I am prepared to be the price Gad Ezra writing to his girlfriend Galit: My dear Galit, If this letter reaches you, it means that something has happened to me. My love, on one hand there is nothing in the world that I want more than to be with you, to love you and to build a home and a family with you. But on the other hand, there is nothing I want more than to go out on this operation and hit these bastards, so they won’t think of doing another terrorist attack. So that they will know they are paying a price. I am prepared to be that price… I will always think of you, wherever I will be and I’ll make sure you meet a person who will make you happier than I have… Promise me you will carry on. That is how it should be, that is right. Gadi ______________________ March 2002. 23 year-old reserve soldier Gad Ezra, wrote this letter to his girlfriend, whom he was about to marry. About a month later, on 4th April, he was killed in the IDF operation in Jenin. “Ha’ir” local Tel-Aviv paper, 26th September, 2002.The Following letter was written by Sullivan Ballou to his wife Sarah a week before the First Battle of Bull Run where he was killed. My very dear Sarah: The indications are very strong that we will move in a few days - perhaps tomorrow. Lest I should not be able to write you again, I feel impelled to write a few lines that may fall under your eye when I shall be no more. Our movement may be one of a few days duration and full of pleasure - or it may be one of sever conflict and death to me. Not my will, but thine, O God, be done. If it is necessary that I should fall on the battlefield for my country, I am ready. I have no misgivings about, or lack of confidence in, the cause in which I am engaged, and my courage does not halt or falter. I know how strongly American Civilization now leans upon the triumph of the government, and how great a debt we owe to those who went before us through the blood and suffering of the Revolution. And I am willing - perfectly willing - to lay down all my joys in this life to help maintain this government, and to pay that debt. But, my dear wife, when I know that with my own joys I lay down nearly all of yours, and replace them in this life with cares and sorrows - when, after having eaten for long years the bitter fruit of orphanage myself, I must offer it as their only sustenance to my dear little children - is it weak or dishonorable, while the banner of my purpose floats calmly and proudly in the breeze, that my unbounded love for you, my darling wife and children, should struggle in fierce, though useless, contest with my love of country? I cannot describe to you my feelings on this calm summer night, when two thousand men are sleeping around me, many of them enjoying the last, perhaps, before that of death - and I, suspicious that Death is creeping behind me with his fatal dart, am communing with God, my country, and thee. I have sought most closely and diligently, and often in my breast, for a wrong motive in thus hazarding the happiness of those I loved, and I could not find one. A pure love of my country and the principles I have often advocated before the people and "the name of honor that I love more than I fear death" have called upon me, and I have obeyed. Sarah, my love for you is deathless, it seems to bind me to you with mighty cables that nothing but Omnipotence could break; and yet my love of Country comes over me like a strong wind and bears me irresistibly on, with all these chains, to the battlefield. The memories of the blissful moments I have spent with you come creeping over me, and I feel most gratified to God and to you that I have enjoyed them so long. And hard for me it is to give them up and burn to ashes the hopes of future years when, God willing, we might still have lived and loved together, and seen our sons grow up to honorable manhood around us. I have, I know, but few and small claims upon Divine Providence, but something whispers to me - perhaps it is the wafted prayer of my little Edgar - that I shall return to my loved ones unharmed. If I do not, my dear Sarah, never forget how much I love you, and when my last breath escapes me on the battlefield, it will whisper your name. Forgive my many faults, and the many pains I have caused you. How thoughtless and foolish I have often times been! How gladly would I wash out with my tears every little spot upon your happiness, and struggle with all the misfortune of this world, to shield you and my children from harm. But I cannot. I must watch you from the spirit land and hover near you, while you buffet the storms with your precious little freight, and wait with sad patience till we meet to part no more. But, O Sarah! If the dead can come back to this earth and flit unseen around those they loved, I shall always be near you; in the garish day and in the darkest night - amidst your happiest scenes and gloomiest hours - always, always; and if there be a soft breeze upon your cheek, it shall be my breath; or the cool air fans your throbbing temple, it shall be my spirit passing by. Sarah, do not mourn me dead; think I am gone and wait for thee, for we shall meet again. As for my little boys, they will grow as I have done, and never know a father's love and care. Little Willie is too young to remember me long, and my blue-eyed Edgar will keep my frolics with him among the dimmest memories of his childhood. Sarah, I have unlimited confidence in your maternal care and your development of their characters. Tell our mothers I call God's blessing upon them. O Sarah, I wait for you there! Come to me, and lead thither my children. - Sullivan Just a little dose of reality.
