Sunday, March 11, 2007

The Wicked World

My mother cried, my father wept, into the wicked world I leapt” – William Blake

In her forthcoming best seller, rumor has it that Ann Coulter will apologize profusely for using the “F” word – no, not that one – while adamantly refusing rehab. Meanwhile, over on the less far right, Jonah Goldberg of National Review On Line has offered a luminous piece on the Wilsons, Joe and Valerie Plame. And Binny turned 50 on Saturday. Assuming he is yet alive, Osama bin Ladin will have celebrated his fiftieth birthday on March 10th. A celebrant, Abu Yacoub, offered his good wishes on a website commonly used by insurgents and possibly by CNN. Said Mr. Yacoub, “Osama bin Laden turns 50. God protect our leader, our Sheik Osama bin Laden. God reward him for his words and actions.” He will Mr. Yacoub, He will. Someone has turned up a article written by Winston Churchill in 1937, “How The Jews Can Combat Persecution,” that seems to assign partial blame to Jews for the reprehensible way they were treated by Mr. Aldolf Hitler. Said Mr. Churchill in the recently disclosed article: "It [anti-Semitism] exists even in lands, like Great Britain and the United States, where Jew and Gentile are equal in the eyes of the law and where large numbers of Jews have found not only asylum, but opportunity. These facts must be faced in any analysis of anti-Semitism. They should be pondered especially by the Jews themselves. For it may be that, unwittingly, they are inviting persecution -- that they have been partly responsible for the antagonism from which they suffer." The text of Mr. Churchill’s statement is being studied by Iranian scholar Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the president of Iran, and his Venezuelan friend and scholar Hugo Chavez, who presently is in the process of creating a “heaven on earth” in his native country; Mr. Chavez also intends to nationalize the oil companies. On his way to spread light and joy in Nicaragua, where Sandinista leader Daniel Ortega has seized power in a democratic coup, Mr. Chavez took a good natured poke at capitalism. “Those who want to go directly to hell, they can follow capitalism," said Chavez, apparently over the muted protestations of Senator and presidential candidate Chris Dodd, considered an authority on Latin American thugs. “And those of us who want to build heaven here on earth, we will follow socialism.” God is watching – and laughing.
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