Joshua Green points out something that appears to have eluded only Bob Woodward: Norm Mineta is a worthless layabout.
Some perspective from Victor Davis Hanson:
The proposed solution to the crisis in the Middle East is predicated on one notion: the return of the West Bank and all the other lands occupied by Israel after June 10, 1967. As the current conventional wisdom goes, our diplomatic efforts should be directed toward that single goal. Israel must give back conquered land. In return its Arab neighbors will promise to recognize its existence, make peace, and normalize relations.
One way of determining whether such an agreement would lead to peace would be to imagine what really might happen should Israel give up all of the West Bank, Gaza, and the Golan Heights. Fortunately, we need not be utopian about the future, but rather simply revisit the past before June 5, 1967. Then Israel possessed none of those territories. Yet there was no peace – but simply a series of pauses between wars not unlike the present predicament. A quick perusal of a number of general histories about the pre-1967 era – especially Michael Oren’s forthcoming magisterial work Six Days of War – reveals a chilling similarity with the present calamity.
Did the Arab states accept Israel’s right to exist between 1947 and 1967, when it remained within its U.N.-mandated (Resolution 181) borders? Hardly. Three wars were fought to destroy Israel itself, not to restore the West Bank for the Palestinians. We must remember that for all the talk of Palestinian grievances over the present occupation, Muslims are now allowed free access to their mosques in a manner Jews and Christians were not accorded for their own places of worship under Jordanian control. Desecration of religious shrines and cemeteries was a pre-1967, not a present, phenomenon.
Seriously- All they want are the pre-1967 borders. I’m chuckling at the transparency of this ‘peace’ plan.
In recent developments in the Middle East, Palestinian terrorists have stopped blowing up Jews and Christians long enough to force them at gunpoint to give them sanctuary in the Church of the Nativity.
The armed men, some of them Palestinian policemen, forced their way into the church after running battles with Israeli troops firing from helicopter gunships and from tank-mounted machine guns.
At nightfall, the bodies of four dead gunmen lay sprawled just off Manger Square, where the church is located.
It marked the first time fighting had spilled over into the Church of the Nativity, one of Christianity’s holiest shrines.
Israeli forces have entered Bethlehem several times during the past 18 months, but they are under orders not to harm holy places, and have kept their distance from the church. That, however, makes it an attractive sanctuary for Palestinian gunmen.
Just in case you were keeping track, that makes them terrorists, hypocrites, liars, and now, cowards.
If you have not been paying attention to his website lately, in between his all too frequent vacations, Damian Penny is simply on fire lately on the Israel/Palestine issue.
Greg Hlatky has stumbled across H.R.2459, a bill proposed to create a cabinet level Department of Peace, which will, as Mr. Hlatky noted, have both foreign and domestic chores. This is not, as Mr. Hlatky also noted, an April Fool’s Joke.
Other than the fact that we already have three departments responsible for keaping the peace (domestically, the Justice Department, overseas, the State Department and chiefly the Defese Department), the proposal is just a bunch of hogwash from the usual suspects. Feel free to send in any job titles that you think might be relevant for the newly created Department of Peace. Here are mine:
Undersecretary for Armpit Hair on Women
Undersecretary for Patchouli Distribution
Grateful Dead and CSNY Archivist
Undersecretary for Jesse Jackson’s Overseas Travel.
House Initiative For Peaceful Protests and Individual Expression (HIPPIE for short).
Sorry for the lack of posts, but I have been doing work I should have done two years ago. I have a few things I want to put up, and then back to the grindstone.
Pet Peeve #125003438
If one more pundit says things are ‘spiralling out of control in the Middle East,’ I am going to get so angry blood is going to shoot out my nose and ears. If this is not already out of control, then I do not know what is. Maybe I am just a control freak.
For some reason, I just really enjoyed this sentence from Greg Hlatky at A Dog’s Life:
CLINTON SUCK-UP Jonathan Alter slobbers all over the former President, who’s trying to be the bride at every wedding and the corpse at every funeral.
*** Update ***
I read the piece, and Hlatky is right. Alter does slober all over Clinton.
Zogby, that despicable puke, just told Tony Snow on Fox that Bush is responsible for this ‘by abdicating leadership’ in the Middle East. He needs to ‘strengthen’ Arafat.
Then, he claimed that when Arafat talks about martyrs, he is just speaking to the culture of the people. Ahh, I see. It is just multiculturalism.
Now he is spreading the myth that Sharon’s visit to the Temple Mount is the reason for the intifada.
Our Friends The Saudis:
In an interview with TIME, Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah called Sharon’s assault on Arafat “a brutal, despicable, savage, inhumane and cruel action.” He continued, “The acts we are witnessing represent the views of a criminal who has blood on his hands,” and vowed, “Palestinian resistance to the occupation will continue.”
That is right, no condemnation of the suicide bombings. Those are labeled as ‘resistance.’
Go read Will Warren’s latest. Now.
Yasser Arafat is surrounded, and he is making all sorts of bizarre statements- stuff about martyrs and terrorism- things that just can not be true, since he is a peaceful leader, right?
It appears that Arafat is also afraid for his life. I am not sure why, though. It isn’t like he is on his way to Sbarro for a slice of pizza. He isn’t going to a Passover Seder in Netanya. He isn’t going to the grocery store to get food for his dinner tonight. No one is forcing him to ride a bus anywhere. No one is demanding that he eat in a Jerusalem cafe. Or even worse, walk through a pedestrian mall.
Arafat doesn’t have to do any of those things. Instead, he is in a windowless room being guarded by crack IDF troops. I wonder how many Israelis wish they could be in his position?