Terrorists attack babies and students...welcome to life as an Israeli.
Monday, July 23, 2007
Friday, July 20, 2007
I'm sure if Africa was in Iraq this would be a different matter.
Thursday, July 19, 2007
What will this mean for Israel in 50 years?
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
Heroes and History
The New York Times - David Brooks
July 17, 2007
Many will doubt this, but Bush is a smart and compelling presence in person, and only the whispering voice of Leo Tolstoy holds one back.
Tolstoy had a very different theory of history. Tolstoy believed great leaders are puffed-up popinjays. They think their public decisions shape history, but really it is the everyday experiences of millions of people which organically and chaotically shape the destiny of nations — from the bottom up.
According to this view, societies are infinitely complex. They can’t be understood or directed by a group of politicians in the White House or the Green Zone. Societies move and breathe on their own, through the jostling of mentalities and habits. Politics is a thin crust on the surface of culture. Political leaders can only play a tiny role in transforming a people, especially when the integral fabric of society has dissolved.
If Bush’s theory of history is correct, the right security plan can lead to safety, the right political compromises to stability. But if Tolstoy is right, then the future of Iraq is beyond the reach of global summits, political benchmarks and the understanding of any chief executive.
You mean...there are terrorists in Iran?
I mean really....it's shocking.
Monday, July 16, 2007
Sunday, July 15, 2007
Thursday, July 12, 2007
A comedy writer pitches his adaptation of The Times' recent Op-Ed from the Islamic Resistance Movement.
By Jeff Astrof
July 12, 2007
As a professional sitcom writer in Hollywood, I am always looking for sources of humor. It might be a snippet of conversation I overhear at a coffee shop, or maybe it's something my father or 3-year-old son says. Oftentimes, I find a real-life story in a newspaper or magazine that is fraught with so much irony, the transition to sitcom seems automatic. I found such a piece in the Op-Ed pages of Tuesday's Los Angeles Times.
The piece, "Hamas' stand," written by Hamas politico Mousa Abu Marzook, contains all the elements of a good comedy. First, the premise: A terrorist organization violently opposed to Western culture uses the media of one of its sworn enemies — in May, a top Hamas official called for death to all Americans — to try to explain itself to the same Americans it wishes to kill! Move over Oscar and Felix, we have Mousa and Uncle Sam.
The text of the letter fits even more nicely into the sitcom format: start with a big joke. Mr. Abu Marzook claims that the recent Hamas coup "… was done as part of our effort to secure Gaza from the lawlessness of militias and violence." In sitcom parlance, this is known as a "flip to": ie: A character claims that he will never, under any circumstance, wear a dress. Flip to: that character wearing a dress. In our example, Hamas is saving Gaza from militias and violence. Flip to: rival Fatah members being thrown to their deaths from 15-story buildings by roving gangs of Hamas militias. It's an easy joke form, but it always works.
Mr. Abu Marzook continues, "Hamas has never supported attacks on Westerners…" Except for that call this past May by Hamas Sheik Ahmad Bahr to "…defeat the Jews and the Americans, and bring us victory over them." Why, I oughta! Mr. Abu Marzook goes on to claim that Hamas' "struggle has always been focused on the occupier and our legal resistance." Well, blowing up women and children in restaurants is actually illegal, but again, dumb characters always play huge.
The laughs continue as Mr. Abu Marzook talks about the "Fatah coup" (To the moon, Abbas!); his claim that Israel's founders said they wanted to "expel the Arabs and take their places," though there is no record of an Israeli spokesperson ever quoted as saying that, is clearly an homage to the clever wordplay mastered by comic Norm Crosby; and his comedic coup de grâce, comparing Hamas' anti-Semitic charter to the U.S. Declaration of Independence. It's a riot!
The only difference between Mr. Abu Marzook's letter and a sitcom is that, after 22 minutes, a sitcom is over. But the problems facing Israelis and Palestinians are not over; if anything, conditions are getting worse. Israeli children still have to sleep in bomb shelters to avoid the daily barrage of Hamas rockets, and Palestinians in Gaza are being held captive by a government that is helping to foment a humanitarian disaster and is not afraid to use its own citizens as human shields. It would all be hilarious. Except it isn't.
Jeff Astrof has been a sitcom writer for more than 15 years, working on such shows as "Friends," "Duckman" and "Grounded for Life." He is currently a writer on "The New Adventures of Old Christine" on CBS.
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
You can imagine of the Israelis did this...blah blah blah...the Israelis are going to take over the Temple Mount...blah blah blah...the Israels are going to bulldoze Al-Aqsa and the Dome of the Rock.
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
According to a recent Pew Research Center poll, 12% of young voters were born in another country and 20% of them have a parent who was born abroad.
Monday, July 09, 2007
Some common sense...
From today's NYT:
"Colleen Gallagher, a high school teacher in Narberth, said: “People are going to have burnout, they are going to be just sick of hearing about it. It’s like, enough already.”
Ms. Gallagher then proceeded to slip eagerly into an lively and informed 20-minute conversation about the race."
So I guess this will be the first Presidential pardon of the Clinton II Administration?
Andrew McCarthy does a great job of pointing out Clinton I's legacy in his piece on the NYT's story re: Rumsfeld calling off the strike against Zawahiri: "There have, since 2001, been single days in Afghanistan and Iraq when our armed forces, sent into battle by President Bush, have killed and captured more terrorists than the United States government managed to neutralize during the entire Clinton presidency. Just to recap, those eight years under Commander-in-Chief Clinton saw:
- The bombing of the World Trade Center, killing six people, in 1993;
- A plot to bomb the Lincoln and Holland Tunnels, the U.N. complex, and the FBI’s headquarters in New York City in 1993;
- The Battle of Mogadishu (“Black Hawk Down”), in which 19 American servicemen were killed, in 1993; A plot to bomb American airliners over the Pacific, killing one Japanese tourist in a dry run, in 1994;
- The bombing of a U.S. military training center in Saudi Arabia, killing five Americans, in 1995;
- The bombing of the Khobar Towers in Saudi Arabia, killing 19 members of the United States Air Force, in 1996;
- The bombing of the U.S. embassy in Kenya, killing 213 people and wounding approximately 4,000, in 1998;
- The bombing of the U.S. embassy in Tanzania, killing at least twelve people and wounding approximately 85, in 1998;
- A plot to bomb Los Angeles International Airport in 1999;
- A plot to bomb the U.S.S. The Sullivans in Yemen in 2000;
- The bombing of the U.S.S. Cole in Yemen, killing 17 members of the United States Navy, in 2000.
National Review picks up on the suits in Washington calling off a strike against Zawahiri in Pakistan's tribal region in 2005.
Bush the "cowboy".