31.7.06

Addendum

Un ajout approprié à mon intervention précédente.

Self-Fulfilling Prophecy (via Wikipedia):

A self-fulfilling prophecy is a prediction that, in being made, actually causes itself to become true. Although examples of self-fulfilling prophecies can be found in human literature as far back as ancient Greece, it is 20th century sociologist Robert K. Merton who is credited with coining the expression "self-fulfilling prophecy" and formalising its structure and consequences. In his book Social Theory and Social Structure, Merton gives the following definition:

The self-fulfilling prophecy is, in the beginning, a false definition of the situation evoking a new behaviour which makes the original false conception come true. [1]

In other words, a false prophetic statement may affect humans (through fear or logical confusion) to take actions that will ultimately result in fulfillment of the prophecy.

Pourquoi pas?

Beaucoup de bruit dans la blogosphère ce matin à propos de cet entrefilet paru dans le Jerusalem Post, le journal de la droite israélienne (et ancienne propriété de l'innénarable Conrad Black).

Defense officials told the Post last week that they were receiving indications from the US that America would be interested in seeing Israel attack Syria.


Mmmh, pourquoi attaquer Damas? Ah oui....

The city of Damascus has been around for thousands of years and it has never been destroyed in battle. The Prophet Isaiah predicted that someday this city would be destroyed. Isaiah 17:1 The burden of Damascus. Behold, Damascus is taken away from [being] a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap.


Via Rapture Ready.

28.7.06

Fun facts

Extrait de Krugman:

July 28, 2006

Amid everything else that’s going wrong in the world, here’s one more piece of depressing news: a few days ago the Harris Poll reported that 50 percent of Americans now believe that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction when we invaded, up from 36 percent in February 2005. Meanwhile, 64 percent still believe that Saddam had strong links with Al Qaeda.


Bonne fin de semaine quand même.

27.7.06

Le mystère des sionistes chrétiens


Livefrom-20060726


Rire, pleurer, etc...

Via MediaMatters.

Stephen Colbert vs the News (tm)



Fake news vs real news?

Via Atrios.

26.7.06

Donnant donnant

Après le bombardement des observateurs de l'ONU au Liban, on comprendra que personne n'a terriblement envie d'aller occuper le sud du pays afin d'exécuter le souhait des israéliens: le désarmement d'un Hezbollah triomphant*. Néanmoins, pas tous les états ont d'emblée refusé le mandat. La Turquie (sans doute nostalgique de son passé impérial) voudrait peut-être participer. Or, bien sûr, toute chose a un prix: dans ce cas-ci, vous aurez deviné, des coudées franches pour les turcs au Kurdistan.

N'est-ce pas délicieusement ironique que ceux qui font les frais de la refonte démocratique (tm) du Moyen-Orient sont les endroits qui y sont précisément les plus démocratiques (Territoires Palestiniens, Liban, Kurdistan) ?



* Quoiqu'on aurait peut-être souhaité que le petit chien de poche ne se contente pas de japper.

24.7.06

Les résultats prévisibles de l'aventure israélienne au Liban.

Allez lire Billmon.

Extrait:

But it's clear from many other sources that things aren't going so well with Operation Midwife:

  • The Israeli Army -- which dashed across the Sinai in two days in 1967, and surrounded an entire Egyptian army in 1973, has spent the past three days trying to secure Maroun al-Ras, a village about 500 meters inside Lebanon.
  • Securing that modest objective (and it may not be secure even yet) has cost the Israelis at least 20 soldiers KIA.
  • The number of rockets falling on northern Israel has been reduced only minimally, if at all, and Israeli civilians are still dying, despite 11 days of bombing and round-the-clock Israeli air cover over southern Lebanon.
  • U.S. military sources say that IDF claims to have destroyed a significant percentage of Hizbollah's missiles are significantly "overstated."
  • Jane's Weekly reports that Hizbollah has emulated the Viet Cong and honeycombed the border area with underground tunnels and command posts that are virtually impervious to artillery fire and the Israeli Air Force's existing stock of bombs. (It looks like those "precision" munitions the Pentagon is rushing to the front may be bunker busters.)

