Happy New Year
You've got to wonder what to make of this: Gunmen kidnap Italian peace activist in Gaza:
GAZA CITY, Jan 1 (AFX) - An Italian peace activist was kidnapped by masked Palestinian gunmen in the southern Gaza Strip, security sources and witnesses said. ... The hostage was a member of an Italian peace mission designed to show solidarity with the Palestinians and which had only arrived the night before in Khan Yunis, security sources said.
My fearless prediction is that not a single "peace organization" will denounce this kidnapping. If this hostage is ever safely released, which I hope is the case, this person will utter not a word of condemnation of his/her abduction, an act which in most Western societies is capital crime, and which, under the name of "extraordinary rendition" is considered an international outrage. That, and not the abduction itself, which is dime-a-dozen in Gaza these days, is the real news.
The interesting thing about the Chrobog abduction and the great Ukranian natural gas shakedown (the subject of a Belmont Club post before it really hit the headlines) is that neither can be remotely related to Iraq, even in fantasy. Neither can this: Palestinian gunmen blow up UN club in Gaza City.
GAZA (Reuters) - Masked gunmen stormed into a club for UN workers in Gaza City on Sunday and blew up the drinking hall in a new sign of spiralling unrest ahead of a Palestinian election. It was the first such attack in Gaza on a UN target and came against a backdrop of growing unease. On Friday, a group freed three British hostages that had been seized to demand foreign pressure on Israel. ... "The club has been there for 50 years," said one UN security worker. "This is the first time anything like this has happened."
Although Israel has probably committed it's share of crimes in the world, it's a matter of serious doubt whether they had anything whatsoever, remotely or otherwise, to do with the assault on a UN saloon in Gaza.
What we've got here is the failure of a paradigm. The normal controls (taking the Ukranian gas crisis to the UN or issuing an EU statement) of the "international community" don't work any more. The usual suspects (Israel and George Bush) have already been shot while trying to escape. And 2006 is just beginning. The good news is that academic intellectuals can start thinking creatively again, because it is increasingly futile to keep interpreting the world according to Leftist models of the late 20th century. Come writers and critics, prophesy with your pen, and keep your eyes wide, the chance won't come again. Your old road is rapidly aging. You can't criticize what you can't understand. For the times ... well you know.
Happy New Year everybody.