I'm actually out of ideas at the moment. So I thought I'd just post about
what I'm thinking of writing at some point. I was just telling Lynn that
I should try to write one essay per week, in the style of my essay on
anti-Semitism, only without as many links, what with all those links putting,
like, an extra few days into the effort. But an essay a week seems like
an achievable goal. If you have a topic suggestion, I've got comments.
However, I have decided (per the post below) that I am never joining
another weblogger award contest, everunless there is a money prize
involved, and a juried election process. I think we can safely put that
in the "Never. Gonna. Happen." category. Why? Because it's not
really as much fun as the organizers always want it to be. People say
nasty things, or they are interpreted as saying nasty things (are people
really questioning whether or not some bloggers are Jewish? Like we need
that on top of everything else?), and then there are bad feelings,
andwell, you get the idea. When all is said and done, if I win,
I'm the blogger who got more people to vote for me. That doesn't make
me any better than the rest of the bloggers in the category. Just a better
PR hack, or a blogger who has more readers.
Subjects to write about: The High Ropes Challenge and the Leap of Faith
at the climbing gym last week. An essay on how Israel's critics want it
both ways regarding anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism. An essay on Jews who
hate Jews. (That one is going to be a long time coming; it's not just
sensitive, it needs to be written just right.) A post to some people
(*cough* Mark *cough*) to stop answering trolls in my comments, or a post
from me in answer to comment trolls. For those of you who weren't paying
attentions, someone who called himself "al aqsa martyr supporter"
is now "al aqsa martyrs are assholes;" trust me, I can handle
my own trolls here. The Eason Jordan affair and the elitism of Davos.
Hell, the elitism of the elites. Cats. Must write another essay on cats.
Or perhaps the elitism of cats, who were secretly behind Davos and
the fall of Eason Jordan.
And that's all for now.
No, wait. Happy Birthday, Abe. Thanks for keeping the nation together.
The penultimate voting post
That's right, I'm only going to have one more post about voting for me.
This is the next-to-last.
I have posted my little fingers off today. I see we're catching up to
Jewlicious. They seem to get me overnight, which means you have to work
especially hard today, as Saturdays are traditionally very slow traffic
day. C'mon, you folks who have never voted or emailed me. Some eighty
to ninety percent of my readers simply read this site and pass on by.
That's fine. I write for you, too, even though I'm not really sure who
you are (though I have a sneaking suspicion that most of you are Jewish).
here and vote for me in the Best
Overall category, and I think I will never, ever be a part of any
voting contest again. I simply can't take the excitement. (Go ahead, say
that in a Southern Belle voice, and it will sound just like, well, the
opposite of me.)
I swear. Only one more nagging post, tomorrow. So if you only read this
blog from work, you're done with the nagging.
The cease-fire does not hold,
part the next
Mahmoud Abbas' policy of "negotiating" with the various terrorists
factions is working. For the terrorists,
A Palestinian who planned to launch a suicide bombing
attack in the northern Jerusalem neighborhood of French Hill in the
coming days was arrested on Thursday afternoon in a combined operation
carried out by IDF and ISA (Israel Security Agency) forces in the West
Bank city of Nablus.
The man was identified as Mahran Shukat Abu-Hamis,
21, a resident of the Ein-Beit Ilma refugee camp in Nablus, who planned
the attack in an attempt to derail the cease-fire declared during Tuesday's
summit in Sharm e-Sheikh.
Abu-Hamis was involved in a number of terror organizations.
The planned French Hill attack was jointly set up by Hamas and the Popular
Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP).
ccording to officials, Abu-Hamis was also involved
in recruiting suicide bombers in the Nalbus area, who were to perpetrate
attacks inside Israel.
He operated together with Tanzim fugitive Doud Katoni,
who was responsible for planning suicide bomb attacks in Israel between
August and October 2004, attacks which had been thwarted by security
His plans to blow up a packed bus in French Hill had
reached advance stages when he was arrested on Thursday.
Abu-Hamis's arrest was a result of information gleaned
from other fugitives arrested by security forces in the area in recent
If you're tired of reading the same-old, same-old, well, I'm tired of
writing it. Perhaps I should just recycle my posts from the last so-called
And what is Abbas going to do to stop
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) - A day after firing his top
security commanders, Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas headed to the
Gaza Strip on Friday to demand that militant leaders stop attacking
By the way, the "objective" news article then states:
a strong sign of his determination to enforce a fragile
truce with Israel.
