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Candide Recommends: Saturday, July 15, 2006
  • Israel’s big prize today: a direct hit on 13 civilians fleeing the village of Marwahin near the Israeli border (Bashir reports 23 killed). Operation Self-Defense, one guesses (surely some of the children in the convoy had stashed away a water gun that could down an F-15). Meanwhile Bush in St. Petersburg reminds us this morning why logic was never his forte: “And the best way to stop the violence is for Hezbollah to lay down its arms, and to stop attacking. And, therefore, I call upon Syria to exert influence over Hezbollah.” Because, obviously, it’s been Hezbollah laying waste to Lebanon for the last four days. The Jerusalem Post reports that “ For the first time since the 1973 Yom Kippur War, the city of Tiberias , located some 35 kilometers south of the Lebanese border on the western bank of the Sea of Galilee , came under a rocket attack on Saturday.” Mouna Naim describes in Le Monde (in French) what it’s been like for the Lebanese to fling back into their old worn war refleces. Is Iran involved now?
  • Now she tells us: Three years too late, like just about everyone else, New York Times editorial page editor Gail Collins regrets not having been more skeptical about WMDs before the Iraq invasion—in other words (words she’s not using) she regrets failing to do her job. From her interview with Editor and Publisher: “If I had to do it over again, I would have paid a lot more attention to the people on the board who had doubts,” Collins said. “I thought there were weapons of mass destruction and most of the board members did. Frankly, we did not spend enough time debating the issue.” She said that led to early editorials that proclaimed the existence as a matter of fact rather than a questionable assertion. “We should have argued among ourselves more,” she stressed. “Given our readers some of a sense that there was an argument about it, we tended to take it for granted.” In other words, she failed. In still other words, she failed. (Speaking for my own editorial board at the News-Journal, by the way: we had those discussions, we had our huge doubts about WMDs, and we opposed the invasion beginning in 2002, when it was obvious the Bush junta was heading that way.)
  • I’m not sure whether to be creeped out or moved to tears. Sesame Street’s Elmo is drafted for military service in a DVD aimed at the half million children whose parents are being sent off to war: “In it, Elmo’s father ships out on a deployment and the red-furry muppet has to cope with his absence.”

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  • Baghdad Burning updates a summer of atrocities in Iraq, including the gunning down of a friend: “ It promises to be a long summer. We’re almost at the mid-way point, but it feels like the days are just crawling by. It’s a combination of the heat, the flies, the hours upon hours of no electricity and the corpses which keep appearing everywhere.

 

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