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Detroit Metal City Ep. 1
01/01/09, 22:10

Hey, the characters actually look Japanese! It's also pretty funny!
Cannibul Forist
01/01/09, 17:26

Honorary actuality.
Cena, I speak of thee.
COMPLETELY HETEROSEXUAL Teen Sex Comedy
01/01/09, 12:32

Did you see his supple wrists?
Bing Crosby sings 'White Christmas'
01/01/09, 12:30

I'm going to submit it on Lincoln's birthday, if I can find it.
Trapped in Gaza
01/01/09, 12:23

Your response brings up another issue about Israeli rhetoric that bothers me. It always comes back to "But, but look at the Arab nations! Look how they're behaving!" What follows from this is that either Israel should be able to behave just as badly as they do, or that Israel's behavior is beyond reproach relative to that of its neighbors.

I do extend my "liberal relativism" to Israel. Yes they are surrounded by bad neighbors (although Israel has gone out of its way to further alienate itself from them), yes the average Israeli simply wants relief from the constant fear of suicide bombings and rocket attacks. My sympathies to them. However my discussion is restricted to Israel v. Gaza. You've done a marvelous job illustrating just how alone and impoverished of support the Palestinians really are, so it is all the more clear who the little guy is in this case. As for Israel being the "little guy" in the Middle Eastern neighborhood--I suppose that's true, in the same way the U.S. would be the little guy if Central America decided to gang up on it. See Six Day War.

The thing is, there is no shortage of intelligent criticism of Arab nations. I have heard precious little such criticism of Israel, however. There is plenty of criticism, to be sure, but it is almost never well taken. Even its most reasonable critics cannot shake off a faint air of ludicrousness. I dislike the sorts of critics you mention just as much as you do, baleen, but I don't think the answer should be "but look at the Arabs!"

In addition to the aforementioned ground, I criticize Israel because I expect better from it. You beat the dog you love the best and all that. I admire Israel and consider it developmentally superior to the Arab nations in a variety of ways, and I find it embarrassing when sympathizers attempt to excuse irresponsible behavior by pointing fingers at the Arabs. If an adult is to quarrel WITH a child (or group of children), he or she cannot justly quarrel LIKE a child.
Trapped in Gaza
01/01/09, 11:40

Everyone has a right to ask those questions, baleen. America has a duty to. Hardship does not purchase you preemptive absolution from irresponsible behavior toward fellow human beings. If I'd experienced the same sorts of things as the soldiers that were sent to My Lai, I probably would have participated along with the rest. Should you still withhold judgment in that case? You weren't THERE, man!
Bibleman vs. Jewy Jewstein
01/01/09, 03:37

Fünf Sternen!
Cannibul Forist
01/01/09, 03:35

baleen is you, baleen is me, baleen is poetv.
Trapped in Gaza
01/01/09, 03:16

How many civilians casualties are allowable in order to neutralize one Syrian terrorist? How many of the 375 killed so far do you think were combatants? How many Israeli civilians have been killed by Hamas rockets? How many Israeli soldiers have died during this conflict? Is it ok for a state to use violence to terrorize a civilian population into capitulating to their demands? Is it reasonable to believe that killing innocents and enacting crippling economic sanctions will deprive Hamas of support?

Your question looked lonely, baleen.
Trapped in Gaza
01/01/09, 03:03

Israel isn't "evil," they do want to be and should be left alone (barring intervention to prevent humanitarian crises), and they should be recognized by Arab nations as a legitimate state. That said, as an American, I object to the extent of the Israeli lobby's influence in Washington. They are more or less given a blank check and an unqualified blessing for whatever political and military action they choose to pursue, for better or for worse.

As a subscriber to the ideals of Western democracy, I also object to the way Israel portrays itself and is portrayed as a bastion of Western enlightenment and humanitarianism in the "backwards" Middle East. Israel's development as a nation, like America's, can hardly be classified as unblemished. However, unlike America (for the most part), Israel has not condemned its own historical malfeasances (Irgun, Break the Bones Strategy, ethnic cleansing, Zionist cooperation with the Nazis, Zionism itself, Mossad torture methods, etc.), and these elements are often glossed over or entirely left out of the account of the conflict that reaches the American public.

Finally, as a human being, I object to the manner in which one of the most incomprehensible humanitarian disasters in the history of Western civilization has been transformed by certain organizations into an instrument through which to shame and distract other nations into giving them what they want. I am also deeply disturbed by the fact that these people who have suffered so terribly and so recently would still proceed in these delicate matters in such a reckless and indiscriminate manner.

Israel deserves--like any developed nation--to be criticized intelligently. There is an awful lot of screaming, spittle-flinging, and intellectual intimidation on both sides of this issue. But ask yourselves: who is, and claims to be, the better and bigger "man?"
Bing Crosby sings 'White Christmas'
12/31/08, 18:49

Little late with the voting, poetv.
Trapped in Gaza
12/31/08, 17:23

How about just quit giving them billions in $ and weaponry. Oh, and quit shooting down every UN resolution that isn't pro-Israel.
The Heart Attack Grill
12/31/08, 17:12

Sunday Morning!
Coraline
12/31/08, 00:58

Yeah, I'm getting that too. I guess that's the only possible result of "hipster + hot topic."
when i say numbers that contains three or a multiples of three i will become stupid.
12/31/08, 00:54

I...French girl...uh...5 stars.
Andy Rooney Has Noticed That People Are Carrying Things.
12/30/08, 22:39

5 for PlusDome.
Burn After Reading - Harry's Special Project
12/30/08, 22:37

[Spoilers]

Brad Pitt getting shot in the face is pretty fucking awesome. Not the Cohen's best though.
Paul Talks Like a Girl
12/30/08, 22:15

The FUCK it's Spring in Korea when it's Fall stateside! This is a prime example of "Asian deviousness."
The Wedding of Caminante Nocturno
12/30/08, 21:53

Oh for crying out loud!
The Frolic Effect: Alien
12/26/08, 00:22

Saving my fifth star for Schindler's List.

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