Oooh. He's going to demand that they stop attacks. Yeah, that'll
You know what will work? Arrests. Real ones. Disarmament. The kind that
Yasser Arafat actually did, years ago, in order to fool the world into
thinking he was serious about peace with Israel, and in order to rid himself
of some political enemies at the same time. Unless and until Abbas starts
arresting and disarming terrorists, this cease-fire is a joke. So is the
same old crap from the palestinian spokesliars:
Palestinian lawmaker Ziad Abu Zayyad said Hamas was
probably trying to strengthen its political position with the heavy
bombardment. He said Israel must continue to show restraint.
"Israel has to refrain from any actions that could
ignite the ground, that could be used as an excuse to torpedo the actions
being taken by the Palestinian leadership," Abu Zayyad told Israel's
Abu Zuhri said Hamas was interested in a truce, but
Israel needed to halt all raids against the militants and release prisoners
"Hamas still wants a truce but needs this truce
to be with Israeli obligations," he said.
Just as Melanie Phillips wrote:
... the source of this terrible conflict is not Israels
behaviour. It is not the settlements, the road blocks, the prisoners.
It is not, despite the near-universal assumption, the absence of a Palestinian
state. The source is the Arab world-backed Palestinian terror war against
Until the world acknowledges that, this "truce" will do nothing.
In celebration of "Einstein
Year": Jews who fled the Nazis, Part One
Anne of Boker Tov, Boulder
sent me a Yahoo news article about Germany's celebration of Einstein Year,
and, well, inspiration hit. You may remember a post from a couple of weeks
ago where I quoted the German Chancellor as complaining that Germany is
the state of science and art it used to be. Anne's email gave me a
I'm starting a series on one of the reasons for the German brain drain.
Jewhoo! has a marvelous database,
and in it, you can find numerous award-winning Jewish scientists who fled
Germany because of the Nazis. Here are just a few:
Bergmann: (1915-2002) Peter G. Bergmann was a physicist who worked
with Albert Einstein and played a leading role in the advancement of
Einstein's theories in the years after World War II. As a professor
at Syracuse University from 1947 to 1982, Dr. Bergmann taught relativity
to several generations of physicists and was a pioneer in efforts to
reconcile Einstein's general theory of relativity, which explains gravity
as the warping of space-time geometry, with the paradoxical quantum
laws that rule atomic affairs. That quest is now at the center of modern
physics. Bergman fled Germany in 1933.
Bethe: Born, 1906. German-born. His mother was Jewish, his father
was not. He immigrated to America in 1935 for the "usual reason".
As an American he won the Nobel Prize in 1967 (shared) for his contributions
to the theory of nuclear reactions; especially his discoveries regarding
the energy production of stars. Hans Bethe is regarded as one of the
premier physicists of the twentieth century, and one of only a very
small number whose understanding and contributions span nearly all of
the subfields of physics.
Bloch: (1905-1983)American. Nobel Prize, 1952 (shared). The award
was for his developments of new methods for nuclear magnetic precision
measurements. Bloch was born in Switzerland. His parents, who were first
cousins, were born, respectively, in Bohemia and Austria and settled
in Switzerland in the late 19th century. He was teaching in Germany
when the Nazis took over and he had to leave. He eventually settled
in the U.S. and taught at Stanford for most of the rest of his life.
Bohr (and son Aage):
(1885-1962) Niels Bohr was the winner of the 1922 Nobel Prize for his
work on the structure of the atom. Bohr solved the problem of uniting
the varying theories of the atom put forth by Einstein, Planck, and
Ernest Rutherford. He did important later work in quantum mechanics.
Bohr's father was a famous (non-Jewish) Danish physician. His mother
was Jewish and she was a member of one of the most prominent Jewish
families in Denmark. Like most Danish Jews, Bohr was taken by the Danish
Resistance by fishing boat to Sweden in 1943. He came to the United
States secretly in 1944 and worked on the Manhattan Project under a
false name. After the War, Bohr founded the "Atoms for Peace"
program. Bohr, who was one the giants of 20thc. physics, was an important
"go-between" in the hasty plan to evacuate Jews from Denmark
to Sweden days before the Germans planned to round up the whole community.
