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  • Israel as strategic liability -- US will trample human rights in Egypt for one reason
  • Chair of DNC says: 'Israel is our rightful place... a place for us to go'
    • If this Debbie thingybob was born in the USA, and lives in the USA, and is a Congresswoman for the USA, then she has no natural basis for dual loyalty or dual citizenship. Her declarations show she is not loyal to the people of the United States, but to "the Jews". This means she is betraying her responsibility as a member of the US Government. In short, she is a traitor.

      (I was born in the UK, and I still hold UK citizenship, but after migrating to Australia I gained Australian citizenship. I am a dual citizen, though my primary loyalty is to Australia. If I wanted to run for Parliament in Australia, I would have to renounce my British citizenship. That is Federal law.)

  • The myth of Israel's favorable treatment of Palestinian Christians
  • Palestinian and Palestine-solidarity activists issue critique and condemnation of Gilad Atzmon
    • "The goal of the Palestinian people has always been clear: self determination."

      Of course, the Palestinian people do not have a right of self-determination qua "a people" any more than the Jews have a right of self-determination qua "a people".

    • "the legitimacy of their group identity "

      What does this phrase mean?

    • "all jews don’t claim non jews are bigots."

      Quite a few Jews do claim that non-Jews are bigots, so I think you should write "Not all Jews claim non-Jews are bigots."

  • Fighting from civilian areas? Perfectly understandable-- in Syria
  • Shadia Mansour, first lady of Arabic hip-hop, featured in Esquire mag contest
  • The evolution of Peter Beinart
    • "We want our right to self-determination"

      If by "self-determination" you mean "the right to set up a state", then Jews do not have that right. This has been supported by lengthy argument several times on this site.

  • Another civilian massacre and the savagery of our soldiers
  • Reflections After the Harvard One State Conference
    • "But that problem can be transcended if the right or return is allowed to the Palestinians state"

      Why do people keep repeating this nonsense?

      The Right of Return is the right to return to the territory that is now Israel

      Under the "right of return to the Palestinian state" idea, Palestinians now resident in the West Bank would not move anywhere. That is not return. Palestinians who were driven from Israel and now resident in areas outside Palestine might go the West Bank, but that is not return. It is just going to another part of Palestine.

      However, Palestinians currently resident in Israel might be "encouraged" to move to the Palestinian state. That is not return. It is ethnic cleansing.

  • @IDFSpokesperson tweets inaccurate video and fake civilian casualty statistics
  • Taking Israel at its word, Florida legislature passes one-state resolution
    • "All Zionism requires is that there be a homeland for the Jewish people."

      A "homeland" for "a people" is an objectionable idea in itself, but it was made far worse when it was established on the land already occupied by other people.

      "In 1948, they accepted the partition proposed by the UN in 1947"

      No they didn't. They immediately began expanding out of that area.

      (Not surprising. Ben Gurion allegedly said in 1938
      "[I am] satisfied with part of the country, but on the basis of the assumption that after we build up a strong force following the establishment of the state--we will abolish the partition of the country and we will expand to the whole Land of Israel."
      And repeated the idea several times.)

  • Exclusive Excerpt: Miko Peled's 'The General's Son: Journey of an Israeli in Palestine'
    • "They deny that there was ever Jewish Temples in Jerusalem and specifically on the site that is the holiest for Jews called the Temple Mount."

      As far as I can tell, this is a recent Palestinian phenomenon that arose as a response to Jews denying the right of the Palestinians to Palestine. Of course, the Temple was destroyed before the mosques were built.

      "by doing this they shut the door on ever having peace with the Jews."

      Jews denying rights to Palestinians shuts that door.

    • How do Palestinians, and Islam "deny Jewish history "?

  • MSM jailbreak: Chris Hayes devotes 2 hours to conflict with panel of 2 Zionists and 2 Palestinians
    • Donald, for automated Hasbara they could just adapt the post-Modern generator.
      All that needs to be done is to tack a set of approved phrases together. No need for it to make any more sense than post-Modernism

      link to

    • (there are in Saudi Arabia by the way roads only for Muslims)

      These are only the roads which lead into Makkah and Madina. These areas are closed to non-Muslims, and the roads which lead around them are open for everyone and just as good as the roads which lead in.

