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Excellent post by Roger Berkowitz applying Hannah Arendt's On Violence to 21st century drone warfare.
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Good column, as usual, by Noam Sheizaf. Not that I agree with it or anything.
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My comment there: Hannah Arendt supported equality in the political realm, discrimination in the social realm. Sounds good to me.
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Interesting post at The American Conservative on the failure of racial integration.
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Nice photo quiz posted by Steve Sailer. It would have been more topical several months ago, but - nice.
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This is a good book I'm reading now: Yoram Dinstein, The International Law of Belligerent Occupation. It's actually very readable, believe it or not, and easy for a layman to understand.
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You truly think deeply and exercise you faculties accordingly. What do you read of a lighter nature?

Perhaps Judith's present read: an autobiography by Martin Sheen (someone from H-wood who I respect for his way of life and deep convictions even tho' I take exception to some of his politics). He is someone who you can disagree with agreeably. 
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Kudos to Netanyahu, Barak, et al.: You started it against criticisms from the left, you ended it against opposition from the right. Both decisions seem like good ones, so far.

My definition of operational success: Practically no rocket attacks on southern Israel for the next year or two. That would be justification enough. The rest is icing on the cake.

My definition of strategic success: (1) Getting Egypt to take more responsibility for Gaza, and getting the world (i.e., the US) to expect that from them. (2) Further separating Gaza politically from Judea and Samaria. Not "divide and rule"; divide so you can eventually stop ruling.
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It remains to be seen as to whether Obama has true convictions and a strong spine or whether he is a reed that bends or breaks. He mistakenly thinks Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood is willing to be an honest broker whereas they just want the continued flow of our aid money to prop up their regime. Meanwhile, if Israel (that is, Bibi, who he has insulted many times) does not play ball he would cease funding the Iron Dome. 
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I saw that documentary The Gatekeepers, שומרי הסף. Here are some comments. I posted them at +972, <http://bit.ly/11ay5kj>, also.

OK, I saw the movie. Some comments. It's a lot, so I won't be insulted if you don't read them.

1. Noam Sheizaf was right. What's the big deal? These guys are just saying what the Zionist left has been saying forever. If we're wrong about that, could someone please tell me what new insight I missed?

2. The most striking thing to me, which no one mentioned yet: There is absolutely no explicit discussion in the film of the root causes of the problem. One supposed root cause is implied only obliquely, in that the history starts in 1967, not in 1948 or 1917. But the conclusions drawn by some of the subjects, and obviously by the filmmaker himself, are crucially dependent on one specific theory of the root cause. In a nutshell: whether we're fighting the war of 1967 or the war of 1948.

If we're fighting the war of 1967, then the solution is obvious: get the hell out of Judea, Samaria, and (still) Gaza. The film predicates its whole message on a strongly disputed premise that is never explicitly addressed. As I said in my previous comment, Shabak people are no more competent than the rest of us to answer this question.

3. After a while of watching Assholes on Parade, I became interested in the question, "Which one is the biggest asshole?" I'm surprised this topic hasn't been discussed, actually. My vote definitely goes to Ami Ayalon. There's only one who did not come across as an asshole at all; that was Yuval Diskin.

4. Some of these people - the bully Ami Ayalon especially - are very shallow thinkers, who believe that they have great wisdom to impart whenever they open their mouths, so you'd better listen to them, dammit. What they lack in knowledge they make up for in arrogance. For instance, Ayalon's completely wrongheaded description of Hannah Arendt's "banality of evil," which is ironic because he apparently does not engage in what Arendt identified as the antidote to it: what she called "thinking," as opposed to "reckoning with consequences." But this isn't the kind of person whose mistakes you correct out loud.

5. The historical distortions promulgated by some of these people are breathtaking. Israel was not moving in the direction of peace when Rabin was assassinated. Rabin was already quite unpopular by that time, even among many former supporters. A majority of Jews favored Netanyahu over Rabin by the time of the assassination. Rabin's death moved Israel sharply to the left, not to the right; Peres could have won easily if he'd called elections sooner. What killed Israeli hope for peace was terrorism, which was clearly sponsored by Arafat - not Rabin's assassination.

One of the subjects blames the Aksa Intifada solely on Palestinian despair at the Oslo process, with no mention of the Camp David meeting or of the evidence that the Aksa Intifada was initiated from above, by Fatah.

