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Israeli Hypocrisy

Imagine that there is this one house, in a barren neighborhood. The house has been around for hundreds of years. Way back in history, the original owners of the house were forced to leave after a terrible fire. Nowadays, you live in the house, with a landlord renting it out to you. Life is ok, until one day, the descendant of the original homeowners decide to move back in. Soon, all of his relatives in the area have moved in, and now, after the landlord relinquished the title to the house, a fight ensues. The state wants to divide the land in half, despite the fact that you and your family are still the bigger group. Obviously, you refuse, but the descendants bust out the shotgun and chase most of your family away. Your neighbors come and help, but the descendants somehow manage to get their hands on advanced weaponry and begin firing their new machine guns at you. Wouldn’t you be angry?
On a bigger scale, that is the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Despite attempts to solve the conflic…

It Took Colbert to Criticize Bush

If the government that governs best is the one that governs least, then the Iraqi government is the best in the world right now. This is just an example of the comic genius of Stephen Colbert, present at the White House correspondent’s dinner. To hear most media, including Fox News, report on it, however, you would have thought that Colbert had completely bombed. This is simply not the case: rather, it’s the traditional news media that has failed to realize how disconnected they are from the public. Stephen Colbert only helped to highlight that.
Colbert managed to do within his 24 minute speech what others haven’t been able to do in 6 years, and that was to criticize every single important aspect of the Bush presidency. He managed to cover everything from Iraq, to Katrina, to the NSA wiretapping, to the environment, and even Dick Cheney’s shooting of an old man in the face. Bush’s character and beliefs were held up to the fire, and it was all done in a satirical and ironic tribute to …