  • Friedman warns war could hurt American Jews
    • And it's one, two, three,
      What are we fighting for ?
      Don't ask me, I don't give a damn,
      Next stop is Teheran;
      And it's five, six, seven,
      Open up the pearly gates,
      Well there ain't no time to wonder why,
      Whoopee! we're all gonna die.

      (Just one word changed, Country Joe.)

  • Queer Arab women stage reading of 'real stories from real people'
    • It's something Young People do, pablemont, so it is, of course, wrong.

      There is a simple and straightforward system (used in lots of Arabic textbooks) that requires no diacritical marks and can be written by a typewriter.

      ' b th j H kh d dh r z s sh S D T DH 9 gh f q k l m n h w y
      Vowels: a, aa, i, ii, u, uu
      Hyphen to disambiguate (e.g.) dh (dhaal) and d-h (daal haa').

      But as you see, this one requires capital letters, and Young People Today have no comprehension of such things.

  • Notes on Purim: The affirmation of the diaspora
    • "And in this sense it is somewhat paradoxical that the Jewish tradition with its Midrashic motifs and devices has more successfully preserved its past than the dead cultures of Athens and Rome. Midrashic dialectics preserved history in a way that other cultures were not successful in doing."

      But if the Midrash is a sort of historical fiction, as the article implies, then history isn't being "preserved".

      (Does "preserved" mean "pickled"? Far better to move on to fresh produce than marinate oneself in this fiction.)

  • Cantor says Obama must not 'speak contrary to what our ally thinks is in its best interest'!
    • Good point.

      Umm...boomerang, refrigerator, stump-jump plough, X-ray crystallography, hat with corks dangling from it, and (most important of all) the cardboard wine cask.

      And a few others.

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      But nothing as important as the cherry tomato or hummus, so I suppose they don't count.

      O.K. Forget the grovelling. Just send the several billion dollars. (You can send it direct to me. I'll pass it on to the appropriate authorities.)

    • Australia is an ally with an actual treaty of alliance (ANZUS) and which actually send Australian troops ti fight alongside US troops.

      So how about a bit of grovelling and several billion dollars of aid for us?

  • Netanyahu gives genocidal bible story to Obama
    • Careful, Mooser. You might end up agreeing with me that parents who make their children maintain [insert ethnic minority]-ness instead of letting them assimilate are guilty of child abuse.

      Then you'll get called a racist as well as an anti-Semite.

  • Hasbarapocalypse at Ynet: 'Zionism will only cease being demonized when the West stops demonizing colonialism'
    • Where the British Empire was concerned, it was a mixed picture. The British who ran the show were nearly all racist, and, as well as the British Government tapping wealth from the Imperial possessions, there were plenty of covetous brutes exploiting the situation for their private enrichment as well.

      There were also plenty of well-meaning administrators (yes, racists, and sometimes the same people as those in the previous paragraph) who helped to build roads, schools, and hospitals for the natives. They improved public health and education, put down such charming native practices as thuggee and suttee, and generally thought it their duty, for the sake of the natives, to make the colonies follow the best of British practice. They taught cricket.

      But as far as Zionism is concerned, I agree with tree.

  • What’s queer about the anti-occupation movement?
  • Netanyahu says, You also refused to bomb Auschwitz
    • Can't be true, American. See my reply to Daniel Rich, above.

      (Incidentally, Australia was prepared to take 15,000 Jewish refugees, although only about 8,200 Jewish refugees got there before 1945. Britain took something like 90,000 in the 1930s. Around 7,000 more went to South Africa.)

    • "It’s never advisable to speak out without proper knowledge of events you comment on. "

      But we get told over and over and over again that Jews are always persecuted and never helped, and this went double for European Jews in WW2. We get told that no-one lifted a finger to help them.

