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Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Civil War in Gaza

So you see, the Left's favorite poster children, the so-called "Palestinians", are fighting amongst themselves.

The battle rages between the secular-socialist Fatah, and the Islamofascist Hamas. After a few very tenuous months of a power-sharing agreement, they are rapidly devolving into bloody conflict.

From this we learn several things. Firstly these Hamas Arabs (funded and trained by Iran) are content to kill each other, their so-called "brothers". There will be no peace with Israel with these fanatics in charge - indeed, with these fanatics alive anywhere.

Second, this is the same battle playing out throughout the Muslim world. The forces of socialist modernism versus religious fundamentalism. In Saudi Arabia, in Iraq, in Afghanistan, in Indonesia - the new is fighting the old for control over people's minds, and willing to murder innocents to achieve that goal.

Given the above, we come to the third point - in Iraq, US leftists (aka Socialists) claim that the US is to blame for the "civil war" in Iraq. Yet the Palestinians are engaged in outright warfare, not just hit and run attacks, and leftist media outlets are afraid to call it a "Civil war". They prefer not to, since they can't then blame the US for their favorite "oppressed people's" conflict.

Saturday, June 09, 2007

I have nothing against being rich...

but I do have a big issue with people who are so rich, and have been so sheltered from reality their whole lives, that they haven't the faintest clue of what reality is really like.

A "BFF" (Best Friends Forever) of Paris Hilton, recently pleaded on TMZ.com (http://www.tmz.com/2007/06/09/an-open-letter-from-a-paris-bff/):

"I was also in the courtroom [yesterday] and saw a judge hand down a sentence that NO ONE in an even remotely similar position would receive!"
and
"When she was released she was still very upset, to the point of being physically ill -- and partying was the furthest thing from her mind. She is a loving and sweet soul with a big heart whose character has been misjudged because she was born into a family of wealth and, yes privilege. Now, I ask you to please stop for a moment and try to analyze why it is that you are so troubled by her?"
Paris Hilton broke the law. She was caught driving recklessly and DRUNK, endangering other people's lives.

She was ALREADY given a break. Her sentence for the above violation - mere probation.

But then she flipped off the judge, and she flipped off society, by repeatedly violating that probation, and driving without a license. This, a girl worth tens of millions of dollars, who could trivially take a cab or hire a driver. She decided that the law doesn't apply to her and acted accordingly.

It's precisely her privilege the judge said doesn't matter. It's precisely her privilege that led her to believe that she doesn't have to follow the same laws as everyone else, that she is in effect better than the rest of us, because she is rich. The judge said "No way missy, this is a nation of laws, and not of men. You have flaunted this court's judgement, this court's lenient treatment of you, and now you are going to jail."

Well, Ms. "Best Friends Forever", any us lowly plebians would go to jail if we violated a court's order. Even though your (and her) attitude is that Paris is better than everyone else, fortunately this nation IS still one of equal treatment under the law. Paris goes to jail too.

It seems she is having a nervous breakdown in jail. Frankly this illustrates how far removed she is from the day-to-day reality the rest of the "unprivileged" human race lives in. As if 40 days in jail is the end of her life.

When millions of people every day in this world are starving, being blown to bits, are being raped, murdered, assaulted and enslaved, Paris' few weeks in the five-star celebujail hardly qualifies as nervous breakdown material.

Ultiimately, this will be good for her. The next 40 days will be a time in which she can reevaluate her place in the universe. We may hope that at the end of that time, she has put herself into a more reality-based perspective.