22.7.06

"They hate us for our freedom"

U.S. Speeds Up Bomb Delivery for the Israelis

By DAVID S. CLOUD and HELENE COOPER
Published: July 22, 2006

WASHINGTON, July 21 — The Bush administration is rushing a delivery of precision-guided bombs to Israel, which requested the expedited shipment last week after beginning its air campaign against Hezbollah targets in Lebanon, American officials said Friday.

21.7.06

Votre gouvernement conservateur

Evacuee Liliane El-Helou said she had complained about the organization of the evacuation in Beirut to Harper on the plane.

“One of his people ... said to me ‘This is a Liberal-appointed ambassador,’” she told reporters.

Les québécois sont antisémites.

En lien avec mon intervention précédente, je vous laisse le lien pour l'article de Brigitte Pellerin.

Je peux aussi vous le résumer:

1. La fin justifie les moyens;
2. Certains ont des droits (i.e. à se défendre) que d'autres n'ont pas;
3. Le fait que quelques curés du début du siècle étaient antisémites veut dire que la plupart des québécois sont aujourd'hui antisémites;
4. Les intérêts d'Israël sont entièrement définis par l'extrême droite israélienne.

Bravo Brigitte.

Extrait (classique) d'une conversation entre Gustave Gilbert et Hermann Goering

We got around to the subject of war again and I said that, contrary to his attitude, I did not think that the common people are very thankful for leaders who bring them war and destruction.

"Why, of course, the people don't want war," Goering shrugged. "Why would some poor slob on a farm want to risk his life in a war when the best that he can get out of it is to come back to his farm in one piece. Naturally, the common people don't want war; neither in Russia nor in England nor in America, nor for that matter in Germany. That is understood. But, after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy or a fascist dictatorship or a Parliament or a Communist dictatorship."

"There is one difference," I pointed out. "In a democracy the people have some say in the matter through their elected representatives, and in the United States only Congress can declare wars."

"Oh, that is all well and good, but, voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way in any country."

Vastel

... résume bien le beau problème avec lequel Harper aura à jongler.

Un sondage effectué par Léger Marketing cette semaine - à partir d'un échantillon de 3040 adultes canadiens - révèle des différences importantes entre les opinions publiques du Québec et du reste du Canada: 67 % des Québécois contre 48 % de Canadiens (incluant les Québécois) sont «en désaccord avec la décision du premier ministre Stephen Harper d'appuyer l'intervention armée d'Israël au Liban». On note cependant qu'il y a davantage de Canadiens critiques du gouvernement conservateur que de gens qui l'approuvent.

Le clivage entre les deux opinions commence à inquiéter certains observateurs dans le reste du Canada parce que cela pourrait coûter sa majorité au Parti conservateur. Des commentateurs vont même jusqu'à rappeler, comme certains de nos visiteurs ici, la traditionnelle attitude antisémite des Québécois: « On n'a pas besoin de vous rappeler la malheureuse histoire d'antisémitisme de cette province, et il est désolant que cette attitude ne soit pas entièrement disparue. La couverture des médias francophones de la crise actuelle est extraordinairement biaisée... », écrit la columnist Brigitte Pellerin dans le Ottawa Citizen de jeudi.

Je maintiens que cette polarisation est due aux premières déclarations de Stephen Harper à Londres la semaine dernière. Il est à craindre, pour l'aile québécoise du Parti conservateur, que l'effet conjugué de la visite à Washington du premier ministre, la familiarité du président George Bush pour 'Steve', et les déclarations de notre premier ministre à Londres et à Saint-Petersbourg, ne contribuent à donner l'impression que le gouvernement conservateur est trop proche des États-Unis.

Guy A. Lepage - Tout le monde en parle - dont les amis travaillant à la version libanaise de son émission sont bloqués à Beyrouth, a donné à Stephen Harper un surnom qui risque de lui rester: « le toutou des États-Unis »!


Merci Brigitte de réchauffer la connerie habituelle ad hominem utilisée contre les critiques des politiques israéliennes. Ce qui est triste, c'est que si l'ad hominem ne fonctionnait pas, on ne l'entendrait jamais.

The Price of Fantasy

Paul Krugman:

The crazies respond by retreating even further into their fantasies of omnipotence. The only problem, they assert, is a lack of will.

Thus William Kristol, the editor of The Weekly Standard, has called for a military strike — an airstrike, since we don’t have any spare ground troops — against Iran.