      Are you suggesting that the people who tell us that are overstating the case just a teensy-weensy little bit?

    • This stuff makes my blood boil!

      Something like 70 million people were killed. Millions more dying of disease and starvation. (Including soldiers in Japanese POW camps.) Millions more maimed. Cities reduced to rubble. Whole countries suffered armies sweeping back and forth. Europe was shattered. Much of Asia was devastated. They are still digging up landmines in North Africa.

      Britain was a financial ruin. (Millions in gold to the USA, millions more in turning over British owned companies, etc, in the US and Canada. Britain finally paid its war-debt in2006. link to
      All the resources of the Empire had been thrown into the war. The Soviet Union had to rebuild Western Russia, Belorussia, and Ukraine. The US poured millions into the war.

      But we get told they didn't do enough for the Jews.

      And then Jews wonder why some of us are a little unsympathetic.

    • That's because no-one ever helped any Jews anywhere at any time, let alone during WW2.

  • Blasting Obama as 'blurred,' McConnell assures Israel lobby that bipartisan Congress will authorize 'overwhelming force' against Iran
    • "Is your Zionist brain impervious to facts and evidence?"

      If it's a Zionists brain, what do you expect?

    • "They won’t let us look there NOW."

      This is a sensitive military site, so Iran is going to say "Wander in and poke around any time guys. Don't bother knocking." Just like every other country would say.

      Seriously, do you think that IAEA inspections in any sites anywhere are spur of the moment events?

      "after they’ve had time to move it,"

      You have no reason to suppose there is anything to move.

      ". I’ve often wondered what does RoHa (the name) stand for?"

      Abbreviation of my name.

    • "Hey, maybe you can even search all of it, now that he’s moved anything incriminating elsewhere."

      F: They won't let us look there. That proves they are hiding something.
      R: They will let us look there.
      F: That proves they have moved the something to somewhere else.

      But I don't expect you can see what's wrong with that.

    • When it gets to this level, I think Israel must have more than pictures and videos from the hotel air-conditioner grill. Something that would lead to serious jail time, perhaps?

    • "They denied access to military facilities, which the IAEA have no right to inspect anyway."

      News today that they are going to allow at least some inspection of the Parchin base. (They allowed some inspection there in 2005, as well.)

      link to

      Since we know Iran is evil (EVILEVILEVIL) this is obviously part of some fiendishly cunning plan to lull us all into a sense of false security.

  • Three harsh critiques of the lobby
    • Some of those who believe in reincarnation believe that if we do injustice against a certain group, we reincarnate into that group.
      Some of us who believe in reincarnation believe it might happen that way, or that reincarnation might be random, or follow some other principle.

    • "Churchill has written a lot. Is he a known racist? Is this an aberration? Was everybody über-racist at the time?"

      Not veryone was an über-racist in 1937, though there were a few about the world. (Germany and Japan had a few.)

      Churchill was born in 1874. He grew up during the great days of the British Empire, and was active in the Empire. It was pretty normal at that time for upper and middle-class white people to think that they had proved their superiority by their success. The contrast between their societies and the corrupt, filthy, disorganized, shambles of the non-white world was startling. (Of course, the contrast between the upper and middle class societies and the poor slum dwellers of Europe was hardly less.) The upper and middle-class British also looked down upon the less well organised Mediterraneans. Italians, Spaniards, and Greeks were a level or two above Arabs and Indians, but not at the level of the Germans or the Dutch.

      So Churchill's attitudes were not uncommon (though not universal, either) when he was young. In 1937 he was 63. His attitudes were less common by then, but he had not changed.

  • VIDEO: UCLA students walk out on IDF campus event
  • Ahmed Moor in WaPo: Harvard One State conference 'informed by the uncontroversial view that all people are created equal'
    • "Judging the morality ... of the British actions towards their colonial
      conquests (or anyone else) in the early 1900 century by today’s standards
      ... is incorrect."