He had been warned of plans to arrest him days before the evacuation.
His great prestige and Nobel Prize opened doors to Swedish officials
and helped secure their cooperation. Moreover, it was Bohr, alerted
by Lise Meitner, who got word to Einstein about the Germans progress
in atomic physics and helped put into motion the decision to pursue
the Allied atomic program. We will note that Bohr's brother, Harald,
was an Olympic silver medal winner and a brilliant mathematician. Harald,
too, sucessfully escaped.
Born: (1882-1970) Born, a German theoretical physicist, was a pioneer
in developing quantum mechanics. In collaboration with his students
and assistants Werner Heisenberg, Pascual Jordan, and Wolfgang Pauli,
he attempted to develop a new quantum mechanics. When Heisenberg succeeded
in 1925, Born and others were able to advance the theory, using more
systematic and powerful mathematics. For Born's interpretation of the
square of Erwin Schrodinger's wave function as the probability of an
electron's position, and for his further clarification of the wave-particle
duality, he was awarded the Nobel Prize for physics in 1954. Max Born
was born into a prosperous, "highly assimilated" German Jewish
family. He had very little in the way of a Jewish religious background
and he was not a follower of any religion. However, as his autobiography
makes clear, he was acutely aware of the place of Jews in German society
and was a sharp observer of the rise of anti-Semitism from the late
19th century, forward. Born married a non-Jewish woman. However, he
refused, on principle, to convert to Christianity to advance his career
or to please the aristocratic members of his wife's family. Born had
to leave Germany in 1933.
Phew! Look how long this post is, and we're only in physicists, B's,
and only on the first page. Stay tuned for part two, where we finally
get to Albert Einstein and continue our way down the rest of the alphabet
until we have the final tally of award-winning Jewish physicists who fled
In other news
A sad loss: Arthur
Miller died last night. I frankly don't care what his thoughts on
the War on Terror were; the man was a phenomenally talented playwright.
I have never forgotten the end of "All My Sons," and, although
I got rather tired of all the suicides in in the last act, his major plays
have stayed with me since I read or saw them, some as early as high school.
You can't always get what you want: North
Korea has demanded
bilateral talks with the U.S. after yesterday's announcement that they
have nukes. Uh-huh. Yeah, that style's worked with W. for the past four
years; it ought to work again. Not. By the way, thanks, Pakistan.
U.S. Refuses One-On-One North Korea Talks:
A keen grasp of the obvious: Here's an AP
analysis with a Duh! moment title: Threats
Not Stopping Those Wanting Nukes. Gee. Ya think?
Only her OB-GYN knows for sure: Talk about
your sports controversies. This dude
looks like a lady, but, well, he's a dude. A male track star in Zimbabwe
competed (and won) in the women's divisions. Oops.
You see what insomnia does to
Tsk, tsk. Apparently, the folks at Jewlicious were just ragging me about
throwing their votes my way for more cat pictures. And in the comments
thread, I saw what Dave was talking about (and what Lair always warns
about) regarding the contest taking a nasty turn.
Yeah, whatever. They're kicking my butt in Best Overall again, and we
can't stand for that. I need you folks to click
this link and vote for me in Best
Overall. Why? Because, dammit, now it's getting personal.
Say what you want about me, and I'm fine. But picking
on my catblogging? This is an insult that cannot be borne.
Oh, yeah. Vote for Goldstein
in Best Humor
Blog. Because I don't want him mad at me anymore. (And maybe he'll
throw an endorsement my way. You never can tell.)
Almost the last word on voting
throw their votes to me if I post a cute picture of Tig. Hm. Cute pictures
of Tig. Do I have any?
Oh, I guess I do.
In that same spirit (sorry, Tom),
I'd like to throw my voters to "Taxi"
in the Best Post
category. It's really good in a number of ways, and exemplifies not just
the spirit of Shabbat, but one of the best things about being Jewish:
The commitment to help one another.
If you haven't voted yet, vote for Taxi. At the very least, if they get
to second place, I'll drop out of the category. One category is really
enough for anyone.
Ew! Jew cooties!
