Thursday, July 13, 2006

Israel's Malice

Pierre's Latest:

There is fair retaliation, then there’s malice: the destruction of the Qasmiyeh bridge on Lebanon’s coastal north-south highway by the Israeli army on Wednesday dispels any notion that the July 12 attack was motivated purely by Hezbollah’s capture of two Israeli soldiers. Malice, the kind of malice that’s been uprooting Palestinians’ olive trees purely as expressions of vindictive power for years (“terrorists” don’t grow on trees, nor have olives been known to be used as particularly effective projectiles by Palestinian insurgents) was at play in this latest “incursion,” the first serious one in six years. Not that the attack itself was justified retaliation: countries don’t generally invade other countries with tanks and bombing runs when a few of their men are captured. But we’re in the Middle East, where nut-mongering is the rule and the laws of war a punch line to something Cheneyesque. Invasions are Mideast history’s commutes. Israel's Malice in full...

And Candide Recommends:
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  • The war on immigrants continues to evolve brash and bigoted weaponry: The Wall Street Journal today reports on how “politicians from Massachusetts to California are drawing up laws and ordinances to limit illegal immigrants' access to jobs, housing and government services. The officials argue that illegal residents are overburdening local schools and hospitals and straining public finances.” The piece follows up on a similar take by The New York Times on Sunday, which focused on the racist mayor of Avon Park, Fla., who, like a brother-bigot mayor in Hazelton, Pa., pushing a similarly racist ordinance in his town, longs for the days when “nuclear families were the only occupants of single-family homes in their towns, every resident paid taxes and English was the only language heard on the streets.”