Saturday, January 10, 2009

Heads up! American intellectuals speak out

Trying to follow the fascinating world of American political science? Take this test and see how well you're doing.

(a) Who said this?

...the moral issue about whether the hugely disproportionate death tolls on the two sides justify the Israeli action remains on the table.

(b) How about this one?

This is one of those moments that shines a cruel light on the failure to translate into effective action the emerging consensus about the centrality of soft power, and the need to integrate communications and policy.

(c) Or this:

But put in a different, more hawkish context, I’d say what Israel is doing in Gaza is certainly better-justified than what the United States did in Iraq....[There is] a disproportionate level of shock and appalledness from some quarters about Israeli activities as if this action is some kind of unprecedented outrage in human history. The real outrage is how common and banal, how unsurprising and thoroughly precedented it is.

Too easy for you? Here's a tougher one. What is the context for this remark, and who said it?

(d)...I’m starting to feel disgusted at our philosophical quibbling in the light of what’s actually happening.


Blogger badger said...

back in the real world, after-action report on the big London demo today Saturday Jan 10 hereincluding notes from demos elsewhere.

NY tomorrow Sunday 47th St and 7th Ave at 1:00, and a march to the CNN offices, according to Palestinianpundit.

3:16 PM  
Blogger Dancewater said...

look at this great you tube video:

3:23 PM  
Blogger badger said...

thanks for that.

And here, by the way, is a report from the NY demo today (from Philip Weiss at

(Where you can also find thoughtful discussions on the Judaism without Zionism issue).

5:19 PM  

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