“Yes, there would be repercussions,” he wrote in his magazine, “and they would be healthy ones.” What would these healthy repercussions be? On Fox News he argued that “the right use of targeted military force” could cause the Iranian people “to reconsider whether they really want to have this regime in power.” Oh, boy.

Mr. Kristol is, of course, a pundit rather than a policymaker. But there’s every reason to suspect that what Mr. Kristol says in public is what Mr. Cheney says in private.

And what about The Decider himself?

For years the self-proclaimed “war president” basked in the adulation of the crazies. Now they’re accusing him of being a wimp. “We have been too weak,” writes Mr. Kristol, “and have allowed ourselves to be perceived as weak.”

Does Mr. Bush have the maturity to stand up to this kind of pressure? I report, you decide.

20.7.06

"We will be greeted as liberators"

QUESTION: You know, the down side, though, you know very well, to all of that being that we’re involved in Iraq and Afganistan. Also that Iran is much different than Iraq. It’s huge and more formidable.
BILL KRISTOL: It is, but also the Iranian people dislike their regime. I think they would be – the right use of targeted military force — but especially if political pressure before we use military force – could cause them to reconsider whether they really want to have this regime in power. There are even moderates – they are not wonderful people — but people in the government itself who are probably nervous about Ahmadinejad’s recklessness.

Pepe Escobar

The seed for understanding the New Middle East war was sown 10 years ago, in 1996. Everything keeps pointing back to the infamous paper "A Clean Break: A New Strategy for Securing the Realm", prepared by neo-cons such as Richard Perle, David and Meyrav Wurmser and Douglas Feith for Likud hardliner Benyamin Netanyahu.

The "getting rid of Saddam" part has already been accomplished. The total degradation of the Palestinians is ongoing. The "destabilizing of Syria in Lebanon" took place last year. The next step would be hitting at both Syria and Iran via Lebanon.

Five months ago, Hassan Nasrallah, Hezbollah's leader, warned in a public speech that if Israel did not release the Lebanese prisoners it was holding, "we will try to get an Israeli soldier". That's exactly what happened. Israel knew it and had five months to prepare for an invasion and/or the current "pinpoint" bombing of Lebanon's infrastructure - something that any military strategist knows cannot be prepared in a day or two.

The fact that the Bush administration and the Olmert government in tandem blame both Syria and Iran follows the Clean Break plan to the letter. And the plan could have been fine-tuned very recently. Former Likudnik Olmert went to the US in May and Likud chairman Netanyahu followed him in June - and landed in neo-con heaven, participating in a meeting with US Vice President Dick Cheney and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld at a conference organized by the American Enterprise Institute in Colorado.

[...]

No one at this point may predict with certainty what the Bush/Blair/Olmert troika is actually cooking. But there is the terrifying possibility that these may be the early stages of the Great Middle East war outlined in A Clean Break; the chance for the US/Israel axis to strike at both Syria and Iran - with no one, be it Russia, China or the cowardly EU, being able to stop it.

Arbour vs Harper

Harper répudie-t-il le droit international en s'engageant dans un exercice de "brown nosing" sans pareil auprès de l'extrême droite américaine et israélienne? C'est une question que l'opposition (s'il y en avait une) devrait peut-être lui poser.


Louise Arbour:

Les parties au conflit ont l'obligation de respecter le «principe de proportionnalité» dans toutes les opérations militaires pour éviter la souffrance aux populations civiles, a déclaré Mme Arbour.

«Le bombardement sans discrimination de villes revient à prendre des civils pour cibles» d'une manière «inacceptable», a-t-elle souligné. «De la même façon, le bombardement de sites prétendument militaires, qui provoque invariablement le décès de civils innocents, est injustifiable».

«La loi humanitaire internationale est claire en ce qui concerne l'obligation suprême de protéger les civils durant les hostilités. Cette obligation est aussi exprimée dans le droit pénal international, qui définit les crimes de guerre et les crimes contre l'humanité», a relevé Mme Arbour.

«La loi internationale requiert que des comptes soient rendus. L'étendue des tueries dans la région et leur caractère prévisible pourrait engager la responsabilité criminelle personnelle de ceux qui y sont impliqués, particulièrement ceux en position de commandement et de contrôle», a-t-elle ajouté.

Au Liban, «un nombre important et croissant de personnes ont été déplacées de force. Les droits humains les plus élémentaires de la population sont en danger ou sont violés, notamment leur droit à la vie, à la santé et à l'alimentation».