Once again, the United States is going to knuckle under to stupid, anti-Semitic
demands from Muslim nations. First they weren't
allowed to use Israeli bullets in Iraq. Now the House will probably
shoot down a
plan to purchase 12 used helicopters from Israel for use against drugs
The House International Relations Committee has temporarily
blocked the purchase while it seeks more information.
In a statement, Republican committee staff said the
State Department would find it impossible "to counter possible
false and unfounded rumors from our radical Islamic enemies about the
source and purpose of these helicopters in this region of the world."
[...] Rep. Mark Souder, who heads the House Government
Reform Committee's drug policy panel, said the purchase from Israel
could complicate the drug fight for the Afghan government.
"We are at the very least viewed as partners with
the government," said Souder, R-Ind. "We don't need to make
life any more difficult in what is arguably the toughest neighborhood
and the toughest country in the world for anybody to get order in."
So is there a voice of sanity in all this?
An aide to Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., Tim Rieser, said
his main questions are whether buying the Israeli helicopters is cost-effective
and whether safeguards are being taken to protect the helicopters and
their crews. He said he is less concerned about the helicopters being
purchased from Israel.
Well, yes. Looks like the key players aren't filling that Dem/Repub role,
either. But overall, I cannot believe that there isn't someone out there
with the stones to tell Muslims to just suck it up and deal with it.
Yeah, anti-Zionism. That's what it is right. No, it's not Jew-hatred.
Not at all.
I don't believe in the tooth
No, I really don't believe there will be peace in Israel in the immediate
future. Not when you have incidents like the following:
Shaky Palestinian Troop Deployment: KHAN YUNIS, Gaza Strip - More
than 3,000 Palestinian troops have been deployed in the Gaza Strip to
prevent attacks on Israel and its settlements, a move widely hailed
as an important step in a regional peace process. But among the troops,
it is clear there is an informal, almost halfhearted, quality to their
In some locations, handfuls of national security recruits
wearing green uniforms and rubber flip-flops perch atop rubble or in
the shade of bullet-scarred buildings looking fearful and forlorn. At
other locations, sharply turned-out troops equipped with rifles and
pickup trucks monitor traffic, inspect cars, and patrol quarter-mile-square
sectors as often as four times an hour.
In one incident recounted this week by officers near
the southern end of the coastal strip, troops patrolling at night came
upon two black-masked Al Aqsa Martyrs' Brigade gunmen preparing to fire
mortars toward a Jewish settlement. The gunmen "cooperated well
with us," said platoon leader Jamal Abu Ziad, 41. "We told
them to move and they left."
The commandos were not forced to unmask or produce
identity papers. "You have to start smoothly with them," Abu
Ziad said. "If they didn't listen, we would have arrested them."
Man is Killed in "Work Accident": A Hamas militant was
killed and two hurt in an incident in Khan Yunis yesterday. IDF sources
said the man may have been killed during a "work accident"
while preparing explosives. Palestinian sources said it was a failed
attempt to fire mortar shells at Gush Katif.
Near the settlement of Atzmona in southern Gush Katif,
soldiers opened fire at a group of four men who came within 70 meters
of the fence surrounding the settlement. One person was severly injured.
Militants Unleash Mortar Barrage After Truce Declaration: GAZA (Reuters)
- Palestinian militants have fired a series of mortar bombs and rockets
into Jewish settlements in Gaza, two days after Palestinian and Israeli
leaders declared a halt to violence at a summit meeting.
The Islamist faction Hamas said the barrage, which
caused no casualties, were a reprisal for the killing of a Palestinian
man by Israeli army gunfire from a settlement on Wednesday. Soldiers
reacted to a suspected infiltration attempt, army sources said.
Hamas said it launched 46 mortars and rockets over
a two-hour period at day break on Thursday and threatened more of the
same. The Israeli military reported 17 mortar impacts in settlements
and army posts and areas just over the border in Israel.
By the way, Reuters has changed the headline of this article. It now
reads "Gaza militants resume fire." And what did the PA do about
the mortar fire?
fires top security chiefs after barrages pound Gaza: Palestinian
leader Mahmoud Abbas on Thursday fired top Gaza security commanders,
Palestinian officials said Thursday, following a barrage of at least
25 mortar shells and Kassam rockets fired at Gaza settlements since
2 a.m. Thursday.
