible by the Palestinian security forces. Renewed security
cooperation and political negotiation are essential if peace is ever
to be achieved."
To the extent it is possible, take a flying leap at the moon. And stay
there. And substitute a swear word for "leap." permalink
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