Sadly the NY Times editorial today agrees wth the prescient bustard, and points out the irrelevance of disccussing the justification of Israel's bombing in Hezbollah. Whether or not it is justified, it is bad for Israel, the region and for U.S.
Condi's and George's bobbing and weaving, winking while Israel continues to drop bombs, is the equivalent of looking the other way while your drunken guest sneaks a "roadie" for his drive home. It's only a facile form of cowardice, that enables "your friend" to continue down the path to self destruction.
Why - Sadly? Because if the Times suggests something, this administration is sure to do the opposite.
Following is a guest post from the thespisbustard - not really a review, it's more concerned with history, knowledge, and how we are informed.
“Alan Bennett’s “The History Boys”:
Lessons of History That Our Leaders May Have Learned And We Have Not!
Ironically, one of
the best ways to understand U.S. political strategy, foreign policy, and international
problem solving may be the Londonand Broadway hit play, “The History Boys”
by Alan Bennett. I say ironically because I’m sure that the favorite sources of entertainment of most of our current
leaders and media savants are A)
watching themselves, B) watching talk shows (Dr. Phil etc.) and C) watching sporting
events. So I doubt if many of them have
seen the show.
In “The History Boys,” a group of upper level British school
students are groomed for their entrance exams to Oxford and Cambridge by being taught how to take the exam
rather than learning for the sake of knowledge. If this sounds depressingly
familiar, it’s what millions of American students do every year as their
parents spend fortunes prepping them for their SATs. The goal is not to get the
correct or even the right answer on the test, we’re way past hoping for that.
Their tutor, Irwin, teaches them to: “ Find a
proposition, invert it, then look around for proofs,” i.e. “
a question is about what you know, not about what you don’t know, thus a question
about Rembrandt might prompt an answer, Francis Bacon.” “Thus, those caught napping by the attack on Pearl Harbor were the Japanese and the real culprit was
This approach defines
history as a perspective on the past, which changes.
"Looking back, immediately
behind us is dead ground. We don’t see it and because we don’t see it, there is
no period so remote as the recent past.”
The historian’s job is to anticipate
what our perspective of that period will be.
With such a flexible
view of history and the past, it’s no wonder that we’ve already won the war in Iraq
(how many times?), that Israel is still fighting for peace in Lebanon, and that
one of our staunchest Mid-Eastern allies is: Iran - I mean Iraq; I mean Iran; or Yemen?
Well, at least we got revenge on that guy
who planned the 9/11 bombings, Oliver Stone has made a movie all about it.
Okay maybe I’m wrong.
Maybe someone in Washington has seen “The History Boys,” and you
should too.. Alan Bennett does come out with an ultimately clear definition of
history in this wonderful show, and it is uttered by the only female character, Mrs.
“ What is history? Besides five centuries of male ineptitude? History
is women following behind with the bucket.”
Somehow I think the unsinkable Molly
Ivins would agree.
Her Highness is unsure when she will return to the Mid-East.
"I do think it is important that groundwork be laid so I can make the most of whatever time I can spend there." (emphasis added)
Of course, as the entire world knows, she wants to give Israel time to do more damage in Southern Lebanon.
But when our ally, Israel, or anyone else, says this out loud - it's an outrage.
spokesman, Adam Ereli, took strong issue with an assertion by Israel's Justice Minister Haim Ramon, who
said the failure of world leaders to call for an immediate cease-fire at a
summit in Rome gave Israel a green light to carry on with its
campaign to crush Hezbollah.
such statement is outrageous," Ereli said. "The United States is sparing no effort to bring a
durable and lasting end to this conflict."
Bush's little "Condi" is as arrogant as she is insulting. Her stupid, blatant lies are an embrassment to our country, and harmful to the advancement of peace.