Posts Tagged ‘Death Penalty’

La Rousse from the New York Times

March 7, 2010

I enjoy reading Maureen Dowd Columns in the New York Times like one would enjoy reading gossip columns. I never thought her columns have much substance but her writing style is charming, witty, sprinkled with panache, and always makes me smile.

In her piece today, she dabbles in the murky water of the Middle East conflict. I guess she is trying to get serious. She hits all the right notes. The ones that help her keep her job, that is. Not the ones that ring with truth.

She declares “… If anyone deserves to be paranoid, of course, it’s Israel….”

So let me get this straight. Israel, a small country with the sixth largest nuclear arsenal in the world,   the fourth–largest army in the world (the thirteenth if measured by manpower alone),  with more than 200 nuclear warheads6 billion USD in weapon sales,  “…It is becoming an increasingly important player in the global defence industry. It is both the sixth largest arms importer and the fourth largest exporter. Last year appears to have been a record year for its industry. In the first six months, Israel sold 5.3 billion dollars worth of arms abroad, compared to 4.7 billion dollars for the entire 2007, according to the France- Israel Chamber of Commerce. “, with nuclear submarines  and unmatched air force superiority  , at least within its neighborhood, if not in the whole world, this tiny little country, that could destroy the whole Middle East over night, should be paranoid, implied “la rousse ” from the N.Y. Times.

Just what is it with liberals?  They attack  the  regime in Iran as   theocratic. But they can’t see any wrong with whatever Israel, a country that does not deny its “raison d’être” is rooted in the Bible, does even if it hits them with a Camion (with Ms. Dowd’s permission!). In fact, they enthusiastically support/justify every brutal act Israel commits no matter how monstrous it is ( Gaza , Lebanon, Rachel corrie – whom Molly Moore of the Washington/Likud Post blamed for her own death in a March 17, 2003 article.) They are against the death penalty but they see no war that they don’t like. They fuss about the habitat of the spotted owl in Oregon and oppose drilling in Alaska, but they don’t mind the eradication of all Gazans and bulldozing their homes.

At least the religious nuts support for Israel complements their prosaic mythology. Their God, in his infinite wisdom, would like to have Jews live in Palestine so that he can watch hell on earth for a change. They are avid supporters of  wars but they also support the death penalty. They don’t care for the spotted owl or the pristine wilderness in Alaska, nor do they care about Gazans or drilling in their homes. Equal opportunity killing fans, they may be. But they are consistent.

Spineless, faceless, shapeless, and belief-less hacks. In other words-to borrow a Sinatra trick-, liberals.


Against The Death Penalty But All For War

February 22, 2010

As the civilian casualties mount due to the ongoing U.S. -led invasion of Afghanistan, images of Tony Blair, one of the main architects of the aggression wars being waged in the Middle-East, come to mind.

After the execution of the brutal dictator Saddam Hussein, who unlike many Muslims being detained in the U.S. actually had a fair and lengthy trial, Tony Blair, in a press conference, declared: “We are against the death penalty”. Notice the “we” in his sentence which is supposed to mean “we the civilized nations”, I guess.

Hundred of thousands of  civilians   have died as a direct result of the war  of aggression waged by Blair and Bush, in Afghanistan, Iraq, Yemen, and other places. And they’re still dying now.  Millions have been dislocated and forced to flee to foreign countries. Generations of young people lost their life dreams. But Blair is against the death penalty.

Here in the U.S. A., and on the pages of the Op-Ed of the “progressive, liberal” New York Times no less,  we were treated to this appalling, repugnant article about how civilian death is hindering the war effort.  Tom Friedman frequently asks his signature question : “Where is the outrage in the Muslim world?”. But you’re not going to hear him asking: “where is the outrage in America”? or in the  “whole Western World for that matter? ” over this utter  monstrosity and lack of respect for basic human values displayed on the pages of his own newspaper.

Tony Blair,  Western Europe, and the rest of the civilized world  may be against the death penalty. It gives them an aura of civility. But they’re sure not against mass murder. In fact, they champion it under one pretense or another.