Oh, that'll show them. He fired people. No arrests, of course,
because, well, they're members of the resistance, fighting occupation.
Bad Israelis! Bad!
I'm feeling about as negative today as Melanie
But this, of course, is where reality kicks in. The
observations about Sharon having changed are correct, as far as they
go and in the Israeli political context, thats undoubtedly
a very long way. But what the world finds so hard to acknowledge --
and what we must never lose sight of -- is that the source of this terrible
conflict is not Israels behaviour. It is not the settlements,
the road blocks, the prisoners. It is not, despite the near-universal
assumption, the absence of a Palestinian state. The source is the Arab
world-backed Palestinian terror war against Israels existence.
The onus is therefore squarely on Abbas to end that
war by dismantling the entire infrastructure of Palestinian terror.
It is possible and we must all pray that this is so that
he will turn out to be capable of the statesmanship necessary to end
this 100-years war of ethnic cleansing against the Jews of Israel, and
to give his own community an identity other than the impulse to destroy
another people. But the signs are not auspicious.
Abbas, whose own doctoral thesis comprised a piece
of Holocaust-denial, has repeatedly said he will not forcibly disarm
Hamas, Islamic jihad et al because he will never cause a civil war among
the Palestinians. He has also made it plain that he does not renounce
violence on moral grounds but solely as a tactical manoeuvre in order
more effectively to realise his aims. And those aims remain like
Arafats not just a Palestinian state but in addition the
demand for unlimited Palestinian settlement in Israel, which would of
course destroy it as a Jewish state.
And have a lovely rest of the day.
The problem with Gracie is that she doesn't hold still for as many photos
as Tig does. She's smarter than Tig, and knows the camera generally means
bright, flashy light in her eyes. Well, then there's the timidity thing.
But I caught her sleeping on Tig's spot on the sofa.
Their orange is so perfectly set off by the black leather, that I've
given up forbidding them from going on the sofa or the chair. Claw marks?
Yeah, we've got that.
Those pesky awards
Jewlicious is kicking my butt again. My faithful re-voters can't re-vote.
It's one person, one vote. That means some others of you are going to
have to step up to the plate. C'mon, my "invisibles." You don't
have to register, just vote! Best
Overall, and Best
Post (Meirav Was Two). No! Wait! Vote for "Taxi"
You must understand that since I don't get paid to write this blog, save
for occasional tips (thank you very much, those of you who have contributed),
my writer's ego is sort of counting on winning this contest. And when
my writer's ego is happy, I write. When it is unhappy, I feel like everything
I write is garbage, and no matter what it is, it winds up in the spike
file and you don't get many new posts.
Just want to lay it out for y'all. I know everyone has an ego, but you
need to understand that the normal ego is very different from the writer's
ego. You should see me after I've written something that I'm really proud
of. I'm insufferably cheerful, due to what is known as "writer's
Go ahead. Make me insufferable.
Ward Churchill: Poseur, anti-American,
and Holocaust denier
On top of all the other charges against Churchill, we can add anti-Semite
and Holocaust denier. (Hat tip: Nick S.) Edward Alexander writes in the
New York Sun:
Amid a glare of nationwide publicity,University of
Colorado professor Ward Churchill has been asked to resign as chairman
of that schools Ethnic Studies Department because he published
an essay in which he likened the 3,000 people massacred at the World
Trade Center on September 11, 2001,to little Eichmanns.<
For good measure, he added that their killers had
made gallant sacrifices to achieve noble ends. Prior to
this incident, Mr. Churchills scholarly reputation was based mainly
on a squalid tract called A Little Matter of Genocide (1997),
in which he argued that the murder of European Jews was not at all a
fixed policy objective of the Nazis and accused Jews of
seeking to monopolize for themselves all that beautiful Holocaust suffering
that other groups would very much like, ex post facto, to share.
He argued that Jewish exclusivism had
nearly erased from history the victims of other genocidal campaigns,
and that Jewish scholars stressed the Holocaust in order to construct
a conceptual screen behind which to hide the realities of Israels
ongoing genocide against the Palestinian population.
He not only likened Jewish scholars who have argued
for the unique character of the Holocaust to neo-Nazi Holocaust deniers,
he said that the Jews are worse than the latter-day Nazis because those
who deny the Holocaust, after all, focus their distortion upon one target.
