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floranista in The Secret Garden:
Milk, Honey and Wild Mustard
joem recently sent me a link to this article from Lazer Beams, a beautiful site I hadn't seen before. Rabbi Brody kindly gave me permission to reprint it.
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zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
Drink now, while you still can
You may remember Dr Maria Khoury, she had written a guest author post for us about the violence in the Palestinian village of Taybeh following the affair between a Muslim woman and a Christian man. Dr Khoury is a Christian but since Hamas got elected, she has been covering her head, as do many other women, because she doesn't feel comfortable anymore going out unveiled. In the West Bank and Gaza, Christians are keeping a low profile, with eyes wide open.
Though no changes on the ground have affected their rights as of yet, they are watching carefully and anxiously to see if an already precarious "church and state" separation in Palestinian government is about to disintegrate.

They have reason for concern: If Hamas follows on its founders' path to fight Israel and install strict Islamic religious rule, Palestinian Christians stand to become a legally subjugated minority inside Palestinian society, while suffering further conflict with neighboring Israel.

A small minority, estimated to be between one to two percent of the total Palestinian population, Christians have long been in an awkward position, managing a balancing act of simultaneously being insiders and outsiders.
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zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
Khrushchev and Stalin
Nina Khrushcheva, Khrushchev's great-granddaughter, believes that his "secret speech" denouncing Stalin was the third most important event in 20th century Russia, after the Bolshevik Revolution and the defeat of the Nazis; it was Russia's "first taste of freedom over fear". The day Khrushchev buried Stalin.
Yet to his credit, when he denounced Stalin before the 20th Congress of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, my great-grandfather had the courage to admit that communism (and its leaders) could make mistakes. Denouncing Stalin — and acknowledging for the first time the details of some of the murders, purges and coerced confessions — was a morally necessary act, Khrushchev said later. After his "involuntary" retirement in 1964 when he was ousted as first secretary of the party, Khrushchev confessed he had needed to tell the story in part because his own arms were "covered with blood up to the elbows."

Yes, Khrushchev helped build the despotic Soviet system, but he also called for its reform. And even though he did it by attacking the corruption of communism rather than communism itself, the speech served as a catalyst, sowing early disillusionment with Marxism-Leninism. It transformed the image of the Soviet Union in the minds of millions of people. It was the first crack in the monolith, and without it, it might have taken another 100 years for the socialist countries to enjoy the post-communist freedoms they have today.
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evariste in Discarded Lies:
Life-hating Indian judge orders 12,800 to "volunteer" for sterilization
An Indian judge with an exaggerated sense of his own importance has ordered 6,400 teachers in one of India's provinces that is most blessed with plentiful people, Uttar Pradesh, to each find two "volunteers" to be sterilized. Presumably, the teachers are expected to pressure their students into pressuring their parents and relatives into being sterilized. What awful claptrap. One very revealing quote:
However, India's population worries government planners who, despite the eight per cent economic growth rate, will need to generate tens of millions of new jobs.
Government planners think that jobs are generated by government planners? Navel-gazing absurdity at its worst. I guess they have to justify their jobs one way or another. I really wish India would find her Reagan.

More than that, I wish Indians would discard all these Malthusian, statist lies that continue to bedevil them. That country could be so great. They just need to realize that their population is a blessing, not a terrible curse.
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evariste in Discarded Lies:
A Saudi revelation, brought to you by Al Qaeda
Yesterday's failed suicide attack on one of Saudi Arabia's largest refineries was interesting in several ways.

One is how relatively casually the volatile, easily-spooked oil markets took it. Oil futures went up about $2 in the final accounting. The only effect they were able to have was to kill six Saudis. No oil disruption happened. However, they took it a bit more seriously than they took a shutdown of one fifth of Nigeria's production, which is telling. I'll detail why in an aside at the end of this article.

The greater significance of this attack is that it was the first attack by Al Qaeda on Saudi Arabia's oil lifeline. That entire society would collapse into cannibalism, or worse, without oil revenues. Osama bin Laden and the House of Saud had a pact that said the Sauds would look the other way as long as Al Qaeda avoided attacks on Saudi oil.

This attack is the first evidence that Al Qaeda has called the deal off. The shootouts, the constant killings by security forces of the latest leader of Al Qaeda's Saudi franchise, the attempted assassination of some minor minister—all that was only of minor interest. As long as Al Qaeda refrained from attacking the holiest places in Saudi Arabia-not Mecca and Medina but the Saudi oil infrastructure-I felt certain that there was still some degree of collusion between them. No longer. The schism is now real. If the Saudi royal family still harbored any illusions of riding the fence, of having the situation under control, and of playing both sides and getting away with their dual loyalties, those illusions have now run aground in Al Qaeda's unyielding shoals.

The House of Saud will now have to choose sides a lot more decisively than before. Their very lifeblood is at stake. They can see what the terrorists are doing to Iraq's oil infrastructure. They can't fail to connect the dots. They may be evil, but they aren't stupid.

The most interesting thing to observe in all this will be whether the crack in the Saud/Laden alliance will bring new tensions to bear in another historic bargain: that famous partnership between the House of Saud and Muhammad ibn Wahhab's religious supremacist establishment. The Sauds' legitimacy to rule rests on the Wahhabis' say-so; the Wahhabis' exalted position rests on the Sauds' financial and political support. The Wahhabis nurtured bin Ladenism and provided many ready recruits for it. Let's hope that dirty partnership for the perpetuation and export of totalitarian despotism crumbles ASAP, and "Saudi" Arabia reverts to being called just...Arabia. Perhaps even Hashemite Arabia, if a king must rule it.

As an aside, native Nigerian terrorists are blowing stuff up as well. They've cut off a fifth of the country's production, causing oil to rise $1.50 a barrel. This is a similar rise to that which happened as a result of the Saudi terrorism. The difference? The Nigerians are blowing things sky-high for a reason: they're dirt poor, and they're pissed off that they're getting nothing from all the oil being removed from their land. A rejoinder to them that they did nothing to create the wealth is irrelevant; they see money and they will damn well have some. The difference with the Nigerians is that their demands can be satisfied. Al Qaeda can never be satisfied. And that explains why the Nigerians' vow to shut down all Nigerian oil production, which is a very credible threat compared to Al Qaeda's meager ability to carry out effective attacks in Saudi Arabia, did not spook the markets as much as the Saudi situation spooked them. Markets don't understand how to price the risk of implacable terrorists who can't be reasoned with. They can definitely understand the Nigerian tribesmens' "gimme some of that". What, exactly, does Al Qaeda want?
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