Who are “they” ? …

… in the post called “Yes They Did”? Seriously, I don’t know the answer.

The title starts off the muddled words in this post, which seem to result from Israel-related incontinence. Guess Andrew Sullivan didn’t take care of that over his month long vacation. Can’t he just be responsible, put an hour long hold on a Israel-related post, let the other Dish bloggers look it over first, and post with the benefit of critical thought — or would this be admitting that one has a problem?

The Dish goes on:

Such a move [maintaining the current settlement freeze (or stronger)] would also help coax those of us former staunch supporters of Israel back toward some minimal level of trust in Netanyahu.

I guess he no longer considers himself “staunch” … But I’m confused: what does it mean to be “staunch,” as opposed to just honest, in one’s support of something?

It would seem silly for “staunch” to mean not regularly attacking Israel while saying you’re a supporter.

Alas, I suspect there is no way that Netanyahu will do this. But we can hope, right? Israel will not have this opportunity again. And the consequences of doing nothing, as Goldblog has clearly stated, are the end of Israel in the long term as a Jewish or a decent country.

Except Goldberg has not stated this at all, “clearly” or otherwise! I’s all in Andrew Sullivan’s head, and from this head, come the intimations that the Jewish state will not be enduring or “decent.”

Goldberg in fact believes the peace process can wait without jeopardizing Israel in the short term and that the “long term” is much farther off than Andrew’s attention span can muster. This belief of Goldberg’s has pissed Andrew off in the past, so surely he is still aware of it — and finding it convenient to put words in the mouth of someone recognized as a “stauncher” Zionist.


“Gaza-style” inquiry for U.S. Af-Pak conduct

Clearly, the Daily Dish is going to get behind this, for the sake of justice as well as  to show how it holds no double standards:

A United Nations investigation into alleged war crimes in Afghanistan should be launched to identify and prosecute individuals responsible, says a former top-ranking UN official on extrajudicial killings.

Philip Alston called for the UN Human Rights Council to investigate the “conduct of the war” in Afghanistan amid rising concern over the level of civilian casualties caused by coalition forces, including Britain, and by the Taliban. It should be modelled, he said, on the inquiry into Israeli military operations in the Gaza Strip.

In his first interview since stepping down last month after six years as the UN’s special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, Alston said the lack of prosecutions concerning alleged war crimes was a major cause of concern because of the large number of Afghan civilians killed in the conflict.

Andrew has previously backed the U.S.’s policy of drone strikes, so he should man-up and invite an investigation where the U.S. will have to defend itself for any unjust actions and policies. He wouldn’t want to leave us with the possibility that he is ignoring the moral necessity of such an investigation because of his quest to attain U.S. citizenship.

Vanity Fair passes the hat for Mondoweiss

I.e., their columnist James Wolcott passes the hat for a zealous purveyor of one-statism-sliding-into-antisemitism (funded mostly by the Nation magazine). Here’s Wolcott’s seal of approval:

Named after its founder Phillip Weiss, Mondoweiss (co-maintained by Adam Horowitz) is one of the most invaluable sites in the blogosphere, a blast of sanity and moral suasion against the prevailing demonization of anything and anyone perceived as anti-Israel. (Here is its mission statement.) Whether it’s the demolition of Palestinian homes to make room for Israeli settlers, Harvard’s honoring of Martin Peretz, the usual suspects laying down a drum track for military strikes against Iran, or the plight of Gaza, Mondoweiss covers it all within the sweep of its lighthouse beam.

For Wolcott, does identifying the danger of Jewish-Christian miscegenation among political elites count as “shining the lighthouse beam”?

Mondoweiss is holding a fundraiser and is one quarter shy of its modest goal and needs–especially modest when you consider how much money is being shoveled by conservative donors into a shiny latrine such as RightNetwork–so why not consider making a donation?

I donated a small amount last week, so it’s not like I’m asking you to contribute while my wallet sits tight, locked inside Jack Benny’s underground vault. (A reference probably lost on many younger readers, who lie awake at night trying to imagine the riches of embarrassment Jackass 3D will hold.)

Riches of embarrassment, he says.

inflammatory use of the Koran

So are the Algerians going to burn these Korans or just the covers?

Quote of the day

“I continue to think that Goldberg is a great journalist. He doesn’t invent phrases, he transmits them and interprets them.” — Fidel Castro