So I believe, compulsorily and satirically, in the existence of this absurd world; but as to the existence of a better world, or of hidden reason in this one, I am incredulous, or rather, I am critically sceptical; because it is not difficult to see the familiar motives that lead men to invent such myths. George Santayana

Hizbullah's real goal is racist By Alan M. Dershowitz

The Christian Science Monitor Online

from the July 27, 2006 edition - http://www.csmonitor.com/2006/0727/p09s01-coop.html

Hizbullah's real goal is racist: To free the Middle East holy lands of Jews

By Alan M. Dershowitz
CAMBRIDGE, MASS.

Sometimes an apology can be quite revealing. Consider the one recently issued by Hassan Nasrallah, the leader of Hizbullah. He apologized to the families of two Israeli children who were killed by a Hizbullah rocket that hit the Christian holy city of Nazareth. He called them shahids, martyrs, even though they did not choose to die at the hands of Hizbullah terrorists.

The apology was issued not because they were children or innocent bystanders, but because they were Israeli Arabs and not Jews. Hizbullah's rockets are aimed at Jews, and earn cheers whenever they kill a Jewish baby or grandmother. No apologies there.

Friends of Israel Cannot Let Democrats Take Power By Dick Morris

Friends of Israel Cannot Let Democrats Take Power

Dick Morris
Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Ten years ago, on April 18, 1996, Israel attacked Hezbollah in Lebanon for 16 days in an operation called Grapes of Wrath. The global condemnation of Israel was fierce, especially when it bombed a U.N. refugee camp, killing 107 people, an attack that Tel Aviv said was a mistake.

At the time, the United States did nothing to stop the tide from turning against Israel and President Clinton said, "I think it is important that we do everything we can to bring an end to the violence."

In private, Clinton seethed at the Israeli attack, saying he had discussed with Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres the possibility of concluding a military defense treaty with his nation, pledging U.S. aid in the event of an attack.

"They really want this guarantee from us," Clinton told me. "I would have given them the commitment, too, but now I can't because of the uproar over the refugee camp bombing."

No such treaty was ever signed.

Kristof's Peace ~ Editorial

Kristof's Peace

New York Sun Staff Editorial
July 24, 2006
URL: http://www.nysun.com/article/36610

Israel should deal with terrorists not by attacking Lebanon but
rather by trying to negotiate the existence of a Palestinian state,
writes Nicholas Kristof, the New York Times columnist who won the
most recent Pulitzer prize for commentary, in a column yesterday. He
offers the example of Great Britain, which negotiated with the Irish
Republican Army, and Spain, which negotiated with the Basque
separatist group known as the ETA. Thanks to British and Spanish
"restraint," "Britain and Spain are today peaceful, against all
odds," Mr. Kristof writes.

When Will They Ever Learn... by David Gelernter

The Weekly Standard

When Will They Ever Learn...
Why do so many American Jews hate the president who stands by Israel?

by David Gelernter
07/31/2006, Volume 011, Issue 43

FOR YEARS I have watched the Palestinians do absurdly self-destructive things, and have never understood them until now. But watching the Bush administration stoutly defend Israel this week against the background of an American Jewish population that vocally (often sneeringly) dislikes him and his administration, and consistently votes by massive majorities for his Democratic opponents, I start to understand the Palestinians just a little.

A Strange War By Victor Davis Hanson

National Review Online

July 21, 2006, 6:40 a.m.

A Strange War
Israel is at last being given an opportunity to unload on jihadists.

By Victor Davis Hanson

Sum up the declarations of Hezbollah’s leaders, Syrian diplomats, Iranian nuts, West Bank terrorists, and Arab commentators — and this latest Middle East war seems one of the strangest in a long history of strange conflicts. For example, have we ever witnessed a conflict in which one of the belligerents — Iran — that shipped thousands of rockets into Lebanon, and promises that it will soon destroy Israel, vehemently denies that its own missile technicians are on the ground in the Bekka Valley. Wouldn’t it wish to brag of such solidarity?

Hostage to Hezbollah By Fouad Ajami

The Wall Street Journal

Hostage to Hezbollah
By FOUAD AJAMI
July 21, 2006; Page A14

Pity Lebanon: In a world of states, it has not had a state of its own. A garden without fences, was the way Beirut, its capital city, was once described.

A cleric by the name of Hassan Nasrallah, at the helm of the Hezbollah movement, handed Lebanon a calamity right as the summer tourist season had begun. Beirut had dug its way out of the rubble of a long war: Nasrallah plunged it into a new season of loss and ruin. He presented the country with a fait accompli: the "gift" of two Israeli soldiers kidnapped across an international frontier. Nasrallah never let the Lebanese government in on his venture. He was giddy with triumphalism and defiance when this crisis began. And men and women cooped up in the destitution of the Shiite districts of Beirut were sent out into the streets to celebrate Hezbollah's latest deed.

The First War, All Over Again By Daniel Gordis

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From: Daniel Gordis
Subject: The First War, All Over Again
Date: Fri, 21 Jul 2006 11:14:31 +0000

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This is a different kind of war, and an old kind of war. In the last
war, when they blew up buses and restaurants and sidewalks and cafes,
Israelis were enraged, apoplectic with anger. This time, it's
different. Rage has given way to sadness. Disbelief has given way to
recognition. Because we've been here before. Because we'd once
believed we wouldn't be back here again. And because we know why this
war is happening.

Arithmetic of Pain By Alan M. Dershowitz

The Wall Street Journal


Arithmetic of Pain
By ALAN M. DERSHOWITZ

July 19, 2006; Page A12

There is no democracy in the world that should tolerate missiles being fired at its cities without taking every reasonable step to stop the attacks. The big question raised by Israel's military actions in Lebanon is what is "reasonable." The answer, according to the laws of war, is that it is reasonable to attack military targets, so long as every effort is made to reduce civilian casualties. If the objectives cannot be achieved without some civilian casualties, these must be "proportional" to the civilian casualties that would be prevented by the military action.

This is all well and good for democratic nations that deliberately locate their military bases away from civilian population centers. Israel has its air force, nuclear facilities and large army bases in locations as remote as anything can be in that country. It is possible for an enemy to attack Israeli military targets without inflicting "collateral damage" on its civilian population. Hezbollah and Hamas, by contrast, deliberately operate military wings out of densely populated areas.

Image of the week

Spanish Prime Minister Zapatero photographed wearing the kaffiyah (Photo: AP) image URL

Think Twice About That Trip To Spain!

Two items from the press of July 20, 2006:

In Spain, anti-Semitism is new leftist trend

Spanish Jews knew there were hard times ahead. Prime Minister Zapatero
has not disappointed them

By Ignacio Russell Cano

Madrid: Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, Prime Minister of Spain and
Secretary General of the Socialist Party, arrived to power at a time
nobody expected, not even inside the Party.

Keen on populist tirades against the United States "Dickhead Bush" and
"Ketchup Queen Kerry", his whole campaign did not bring much attention
until the moment Al-Qaeda decided to blow up Madrid trains, killing
almost 200 people and bringing to an end Spain's membership of the
West.

From that moment on, everybody knew nothing would be the same, and
Spanish Jews knew there were hard times ahead. Prime Minister Zapatero
has not disappointed them.

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