As members of the discussion thread over at LGF point out, with links to many, many disturbingly technical reference documents, this is more than sufficient material to construct at least one device. Possibly up to four if you've got a really efficient design. Indications are that 'it's a plant' idealistic denials are already springing up. Many, in the deep thrall of pacifistic denial will still insist on proof that such a shipment actually got through. Since the unfortunate fact is that such proof could well be in the form of a nuclear detonation, such a demand is just plain bonkers.
The much more relevant question is - 'Can you absolutely beyond doubt prove that a shipment of this kind has not gotten through?' A follow up to this is - 'How many lives are you willing to wager against your answer?' And at the risk of becoming a boorish lout on the subject - 'Does that number include your own?'
My answers would be - absolutely not even with 'inspections'; only as many as it will take to lance this boil on civilization's backside named Saddam; and yes, as a matter of fact.
So again - is it Candygram Time yet?
The boys of the place made some comment upon it, and the Lord Provost fell back on the hoary old "out of context" defence. But now he's made it worse. The mask well and truly slips when you read this statement.
“Obviously he [Black] has gone through a difficult experience, but the Israeli state has been perpetrating state terrorism on the Palestinians since the state of Israel was formed. The Palestinian people are being brutalised and terrorised on a daily basis.”
Thank you for clearing that up. Now we know where we stand. Perhaps the Glasgow Jewish Community might care to give the Lord Provost some honour in recognition of his "good relationship:" with them. I suggesta formal ceremony at the synagogue where he can be formally invested with the ancient Hebrew title given to gentile leaders who prove thmselves to be such friends to us. Ben Sharmuta.
Mr Mosson said that he enjoyed “a good relationship with the Jewish community. “My great-grandmother was Jewish, so I’m not going to have all these idiots, these Zionists, saying that I’m anti-Semitic.”
The stumbling block I faced after September 11th ripped away all illusions for good was that I had completely internalised the notion that "Right-Wing" was a synonymn for "Evil". The right simply didn't care about anyone who wasn't rich and powerful. The right were just looking out for their own selfish class interests, and wanted to send children down mines and up chimneys, while black people went back to the cotton fields. It wasn't until I began seriously reading conservative websites, especially the National Review, that it began to dawn on me how wrong my ideas were. Conservatives actually do care very much. I haven't met a single conservative who wishes to hold people back because of their race or religion. None of them are opposed to poor people become wealthier. In fact they would applaud such a thing. The difference is that conservatives try to change the real world, and that's a tough job, often requiring a long time and plenty of hard work Liberals change the words they use to describe the real world, and imagine it's genuine change. Take the example of a guy in a wheelchair. A conservative might say "Tough break, you're crippled. Is they anything you CAN do?" "Yeah, I can write a bit, and I did well at English in school." "I know a guy needs a proof-reader. Interested? "Sure. Is his place accessible to wheelchairs?" "Don't think so. How much does a ramp cost?" "If he gives me a job, we could work something out about sharing the cost perhaps." "Yeah, if he's getting a useful employee and you're geting a job, that might work. Here's the number, good luck". Wheras a liberal might say "You're NOT a cripple. That's a harsh and uncaring thing to say! You're 'differently abled'. There, feel better?" "Not really". "Well there's gratitude for you..."
I have always described myself as a liberal or progressive. I am a gay man living in Manhattan, I am pro-choice, a registered Democrat and have been active in gay organizations from ACT UP to HRCF. However since 9/11 I find myself growing more and more estranged from the left. They just seem clueless and adrift, bitter and angry. The immediate reaction of some on the left to 9/11 was appalling. The creeping anti-Semitism of the left is especially shocking and hypocritical. This one question of the Middle East has led me to examine all my left leaning beliefs. And I am not alone particularly here in New York. People who would normally be described as left are taking tentative steps in the same direction-rightward. We feel guilty about it and are afraid to discuss our new found politics with our friends.
