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On “The next war in the Middle East coming soon to your home theater

@ CK MacLeod:
Here is Article III Part 2 of the treaty signed in 1979. the key word is "instigating." There is a difference between what is shown on state-run TV and on private channels.

Each Party undertakes to ensure that acts or threats of belligerency, hostility, or violence do not originate from and are not committed from within its territory, or by any forces subject to its control or by any other forces stationed on its territory , against the population, citizens or property of the other Party. Each Party also undertakes to refrain from organizing, instigating, inciting, assisting or participating in acts or threats of belligerency, hostility, subversion or violence against the other Party, anywhere, and undertakes to ensure that perpetrators of such acts are brought to justice.

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@ fuster:
The Israeli military is not a threat to Egypt unless Egypt wants it to be. Egypt and Israel have signed a peace treaty, which Egypt violates by showing movies on government TV of Jews murdering Christian children for their blood, etc. Israel ignores these violations for the sake of maintaining peace.

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Thanks, Miguel. The world forgets how counterproductive and unmotivated opposition to Israel is.

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@ fuster:
Perhaps the destruction of the regime occupying Tehran is the way to achieve a Palestinian state.
Happy St. Sylvester's Day.

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@ fuster:
As you say, Iran is blocking a deal. Iran's leaders never mention a Palestinian state. Neither does Hezbollah. The Hamas Charter excludes the possibility.
I don't believe there has ever been a public opinion poll in the Arab world asking the following question: Would you rather have a Palestinian state that lived in peace with Israel or would you prefer the destruction of Israel and no Palestine?
It seems to me that the choice of a world without Israel and without Palestine would win a clear majority of the votes.

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Right you are, fuster. Hezbollah has faith. Faith triumphs over trivialities like Palestinian independence.

On “How Stux’d up are Iran’s nukes? 2 years looks like… at least…

Iran is a threat to Israel, of course. That is the raison d'etre of the Khamenei regime. But a country that is devoting its energy to the attempted destruction of a state with which it has no quarrel is crazy. And a crazy nation is a threat to the whole world.
If Israel is the source of the Stuxnet virus, the whole world should be grateful. Needless to say, it won't be. It doesn't matter what Israel does. It is simply the most hated country on earth and that's all there is to it.

On “cool b/w photos

Wow! Beauty! Skin depth!

On “Zombie Contentions Year in Review

Thanks, Colin. I had been wondering what Zombie Contentions was about.

On “The real threat of resource war is over water, starting in the Middle East

@ fuster:
It's important to the Saudis for the Palestinians to remain a running sore and thus a way to delegitimize Israel. The Saudis have never attempted to ease the plight of the Palestinians--ever--although the cost to them would be trivial, considering their wealth.
The Saudis, as Wikileaks has shown, know that they have nothing to fear from Israel and everything to fear from Iran. They secretly urge the US to bomb Iran, but they publicly refuse to recognize Israel's existence, to say nothing ot its right to exist.
It's entirely possible to have a de facto alliance with a state one hopes will eventually be destroyed.

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The Israelis are in the forefront of desalinization technology. Desalinization is a necessity, given the increasing population of the world. Israel will enable life to continue on Planet Earth. The Israelis will never be forgiven for this if the information becomes available. The press is doing its best to hide the progress Israel is making, however, unaware that by doing so they are helping Israel to survive.

On “Iran is winning, Israel is losing

@ CK MacLeod:
The Shah, like all Iranian rulers going back to Cyrus, understood that Israel and Iran were natural allies. Khomeini changed that. Allies-shmallies, thought Khomeini. Virtue is what matters.

The most dangerous of all hatreds are those that have no motivation. Hitler is the best example.

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@ fuster:
1967, the year of the National Conference on the New Politics, was the year the far left swung into the ferociously anti-Israel position it has held ever since. In the days between the closing of the Straits of Tiran by Egypt and the start of the Six-Day War, the members of the Columbia Independent Committee on Vietnam, which I belonged to, suddenly began wishing for Israel's defeat. I had never heard anything like this before, and I still don't understand how they all became anti-Israel the same day. Then the war happened, and Israel won. The leftists never got over the bitterness of their disappointment.
Your comment about Lansky is a lie and a slur. In a world desperate to believe ever more bad things about Israel, it is also a danger.

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Iran and Cuba have always hated Israel and have always persecuted homosexuals. Castro has now apologized for his anti-gay policies:
http://blabbeando.blogspot.com/2010/08/fidel-castro-on-persecution-against.html
Castro has also begun to question Iran's ambitions and made some favorable remarks about Israel. He is no longer in power, but maybe he can influence his little brother to recognize Israel.

