- MondoWeiss gets the "facts straight" on Hamas
- On the ashton heap of current events
- Be careful with those things or you'll put out somebody's eye
Posted: 14 Jun 2010 04:59 PM PDT
Every so often I like to stroll over to the MondoWeiss olam. A current post proposes "Let's get the facts straight on Hamas." Sounds good to me. How does Hamas feel about the "two-state solution" anyway? Meshaal is quoted from what we are told is a recent interview:
If Israel withdraws to the borders of 1967, and from East Jerusalem, that will become the capital of the Palestinian state with the right of self -- with the right of return for the refugees and with a Palestinian state with real sovereignty on the land and on the borders and on the checkpoints. Then we -- the Palestinian state will decide the future of the relationship with Israel. And we will respect the decision that will reflect the viewpoint of the majority of the Palestinian people both inside and outside Palestine.Our intrepid Mondoweissnik comments:
Does that sound like "total war" against Israel?Well yes, actually, it does. Did our intrepid Mondoweissnik read what he posted? Meshaal has stated yet again that if Israel meets all Hamas demands, it won't get anything definite in return.
Crossposted on Judeopundit
Posted: 14 Jun 2010 04:02 AM PDT
Lady Ashton wrote yesterday about Ending Gaza's dangerous isolation:
Two questions arise. How can we help to improve the daily lives of the people of Gaza? How can we help to enhance the security of the people of Israel? Those two questions must be answered together, for any attempt to answer them separately is doomed to fail.
Lady Ashton's main concern is that the world should be able to enjoy genuine Persian carpets made in Gaza.
Elder of Ziyon commenting on an article written about Gaza notes that the article ignores (or doesn't emphasize) what's really going on:
Yes, there is an embargo - one that the Quartet agreed to. Yes, there are challenges for Gaza families to get things done.
(Lady Ashton, to her credit, makes a perfunctory mention of Gilad Shalit.)
There's something oddly self serving about Lady Ashton's article. She doesn't want to be deprived of her carpets. But is she really trying to help? Again Elder of Ziyon:
Which brings up another underreported story - the fact that the so-called humanitarian groups are not motivated by love of Arabs, but rather by hate of Israel.
Lady Ashton and some of her fellow travelers probably don't think too deeply about their motivations, but their actions speak quite loudly. Shame on the New York Times for giving Lady Ashton (not to mention Roger Cohen) this opportunity.
Crossposted on Yourish.
Posted: 13 Jun 2010 08:08 PM PDT
There apparently are real life light sabres. (h/t Sabba Hillel)
With recent advances in lasers, many have fantasized about creating "real life lightsabers". Many military commanders have fantasized about creating portable blasters along the lines of those portrayed in fictional workers like Star Trek and Star Wars. The Spyder III Pro Arctic laser from WickedLasers can be seen perhaps as the culmination of those efforts and perhaps the first consumer laser weapon.
But these things are not toys.
And here's the best (or worst) part -- it can set people (or things) on fire. Apparently the laser is so high powered that shining it on fleshy parts will cause them to burst into flames. Of course it's equally capable of blinding people.
What about chopping off hands?
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