· Naughties
· · 2006
· · · July
· · · · 16 (2 entries)

Pretty Cloud · Just a pic­ture of some pret­ty clouds over a moun­tain from an air­plane, with a mild­ly fun­ny sto­ry ...
War in Lebanon · I lived in Le­banon for eleven years. To some ex­ten­t, it’s where I’m from. I find that I can­not ex­press my feel­ings at any length in a tone I care to share with the world. But I can re­lay things. Item: An Is­raeli an­a­lyst gives the par­ty line (I as­sume) as to what they’re try­ing to ac­com­plish. Are you con­vinced? Item: The facts of the mat­ter, via the BBC, yes­ter­day and to­day. Item: Beautifully-written eru­dite pes­simis­m; Failed States, The Guns of Ju­ly, Punch­ing Above Its Weight, and Mil­i­tary Hubris. Item: Let­ter From Beirut. Item: A def­i­ni­tion of in­san­i­ty: per­form­ing the same ac­tion re­peat­ed­ly in the ex­pec­ta­tion that it will start pro­duc­ing a dif­fer­ent re­sult. Item: On Ter­ror. Item: Michael J. Totten’s Friend is a Refugee and on com­ments.
That last one struck home; one of the rea­sons I haven’t been writ­ing is be­cause of what shows up in oth­er people’s com­ments. Doubt­less the same kind of email I will get now. To those peo­ple, and to any­one who wants to write me to de­fend, at any lev­el or for any rea­son, the ac­tions of an ag­gres­sor, here’s my an­swer: Want to know the rea­son chil­dren are dy­ing in the Mid­dle East? Look in the mir­ror.

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