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Thursday, November 01, 2012


Israeli "morality"

In an article published today, Israel has now admitted killing Yasser Arafat's deputy Khalil al-Wazir in Tunisia in 1988. The commando who did the killing brags about how "I was careful not to hurt his wife." How thoughtful. Only later in the article do we learn that this oh-so-moral team also killed two bodyguards and a gardener in the course of assassinating their target. Israeli morality only extends so far.


The big lie metastasizes

The big lie about Iranian President Ahmadinejad vowing to destroy Israel not only refuses to die, but it has metastasized, from him having done so to his doing so "regularly":
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad regularly calls for the destruction of Israel, but evidentially some of his countrymen harbor a very different sentiment.
How pervasive and completely ingrained this mistaken belief is is demonstrated by the fact that this lead paragraph wasn't in the news section, but in the entertainment section of today's San Jose Mercury News, in an article about an Iranian-born Israeli singer. And the article even notes that "Iran's Jewish population is the largest left in the Middle East outside of Israel," which you would think would be rather hard to square with the idea that Iran is actually threatening Israel (and, presumably, millions of Jews) with destruction.

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