I decided to update this a little largely because I’ve had some responses to it that have made me think a little more about why I find it so difficult to put (virtual) pen to (virtual) paper (though I actually do a lot of my initial writing in my ever-present notebook). One reader wrote to me, in part: Continue reading →
On March 30, 2011 – eleven days into Nato’s war on Libya – Professor Juan Cole wrote from his armchair at the University of Michigan:
‘The Libyaintervention is legal [sic] and was necessary to prevent further massacres… and if it succeeds in getting rid of Qaddafi’s murderous regime and allowing Libyans to have a normal life, it will be worth the sacrifices in life and treasure. If NATO needs me, I’m there.’
Cole thus declared himself ready to suit up and reach for the sky with Nato’s bombers. It was an extraordinary moment.
CBS turns to benefit-cutting bosses for ‘fiscal cliff’ commentary
The CBS Evening News has decided the best way to inform viewers about the impending “fiscal cliff” is to let corporate CEOs affiliated with the Fix the Debt campaign recommend cuts to Social Security and Medicare. Continue reading →
[Comment: Why indeed? Sometimes I really get pissed off with the left, or is Shamus’ title merely rhetorical? I come across this constantly from the left as it’s obvious why Obama is silent on everything except pushing the imperial agenda. The article itself is pretty much on the money, I’m not objecting to it per se: it’s all about money and resources as usual, so why not say that in the title rather than assuming something about Obama‘s intentions as if there’s some other reason why he’s silent? “Obama seems not to have noticed”? Come on Shamus, I know you ‘mean well’ but the road to hell is paved with good intentions! Ah well… read on… WB]
Israel Is Seeking A Modified Palestinian UN Draft IMEMC – Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, decided to shift the Israeli policy and stance regarding the UN Thursday vote on the Palestinian nonmember status, and is currently tying to tone down and trim the Palestinian application instead of toppling it by a U.S. veto. …
Free expression is important. Its importance is often couched in terms of the common good. A society in which people can speak freely is one in which injustice can be remedied, corruption punished and so on. But it is also a good for the individual. Free speech is best means by which we can discover our preferences, strengthen ourselves in argument, and make sense of the world we are thrown into at birth.