Amen Amen Amen, Azmi sums up an essential problem with the conflict ; it is based on an irrational push to create a democratic society in which only jews may participate, but can such an underlying racist doctrine provide the foundation for a democracy.

A Palestinian Speaks Against Israeli Prejudices
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  • I’m curious to hear your thoughts on the current calls for Olmert to resign, and from which quarter are they coming.

  • just as i oppose impeachment of bush because i dont want cheney as pres, i dont want olmert to resign because a real monster of a human being lies waiting in the wings, benjamin netanyahu

    he proclaimed that the sept 11 attacks were “great for israel”, and i will never forget these comments, and i hope that guy rots in hell

  • Yeah, I thought as much. Call for Olmert’s resignation reminds me of the Rumsfeld situation, in which Rummy, a proponent of a smaller stealthy army, gets tossed in favor of a surge-producing, unwieldy and larger army. If you don’t like Rummy then I hope you like a bigger army expending more tax dollars. Sadly, the downside for conservatives is that often the expansion of the military budget precedes the expansion of the domestic budget…ugh.

  • Hi Scottie,

    I would like to play a game with you (and anyone else willing).

    Assume everything is the same as it is right now in the world (each country has the same constitutions, political make-up, and aspirations for the world at large as they do now). Also, the U.N. is just as feckless and ineffective as it is now.

    I can gather by your posts, you are very unhappy with U.S. leadership in the world. What country would you have in our place (power-wise)? Please choose from these possible alternatives: U.K., Russia, China, France, Germany, Japan, or India?

    Please refrain from a ‘coalition’. They are a way for everyone to do nothing.

    thanks for playing

  • i’ll offer some comments to your proposed game.

    you assume that i would be happier with another government occupying the main hegemonistic role in the world today. as i am not a citizen of these other countries you mention, i am hesitant to speak about their problems, which all nations have.

    but the nuanced innuendo you deliver is that the US, while imperfect, is still better than the other choices.

    my commentary is basically motivated by the will to improve certain situations which i find intolerable. constructivism can only work when people en masse learn about the inner workings of their governments, and try to seek out improvements which are in the best interests of the nation as a whole.

    to answer your query honestly, i think the french have a stronger democracy than we do. having spent much time in france, the french are less hypnotized by talking heads on TV and in government, they debate politics much more freely, and are very interested in their governance. i do not agree with all of their economic programs, but i respect their approach of letting their neighbors decide their own brand of governance, something the still-young US could learn a lesson from.

    having escaped a monarchy through a very bloody revolution, and having tried a military dictatorship as well, they arrived at their current democracy after having tried other systems. to that end, i surmise that the US maybe lacks the perspective that france has.

    but i pose a question to you, with a preface :

    when it was france’s turn to vote yay or nay to the EU constitution, Chirac could have voted yay, but decided to pass this huge responsibility onto the french electorate in the form of a referendum. the french people voted nay, and the dutch followed suit.
    on important issues, is the US government willing to allow their people to decide in similar fashion? would the US government allow a referendum on recalling the troops from the iraq occupation, given what we know now? would the US government allow the people to consider the contitutionality of the federal reserve system, or its partner in crime, the income tax legislation, both passed in 1913?
    would the US government allow its people to adjudicate on the various UN resolutions in the security council the US has vetoed on behalf of israel?

    whatever your political stances on these issues, i think there is only one obvious answer to these questions.

    because france did let its citizens decide an important issue, i’ll go with france as my response, while noting that a balance of power is probably the best situtation !

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