Saturday, June 14, 2003
YOU HAVE YOUR KING JAMES VERSION, YOUR NRSV, YOUR GOOD NEWS...
Now there's the Lego version.
A FEW QUESTIONS FOR THOSE WHINING ABOUT NOT HAVING FOUND WMD IN IRAQ:
1. Would you concede that Iraq had WMD before Gulf War I?
2. Would you concede that a large number of these weapons were unaccounted for when the inspectors left in '98?
3. What do you suggest Iraq did with those weapons? Do you really think Iraq destroyed them and just decided not to show us just to be petulant?
Just because we haven't found the weapons (yet) doesn't mean they didn't exist. You can argue that they were shipped off to Syria, or you can argue that they were destroyed and Saddam was just to stupid or egotistical to show us, but I don't think you can argue that they didn't exist in the first place.
Thursday, June 12, 2003
HOMER SIMPSON... THE GREATEST AMERICAN?He's leading the BBC poll.
ATTACKS IN ISRAEL
Hamas continues to carry aout attacks in Jerusalem. I think it's important for the peace process to remember that there is a difference between Hamas and the Palestinians. Isreal needs to work with the Palestinian leaders to root out Hamas and not take unilateral action. For the peace process to work I think it's important that the Palestinian leaders be involved in knocking down Hamas. The Palestinians need to be willing to help defeat Hamas, and Israel needs to give them the chance.
Tuesday, June 10, 2003
FEEL UP FOR SOME CRAZY/BIGOTED READING?Eat your heart out.
(via Cincinnati Blog
AN ARAB CALL FOR LIBERAL REFORM
And it's coming from the Palestinian Authority daily of all places.
"I am still convinced that there are many dynamic opportunities for promoting liberal ideas in our countries, following the spectacular collapse of [all] the other political trends such as nationalism, socialism, and Islam. There is no doubt that these political streams will grasp at any straw before being swept away by the trend opposing them – that is, the trend of revival, realism, and belief in knowledge, rationality, and balanced judgment."
"Over many decades, these political trends have not managed to realize a single one of their ideas such as [Arab] unity, democracy, freedom, or social justice. Moreover, they have proven that when in power, they turn into a hedonistic [social] echelon, leading a life of comfort and luxury, and suppressing the people in inconceivable ways."
"Who could believe the stories about what had been going on in Iraq for decades – about the mass graves, the cold-blooded slaughter of anyone who let himself be seduced into criticizing the regime or [anyone] lagging behind in enthusiastic support of every move it made?"
"We [the Arabs] are in need of a revival of enlightenment, away from the revolutionary [ideas]... for which our peoples paid a high price. Only a few decades ago, we were the equals of many peoples: in human growth, in social justice, and in welfare achievements. Now they have all surpassed us."
"We are at the bottom of [the global] scale in our ability to assist our people, and we head [the global] scale in human rights violations, and in every area – as referred to by United Nations reports and the UNDP report on Arab human growth. And it is my wish that this report would be known by all the people, so we all know what these revolutionaries have done..."
"We are still distant from the information revolution, and only the liberal trend can bring such a revolution about. The parties of the past are afraid of information, because they deal in general slogans and discuss purely theoretical problems. They do not believe in information, numbers, or statistics... they are hostile to the information revolution, to technology, and to communication with the other... They are hostile to mutual cultural [cooperation]; they refuse to benefit from the huge technological advances and they refuse to absorb the lessons of the astounding developments in our world..."
"Only the liberal trend can fight the idea [that some element] has a monopoly over truth, can revise old ideas, and can advance in confidence, stage by stage, without the skipping [of stages] for which the people pay the price in the form of barbarism and savagery... We will not enter the stage of revival and enlightenment as long as we do not shake up the conventions and as long as we do not thoroughly investigate our convictions. This was the way towards the Renaissance in Europe, and we have no other."
--Al-Ayyam (Palestinian Authority), May 28, 2003.(via the good folks at MEMRI:)
A FOREIGNER'S GUIDE TO AMERICANSLT SMASH
(whose name I admire for its subtle Simpsons reference) has a good piece on understanding Americans for the foreigners who are realizing that we're the most powerful nation in the world.
The bullet points:
Americans revere their Constitution.
Americans believe in free-market capitalism.
Americans reserve the right of self-defense.