Archive for January, 2009

Elections for the 18th Knesset

(Cross posted at Facebook and LiveJournal.)

So it seems fairly certain that there’s going to be a Likud victory. Now, if we’re lucky they will be able form a rainbow coalition with their traditional opponents, Kadima and Labor. Otherwise, Yisrael Beitanu will be the main coalition partner, which means Israeli politics will swing way to the right. Yisrael Beitanu, also known (mainly by me) as the “Fucking Crazy Party”, has been compared to the Nazis on occasion but I think that’s just journalists getting off on the irony of comparing a Jewish organization to a notoriously antisemitic one. However, Yisrael Beitanu is ultra-nationalistic and racist, which is bad news for any Arabs living in Israel or (especially) the Palestinian territories.

The funny thing is that it is Hamas and, by negligence, the rest of the Arab world, that has driven the Israeli public to such hawkishness. By their constant barrage of rockets, Hamas has brought this on. Now, I can see two possible explanations for this:

  1. Hamas just loves war. They love getting their jihad on and no peace process is going to stop them. Notably when the UN Security Council came up with a ceasefire proposal Hamas rejected it alongside Israel.

  2. The concept of a liberal democracy where people vote for the party that best represents their views instead of the party which they view as being least corrupt; this concept is so utterly foreign to Hamas that they are unaware of the influence they have on Israeli politics.

Now the Israeli blockade of Gaza is stupid, ineffective and wickedly damaging to Israeli credibility. Just take a look at Cuba and you’ll see how effective blockades are for inducing regime change. However, the term “Israeli blockade” is misleading because Egypt has been maintaining a blockade as well. You see, everyone hates Hamas. Especially the Arab countries. Egypt is willing to blockade Gaza in order to protect its citizens but is unwilling to take any further action. The governments of the Arab world avoid criticizing Hamas too much because they fear it might provoke an international Islamist uprising (cf. Mugabe and the African Union). So they choose to butt heads with Israel instead of Hamas. Better the devil you know.

Keep Your Legs Together

Part 1 of an infinite part series on the stupidity of abortion.

(Cross posted at Facebook and LiveJournal.)

So President Obama has reversed Ronald Reagan’s “Mexico City policy” which disallows public funding for death factories.  I mean, obviously it’s not enough just to have the ability to slaughter your unborn child, it’s necessary for hard working taxpayers to bankroll your ?$500 “oops.”  Ever since Mr. Reagan formulated it in 1984, this policy has ping-ponged between Republicans and Democrats.  One thing’s for sure: it’s fairly evident now that Mr. Obama is NOT a secret Muslim.  For as the Qur’an tells us: “Kill not your children for fear of want: We shall provide sustenance for them as well as for you. Surely the killing of them is a great sin.” (17:31, Yusuf Ali).

For my part, I have conceived of a policy that is complimentary to Mr. Reagan’s.  I call it the “Keep Your Legs Together policy.”  It goes something like this: You are about to engage in sexual intercourse.  Are you prepared to deal with the challenges of parenthood should your actions result in pregnancy?  If yes, then proceed. If no, then keep your legs together!