I could have sworn that Ehud Olmert made a far ranging and courageous peace offer last month, but apparently it is not so. It must not be so, because those paragons of Middle East commentary Akiva Eldar and Yossi Parizky tell us it is not so, and everyone else seems to feel the same way. Who am I to contradict all those people?
Experiencing Middle East history is like living in a historical novel written by a demented and evil genius, or a bad episode of Star Gate in which the Gouald erase Michael Jackson's memories and implant different ones. That is because much of written Middle East history is a historical novel written by demented SOBs and imaginative script writers. The authors are op-ed columnists, ignorant celebrities like Jimmy Carter and imaginitive folks like Professors Mearsheimer and Walt. They write what they please, no matter what happens, and whatever they write becomes "facts" or as good as facts, replacing whatever it was that you had the illusion really happened, and in turn, creating more facts.
Ami Isseroff on 12.13.06 @ 07:36 PM CST [link]
The drama of the century. Hordes of invisible Israel lobbyists -- evil people with horns and tails -- are perniciously swaying United States Middle East policy against the best interests of the United States, which are to allow lobbyists to accept the well-earned largess of the Gulf states and sell Israel down the river. Two unsung heroes, professors Walt and Mearsheimer toil day and night against incredible odds to uncover the cabal of the evil "Israel Lobby", showing how the diabolic "Israel Lobby" contrived to blame the 9-11 attacks on the hapless Muslims, showing how the sly "Israel Lobby" cast Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as an enemy of the United States, just because he wanted to tell the truth about the Holocaust. Remember, the "Israel Lobby" killed Christ!
Ami Isseroff on 12.13.06 @ 06:33 PM CST [link]
There is an old joke about the Englishman who explains that their way of answering the telephone is much better:
"We say 'Are you there?' If you're not, there's no sense in continuing the conversation, is there?":
The same logic underlies a popular refrain that seems to accompany every recent Israel bashing publicity gig. No matter that it is totally prima facie illogical, it is now a permanent repetitive feature of every article, book and interview relating to anyone who wants to criticize Israel. You can read it in the morning paper, you can hear it on the radio, and you can see it on television. Jimmy Carter does it. Professors Walt and Mearsheimer do it. Everyone's doing it.
Ami Isseroff on 12.13.06 @ 01:08 AM CST [link]