Monday, July 31, 2006

and meanwhile

{from Time}

"They created a desolation and call it peace." -Fouad Siniora, Lebanese Prime Minister, decrying Israel's incrusion into Lebanon by quoting 1st century Roman historian Tacitus. Speaking to Western diplomats, Siniora asked, "Are we children of a lesser God?"

"Hope over fear. Liberty over oppression...Let there be no doubt- today Iraq is a democracy." -Nouri Al-Maliki, Iraqi Prime Minister, addressing a joint session of the US Congress last week and boasting of his country's political and social progress since 2003.

"Is he living in Iraq?" -Debbie wasserman-Schultz, Democratic Representative, Florida, on the dissonance between al-Maliki's depiction of a blossoming Iraq and the country's escalating sectarian violence, which he barely mentioned.

13 comments:

kelly said...

interesting quotes... scary situation...

kelly said...

by the way, jenny.... what's your new address???? email it to me!!!!!!!! and maybe i will write you a letter!!!!!! :)

Brian and/or Megan said...

i just wanted to let you know that i'm blogging this week from hawaii!!!

ningyo said...
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ningyo said...

I erased my comments 'cause I didn't feel they really explained what I wanted to say. Maybe once I figure it out then I'll write.

The Goodfellas said...

oops!!!!!! sorry to put such a grim post up and then say nothing...we moved and i lost the internet for a while. oh no!

i guess i'll just leave it at that though. i dont remember my thoughts at the time ----

although i must say that i am currently reading "what's so amazing about grace?" by philip yancey, and it is a truly powerful book that lends a new perspective in the current conflicts. you should read it. (whoever it may be i am writing to) :)

The Goodfellas said...

okay --- for real, anyone want to read the book (at least chapters 4 but especially 5) and give some thoughts?

it keeps blowing my mind.

(oh and maybe chapters 9 and 10? i know i am not the only history-crazed person around here...) :)

The Goodfellas said...

holy cow --why am i still awake and why am i thinking someone might've responded already???? ohhhh boy.

heidi_go_lightly said...

Oh, I'm a history-crazed person! I think you should put this book on your book list it sounds like a good one to discuss... I'm so geeked up about this reading group thing it's not even funny!! Now, if only I could start an internet knitting group. : )

Anonymous said...

jen,
i'm so glad you love the book too. isn't it amazing?? it gives such an amazing perspective on politics.... which is so unexpected!! what do you think??
-kel

The Goodfellas said...

i know i know!!!!!

kelly, you didn't tell me it was so political or i would've read it ages ago! yugoslavia! the ussr! for goodness sakes!!!

ps. heidi, consider it added...when is your club starting?

heidi_go_lightly said...

The club starts as soon as I get lists from everybody--so far I know that you, Katy (Memphis) and Katie (Minn) are interested in doing it, but you're the only one that has given me a list of some form. I'll have to bug Katy about it next time I talk to her on the phone, and maybe I'll send Katie an email. I'm just so excited about doing this that I want to get it started before my ADD kicks in and I lose interest.