      People in the early 1900 century might have believed their actions were moral, but that does not mean their actions were moral.

      Nazis in the early 1940s might have believed their actions were moral, but that does not mean their actions were moral.

      We should judge their actions by our standards. Our judgements, or our standards, might be mistaken, but we have to to make them.

    • "Our work has been informed by the uncontroversial view that all people are created equal."

      That sentence should have greater prominence, rather than being in the middle of a paragraph.

      But a great article.
      The Wa-Po is going to get into trouble.

  • Finkelstein's prescription for a two-state solution is not realistic
    • '“We may not be as good as the best but, hey, at least we’re not as bad as the worst!” isn’t exactly something Israel – or any country – should be striving for.'

      Even if you are the worst?

  • Responding to commenters on recent bannings
    • 'At the same time leading Torah Sages in Israel routinely claim that the nations hate Israel because of “our inheritance”, while conveniently ignoring the fact that inheritance consists in large measure of an ancient racial code..."

      Like this bit of inheritance?

      link to

      But hey, you don't have to be a Gentile ...

      link to

    • But that is not a state for all Catholics. As far as I can tell, only people who work there (and not all of them) can get citizenship, and that citizenship is temporary.

      (Pius XII granted thousands of Jews Vatican citizenship to help them to escape from the Nazis. Some estimate he helped 1.5 m. Jews, even though no-one ever did anything to help the Jews of Europe.)

      But Hostage will undoubtedly have the exact information on this.

    • I'll miss eljay's parodies of him, but otherwise he was just a nuisance.

  • Israelis raid two Palestinian television stations, detaining journalists, seizing computers
  • The Rosh Hashanah sermon on Fire Island
  • Ten reasons why AIPAC is so dangerous
    • "Jews have legitimate rights in their historic homeland "

      Spell out what these rights are. Do they apply to all Jews, or just Israeli Jews? On what basis are they derived?

  • Gorenberg on why one state is a non-starter: Jews would have to pay higher taxes or receive fewer services
    • Because.

    • "they believe in “separation” generally"

      Give them what they want. Mark off a chunk of the US that no-one uses or wants(North Dakota, say, or New Jersey), set up a Jewish Autonomous Region in it, and herd all American Jews into it. They will need to show ID cards and pass through checkpoints to leave, and only be allowed to stay in the rest of the US for a limited time.

      See how well that goes down.

    • Lose, losing, lost.
      Lose, losing, lost.
      Lose, losing, lost.

    • "Gorenberg predicts that Israelis of means would flee this new state, ...Both individuals and companies will leave.”

      But I thought they were all deeply attached to the Holy Land with their cultural and ancestral roots and stuff like that. And then just becuase they might have to pay a bit more in tax they are going to run back to Brooklyn?

  • ADL enlists city of Oakland to block Atzmon event
  • Iran's Oscar win reveals Israeli movie-goers to be brainwashed bumpkins
  • New Republic says 'all of western civilization' could be threatened by Iran
    • I do not now own, and never have owned, an electric guitar.

      But what counts as material support?

      I confess that in my youth I did betray all that is good and noble about Western Civilization by listening to rock and/or roll music.
      I confess that I made myself an instrument of Satan by actually dancing to such music.
      I confess that I fostered the International Godless Communist Conspiracy by purchasing a few 45 rpm records of such music.

      If this counts as material support, then I am very guilty indeed. Take me away to the re-education camps in the North.

    • Iran can threaten Western Civilization?

      Well so can I, or so can any man*.

      But without that army of giant zombie robot vampire crabs, I cannot follow through on my threats.

      (*And that includes Hotspur and Glendower.)

  • Surprise-- courageous Elizabeth Warren is craven on Israel lobby
    • '“Are you suggesting that hostility to Israel is in some way wrong?”
      Duh. Obviously so. '

      Why is hostility to Israel wrong?

      "Your remark is so off-the-wall and over-drawn, so preposterous and ill-informed,"

      I'm afraid it is you who are ill-informed about basic morality.

