Jeffrey Goldberg Asks a Damned Good Question About the Response to the Gaza War

Jeffrey Goldberg has a great piece in the Atlantic today about the coverage of, and the response to, the Gaza war.  Why is it, he asks, that the war in Gaza is covered in exquisite detail by news agencies around the world while a far bloodier war, right next door to Israel in Syria, rages on.

“I was struck, over the weekend, by the lack of coverage of the Syrian civil war, in which the death count recently passed 170,000. By Sunday night, it had become clear that the weekend in toll in Syria would stand at roughly 700 dead—a larger number, obviously, than the weekend toll in Gaza (and more than the total number of deaths in this latest iteration of the Gaza war to date.) I tweeted the following in response to this news out of Syria: “I sincerely hope the @nytimes covers the slaughter in Syria – 700 dead in 48 hours – in tomorrow’s paper. Very important story as well.”

This was my sincere hope, and it was to my sincere surprise that Monday’s newspaper contained no information whatsoever about the weekend slaughter in Syria.”

Ouch, the Gray Lady had that coming.

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A Question for Israel’s Critics – What Number of Dead Palestinians is Proportionate?

So the Israelis and the Palestinians are at it again.  Here it is, a nice sunny summer, and they’ve got nothing better to do than try (none too successfully, in the case of the Palestinians) to kill one another.  Somethings never change.  Another thing that never changes is the chorus of critics of Israel lamenting it “disproportionate” attacks on Palestinians.  Anytime Israel goes to war with its neighbours, it’s accused of inflicting “disproportionate” casualties on their civilian populations or, and it amounts to the same thing, of a “disproportionate” response, most notably by the British Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg.    Continue reading “A Question for Israel’s Critics – What Number of Dead Palestinians is Proportionate?”

I swear to God, I’ll never understand woman…

The Globe and Mail has a story about noted serial killer, rapist, and general piece-o-shit, Paul Bernardo and his apparent bride-to-be.  Wait, bride? WTF?

According to the Globe, this young woman has fallen in love with Paul Bernardo and plans to marry him. According to the story:

The parents said their university-educated daughter “had a number of bad relationships that undermined her self-esteem despite her brilliance. She is looking for someone who will love her unconditionally.”

According to her parents, the woman is convinced of his innocence and asked her pastor about forgiveness.

Sweetheart, if you want unconditional love, you buy a puppy.  At worst, he’ll piddle on you carpets.  Heck, if you want to live dangerously, buy a pit bull puppy.  You don’t marry a convicted serial killer.

The sick thing is, this isn’t uncommon.  Apparently, Bernardo has received letters for years from various smitten young woman, and the phenomenon of inmates attracting the affections of  (persumably) desperate woman is well know.  I swear to god, I’ll never understand woman.

Finally, what does it say about the straight men in the London area that this (evidently disturbed) young woman would rather take her chances with a murderous psychopath than with them.  Time to up your game, boys.