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Sunday, July 30, 2006
Due to a business trip, I will be publishing Madman a little sporadically. I apologize for the lateness and briefness of Weekend Madman. -NG
After a horrific miscalculation which caused the deaths of 56 people in Qana, Southern Lebanon, Israel decided to take a step back. Prime Minister Ehud Olmert agreed to a 48 hour cessation of air attacks and to give those who wish to leave the Hezbollah stronghold (southern Lebanon) a chance to do so. But this two day, self-imposed restriction is a one-way deal. Hezbollah, part of the governing body of Lebanon and the only political entity in the nation with its own militia, won't be using this time to think about their part in all of the killing.
After all, killing is what they do best.
"There is no cease-fire and there is no cessation of hostilities. We are looking for something much more than that."
-Lebanese special envoy Nouhad Mahoud, to reporters, at the UN
We all know what Hezbollah wants from Israel... Its destruction.
Israeli bombs struck a building nest to the one where the 56-plus people were housed, many of them children. Unfortunately, Hezbollah used those citizens which they claim to represent as human shields. It seems that this "building next door" was the launching pad of rockets aimed at Israel. By the way, when Hezbollah rockets hit Israeli women and children, those who launch them cheer.
A few days ago, I printed an idea that called for the nations of the world to put their own children in harm's way and create a buffer zone in southern Lebanon. Today, I heard the same idea on CNN and, of all places, on Meet the Press from the mouth of Tom Friedman.
One of us is getting soft, or the solution is obvious to everyone except the Bush administration.
In his interview by Tim Russert, Friedman said that the Bushies just don't get it. They send "Can-Do-Nothing" Rice to the middle east to shake a hand or two and get her picture taken while the killing still persists. There comes a time when the big boys on the block (that us, by the way) have to take a stand, not a pose.
One wonders what planet Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice landed from, thinking she can build an international force to take charge in south Lebanon without going to Damascus and trying to bring the Syrians on board.
-Friedman in The New York Times, July 26, 2006
Ignoring the obvious short-term solution of a cease-fire, and the longer term solution of the buffer zone only makes the Bushies look stupid and stubborn, like a child who can't admit a mistake.
This isn't just bad luck. This is bad leadership. With Bush at the helm, the world is a much more dangerous place.
What I Fear - Mel Gibson
As a Jew, I fear Mel Gibson. Late last night (or early this morning) "Braveheart" let spew his hatred of Jews in an alcohol-induced tirade (1.2 o the Gibson scale) to show his true face (it looks a lot like his dad's, Hunter).
Gibson went so far as to ask the trooper who pulled him over "Are you a Jew."
Gibson did, however, offer an apology. After all, we all know the Jews run Hollywood (not me, of course).
"I acted like a person completely out of control when I was arrested and said things that I do not believe to be true and which are despicable,"
But when asked if he believed what his father had to say about the Holocaust (the Jews weren't killed by hitler. They all moved to Cincinnati), Gibson had a big, fat "No Comment".
I'm all for second chances, but how many second chances does one man get?
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