I guess if you can force someone of his standing to grovel in the dirt before you, you've pretty much made your point - that absolutely no one is safe from medieval fanatics who want to drag us all back behind ghetto walls where they can rule us like tin gods. If we condemn this phenomenon in Islam, it should be condemned in Judaism as well. And what was the horrendous theological crime the Chief Rabbi committed which warrants such a serious charge? This...
CHIEF RABBI Dr Jonathan Sacks this week agreed to rewrite passages in his latest book after a Manchester rabbi publicly questioned whether its views on other religions might amount to “heresy.” Rabbi Sacks flew to Manchester, with the head of the London Beth Din, Dayan Chanoch Ehrentreu, on Wednesday for a closed-door meeting with local rabbis, following the pulpit remarks by Rabbi Yossi Chazan, minister of one of the city’s largest Orthodox congregations — Holy Law South Broughton.
Blasphemy! Stone him! Stone him! Erect the stakes in Smithfeild again and start collecting wood for the pious bonfires, it's time for Bloody Mary to regn in terror once more! I wonder if, like Bishop Cranmer, Sacks will thrust the hand that signed his recantation into the fire in order to punish it? I actually interviewed the Chief Rabbi once in New Zealand, and found him to be witty, erudite, accessible and genuinely spiritual. He and I would of course disagree vehemently on a lot of things, but he struck me as being someone who genuinely listens to the other side in a debate, and tries to reach as much common ground as possible. If such a thing is possible, he is a cultural Anglican in the "more tea vicar?" mould. Politeness, moderation and avoidance of conflict are his hallmarks. Maybe he is simply TOO police. Why such a great Jewish leader should feel the need to humble himself before a pinhead like Ehrentreu who thinks the world went to hell in a handbasket when Jews were granted civil rights after the French Revolution is beyond me. If he can force Sacks to submit, no one is beyond his reach. Oh well, more refugees will be clambering aboard the Progressive and Masorti movements as the good ship Modern Orthodoxy slips beneath the waves. Ehrentreu thinks we can breath water, but anyone who stays with the ship out of loyalty will only serve to prove him wrong
Rabbi Sacks wrote that “God has spoken to mankind in many languages: through Judaism to Jews, Christianity to Christians, Islam to Muslims.” The book also stated that “no one creed has a monopoly on spiritual truth; no one civilisation encompasses all the spiritual, ethical and artistic expressions of mankind… “In heaven there is truth; on earth there are truths… God is greater than religion; He is only partially comprehended by any faith.”
Er...quite. Perhaps she's channelling Robert DeNiro as Al Capone in "The Untouchables". I want this guy dead! I want his family dead! I want his house burned to the ground! I want to go there in the middle of the night and piss on his ashes! Of course he goes on to say something else worth remembering. You can get further with a kind word and a gun than you can with just a kind word. And of course there's that memorable excgange in which Sean Connery introduces Kevin Costner to Chicago Rules. Malone:You said you wanted to get Capone. Do you really wanna get him? You see what I'm saying is, what are you prepared to do? Eliot Ness: Anything and everything in my power. Malone: And THEN what are you prepared to do? If you open the can on these worms you must be prepared to go all the way because they're not gonna give up the fight until one of you is dead. Eliot Ness: How do you do it then? Malone: You wanna know how you do it? Here's how, they pull a knife, you pull a gun. He sends one of yours to the hospital, you send one of his to the morgue! That's the Chicago way, and that's how you get Capone! Now do you want to do that? Are you ready to do that? Eliot Ness: I have sworn to capture this man with all legal powers at my disposal and I will do so. Malone: Well the Lord hates a coward. Do you know what a blood oath is Mr. Ness? Eliot Ness: Yes. Malone: Good, cause you just took one. Which ultimately leads to this..... Eliot Ness: I'm going to see you burn because you killed my friend. Frank Nitti: He died like a pig. Eliot Ness: What did you say? Frank Nitti: I said your friend died screaming like a stuck Irish pig. Now you think about that when I beat the rap. [Ness, enraged, grabs Nitti and throws him off the building ledge. Nitti wails as he falls] Eliot Ness: "Did it sound anything like THAT?