Those [Jewish scholars] who deny all holocausts other than that of the
Jews have the same effect upon many.
I think the title of the essay itself is reprehensible. But then, I suppose
I'm being far too sensitive. Read it all; Alexander has a biting style,
but it makes me angry and sad to realize how right he is, and how far
to the right I've come. The Jew-haters and America haters keep forcing
me farther and farther to the right.
What the poverty of the English language compels me
to call the ideas in these professorial fulminations are pretty uniform:
anti-Americanism, anti-Semitism, and tenacious attachment to the motto:
The other country, right or wrong. The uniformity of opinion
has a comic element to it: The extremist professors nearly always present
themselves as brave dissenters confronted by a mob of thick-skinned
louts when in fact they belong,perhaps more than any other segment of
American society, to a community of consent, in which diversitymeans
that people look different but think exactly alike.
In point of fact, there was an extremist professor who was confronted
by a mob of thick-skinned louts when I was in college. I'll tell that
story another day.
Happy New Year
It's the Chinese
New Year, and it's my year. I was born during one of the years of
the rooster. (Thanks to Gerard G. for reminding me.)
If you'd like to find your year, go here
to see which animal is yours in the Chinese horoscope. And no, I don't
buy any part of the horoscope. Timid? Me? Shyeah, right.
I wish I could share with you a picture of my antique glass painting
of the Chinese money god. It's incredibly beautiful, and will be moving
into the kitchen as is traditional on the Chinese New Year. I call him
Charles. I couldn't say whether or not he minds. I can't show you a picture
because my digital camera is broken. Time to take it to Best Buy and get
it fixed. (Four-year service warranty, thankfully.)
Good fortune to my Chinese readers, and anyone who celebrates the Chinese
News, Jews, and pews
Condi in '08: Condoleeza Rice bypassed
Arafat's tomb yesterday on her way to a meeting with Mahmoud Abbas.
Way to go, Condi!
Gee, ya think? Get a load of this headline
in the LA Times: "Militants
Are Wild Card in Mideast Negotiations." And here I thought the
terrorists were just another bargaining chip.
The peace is still (not) holding: Let's
see. Mortar fire. Check.
Attack on IDF. Check.
Shots fired. Check.
Yep, just another normal day in the terrortories [sic]. (Or should that
The insecure palestinian "security" force:
At least 600
palestinian security officers were also terrorists, killed by the
IDF in the last four years. Yeah, these are the people we're going to
train in paramilitary techniques again. This is why I keep getting whiplash
from the peace process. How the hell are we supposed to believe this won't
just be a rerun of the last four years?
Turning down the incitement levels: Mahmud
Abbas has ordered palestinian TV to lower the hatred level. We'll wait
and see on that. This is the man, isn't it, who denied the Holocaust?
They're in. They're out. They're in. They're out.
Speaking of palestinian security forces, here we go again: They arrested
the terrorists responsible for one of the latest attacks in Gaza, then
released them. Lair Simon calls
it their "Catch-and-Release" program.
I lied about the pews. I just wanted a word to go with news and Jews,
and, well, "fews" isn't a word. "Mews" doesn't fit.
Well, it would if I put up a picture of Gracie, but I'm not.
The Jewish and Israeli Blogger
Voting in the finals is now open. I'd appreciate votes in the Best
Overall and Best
Post (Meirav Was Two), but if you're thinking of voting for me in
any other category, vote for someone else instead. This isn't a humor
blog, for instance.
I think the voting is going to be a lot tougher this time around. The
good news: One vote, that's it. No more of that once-every-24-hours annoyance.
If you'd like to go to one
page for all your voting needs, click on the image below.
Voting ends Sunday. And one person, one vote. One big thanks to Dave!
No. There is another.
Based on this
excellent column, I am hereby awarding Jonah Goldberg the title of
Apprentice of Juvenile Scorn. You did well, Jonah. And while I have mentioned
have the makings of an Apprentice, none has been awarded the title until
now. Use it well, Padawan. (For those of you who've come late to the smackdown,
read all the prequels to the column for the full effect. It's a thing
of beauty.) But how can you not admire the man who wrote the following?