      Israel was conceived as an ethnic-supremacy state, to be run by Jews for the benefit of Jews. (According to Zionist writings.) This is an evil idea. It denies equal rights to people who are not of the selected ethnicity.

      Israel was created by terrorism and ethnic cleansing. Clearly evil.

      Israels conduct is that of continuing ethnic cleansing, violations of human rights, murder and war crimes. Clearly evil.

      If you do not know this, you are totally ignorant of the reality of the situation.

    • "But your single-minded hostility to Israel strikes a false chord"

      Are you suggesting that hostility to Israel is in some way wrong?
      If so, why? We should, surely, be hostile to evil, and Israel is undoubtedly evil in conception, evil in creation, and evil in conduct.

  • Hoenlein says irresponsible 'J Street' threatens Jewish unity (and survival)
    • "but I’m sure you can understand that some of us do find it worthwhile and would rather it didn’t disappear just yet. That entails concern about this particular aspect of other people’s identities."

      That is what I do find very difficult to understand. It seems as though the culture is more important than the people, so the people have to be kept in it regardless of whether that is what they want or whether it is good for them.

    • I was fairly sure you meant "lose" but I wanted confirmation.

      For an ethical purist like me, it is unacceptable. But I am sitting on my high moral horse in reasonable comfort in Australia, so I have the luxury of demanding perfect justice. I don't have to struggle through checkpoints. My son hasn't been flung into an Israeli prison for giving a dirty look at a soldier.

      The Palestinians who are actually under the harrow have to think in more pragmatic terms, and as far as I can tell, most of them do. But they have been pragmatic since at least the early 1970s, and it seems to have got them nowhere. And I have no idea what approach would be better.

      The combined Arab armies marching in triumph through Tel Aviv? Not going to happen. There may be military action and defeats for Israel on the way, but the best we could hope for is that they push the Israelis into being more accomodating.

      In the very long run, Israel is bound to fade into being just another bit of the Levant, but by that time everyone will have ceased to care.

    • Thanks, Mooser. That seems to be a good, self interested, reason why someone who has got one these marvels would not want to give it up. But a lot of the concern seems to about other people losing their identity armour. Why so?

    • "rather than implement a just 1SS and loose the whole goal"

      "Loose" or "lose"?

    • I'm still waiting (without much hope) for a coherent explanation of why loss of Jewish identity is a bad thing.

  • Sunlight on the lobby: AIPAC's push for war exposed in 'Atlantic' magazine blog
  • Beatrice Webb on Zionist nonsense -- updated
    • Obviously Phil is trying for a cunning analogy between Mrs Tittlemouse and the Palestinians, with Mr. Jackson as the Zionists and the bees as the British.

      "Tiddly, widdly, widdly, Mrs. Tittlemouse; you seem to have plenty of

      "And without any invitation!" said Mrs. Thomasina Tittlemouse.

      link to

      But I fear the happy ending has not yet been achieved.

  • Sanity check on Iran
    • "A possible weakness is that IDF has relatively small [recent] experience in combat in the situation where the enemy shoots back. Some experts warn that Iran's irrational mullahs may resort to such unfair tactics."

      But that's not allowed, is it?

    • Sanity is no fun, and it won't get you elected in the US.

  • Foreign nationals willingly gave passports to Mossad
  • BDS interview fallout: Finkelstein 'showed his own fear of the paradigm shift in discourse on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict'
    • Do we expect Finkelstein to be absolutely right about everything and totally immune to any sort of criticism whatsoever? That's a tough standard. (Even I sometimes have difficulty meeting it.)

      We can recognize the value of what he has done without demanding perfection from him.

  • 'A level of racist violence I have never seen': UCLA professor Robin D. G. Kelley on Palestine and the BDS movement
    • "sadly there is racism and oppression of entire groups all over that world and will still be there if and when Israel is gone, including all over the ME."

      Still, if we can get rid of Israel, it will be one less.
      "We cannot do everything" is not an excuse for doing nothing.