Les travailleurs humanitaires devraient pouvoir bénéficier d'un accès sécurisé et non restreint aux zones de guerre, a-t-elle ajouté.

19.7.06

Buffet froid

Latest targets of air blitz: milk and medicine

BEIRUT: Israel switched gears in its military campaign against Lebanon Monday and Tuesday, launching a series of debilitating air strikes against privately owned factories throughout the country and dealing a devastating blow to an economy already paralyzed by a week of hits on residential areas and crucial infrastructure.

The production facilities of at least five companies in key industrial sectors - including the country's largest dairy farm, Liban Lait; a paper mill; a packaging firm and a pharmaceutical plant - have been disabled or completely destroyed. Industry insiders say the losses will cripple the economy for decades to come.


Ottawa laisse tomber ses résidents permanents

Ottawa. Le Canada ne rapatriera pas ses résidents permanents. Seuls les citoyens canadiens pourront monter à bord des sept navires dépêchés au Liban par le gouvernement Harper.

« Les citoyens canadiens et leur famille immédiate seront assistés au Liban », a déclaré le ministère des Affaires étrangères par la voix de sa porte-parole, Ambra Dicky. Interrogée pour savoir si les résidents permanents seront aussi évacués, la réponse a été claire: « Non. » Il a toutefois été impossible de savoir combien de personnes seront touchées par cette décision.

Une résidente permanente de Montréal, en voyage au Liban, a tenté de s'inscrire sur la liste des personnes voulant être rapatriées. Un employé de l'ambassade du Canada à Beyrouth lui a indiqué que des milliers de personnes pourront revenir sur les bateaux, mais pas elle.

« Les résidents permanents ont les mêmes droits que les citoyens canadiens, sauf en ce qui a trait au domaine politique. Je ne vois pas pourquoi ces gens ne pourraient pas être ramenés », critique l'avocat Julius Grey.


Israeli TV reports: Fourth Israeli soldier kidnapped north of Tel Aviv

JERUSALEM (AP) - Israeli television reported Wednesday that witnesses said they saw an Israeli soldier apparently kidnapped while he was hitchhiking north of Tel Aviv.

The army said it was checking the reports but had no immediate comment or details. Police in the area said they were looking into the report and investigating to see if the claim was true. Israel's Channel 2 TV said that police had received a phone call from a soldier hitchhiking north of Tel Aviv who saw a vehicle he said looked suspicious.

Another broadcaster, Channel 10 reported that witnesses saw a soldier forced into a vehicle in the same area. Police did not immediately comment.

18.7.06

Israël: la Serbie de la 1ère guerre mondiale

William S. Lind:


With Hezbollah’s entry into the war between Israel and Hamas, Fourth Generation war has taken another developmental step forward. For the first time, a non-state entity has gone to war with a state not by waging an insurgency against a state invader, but across an international boundary. Again we see how those who define 4GW simply as insurgency are looking at only a small part of the picture.

I think the stakes in the Israel-Hezbollah-Hamas war are significantly higher than most observers understand. If Hezbollah and Hamas win—and winning just means surviving, given that Israel’s objective is to destroy both entities—a powerful state will have suffered a new kind of defeat, again, a defeat across at least one international boundary and maybe two, depending on how one defines Gaza’s border. The balance between states and 4GW forces will be altered world-wide, and not to a trivial degree.

So far, Hezbollah is winning. As Arab states stood silent and helpless before Israel’s assault on Hamas, another non-state entity, Hezbollah, intervened to relieve the siege of Gaza by opening a second front. Its initial move, a brilliantly conducted raid that killed eight Israeli soldiers and captured two for the loss of one Hezbollah fighter, showed once again that Hezbollah can take on state armed forces on even terms (the Chechens are the only other 4GW force to demonstrate that capability). In both respects, the contrast with Arab states will be clear on the street, pushing the Arab and larger Islamic worlds further away from the state.

Hezbollah then pulled off two more firsts. It responded effectively to terror bombing from the air, which state think is their monopoly, with rocket barrages that reached deep into Israel. Once can only imagine how this resonated world-wide with people who are often bombed but can never bomb back. And, it attacked another state monopoly, navies, by hitting and disabling a blockading Israeli warship with something (I question Israel’s claim that the weapon was a C-801 anti-ship missile, which should have sunk a small missile corvette). Hezbollah’s leadership has promised more such surprises.

