From outside one will always triumphantly impress theories upon the world and then fall straight into the ditch one has dug, but only from inside will one keep oneself and the world quiet and true. /FK (Contact: TBONotebooks at fastmail.fm. The Blue Octavo Notebooks welcomes mail, although we cannot guarantee a response. Your email may be posted in part on The Blue Octavo Notebooks unless otherwise requested.) Please enjoy the notebook entries, and thanks for reading.

Monday, December 29, 2003

A letter from El Absi in Arab News claims that removing Ariel Sharon from power would bring peace to the region (this, despite the fact that the glorious Palestinian Intifada was launched while Sharon was, uh, not in power). The letter includes such breathless proclamations as this:

He has refused to make peace with the Palestinians on different pretexts, and has killed and maimed thousands of them, made thousands of others homeless and in return exposed Jews to perpetual threats from Palestinians. Sharon has brazenly defied all international opinion on the Palestinian issue. He deserves to be tried for all the crimes he committed. The removal of a single man would bring peace to the region.

Interesting, and in case you missed it the first time, Arab News has included the letter on today’s letter page not once but twice, not once but twice.

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