Gore also complained that Bush has made the "rest of the world" angry at us. Boo hoo hoo. He said foreigners are not worried about "what the terrorist networks are going to do, but about what we're going to do." Good. They should be worried. They hate us? We hate them. Americans don't want to make Islamic fanatics love us. We want to make them die. There's nothing like horrendous physical pain to quell angry fanatics. So sorry they're angry – wait until they see American anger. Japanese kamikaze pilots hated us once too. A couple of well-aimed nuclear weapons, and now they are gentle little lambs. That got their attention.
A German television network says it had made a scientific study of 450 photographs of Saddam Hussein, and concluded there are at least three doubles posing as the Iraqi president.Well damn, there's three more bullets we're going to have to use then.
Yeah, well I've known people with a deeply held conviction that the way to solve poverty is to give more money to government bureaucracies, that doesn't make them right. May I point out that these are the same moral luminaries who were so eager to fellate Suharto, who who all eagerly participated in the "please may I lick the blood off your tank treads" school of foriegn policy which did so much to alleviate the sufferings of the East Timorese people. Oh sorry, that's right, it didn't. While the TNI was murdring people and chucking them into mass graves, this trio was either a) Allowing the Indonesians to invade in the first place b) Wandering around a Memphis hotel room looking for their trousers or c) Weeping on national television. Excuse me while I point out how much I don't care what they think.
An alliance of former prime ministers, opposition leaders and defence chiefs has made a united stand against Australia joining a military attack on Iraq without United Nations backing. The group, including five former Liberal and Labor leaders, declared it would be a failure of duty for the Howard Government to involve Australia in such an attack. In a letter published in The Age today, the former political leaders and military chiefs say they share a "deeply held conviction" about the prospect of war against Iraq.
Dr. Schlambaugh, a senior lecturer at the Chemical Engineering Department,University of Oklahoma, is known for posing questions on final exams like: "Why do airplanes fly?" In May a few years ago, the "Momentum, Heat and Mass Transfer " exam paper contained the question: "Is Hell exothermic or endothermic? Support your answer with proof." Most students wrote proofs of their beliefs using Boyle's Law or similar. One student, however, wrote the following: First, we must postulate that if souls exist, they must have some mass. If they do, then a mole of souls also must have a mass. So, at what rate are souls moving into hell and at what rate are souls leaving? I think we can safely assume that once a soul gets to Hell, it does not leave. Therefore, no souls are leaving. As for souls entering Hell, let's look at the different religions that exist in the world today. Some religions say that if you are not a member of their religion, you will go to Hell. Since there are more than one of these religions, and people do not belong to more than one religion, we can project that all people and all souls go to Hell. With the birth and death rates what they are, we can expect the number of souls in Hell to increase exponentially. Now, we look at the rate of change in the volume of Hell. Boyle's Law states that in order for the temperature and pressure in Hell to stay the same, the ratio of the mass of the souls and volume needs to stay constant. [Answer 1] So, if Hell is expanding at a slower rate than the rate at which souls enter Hell, then the temperature in Hell will increase until all Hell breaks loose. [Answer 2] Of course, if Hell is expanding at a rate faster than the increase in souls in Hell, then the temperature and pressure will drop until Hell freezes over. So which is it? If we accept the postulate (given to me by Teresa Banyan during freshman year) that "it'll be a cold day in Hell before I sleep with you", and taking into account that I still have not succeeded in having sexual relations with her, then [Answer 2] cannot be correct; ...... thus, Hell is exothermic. The student got the only A.Silent Running, keeping you up to date with all the heady questions facing modern man...
