Irony

A Palestinian woman received a kidney donated by a Jewish victim of a suicide-bombing. Can anyone imagine the reverse occurring? A Jew receiving an organ from a Palestinian who was killed by Israelis?

Compare and contrast two cultures–one that celebrates murder and destruction, and another that offers life to its enemies, born from the deaths that they cause.

[Update at 2:45PM PST]

James Taranto, via Instantman, links to a WSJ article that’s almost the opposite.

However, it’s still not quite symmetrical–in both cases, it was the Israeli health-care system that was responsible. My point was that it would be hard to imagine a Palestinian state, at least one that in any way resembled the existing Palestinian Authority, doing such a thing.

Greta, You’re An Idiot

She’s just letting this Palestinian representative sit there and lie to her, and not challenging him. He says that it’s “nonsense” that they teach children to martyr themselves in the schools. He says that “no one” would support their childrens’ suicides.

All she would have had to do was to have some tape cued up of these lunatic Palestinian mothers bragging about how they wanted to send their sons off to die. Or some graphics of some texts from the madrassas. Or some tape of the Arafat praising the martyrs in Arabic (it would be effective with English subtitles, and he would have looked like a real ass trying to say that that wasn’t what Arafat was saying).

But no, she didn’t bother to prepare for this interview. I preferred the rotation that Fox had before Greta came aboard. It was inconsistent, but it wasn’t consistently incompetent.

Greta, You’re An Idiot

She’s just letting this Palestinian representative sit there and lie to her, and not challenging him. He says that it’s “nonsense” that they teach children to martyr themselves in the schools. He says that “no one” would support their childrens’ suicides.

All she would have had to do was to have some tape cued up of these lunatic Palestinian mothers bragging about how they wanted to send their sons off to die. Or some graphics of some texts from the madrassas. Or some tape of the Arafat praising the martyrs in Arabic (it would be effective with English subtitles, and he would have looked like a real ass trying to say that that wasn’t what Arafat was saying).

But no, she didn’t bother to prepare for this interview. I preferred the rotation that Fox had before Greta came aboard. It was inconsistent, but it wasn’t consistently incompetent.

Greta, You’re An Idiot

She’s just letting this Palestinian representative sit there and lie to her, and not challenging him. He says that it’s “nonsense” that they teach children to martyr themselves in the schools. He says that “no one” would support their childrens’ suicides.

All she would have had to do was to have some tape cued up of these lunatic Palestinian mothers bragging about how they wanted to send their sons off to die. Or some graphics of some texts from the madrassas. Or some tape of the Arafat praising the martyrs in Arabic (it would be effective with English subtitles, and he would have looked like a real ass trying to say that that wasn’t what Arafat was saying).

But no, she didn’t bother to prepare for this interview. I preferred the rotation that Fox had before Greta came aboard. It was inconsistent, but it wasn’t consistently incompetent.

Medical Optimism

Derek Lowe, over at the Lagniappe blog, has a nice little summary of the current state of medical science.

In the long run, I fully expect gene therapy and antisense to fix what can be fixed at the genomic level. Downstream, I think we’ll eventually get control of protein expression, which should take care of another huge swath of trouble. Small- molecule folks like me (or the next generation after me) will take care of the rest. And as we go after diseases, we’ll also be figuring out how to deal with the normal damage of aging. I don’t know how long the human life span can be extended, but I’m certain that we don’t have to live it in poor health. We may not know the exact mechanism of Alzheimer’s, for example, but we know that it’s the result of something going wrong, something that can be fixed. Damn it, show me something that can’t be fixed!

Me, too. People who believe that aging is inevitable, and that there’s some physical law that prevents us from preventing it, are living in some non-materialist otherworld. Our bodies have been designed to age by nature. We can redesign them, as long as we don’t deify “nature.”

More Polling Ambiguity

The same column that told us the real story about Norm Mineta says that the President’s approval rating on the Mideast is not as high as his general approval:

Fifty-six percent thought President Bush is doing a good or excellent job on the Mideast, with 23 percent rating his performance only fair and 16 percent finding it poor.

I often find polls infuriating, because they’re so vague as to allow whatever interpretation the reporter wants to put on them. We don’t know why people are less pleased with the President’s performance here, but you can bet that most will report it as the reporters view it–frustration that he’s not “doing more” and getting “more engaged” like their hero President Clinton.

In fact, I’m unhappy with Bush on this issue, too, but not because he’s not moving the “peace process” forward–it’s because he’s coddling that terrorist Arafat. But there’s no way to tell from this poll which factor, or what proportion of both, is resulting in the number.

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