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:: Thursday, August 01, 2002 ::
Ann Coulter finally begins to understand where the terrorists are coming from:
Palestinians in Nablus emulate the Czech people during the 1968 Russian invasion - completely ignoring their occupiers. I wonder if this large-scale act of nonviolent disobedience could become something major. BTW, for those who have argued that the Palestinians should use non-violent tactics, well, here they are. Are you out there supporting them now?
Just as during the Cold War there were those who saw the Middle East conflict internationally, through the lens of America vs. Russia and those who view it as a regional issue, through the lens of Israel vs. Arabs/Palestinians, there are those who view it internationally today, as the West vs. Islam, and those who continue to see it regionally. Just as all progress to peace during the Cold War happened becuase of the regionalist perspective, the same holds true today. The sooner we realize the uniqueness of this conflict, the sooner we can help it come to an end.
I'm looking for some new progressive/left/liberal blogs for my links as well as any good ones that deal with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in a pro-peace, non-one-sided way, as I try to. Leave suggestions.
I want to propose a hypothesis and have everyone (including all the real economists out there) share their thoughts:
:: Wednesday, July 31, 2002 ::
This one hits a little closer to home. After all, I used to live on Mount Scopus and hang out in the Hebrew U. Forum. This should only strengthen our resolve to make more peace, not more war.
Warren Tolman accepted Bob Reich's challenge to debate one-on-one. (Full disclosure - if Bob wasn't in the race, I'd probably be a Tolman supporter. I voted for him on the second ballot at the convention.) Now, if only Shannon O'Brien, Bob's real challenger, would do it as well. But, as even Mitt Romney has noted, Shannon's chicken.
Shame on Massachusetts officials for changing the Medicaid program so that it would reimburse pharmacies 2% less than the cost of prescription drugs and shame on CVS, Walgreens, and Brooks Pharmacies for planning to stop filling Medicaid prescriptions. Once again, government balancing the budget on the backs of the neediest and corporations not giving a damn about social responsibility.
Surprisingly, we haven't heard much about this recent attack on Palestinians in Hebron by Jewish settlers, in which they shot a 14 year-old dead. Even a top Israeli official called it, "'a pogrom against the Arabs of Hebron, with no provocations on the Palestinian side.''
:: Monday, July 29, 2002 ::
Robert Reich's campaign ads premier tonight in Boston.
These two reports from Ha'aretz show how serious the Palestinian cease fire initiative was until Ariel Sharon ordered the a one-ton bomb dropped on the residential neighborhood where Salah Shehada was hiding. The cynical view says that Sharon specifically wanted to keep the violence going so he can stay in power. The less cynical view is that he'll continue to fight against the Palestinians until they give up and accept his demands for, he believes, Israel's security.