In response, Israel has had to hit not Hezbollah but the state of Lebanon. Israel’s Prime Minister, Ehud Olmert, referring to the initial Hezbollah raid, said, “I want to make clear that the event this morning is not a terror act but the act of a sovereign state that attacked Israel without reason.” This is an obvious fiction, as the state of Lebanon had nothing to do with the raid and cannot control Hezbollah. But it is a necessary fiction for Israel, because otherwise who can it respond against? Again we see the power 4GW entities obtain by hiding within states but not being a state.

What comes next? In the short run, the question may be which runs out first, Hezbollah’s supply of rockets or the world’s patience with Israel bombing the helpless state of Lebanon. If the latter continues much longer, the Lebanese government may collapse, undoing one of America’s few recent successes in the Islamic world.

The critical question is whether the current fighting spreads region-wide. It is possible that Hezbollah attacked Israel not only to relieve the siege of Hamas in Gaza but also to pre-empt an Israeli strike on Iran. The current Iranian government is not disposed to sit passively like Saddam and await an Israeli or American attack. It may have given Hezbollah a green light in order to bog Israel down locally to the point where it would not also want war with Iran.

However, Israel’s response may be exactly the opposite. Olmert also said, “Nothing will deter us, whatever far-reaching ramifications regarding our relations on the northern border and in the region there may be.” The phrase “in the region” could refer to Syria, Iran or both.

If Israel does attack Iran, the “summer of 1914” analogy may play itself out, catastrophically for the United States. As I have warned many times, war with Iran (Iran has publicly stated it would regard an Israeli attack as an attack by the U.S. also) could easily cost America the army it now has deployed in Iraq. It would almost certainly send shock waves through an already fragile world economy, potentially bringing that house of cards down. A Bush administration that has sneered at “stability” could find out just how high the price of instability can be.

It is clear what Washington needs to do to try to prevent such an outcome: publicly distance the U.S. from Israel while privately informing Mr. Olmert that it will not tolerate an Israeli strike on Iran. Unfortunately, Israel is to America what Serbia was to Russia in 1914. That may be the most disturbing aspect of the “summer of 1914” analogy.




En assassinant l'archiduc François-Ferdinand d'Autriche à Sarajevo en 1914, l'anarchiste serbe Gavrilo Princip provoqua le début de la première guerre mondiale (la Russie, la première à intervenir en pour défendre la Serbie, était alors alliée de la France et de la Grande-Bretagne). Le conflit laissa des traces indélébiles en Europe: l'implication de la Russie provoqua, 3 ans plus tard, l'effondrement du régime tsariste au profit des bolchéviques; la défaite emporta l'empire austro-hongrois et sema les germes de la montée du fascisme en Allemagne. Si on poursuit l'analogie, qu'est-ce qui sortira des décombres de ce nouveau conflit? Qui payera le prix?

17.7.06

La citation de la semaine

...appartient à Dick Cheney:
“Regime change in Iraq would bring about a number of benefits for the region. ...Extremists in the region would have to rethink their strategy of jihad. Moderates throughout the region would take heart, and our ability to advance the Israeli-Palestinian peace process would be enhanced.” Vice President Dick Cheney, Aug. 26, 2002
Via Krugman.

14.7.06

I am excited beyond words that the struggle of this life may be over soon and I can finally be FREEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!

Il doit bien exister des groupes de discussion sur à peu près tout. Il en existe aussi qui ne peuvent que troubler. (via C&L)

Comme celui-ci.

Extrait:

Is it time to get excited? I can't help the way I feel. For the first time in my Christian walk, I have no doubts that the day of the Lords appearing is upon us. I have never felt this way before, I have a joy that bubbles up every-time I think of him, for I know this is truly the time I have waited for so long. Am I alone in feeling guilty about the human suffering like my joy at his appearing some how fuels the evil I see everywhere. If it were not for the souls that hang in the balance and the horror that stalks man daily on this earth, my joy would be complete. For those of us who await his arrival know, somehow we just know it won't be long now, the Bridegroom cometh rather man is ready are not.

Who Killed the Electric Car?

En attendant de voir le documentaire en question, voici une entrevue réalisée avec Chris Paine à PBS.