    • "We are already native and legal population there as well."

      The Palestinians are also the native and legal population there.

    • "We are alive as a nation."

      What does that mean? Individual human beings can be alive, but
      nations are not alive in any literal sense.

    • "They make them out to be mortal enemies, the worst people on the planet, and yet they live a couple miles away. If they are such a threat, why do live so close?"

      I think the Israelis have plans to increase the distance.

  • You won't have Ethan Bronner to kick around anymore . . .
  • New book explores the history of 'New Jewish Agenda'
    • "As was said over and over again by the Zionists, this didn’t necessarily have to be at the expense of the Arabs living there."

      Some Zionists may have said that, but the whole notion of a Jewish state implies a state run by and for the benefit of a single ethnic group, with the corresponding implication that any persons who are resident in the state but who are not members of the ethnic group will be second-class citizens if they are not expelled. (Michael Neumann elaborates here.
      link to )

      And other Zionists said very clearly that it would be at the expense of the Arabs. They openly declared their intention to take over the land. They openly declared that the land would be one run by Jews for the benefit of Jews, and that anyone else in that land would be - at best - second class citizens.

      "I would unconditionally say that everybody needs a homeland or state."

      A "homeland" or state for every individual? Or can people share a land and a state with other people?

      Australian Jews have a homeland. It is the land most of them were born in, grew up in, were educated in, and where they have their homes and have made their lives. It is called Australia.

    • 'we ALL have a claim to somewhere in East Africa, after all it’s humanity’s “ancient ancestral homeland”'

      I claim a good bit, with gold and diamonds in it.

    • "There is indeed plentiful anti-Semitism, in both the anti-Jewish and the anti-Arab sense, on the Left as in all sectors of U.S. society. "

      There isn't really a "Left" in U.S. society. There is an extreme right, and a bunch of foam-flecked raving loonies to the right of them.

      But I, as an outsider, have never seen much anti-Jewishness in U.S. society. Could you elaborate?

  • 'Free Beacon' reporter attacks Center for American Progress in misleading articles that push for Iran war
    • But Iran is building a Death Star too!

      And they have hundreds of giant zombie robot vampire spiders!

      They are reviving the Nazi program for training war hamsters!

      And did you know that that they get some technology from ALIENS?

      Why wait? Nuke Iran NOW!

  • Likud party members issue call to storm al-Aqsa mosque next Sunday
  • Fight for academic freedom continues with MESA support for Marc Ellis
    • "Kenneth Starr
      President, Baylor University"

      Dean of Law at Pepperdine, and then president of Baylor. That's his reward for hounding Clinton.

  • 'Commentary' covers its eyes and makes Palestinians disappear
    • It would have meant a war on two fronts for the Soviet Union. As it was, the SU dealt Japan severe defeats in 1938 and 1939. Zhukov faced the Germans not only with the tactics but also with many of the soldiers he had used against the Japanese.

      The Japanese concentrated on China and SE Asia as a reaction to those defeats.

    • "Why would Japan have attacked the Russian far east? there is nothing there other than forest and tundra"

      They tried it in 1938.

      link to

  • Settlers spray 'Death to Christians' on a monastery, 'Death to Arabs' on a school and 'Mohammad is a pig' on village entrance
    • "Settlers spray ‘Death to Christians’ on a monastery, ‘Death to Arabs’ on a school and ‘Mohammad is a pig’ on village entrance"

      This is the new PR charm offensive to re-brand Israel, is it?

  • Leading Zionist historian was first to say 'Israel Firster'-- in 1960
  • Bruising Judt, Fukuyama says Arabs aren't ready for liberalism
    • O.K. One more link
      link to

      Now I really will shut up about it.

    • This isn't a climate blog, so I'll reply to everyone in a single message and then stop.

      As I said, I don't really expect major global cooling to happen. (Global temperatures fell from around 1998 to 2009. A strong El Nino in 2010 seems to have stopped the cooling trend, so there has been neither statistically significant cooling nor warming for the last fifteen years.)