Says it all really. That's pretty much my own experience (aside from that whole not being an Israeli thing)
To: email@example.com Subject: New York Observer article Dear Mr. Weiss, I read your article today, and I disagree with most of it. Just to give you an idea of my perspective, I'm a Canadian-Israeli dual citizen who has worked for left-wing causes in both countries since I was 17. I have always voted NDP in Canada, and when I came to Israel in 1996, I was a Peres/Meretz supporter. In '98 I voted Meretz for the Tel-Aviv municipal elections. In 1999, I voted for Barak and Shinui. Religious fundamentalists, whether Jewish or Christian, trouble me a great deal. Last year, I voted for Sharon.
What he said....
Many other erstwhile Barak/"peace camp" supporters did the same. Your article shows no understanding whatsoever of what has changed in the last two years, in Israel or among American Jews, and dismisses without consideration the legitimate and weighty reasons behind changes of perspective. Instead of attempting to grapple with the political trends to which you refer, this piece takes the easy way out with a very, very slanted commentary that verges on caricature. Like most propagandistic dissections of Israel, the article uses the word "Zionist" almost as a swearword, leaving readers the impression that Zionism is something unholy, when in fact it refers simply to the right of Jews to exercise national sovereignty, just as other nations do. At one point you back your claims about Jewish influence on the US administration by saying that "Jewish money may be the most important segment of Democractic fund-raising." That may be true, but last time I checked, Bush was a Republican. His strong pro-Israel stand is obviously the result of more than Jewish money, just as previous Republican presidents who backed Israel had other considerations, most importantly American strategic interests. The article fails utterly to deal with the reasons why a lot of Jewish - and Israeli - liberals have toughened their positions over the last two years, completely ignoring reality. And again we see the futile bleat about "the occupation" being the issue - Israel offered to end it, and mass Palestinian violence was the response. Many Israelis and diaspora Jews remain sympathetic to Palestinian nationalism - but we also recognize that the current PA leadership is working for a one-state, not two-state, solution, and that Israel has the right to protect itself. In discussing the McKinneys, the article completely misses out on the fact that the senior McKinney has repeatedly made anti-Semitic (not just anti-Israel) statements, and that his daughter has made morally and ethically questionable interventions in US foreign policy on issues other than Israel, and that many of her constituents were becoming embarrassed by her stands and troubled by her focus on such issues to the detriment of her responsibility to represent them on bread and butter issues. Cynthia McKinney was defeated by 16 points - AND was funded by Arab money - two points missing from the article that would help the reader recognize that her loss was clearly the product of more than Jewish money. Her constituents didn't want her, so she lost - welcome to democracy. An honest, rational, fact-based examination of Jewish lobbying is always welcome in the public sphere. You haven't provided it.
20 And HaShem said: 'Verily, the cry of Sodom and Gomorrah is great, and, verily, their sin is exceeding grievous. 21 I will go down now, and see whether they have done altogether according to the cry of it, which is come unto Me; and if not, I will know.' 22 And the men turned from thence, and went toward Sodom; but Abraham stood yet before HaShem. 23 And Abraham drew near, and said: 'Wilt Thou indeed sweep away the righteous with the wicked? 24 Peradventure there are fifty righteous within the city; wilt Thou indeed sweep away and not forgive the place for the fifty righteous that are therein? 25 That be far from Thee to do after this manner, to slay the righteous with the wicked, that so the righteous should be as the wicked; that be far from Thee; shall not the judge of all the earth do justly?' 26 And HaShem said: 'If I find in Sodom fifty righteous within the city, then I will forgive all the place for their sake.' 27 And Abraham answered and said: 'Behold now, I have taken upon me to speak unto the L-rd, who am but dust and ashes. 28 Peradventure there shall lack five of the fifty righteous; wilt Thou destroy all the city for lack of five?' And He said: 'I will not destroy it, if I find there forty and five.' 29 And he spoke unto Him yet again, and said: 'Peradventure there shall be forty found there.' And He said: 'I will not do it for the forty's sake.' 30 And he said: 'Oh, let not the L-rd be angry, and I will speak. Peradventure there shall thirty be found there.' And He said: 'I will not do it, if I find thirty there.' 31 And he said: 'Behold now, I have taken upon me to speak unto the L-rd. Peradventure there shall be twenty found there.' And He said: 'I will not destroy it for the twenty's sake.' 32 And he said: 'Oh, let not the L-rd be angry, and I will speak yet but this once. Peradventure ten shall be found there.' And He said: 'I will not destroy it for the ten's sake.' 33 And HaShem went His way, as soon as He had left off speaking to Abraham; and Abraham returned unto his place.Unfortunately, as we all know, Sodom and Gomorrah are no longer there.
