12 November 2006

Bravo for life's little ironies

You can wish upon a star...

The program Sunday Morning on CBS had a segment today on the movie Bobby which had a quote in it from Robert Kennedy. "We are," he said, "a nation of compassion, a nation of peace, not a nation of war."

Kennedy was shot, I was reminded, by Sirhan Sirhan, a Palestinian.
Of course, you can also try to reason with a cat... for all the good it will do.

Read the rest... at Meso West.

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Anonymous said...

Rabin was shot by a right-wing conservative Zionist/Jew. What's your point?

Neo Conservative said...

how about... only a fool brings a knife to a gunfight?

actually, osama made the point better than i ever could, when he said, "people see a weak horse and a strong horse... and they are attracted to the strong horse."

you go ahead and put your head on the block... i won't go quietly.

Anonymous said...

True, we don't examine the reason why terrorism exists...but to assume it's religion is to ignore the facts.

Terrorism is about repression, occupation and the politics of power and money. Religion is merely the rallying cry that BOTH sides use to unite against the perceived enemy.

If you are interested in the truth, I could recommend some books - not books of opinion but based on fact and analysis of events on the ground.

Neo Conservative said...

thanks for the offer... pls do.

of course, if you think about the number of people who have been slaughtered throughout history because one side thought their beads were holier than the next guy's beads...

i'm currently reading and thoroughly enjoying "america alone" by mark steyn.

Anonymous said...

Nice expression - "beads." The problem is, I believe both sides in the so-called "war on terror" are claiming to have the "holier beads."

What's "America Alone" about?

If you are interested, "Dying to Win" by Robert Pape provides an interesting analysis of why terrorism - specifically suicide terrorism - exists. Lots of hard facts and statistical analysis, not big on opinion.

Right now I'm finishing "Dining with Terrorists" by Phil Rees...interesting book, reads like Kaplan's "Balkan Ghosts" or "Soldiers of God" (both excellent, if you haven't read them).

Rees writes with lots of description and a good dose of neutrality.

As for a focus specifically on Palestine - of course, "The Question of Palestine" by Edward Said is good. But "In the land of Israel" by Amos Oz provides a good look at the conflict from an Israeli's point of view.