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Sunday, October 26, 2003

Stephen Cohen brings his appeal for what is apparently his new "Leftist" American Jewish political group to the pages of the Boston Globe. Focussing on settlements and the new Geneva Accord, all this looks like is an attempt to bring the Israeli Left to America and give it a pretty face. In their efforts for peace, I wish them luck. In so far as I think many of their efforst will simply make things worse, I wish them misfortune. And frankly, at least Israeli Leftists are monkeying with their own desitinies. Americans putting external pressure on democraticly elected leaders in favor of those who were kicked out by wide margins is simply obnoxious meddling - and that's charitable. Israel is a democracy. They don't need to saved from themselves.

Boston.com / News / Boston Globe / Editorial / Opinion / Op-ed / A new US movement for Middle East peace

...Most American Jews and other Americans agree that suicide attacks must be abandoned. Yet there has been a persistent small voice that has argued that one cannot hope to stop terror unless one also provides the Palestinians with the hope for a just political solution...

Well, we've been down this path of examining what the real cause of suicide terrorism is, and I'm not going to go over that ground again in this post, but this statement does beg the question: What is it that Palestinians would consider a "just political solution?" Answer that with an honest appraisal of what the Palestinians are really prepared to accept, not simply write on a slip of paper, and you'll find the ultimate hopelessness and meaninglessness of Cohen's stance.

"Syme: It's a beautiful thing, the destruction of words. You wouldn't have seen the [Newspeak] Dictionary 10th edition, would you Smith? It's that thick. [illustrates thickness with fingers] The 11th Edition will be that [narrows fingers] thick. Winston Smith: So, The Revolution will be complete when the language is perfect? Syme: The secret is to move from translation, to direct thought, to automatic response. No need for self-discipline. Language coming from here [the larynx], not from here [the brain]" -1984 (film)


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