Wednesday, December 12, 2007

This is why blogs are big, dudes

Headline: Israeli Army attacks southern Gaza ahead of talks.

Those damn Jews; will they ever learn? Let's all talk about the Palestinian question, and not go killing the people before they get a chance to be heard! Barbarians! Look at this:
Israeli troops accompanied by about a dozen tanks moved Tuesday into southern Gaza, a day before Israelis and Palestinians were due to hold their first talks on a comprehensive peace following the U.S.-led conference in Annapolis, Maryland.
I think we all know who's responsible for the violence in Israel. (Hint: the guys who own the banks and all that jazz)

If you read further, you might get an entirely false impression about what Israel was doing:
The army said the operation was a routine effort to disrupt rocket and mortar assaults on army bases and the Israeli-controlled Sufa crossing into Gaza, similar to regular raids into Gaza over the past six months.
Wait, wait, so Israel was responding to rocket and mortar assaults? I'm confused; let me try to work this out. If you're trying to disrupt something, it's because that thing is happening. In fact, the occurence of that thing is what causes you to become moved to disrupt it, so that the disruption has to succeed the thing disrupted. Meaning, then, that Israel was not actually launching an aggressive campaign against Gaza, but Palestinians in Gaza were firing mortars and rockets, causing Israel to respond to try to defend itself. So if an article were written about this saying something like "Israel viciously breaks ceasefire prior to eternal peace agreement," that would be shifting the blame completely to the wrong side.

"Minutes before police show up at burgled house, crazy homeowner kills peace-loving, though armed, intruder."

There, I think I'm getting the hang of this.


At 12:00 AM, December 13, 2007 , Blogger Nick Milne said...

Dec. 8, 1941



Dozens of Japanese citizens are dead at the hands of U.S. Naval forces operating out of Pearl Harbour after an early-morning attack that has been called "a complete surprise."

[Story continues]

Reports indicate that the killings occurred as U.S. forces moved to disrupt incoming Japanese warplanes, which conflicting accounts suggest were seen firing their weapons before they were attacked.

President Roosevelt, eager to smooth ruffled feathers during a time of great diplomatic tension, apologized for the incident, declaring it "a day which will live in infamy," while an unnamed source within Japan's Imperial Navy condemned the attack as the heavy-handed conduct of "a sleeping giant lately wakened."


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