PBS NOW - Who Killed The Electric Car

13.7.06

Nintendo Zizou

Via Psyfreaks.

L'indignation

L'indignation et le beau temps ne font pas bon ménage. Et, dans la mesure où le blogue carbure à l'indignation, il y a pénurie d'akrasie en direct, même si en différé, il y en a clairement tout plein. De toute manière, l'effet de déjà-vu envahit tout ces temps-ci, jusqu'à l'actualité même (invasion du Liban? Guillaume Latendresse fera-t-il l'équipe?). Bof. J'aime mieux regarder mes tomates qui poussent.

Vous aurez compris que le blogue va tourner au ralenti, du moins jusqu'à ce que l'été commence à me rendre las (2e d'août, habituellement, mais ça reste toujours à voir). D'ailleurs, que faites-vous devant votre écran, en ce moment? Wajouéd'waor (comme on dit) ! On aura tout le temps voulu de s'arracher ce qui reste de cheveux, les lambeaux de chemise sur le dos et ainsi de suite lorsque la température nous repoussera devant la lumière rassurante de nos écrans cathodiques. Si vous vous ennuyez tant que ça, passez me voir samedi prochain.

12.7.06

The Arabist

Je vous invite à découvrir cet excellent blog d'un journaliste égyptien basé au Caire.

The Arabist.

Même les designers en ont marre

Un boycott s'est organisé autour de la remise du National Design Award.

Graphic designers are intimately engaged in the construction of language, both visual and verbal. And while our work often dissects, rearranges, rethinks, questions and plays with language, it is our fundamental belief, and a central tenet of "good" design, that words and images must be used responsibly, especially when the matters articulated are of vital importance to the life of our nation.

We understand that politics often involves high rhetoric and the shading of language for political ends. However it is our belief that the current administration of George W. Bush has used the mass communication of words and images in ways that have seriously harmed the political discourse in America. We therefore feel it would be inconsistent with those values previously stated to accept an award celebrating language and communication, from a representative of an administration that has engaged in a prolonged assault on meaning.

The commitment of the Bush administration to design has been negligible, unless one considers made-for-television stagecraft and obsessive typographic sloganeering worthy additions to the design canon. Mrs. Bush's remarks at the 2002 White House brunch are gracious and polite, but don't go much beyond saying that, well, design is nice. Speaking of the grandeur of the White House itself, she said, "Thanks to the dedicated work of design experts, we have landmarks like this one, places that are so well loved, lived-in, and preserved that many generations are able to experience its stories and offerings. Design, in all its disciplines, is the world's greatest facilitator — it allows us to enjoy life and all of its pursuits."


Via AA.

Syd Barrett R.I.P.

1946-2006


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Syd Barrett

11.7.06

Le capital politique

Si vous êtes un fan assidu de la politique américaine, vous savez que Bush n'a pas utilisé une seule fois son droit de veto; après tout, pourquoi s'en servir si vous contrôlez tous les palliers du gouvernement. Or, attention, il se peut bien qu'il s'en serve bientôt. Pourquoi?

Rove says Bush would use first veto if Senate approves stem-cell bill

DENVER (AP) - U.S. President George W. Bush will probably issue his first veto if the Senate approves a bill to expand federal funding of embryonic stem-cell research, White House aide Karl Rove told a newspaper's editorial board.

"The president is emphatic about this," Rove said in the meeting Monday, according to a story posted on the Denver Post's website. The House of Representatives has already passed the stem cell legislation, co-sponsored by Representative Diana DeGette (D-Colo), and Representative Mike Castle (R-Del).

Rove said he believes the legislation will pass the Senate with more than 60 votes sometime this month - "and as a result the president would, as he has previously said emphatically, veto the Castle bill."

The Bush administration has allowed federal funding only for existing lines of embryonic stem cells. Researchers and patients' groups say that policy hinders vital research.

"We were all an embryo at one point, and we ought to as a society be very careful about being callous about the wanton destruction of embryos, of life," Rove said.


La logique est impeccable. Et d'ailleurs, sur quoi de mieux (à part peut-être l'affaire Terri Shiavo) pourrait-il dépenser ce qu'il lui reste de capital politique?

7.7.06

White Guilt and the Western Past. Why is America so delicate with the enemy?