Right. When one marries a person from another country or culture, it is only natural that as the result of the union, that there be some sort of assimilation/acceptance of the significant other's lifestyle. This then has to be the ultimate immersion in cultural adoption I've come across in some time. Once again, I'm leaping off a cliff of choice, evaluating something as right or wrong. I might be hesitant to make the leap, if we were considering learning to appreciate Latino Salsa music, or to prepare Japanese sushi delicacies, or going completely vegan in adoption of a Hindu partner's religious outlook, or heck, even the choice to wear a burqa when out in public.
But then again, maybe I'm missing the point here. Possibly the acclimation has not been cultural at all, but one of descent into totally unapologetic, brazen thuggery and unbridled opportunism. Either way, more proof that the inmates are firmly in control of the asylum, and are rolling out the red carpet for pshycopathic wannbees.
This story does have an enviable character - for his strength of character most certainly; the rest of his circumstance is something I'd think twice about wishing on my worst personal enemies. The sum of his public reaction?
"We are feeling very bitter about the whole thing," said Mr Schultz.Old school style understatement, that. I myself am feeling absolutely nauseous. Wind Rider
Non-US Forces In And Around Afghanistan International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) One Australian soldier; Austrian infantry unit; Belgium airlift; Bulgarian NBC unit; Czech field hospital; Danish infantry unit; Finnish civil-military co-operation unit; French medical training unit; German battalion; Italian assault, light armour, engineer, NBC and airlift units; Netherlands infantry and air transport support units; New Zealand airlift; Norwegian logistics unit; Portuguese medical unit and airlift; and UK infantry, engineer, assault, NBC, and other units. Other military operations in Afghanistan: Australian special operations forces (SOF); Canadian SOF; Danish airlift, strike aircraft and SOF; French SOF, air patrol, reconnaissance, infantry company in Mazar-e Sharif, airlift, strike aircraft; German SOF, leading and supporting the Kabul Multinational Brigade; Greek engineer unit, airlift; Netherlands air strike and airlift; New Zealand SOF; Norwegian SOF, mineclearing, airlift, air strike; Polish combat engineers; Romanian military police and airlift; Slovakian engineering unit; Swedish intelligence unit; Turkish infantry unit; and UK SOF and mineclearing. Other operations in Afghanistan: Belgium led the largest humanitarian assistance programme with Spain, the Netherlands and Norway; Canadian airlift; Czech airlift; German airlift; Jordanian mineclearing and hospital; Netherlands airlift; Romanian infantry battalion and NBC company; Russian humanitarian aid and infrastructure rebuilding; and Spanish hospital. In the region: Australian maritime interception operations (MIO) and combat air patrols (CAP); Canadian MIO; Czech personnel in Camp Doha, Kuwait; Estonian airport personnel; Bahrain frigate; French carrier group, strike and tanker aircraft in Kyrgyzstan; German naval vessels and maritime patrol; Greek frigate and minesweeper; Italian carrier group and airlift; Japanese naval supply and destroyers; Korean hospital deployed to Kyrgyzstan; Latvian airport personnel; Lithuanian airport personnel; Netherlands naval vessels and maritime patrol; Pakistani forces near the Afghan-Pakistani border; Polish SOF for MIO and leadership interdiction; Spanish maritime patrol and naval vessels; UK aerial refuelling, AEW, ISR, large naval task force Compiled from US government and other sources by David Mulholland, JDW Business Editor, London.That looks like a lot of "so called" countries that are helping the US in the war on terror. Everybody do me a favour, leave your computers now, go to your nearest newspaper or television station, demand to see the head tree hugger, then smack him upside the head and tell him to get with the god damned program!