On “Sought/found

God could create the world, in all its wonder and complexity. Yet He didn't have the power simply to forgive sin. Punishment has to go somewhere.

Here is a paragraph of my review of CONSTANTINE'S SWORD:

Crucifixion had been a Roman method of execution for centuries. A cross, to the Romans of Constantine's day, must have had the same symbolism as a noose or an electric chair. It is entirely logical that "as Constantine was elevating the cross to the realm of the sacred, he was abolishing crucifixion as the Roman form of capital punishment" (p. 193). Crucifixion was no longer to be thought of as the way tens of thousands had suffered and died; since Constantine it has been associated only with Jesus — and perhaps with the two criminals who perished at the same time. Crucifixion, a viciously cruel form of execution, is a blot on the history of the Roman Empire. The fate of every person who died this way was as horrifying as the death of Jesus. Then why shouldn't the agony of each of these individuals be part of God's plan to save humanity from sin? Constantine's decision to end crucifixion had the effect of making the suffering of Jesus seem to be unique.

The complere review can be found here:
http://www.jochnowitz.net/Essays/Constantine.html

On “Defending Obama at leftwing blogs

Marx tried to describe a perfect society. If it was perfect, everybody would agree. There would be no professionals, we would all raise cattle and discuss literature.
Humans were meant to disagree. Disagreement is part of the path to finding out what reality is. Mao, Stalin, Pol Pot, and the Kim Dynasty all understood Marx perfectly. That's why they suppressed disagreement and did what they did.
The United States, with its endless disagreements, does a good job at making life easy for many of its citizens. Democracy is the political realization of the scientific method.
And as fuster wrote (#11), America in general and New York in particular have functioning hospitals, libraries, police departments, and transportation systems. New York's subway system is the best in the world. It runs all day and all night, and has close to a zero accident rate and crime rate.

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As you say in your response, Colin, "the activist conservative base consists of fantasists at least as far to the right as most of you are are to the left." The left is the right, since both sides have been swept up by blind faith. Jesus Marx = Karl Christ. The world is going through a stage of rhinoceritis.
http://www.jochnowitz.net/Essays/Rhinoceritis.html
What's to be done? Facts. There is nothing so beautiful as a fact. The world is real. The world is what's important.
The two parties have been fighting for ages about winning the title of Party of Hate. At the moment, the Republicans are way ahead, but these battles can seesaw. Instead of fighting, the two parties can resort to research.

On “Death to Zombie Contentions!

@ fuster:
Whenever I run into tourists from Holland, which I often do, I refer to the city as Nieuw Amsterdam.
I will grant, however, that conquests do lead to successful name changes. We say France and not Gaul.

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I love the name Zombie Contentions. Furthermore, changing names frequently leads to confusion.
In 1945, New York's 6th Avenue was renamed Avenue of the Americas. The new name never caught on. 60 years or so later, the city put up double signs at the corners, so that those looking for either 6th Avenue or Avenue of the Americas could find the addresses they sought.

On “God…

However, God is alive and well in the Muslim world. A man in the relatively liberal Palestinian Authority area (the West Bank) will be tried for heresy.

http://www.haaretz.com/news/international/palestinian-jailed-for-logging-on-to-facebook-as-god-to-criticize-islam-1.324302

On the other hand, my own heretical poem has elicited almost no response at all.
http://www.jochnowitz.net/Essays/AfterTheBinding.html

On “…power outage…

@ CK MacLeod:
In the days of radio, I always loved the Jack Benny program. Whenever a railroad station was part of the plot, one always heard the announcement, "Train leaving on Track 5 for Anaheim, Azusa, and Cucamonga." I hadn't realized that was the part of California you lived in until you mentioned Upland.

On “years and infirmities heavy upon him

I am reminded of the final days of our cat, Ebony. What I prefer to remember is the time when she was healthy. She loved to hear my poem. Somehow, she understood that it was about her.
http://www.jochnowitz.net/Essays/ToEbony.html

On “Finer than frog’s hair

@ CK MacLeod:
There is some dispute about Nathan Hale's last words.
http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:rMrgYDdMHhAJ:en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nathan_Hale+nathan+hale&cd=1&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us
His statue is there for all to see in City Hall Park, New York.

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As Benjamin Franklin might have said, "We must all blog together, or most assuredly, we shall all blog separately."

On “Mammals and amphibians kind of together – UPDATED

@ CK MacLeod:
Never in a million years would I ban sports. I believe in liberty. Liberty includes the right to ignore professional sports. It includes the right to think thoughts that nobody else has ever thought. I am the first person in the world who thinks with enough originality to have discovered that professional sports has no importance and is of no interest.

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