      But it is certainly not nonsense to say that something like the Little Ice Age would be far more disastrous than the current warm period. According to some studies the Roman and Mediaeval warm periods were warmer than the this warm period, and it certainly wasn't a disaster for them.

      Global cooling is a greater danger than global warming. I don't think it is an imminent threat.

      "the notion that the 1970s was awash in fears of global cooling"

      I was around and paying attention in the 1970s. There was a global cooling scare. It did not reach the level of hysteria equivalent to the current hysteria of global warming, and there were plenty of climate scientists who argued against it. (Just as there are plenty of climate scientists who argue against global warming now.)

      "is just another talking point by those making billions by destroying the earth"

      Interesting that believers always try to link AGW scepticism with the big money of industry, but totally ignore the huge sums of money backing up the AGW story. The US government alone has given nearly $80 billion dollars to the climate change industry. British wind farms live on huge government subsidies. And of course the Big Money Boys thought there was a pile to be made in "carbon trading" deals. (Enron was one of the big promoters of the Kyoto agreement.)

      link to

      If money can buy scepticism, it can buy belief.

      On ocean acidity:
      link to

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      "But no increase in food production will overcome the negatives which the global climate change will incur."

      If by "climate change" you mean "Global Warming", most of those predicted negatives are just unscientific alarmist nonsense.

      link to

      "I’m sorry, dude, but you really need to be listening to scientists on this one."

      Which ones? These 16?
      link to

      These 30,000 +?
      link to

      Or these?
      link to

      The scientists don't agree with each other. (I know there is a commonly repeated story about a consensus, but there is a commonly repeated story about Ahmedinejad threatening to wipe Israel off the map. Both are equally bogus.)

      "It’s very disappointing to see Roha come out with stuff the Koch Bros pay for."

      It's even more disappointing that they haven't paid me for it yet. "The cheque's in the mail," they keep saying.


    • I don't know what Fukuyama means by "liberalism"? If he means something like the sort of position advocated by Paine, Wollstonecraft, J. S. Mill and L. T. Hobhouse, then I would agree that it will not fit easily into Arab society. But to say "it just won't work" is to suggest that Arab society cannot change.

      Societies do change. The Western "liberal democracies" did not spring into being as such. They are the product of a long, slow, process of social change which involved a good deal of (frequently painful) trail and error. And I say that the British and Americans are still not ready for democracy, but the only way to get ready is to learn by trying it.

    • "The world’s ecosystem is going to collapse by the end of the century. Runaway climate change."

      The biggest climate danger we face is that of global cooling. There are indications that we might be headed into another "little Ice Age", but since I remember such scares from the 70s, I am not too worried.

      Warm weather and lots of CO2 are good for food production, so freeing the trapped carbon in oil and coal is beneficial.

  • Jewish substitution and the white gaze
  • Does the US have anything to teach Egyptians about democracy?
  • Would you buy a used metaphor from this warmonger? (Niall Ferguson's 'creative destruction' echoes Rice's 'birth-pangs')
    • I always try to.

      It is very much an afterthought in the official title "The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland".

      I need a constitutional expert to tell me whether this means that the United Kingdom is the Union of England, Scotland, and Wales, and that Northern Ireland is an odd extra bit (that is the way I interpret it) or that Northern Ireland is legally counted as part of the United Kingdom as well as being governed by the UK government.

      That is, does the title mean UK +NI or UK = E+W+S+NI?

      Great Britain means, of course, E+W+S, and is distinct from Lesser Britain, which is part of France.

    • "his account makes me sympathise with Chamberlain to some extent."
      "But his whole goal was not to go to war."

      Indeed, yes. I have a great deal of sympathy for Chamberlain's position. The horrors of 14-18 were at the front of the minds of everyone old enough to remember, and that was a substantial part of the population. In his position I probably would have made the same decision.

      I am simply saying that the "Chamberlain bought time" argument is misconceived. Yes, Britain had some time to build up its forces, but Germany was able to improve its position far more.

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