Archive for June 4th, 2009

JerusalemSince we seem to be in a mood to discuss government, etc., I thought I might go ahead and cross-post an article from my personal blog w/ a serious/humorous counterpoint – one that particularly lays out the differece between a short-view of history and a long-view of history.  It’s something that struck me a bit while I was in Ireland, where something is “old” when you can at least date it back to the 16th century, and Americal, where “old” is maybe a hundred years, give or take.  And it’s in this vein that I think we often take the expedient/short view.

From the desk of “all the news I need to know I learn on FARK” (NOTE: I’ve not watched cable news for 6+ months now, and all my news I get from FARK, music radio, or random discussion):

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has issued an unprecedented statement clarifying President Barack Obama’s demands for Israel to stop expanding Jewish communities in areas it acquired following the 1967 Six-Day War, including Jerusalem.

The statement, issued Wednesday, applies to the area known in Israel by their Biblical names, Judea and Samaria, and as the West Bank by the international community.

There are now 128 Jewish communities in these areas, with a population of almost 300,000 Jews.

Mrs. Clinton explained President Obama demands that there should be no expansion in these communities for the purpose of “natural growth.”

That would include an American demand to stop construction of kindergartens, schools and housing for young couples.

The Response?

Israeli Government Press Director Daniel Seamen reacted to this Obama administration statement by saying: “I have to admire the residents of Iroquois territory for assuming that they have a right to determine where Jews should live in Jerusalem.”

There are sometimes I just absolutely love the Israelis – and this is one of them.

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