140s for 23 Feb 2010

Cruella de Vil I think it was who said, “Imbeciles! I’m surrounded by imbeciles!” If she only knew! Prof. Barry Rubin recently had good reason to lodge a similar complaint with regard to some of the things which are currently being written about the Middle East by people who should otherwise know better. or, as he puts it,

Prof_Rubin_1I am reading material that simultaneously has no connection with the real world, is full of internal contradictions, and often seems deliberately tailored to misrepresent events in order to prove a false thesis. Fortunately, this stuff has not done actual damage in the real world–much of it has not been implemented in policy–yet but may in future…

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Speaking of Middle Eastern Insanity, Richard Cohen of the Washington Post has every reason to question whether Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is crazy like a fox, or just plain crazy. (Via World Jewish Daily.)

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Is Israeli Knesset run by Mossad? Was the assassination of al-Mabhouh a good deed?

3_a A heated debated arose in the Knesset House Committee on Tuesday, following a request to hold a plenum session on the "forged passports affair". Member of Knesset Talab El-Sana (United Arab List – Ta’al) asked if the Knesset was run by the Mossad, while MK Carmel Shama (Likud) called the assassination of Hamas commander Mahmoud al-Mabhouh a "mitzvah".

The Knesset House Committee session was held following a decision by the Knesset presidency not to authorize the matter for discussion on the Knesset plenum’s agenda. El-Sana filed an appeal to the committee, which was also rejected.

"Why isn’t the Israeli Knesset holding a discussion?" El-Sana asked the committee. "Anyone trying not to hold a discussion has a reason not to hold a discussion… Does (Mossad chief) Meir Dagan decide which matters are discussed in the Knesset?"

Thanks for the info, Ynet (and a tip o’ the hat to tweeter MlleJacqueline), but can anyone please explain all that?

Oh, and pay no attention to the news that another arrest has been made in the investigation, not of an Israeli or anyone connected with Mossad, but of one of al-Mabhouh’s own aides. Thanks, again, WJD for the tip.

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Palestinian-Flag5 For a long while now, the Palestinian leadership has been saying it wants peace, as long as Israel will submit to its demands. Although obviously they haven’t been saying it quite that way. But now that Israel wants to do something to honor the cultural heritage of the Jewish people in the land, both Fatah and Hamas somehow decide that’s a pretty good reason to start a new war.

Israel finds all that, well, a bit off. I agree.

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Or, getting back to the vivid imagination of Iran’s leaders, just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean that Britain’s M16 isn’t out to get you via the BBC.

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And – just my two cents here – you can’t very well see where you’re going if you’re always looking over your shoulder.  Shalom, y’all, and good night.

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