Posts Tagged ‘israel’

The Adventures of Bibi Zeit-Geist

Posted: April 11, 2009 by Shawn in Uncategorized
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What do you think the Russians talk about in their councils of state, Karl Marx? They get out their linear programming charts, statistical decision theories, minimax solutions, and compute the price-cost probabilities of their transactions and investments, just like we do. We no longer live in a world of nations and ideologies, Mr. Beale.


Well, Sidney Lumet and Paddy Chayefsky might have jumped the gun on the end of ideologies (or perhaps they were just commenting on the insane being led by the even more insane, I don’t know). In any case, it surely seems that the the arrival of Ehud Barak and the Israeli Labor Party into Bibi Netanyahu’s Likud-led government signals the end of ideology and nationhood (in the sense there is not even a pretense of a functional anti-occupation movement within the Knesset and that the idea of Israel as a nation existing within defined boarders is kaput as “Netanyahu and his two key ministers — Ehud Barak (Defense) and Avigdor Lieberman (Foreign Affairs) — are committed to creating a Greater Israel, which will cover all of the territory that was once Mandate Palestine”). (more…)

Oh, hello, I didn’t see you there. Welcome back. I hope you had—or are having—an enjoyable spring break and had a happy St. Patrick’s Day (or ‘Talk Like Shane McGowan Day’ as I celebrate it).

Gene Fowler once said that “writing is easy: All you do is sit staring at a blank sheet of paper until drops of blood form on your forehead.” Computers have made this already difficult process harder. Do we honestly believe that Conrad or Dickens would have turned out better bodies of work if their pens and paper were replaced by a source of free and unlimited pornography and college basketball updates? Honestly it’s a miracle most of us make it out the door in the morning.

Why do I bring this up? Well, being as I’m on a Watchmen kick (slightly disappointed with the movie, but not as much as V for Vendetta or League of Extraordinary Gentlemen since you asked), the first chapter of Hollis Mason’s Under the Hood recommends that an author should “start off with the saddest thing you can think of and get the audience’s sympathies on your side. After that, believe me, it’s a walk.”

The reason I started with trying to garner your sympathy is that I will be delving into the Israel/Palestine issue. (more…)