And then I’m outta here for the day.
RareKate is an aggregator sort of blogger. I just happened on her today and she has abundance of really interesting pointers and quotes to all the sorts of thing that make me feel like I was given the key to a candy shop.
Dennis Prager’s piece in yesterday’s LA Times, “Born-Again President — White House Hanukkah”:
As a yeshiva graduate, I never thought I would live to see identifying Jews, let alone Orthodox rabbis, so happy to be in a room with a menorah and a Christmas tree. Yet that signified a sea change taking place in American Jewish life â€” the realization that Christianity is no longer the enemy or the great Other but, for the first time in 2,000 years, a great ally.
This realization has yet to dawn on many Jews. The memory of almost two millenniums of European, i.e., Christian, anti-Semitism culminating in the Holocaust is seared deeply in Jewish hearts and minds, and it is very hard for most Jews to truly believe that the cross is a friend, not an invitation to a pogrom.
Belmont Club reflects about why the UN keeps insisting that it should be in charge .
In the matter of providing relief for tsunami victims, the UN cannot afford to assume any other attitude than a reluctant willingness to stoop to command the national contingents. For the United Nations to abandon its claim to primacy in the tsunami relief effort is the equivalent of renouncing its scepter as the ‘sole source of legitimacy’ and the only fount of ‘moral authority’. For no danger is so great to international organizations and Kings as the peril of being proved unnecessary. Though almost almost none of the food, supplies and logistical systems to provide relief have so far have come from the World Body, it appears existentially important to it that what has arrived wear the livery of the United Nations.
you should check out The Diplomad blog regularly to keep up with the on-going UN relief farce. From today’s post:
Day 9 of the tsunami crisis.
I know I had promised to lay off the UN for a bit . . . but I can’t. As one reader commented on a previous Diplomad posting on the UN, “it’s like watching a train wreck” — you know it’s horrible, but you’ve just got to look at it.