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.
Sunday, September 19, 2004
As can be expected, all four of the editorials focusing on Israel are fairly tendentious if not laughable. I especially like the reference in the first piece to “Jewish penetration” (snicker) and the ALL-CAPS rendering of “Baby Eye-Doc” Assad’s first name (say WHA’?).
This obvious fixation on Jews, Zionists, and Israel is reminiscent of the old quip about Israel and [select Arab country] both having pretty much the same freedoms of speech and of the press: That is, in Israel, you can criticize Israel all you want, and in [Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Syria, etc.] you can, likewise, criticize Israel all you want! What’s not to like?!