Uh...help me out here. I attacked Cole to keep him
from tipping off the American people about the struggle between "hardliners
and conservatives" in Iran? (Did he really mean to say "hardliners
and conservatives" thatsounds like a super-lively debate.)
I want to kill thousands of Americans and Iranians in an aggressive
war? Someone draw me a diagram. Where does Cole get this stuff? Does
he just make it up? This is the only column I've written specifically
on Iran. Could someone show me the part where I lay out my monstrous
Last time I checked, scholars looked for this
thing called "evidence."
II am overcome with emotion. Why, these could be my own words,
and yet, they are another's.
But hey, yeah, sure. If he's afraid of fighting in
his own division, I'll step up.
One or two more like this, and Jonah will be promoted to Master. The
man can write.
For the skinny on my own rise to Master
of Juvenile Scorn, read this
the post that gave me my sig. (It's "Science dudes, watch out! He
wants to use your brains for evil!)
The Bush plan on Israel
Post analysis holds about six reasons why I trust the Bush Administration
not to sell Israel out. Read it all; trust me, you'll feel better. Some
Administration officials say they recognize the opportunity
created by Arafat's death and European allies' strong desire that the
United States play a more active role. But Bush administration officials
also are disdainful of the Clinton administration's deep involvement
in the peace process, which they believe amounted to micromanaging.
Rice has rejected the idea of creating a high-powered negotiator, similar
to Dennis Ross in the Clinton years, though she may establish an office
within the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs to monitor events.
A special envoy is a "tactical question"
that is not called for at this point, a senior administration official
"When you are trying to build the institutions
of a Palestinian state it does not call for the front-page diplomacy
of the sort we saw in the 1990s," he said, speaking on the condition
of anonymity because of the diplomatic sensitivities and because he
did not want to upstage Rice's trip. "Everyone will understand
the United States is in the leading role but if you are not involved
in it you won't see it on the front page every day."
[...] "Right now we don't trust each other,"
said Ghaith Omari, political adviser to Palestinian President Mahmoud
Abbas. "They will not believe us; we will not believe them. We
need a third party, an objective third party that can actually help
us move forward, that can come when we have the inevitable disagreements,
inevitable frictions that will happen -- especially at the beginning."
Administration officials say such pleas are diplomatic
code for the United States putting pressure on Israel. "Everyone
is looking for the United States to go back to our traditional role
of delivering the Israelis," another administration official said.
U.S. officials say such pressure will only fail, especially
because Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon is in difficult political
straits. In the coming weeks, Sharon faces rebellion from right-wing
members in his coalition over his plan to withdraw from Gaza and four
settlements on the West Bank and from left-wing members over his budget
-- which could bring down his government and force new elections.
And apparently, the $100 a month "pension" for retired "militants"
is actually the U.S.'s idea.
The United States, along with Britain, also plans a
major push to have Arab nations provide funds to support the Palestinians.
Only Algeria, Libya and Saudi Arabia have fully paid up, with Kuwait,
Qatar and the United Arab Emirates especially behind in their support.
National Security Council officials have advanced a
plan to use the untapped $400 million to provide $100-a-month stipends
to impoverished Palestinians -- in part to combat the appeal of Hamas,
which has an effective social service system. The money would also be
used to create a retirement fund for militia members. In an effort to
promote the idea, British officials have invited the Arab laggards to
a conference in London on March 1.
While the idea of paying those who may have murdered innocents makes
me ill, I can see the practicality of it. If it works, it will
replace the Arafat system of graft, where he paid terrorists a monthly
stipend to attack Israelis. And it will strengthen Abbas politically.
But there is that part of me that mistrusts him completely, and thinks
he's just setting Israel up for the next war, and that this is a regrouping
and a reprieve for the terrorists. There is also the part of me that says
that even if that's so, the palestinian people will get a taste of peace,
and self-governance, and remember what prosperity is like, and may tell
Israel's enemies to go to hell the next time the Arab world decides to
fight to the last palestinian.
Of course, none of this will work without reining in Hezbollah and Hamas,
both of whom are financed by other Arab nations, and who are working very
hard to pull off terrorist attacks that will stop the peace process.
My dream scenario: A UN resolution telling Iran to stop funding Hezbollah
or face sanctions. Not that I think it would happen. I know, I'm dreaming.
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