Archive for January 2, 2009

Karuthammer bottom lines it

Posted: January 2, 2009 by datechguy in opinion/news
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Charles Karuthammer states some inconvenient facts, at least inconvenient to some.

For Hamas, the only thing more prized than dead Jews are dead Palestinians. The religion of Jew-murder and self-martyrdom is ubiquitous. And deeply perverse, such as the Hamas TV children’s program in which an adorable live-action Palestinian Mickey Mouse is beaten to death by an Israeli (then replaced by his more militant cousin, Nahoul the Bee, who vows to continue on Mickey’s path to martyrdom).

At war today in Gaza, one combatant is committed to causing the most civilian pain and suffering on both sides. The other combatant is committed to saving as many lives as possible — also on both sides. It’s a recurring theme. Israel gave similar warnings to Southern Lebanese villagers before attacking Hezbollah in the Lebanon war of 2006. The Israelis did this knowing it would lose for them the element of surprise and cost the lives of their own soldiers.

He also mentions something that is very true and ignored by everyone for some reason

That is the asymmetry of means between Hamas and Israel. But there is equal clarity regarding the asymmetry of ends. Israel has but a single objective in Gaza — peace: the calm, open, normal relations it offered Gaza when it withdrew in 2005. Doing something never done by the Turkish, British, Egyptian and Jordanian rulers of Palestine, the Israelis gave the Palestinians their first sovereign territory ever in Gaza.

The Arabs and their supports spend a lot of time beating their breasts over the Palestinians but as a rule they are treated as 2nd class citizens all over the Arab world. The Irony is that they performance the one time that they were given total control of a region may actually justify that decision.

To paraphrase a US congressman from the last century: “The difference between War and what was happening before the attack on Gaza was one side wasn’t shooting back.”

The biggest news you haven’t heard today

Posted: January 2, 2009 by datechguy in Uncategorized
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Gateway Pundit reports on some huge news in Iraq:

The US turned over control of the Green Zone to Iraq today in what is being called a restoration of Iraq’s sovereignty.

This would seem huge news to me but apparently to nobody else since I don’t see it being widely reported.

In a few years you will read about how “we” succeeded brilliantly in the Iraq war and the we will be used by pols and commentators who opposed it bitterly. It will be like France post WW II where there saying went if everybody who said so was in the resistance then there would have been nobody left to collaborate.

10 Doctors + 1?

Posted: January 2, 2009 by datechguy in doctor who
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Tomorrow on BBC 1 a special edition of Dr. Who Confidential called The 10 doctors will be broadcast at 5:35 PM England time.

It will have to go a long way to be better than this Ten Doctors but according to Life Doctor Who and Conbom it might break some big news for fans:

There is a serious rumour circulating that during the Ten Doctors special on BBC1 on Saturday, they will be announcing the next actor to play the Doctor. I’m not one to fall for rumours, but it looks to me like this may have some backbone, after all, why show this special at prime-time on a Saturday evening, when its all just repeat footage?

Since the clock is ticking (15 months to the 2010 season) there isn’t a ton of time left for the pick.

Adventures of Robin Hood Season 2: Review

Posted: January 2, 2009 by datechguy in amazon reviews
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My review of the 1950’s series The Adventures of Robin Hood Season 2. is now up at Amazon.com here.