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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.

Tuesday, May 25, 2004

The World’s Greatest Terrorists Are The Bicycle Riders And The Jews. Or, “Norm!” Dr. Khaled M. Batarfi sent me back an email regarding his column “Introducing Israel to Democracy.” This is the first time I’ve received any sort of response from the author of an Arab News piece, and I appreciate Dr. Batarfi getting back to me. His email wasn’t a specific response to me, though, but rather a collection of readers’ “early responses” that he was sending to a list of undisclosed recipients. There were four responses in agreement with his position; seven responses in disagreement. Several of the responses were quite interesting and thoughtful. Dr. “Stormin’” Norman D. Manwarner sent his positive response to Arab News, and they published it. Among other pearls of wisdom, Dr. Manwarner wants us to know that:

President George Bush needs to read the article “Introducing Israel to Democracy” not only to introduce democracy in Israel but to fight terrorism. The world’s greatest terrorists are the Jews.

The whole world is a witness to their evil and inhumane treatment of the helpless Palestinian people, young and old, men and women alike.

Gee, thanks, doc! I wonder what sort of “doctor” Dr. Manwarner is.

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