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.

Friday, April 30, 2004

Nazi Swastikas. Or: More Super-Duper Deep Thoughts from Al Ahram. Al Ahram’s boorish cartoons of Israeli soldiers adorned with swastikas— here’s this week’s excretion—are hardly original or intelligent, but at least this Al Ahram cartoonist knows which way the swastika points. Charming. Note that this bile appears in Egypt’s leading media outlet and the government’s mouthpiece of choice. Quite a return on the billions of dollars the United States has sent Egypt in recent years.

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