Imaginons que vous avez fait, dans votre passé, des choses moralement répréhensibles. Vous vous sentez coupable, et, lorsqu'il semble que vous allez répéter les mêmes gestes, on ne manque pas de vous rappeler le statut moral douteux des actes en question. Et, vous vous sentez (encore) coupable.

Solution?

A. Ne plus commettre les actes en question;

B. Tenter de vous amputer des sentiments moraux qui sont à la source de votre culpabilité;

C. Critiquer sans relâche ceux qui vous rappelle que vous avez été coupable d'actes répréhensibles;

Si vous avez choisi B et C, bravo, on pense comme vous au Wall Street Journal (et pas à peu près).

Via Billmon.

Why We Fight no. 5432



Nice Barrels!

Ladies and Gentlemen, the President of the U.S.A.

Smirk (smûrk)
intr.v. smirked, smirk·ing, smirks
To smile in an affected, often offensively self-satisfied manner.
n. An affected, often offensively self-satisfied smile.


Larry King 2006.07.06 the Bushes
Vidéo envoyée par akratique

Juan Cole sur les événements en Palestine

Juan:

The only logical explanation for Olmert's actions, aside from tough-guy posturing, is that he wants to continue to degrade the Palestinian government and radicalize the population. The Israelis cannot get law and order in the territories this way, of course. Nor is there any reason to believe that these massive and disproportionate acts of violence against the Gazans will increase the chance that their captured soldier will be returned.

But Olmert clearly has something else on his mind. His actions indicate that his ultimate goal is to ensure that no Palestinian state emerges any time soon that can challenge Israeli plans to annex more of the West Bank and keep its stateless residents divided and weak, prone to outbursts of ineffectual violence and easy to label as "terrorists." If the elected Hamas government falls over the crisis, all the better. But the Israelis had a PLO government until this year and would not negotiate with it, either. The point is not to negotiate. The larger issue, that such a policy will prevent this terrible conflict from being solved, and will inevitably create blowback against Israel and the United States, does not seem to concern Olmert, the U.S. government or the U.S. media.

Clutching at straws

C'est bizarre comment je cherche à trouver des voix israéliennes qui disent autre chose que "on doit leur montrer c'est qui le patron". Parfois, on en trouve.

Extrait:


Orwellian language, which is upside-down and changeable, as usual expresses an upside-down world: "a new order" is worse than an old order, civilians are fighters at the front, soldiers are innocent and helpless civilians, and unsuccessful wars are successful and worthy of imitation. And a captive soldier, to whom our hearts go out, is also a pawn, who at the beginning of the game is placed in the front row of the chess board, and afterward is sacrificed in one move.

4.7.06

La morosité

Pas une semaine ne passe sans qu'un quelconque scribe arrache (mollement) sa chemise en affirmant que le Québec est maintenant gagné d'une morosité grandissante (un exemple parmi d'autres). C'est moi ou ce dégoût d'entreprendre du neuf coïncide exactement avec l'élection du gouvernement Charest?

Si les intentions de vote renvoient en ce moment Charest au pouvoir (ou presque), peut-on dire que la morosité est une maladie transmissible?

2.7.06

Les voix qui prêchent dans le désert

Gideon Levy (Haaretz), sur les opérations israéliennes (extrait):


Collective punishment is illegitimate and it does not have a smidgeon of intelligence. Where will the inhabitants of Beit Hanun run? With typical hardheartedness the military reporters say they were not "expelled" but that it was "recommended" they leave, for the benefit, of course, of those running for their lives. And what will this inhumane step lead to? Support for the Israeli government? Their enlistment as informants and collaborators for the Shin Bet? Can the miserable farmers of Beit Hanun and Beit Lahia do anything about the Qassam rocket-launching cells? Will bombing an already destroyed airport do anything to free the soldier or was it just to decorate the headlines?

Did anyone think about what would have happened if Syrian planes had managed to down one of the Israeli planes that brazenly buzzed their president's palace? Would we have declared war on Syria? Another "legitimate war"? Will the blackout of Gaza bring down the Hamas government or cause the population to rally around it? And even if the Hamas government falls, as Washington wants, what will happen on the day after? These are questions for which nobody has any real answers. As usual here: Quiet, we're shooting. But this time we are not only shooting. We are bombing and shelling, darkening and destroying, imposing a siege and kidnapping like the worst of terrorists and nobody breaks the silence to ask, what the hell for, and according to what right?


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