‘We are going to demand compensation for loss of clientele, damage to sales, and damage to manufacturing capability.’ http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3278932,00.html
‘The traditional definition of chutzpah says it's when you murder your parents, then plead for clemency because you're an orphan.’ http://www.nytimes.com/2004/03/02/opinion/02KRUG.html?ex=1393563600&en=f70ca455a31dd83d&ei=5007&partner=USERLAND
Clearly that can now be improved upon. When you bomb a neighbouring country to smithereens and sue the government of that country to compensate you for the economic losses you have incurred – now that’s chutzpah!
Steven Zunes, who has written quite sensibly and cogently about the Walt and Mearscheimer dog wagging hypothesis (http://www.fpif.org/fpiftxt/3270) asserts:
The seizure of two Israeli soldiers by Hezbollah militiamen, apparently taken in retaliation against Israeli attacks against civilian targets in the Gaza Strip, was clearly wrong.
This is really quite puzzling, as he goes on:
This is the wrong question. What he ought to be asking in this context is: Does Israel's refusal to release its hostages give
This reminds me of a joke:
An Israeli and a Palestinian have just left court and are on the bus going to prison. The Palestinian asks the Israeli what he’s in for. The Israeli replies, ‘I ran over a kid in my car and left the scene of the accident. The poor kid is crippled for life.’ And the Palestinian asks how long his sentence was. The Israeli tells him he got six months and asks what he’s in for. ‘I was caught driving without headlights.’ ‘So what did they give you?’ ‘Six years.’ The Israeli tells the Palestinian that seems a bit extreme, but the Palestinian tells him, ‘Actually, the judge was quite lenient. He said he’d have given me life if I had done it after dark.’
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But wait a second. Didn’t I just send you $3 billion? Oh, you spent it all on missiles. I guess that’s alright, then. I especially like the bit about ‘Anyone in need is being helped regardless of background or religious affiliation.’ Talk about chutzpah! I guess the Jews invented it, so we ought to be good at it
It’s getting a bit old by now, so I guess I’d better post this before it gets any older. If anyone is actually reading this blog, I strongly advise you to check out this brilliant analysis of an editorial in last Friday’s NY Times. I don’t think I could have done any better myself: http://www.wsws.org/articles/2006/jul2006/nyti-j22.shtml. Onya, Bazza!
And speaking of old stuff, I recently came across Moshe Machover’s December 2004 piece on the apartheid metaphor: http://www.jewishvoiceforpeace.org/publish/article_417.shtml. I may do a little critique of it some time. Watch this space.
You’d think it would require a greater expenditure of resources to rebuild a power plant than to blow one up, but the generous Dr Rice yesterday ‘expressed concern for Lebanese suffering, and the
Monday, the United Nations appealed for $150 million in relief for
I don’t think he factored in that the bombing and incursions haven’t stopped and the number of displaced people and lost infrastructure is only going to increase. And I don’t recollect anything about reconstruction in that figure. In contrast, the
The same article reports:
Responding to criticism over the large number of civilian deaths in
Whoops! Don’t they reckon that foreseeable ‘collateral damage’ is equivalent to deliberately targeting civilians – if you expect something to happen and it does happen, it doesn’t matter if that wasn’t your stated objective. But that rule doesn’t apply to ‘us’. On the contrary, blowing up ambulances in a good cause is ok:
Overnight, two Red Cross ambulances were bombed within moments of each other while taking wounded people to
Last week, the Times reported:
Opinion polls show that Israelis back the