6. Lisa's statement here that Diskin said he agreed with every word quoted to him from Leibowitz is true, but misleading. Right after saying that, when the interviewer presses him to elaborate, Diskin says that he does not agree that Israel has become a "Shabak state," but that he agrees with the rest. That was actually the biggest element of Leibovitz's prediction, in my opinion, and I think Diskin was correct to say that hasn't come to pass.

All that said, there are some interesting moments in the film as well. Pretty much everything Yuval Diskin says is interesting, but unfortunately he doesn't get that much screen time. There's some interesting stuff on how they killed "the Engineer." But like Noam said, not a whole lot new here.
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Fine article by Tom Doran on the left's anti-Israel stance. I think it's almost completely accurate, so here's just the stuff I disagree with. Mostly  really minor disagreements. My comment's way too long to post at the site where the article appeared, so here it is:

1. I think the main reason for changing Western attitudes to Israel starting four decades ago is changes in the West, not changes in Israel's position. Even without the US friendship and the post-1967 occupation, Western Europe would have come to oppose a "Western" Staatvolk ruling over relatively poor non-Westerners. Cf. South Africa, which, whatever apartheid's very real injustices, started getting disproportionate condemnation at about the same time as Israel. So, even if there had been no Six Day War, Western attitudes would still have shifted, I think. And even if Israel withdraws completely from the territories, Western Europe's stance will remain anti-Israel and pro-Palestinian. The war will most likely continue after any withdrawal, and people don't often switch sympathies in the middle of a war.

2. If anti-Israel attitudes are based on Israel being "white," it's often "white" as a proxy for "Western." Russians (white but not Western) mostly got a free pass with Chechnya.

3. Ben Gurion's famous remark about the war and the White Paper doesn't translate to the occupation. That's because the post-1967 occupation's function - the reason it exists today - is as a defense in the current war for Israel's existence. That's how Israelis perceive it, whether they're right or wrong. The occupation is not there because "the settlers are in the driver's seat"; the last twenty years have falsified that hypothesis. Therefore, the occupation cannot be decoupled from the low-intensity war with the Palestinians; that's in contrast to immigration (White Paper), which Ben Gurion could decouple from that war. What can be decoupled somewhat is the settlement project, but that is not the same as the occupation. But more basically, you're right that you can fight certain major elements of Israeli policy while supporting Israel's existence as a Jewish state.

4. Finally, I think it's really unfair to call Mearsheimer and Walt "Jew-baiters." They are not, despite Mearsheimer's blurb for Atzmon's book. In Israeli political nomenclature, they are left-Zionists. For what it's worth, I think they're mostly right about the Israel lobby in the US, but wildly wrong (and ignorant) about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Again, I think this article is refreshingly accurate overall. Well written, too.
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What were the first cookies ever used by computers? I think it might have been Hollerith (punched) cards in the 1960s. Bills were mailed along with a Hollerith card identifying your account, and you sent the card back with your check. A cookie. Or were there cookies in use (widespread use?) by computers before that?
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Ian Jobling repudiates his earlier white nationalism in this interview. Seems to me he's going too far in the other direction. If white nationalists are wrong about there being a natural loyalty to one's race, they're still right that it's OK to prefer your own race and to be loyal to it - even if your race is white. If they're wrong about some kind of natural struggle between races, they're still right that people group together based on race and ethnicity, that those groups have interests, and that those group interests often conflict. And if white nationalists are wrong about mass immigration turning America into a Third World country, they're still right that mass immigration is very bad for white Americans as a group. Jobling seems to be over-reacting, throwing out the truth along with the error.
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Good article on the Philadelphi Corridor. That's what I didn't understand at the time about the Gaza disengagement: Why pull out of the Philadelphi Corridor as well? Why wasn't anyone even talking about it? Also, Pipes links to this Al-Jazeera article about the Palestinian Authority privately requesting in 2008 that Israel re-occupy the Corridor: <http://goo.gl/VY6pD>.
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You should be in politics, Aaron. 
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I came across this photo of beit rishonim on Wikipedia. Doesn't look anything at all like Nes Ziona, but that's where it is.
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Forgive my ignorance but what is the significance of the edifice?
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