Ah, the wisdom of the sage...more seriously, could there be a cabal who's sheer ego sense of self-worth is more inverse in proportion to their actual effectiveness?
To draw a rough analogy, they're like the guard/watchman who demands recognition and a raise for having slept through the robbery, but not before making sure the door was unlocked and wide open.
So you've "kept" another attack from happening--which isn't true unless the anthrax attacks weren't an attack, in which case the logical question is just what WERE the anthrax attacks? People died, after all--anyway, why would Al Qaeda NEED to attack again? Seems like they accomplished their main objective...
Who wants to rob a store after the someone else has taken everything?
I suppose there are some people who call themselves believers who manage to twist logic to the extent that they can call the Gaza invasion justified...but I don't feel I'm doing them any injustice when I question the basis of their "faith."
That's not a God worthy of the title as far as I'm concerned.
Meanwhile, sure, it's a tiny drop in an ocean-sized bucket, but maybe one thing we can do is vote for Juan Cole for Best Middle East or Africa blog in this year's Weblog awards. Again, it's miniscule compared to the suffering, but a tiny step/vote in favor of reasoned dialogue is better than acceptance of the position of more violent insanity.
Oh--on that note: here's a neat website that actually does offer demographic information for pretty much any website you type in. This blog is too small to make the cut, but First Draft isn't, and neither are lots of other sites. Give it a spin...
And...you know, the more I contemplate Israel's excuse for the offensive, the less justified it seems. If they wanted to stop Hamas rocket attacks, it's a virtual certainty they could have done so some time ago. Let's stop mythologizing "poor little defenseless Israel." It's a mature, sophisticated nation--it has to be, given the politics of the region. The Israeli military and intelligence apparatus are absolutely blue-chip/first-rate...in fact, it would not surprise me if they knew as much about Hamas rocket attacks as some elements of Hamas itself.
Conservatives are now brushing off the Schiavo case to use it against Thomas Perrelli, President-elect Obama’s pick for the no. 3 spot at the Justice Department. Right-wing websites are outraged at Obama’s association with Perrelli, since he was one of the lawyers who represented Michael Schiavo, who wanted his wife’s feeding tube removed.
Knock yourselves out, wingnuts...and I mean that sincerely.
You know, one thing I can't figure out is why anyone thinks the military option will work this time...in the end, it's really just a particularly cruel case of kick-the-can-down-the-road some more, with pro-war, pro-misery factions on both sides profiting from the tragedy.