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Thursday, July 20, 2006

I know I shouldn't laugh...

... but in times like these one accepts comic relief wherever he/she can find it.

It seems that President Emile Lahoud of Lebanon made a remarkable statement late last week. He warned that the Israeli assault on his country could "push desperate Lebanese citizens to sacrifice their lives to defend their country - and even commit acts of [~gasp~] terrorism!"

News flash for President Lahoud:  Considering the stellar job you've done so far of keeping your country free of terrorists and weapons of terror... I think we'll risk it.

But hey... thanks for the heads up.

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Posted by David Bogner on July 20, 2006 | Permalink

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what i find (i was going to us the word shocking, but it isn't really) interesting is that he openly suggested that terrorism is an acceptable outlet for anger, stress and frustration. isn't that the crux of the problem? i mean, how many israelis sitting in their shelters for the past week have even entertained taking that route? not too many, i'd wager. and yet, the arab response is, "we're getting angry, so we'll blow ourselves to bits and take you with us!" it is mind boggling how ingrained that line of thought is.

Posted by: nikki | Jul 20, 2006 12:07:03 PM

oh yeah, and if they do resort? it's our own fault. nice deflection.

Posted by: nikki | Jul 20, 2006 12:11:28 PM

Why is the Lebanese Prime Minister named señora?

Posted by: Steg (dos iz nit der šteg) | Jul 20, 2006 1:45:15 PM

Think he went to the same school as Arafat?

Posted by: seawitch | Jul 20, 2006 2:59:40 PM

No offense, but it seems that, so far, desperate Lebanese citizens are flocking onto cruise ships.

Posted by: Yaron | Jul 20, 2006 3:37:28 PM

Nikki... No shock here. Not only is this a recurring theme in all Arab rationalization for violence/murder... but it has been repeated so often that the rest of the world nods its head and asks rhetorically, "Yes, of course... what choice did they have?"

Steg... I give up?

Seawitch... He seems to have a better tailor.

Yaron... Forgive me if I find the terms 'desperate' and 'cruise ship' to be somewhat at odds with one another. I prefer to reserve words like 'desperate' to describe people like Israelis living in the north who didn't allow missiles to be fired from their back yards and who have nowhere to go except down into their bomb shelters.

Posted by: treppenwitz | Jul 20, 2006 3:59:55 PM

You also have to love all those people who say the Us isn't getting these people out fast enough. They whine about the conditions etc..what nerve!

Posted by: Jewish Blogmeister | Jul 20, 2006 4:25:07 PM

To clarify, I was mocking Lahoud's statement by suggesting that, so far at least, there is no indication of "desperate" Lebanese citizens willing to sacrifice their lives. Like you said, Israel can risk it, in any event. And yes, I would reserve the word "desperate" to describe Israelis in the north. I know what it's like to have rockets landing.

Posted by: Yaron | Jul 20, 2006 4:40:21 PM

Well, as long as you know the risk you're taking, bomb away!

Posted by: Bob | Jul 20, 2006 6:06:48 PM

I'm shocked. Just shocked.

Posted by: Irina | Jul 20, 2006 6:24:29 PM

Trep - you mean Housewifes can't be called Desperate? : )

Posted by: jaime | Jul 20, 2006 10:13:33 PM

Did it ever occur to Lahoud that if "desparate Lebanese citizens" had ever entertained the notion of "sacrificing their lives to defend their country", they would have directed their fight against Hezbollah years ago - rather than voting them into office? How pathetic.

Posted by: Psachya | Jul 20, 2006 11:30:31 PM

Ah, I love my Treppenwitz. Thank you for making me laugh in a sleepless night in the North... much much appreciated.

Posted by: Lila | Jul 21, 2006 2:12:28 AM

ah wow, good one mr president, good one...

if we can even call him a president...

Posted by: Tonny | Jul 21, 2006 6:50:22 AM

What? No Photo Friday, No guest post from Zahava.

Not even an amusing anecdote about the children or even a picture of the gun slinging chef.

How long must I wait. Look, as a Sox fan I know you are used to being disappointed, but this is cruel and unusual punishment. ;)

Posted by: Jack | Jul 21, 2006 10:41:29 AM

President Lahoud's Statement + Common Misunderstood Brotherhood الإخوا Notion = Holy War... How sick can this whole thing get, three historic attacks on Lebanon and they never learn. *Nodding*

Posted by: pk | Jul 21, 2006 12:47:18 PM

Let's not forget what a sterling job the USA did of preventing the flow of funds to terrorist organisations during the 70's, 80's and 90's. Those indiscrimnately killed in London, Guildford, Birmingham, Warrington and of course all over Ireland will be so grateful for that.

Posted by: Mike | Jul 21, 2006 1:25:36 PM

Q for Mike.... Does everything have to be twisted around so it's the fault of the USA?

Posted by: David Bailey | Jul 22, 2006 12:01:28 AM

Real life is full of good comedy. Flocking to cruise ships, funds for terrorists, the whole world is a big conspiracy.

Sometimes it's not. The moral clarity of Clinton was shown when after seven years of trying, the best he could do was start the latest intifada that killed thousands in the last year of his Presidency. Such clarity we don't need.

Posted by: bill | Jul 22, 2006 3:13:03 PM

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