January 14th, 2009


the hunchbacks of the new york times

In the final days of the Great War, while the future architect of die Endlösung der Judenfrage was recovering in hospital from a gas attack at Ypres, Konrad Bercovici, a Jewish Rumanian anarchist scrivener, met a fellow tribesman, a financier and patron of the arts, in a swanky New York City hotel: Collapse )

In the land of the straight-backed, the virtual Russian Jerusalemite persona of [info]l-u recites 10 reasons why he roots for Israel in the Arab-Israeli conflict. In my translation, they run as follows:
  1. In the struggle between drinkers and teetotalers I side with the drinkers.
  2. I prefer regimes in which a leader can be imprisoned to those in which a leader can only be killed.
  3. I have much more in common with men who pray standing up, than with men who pray doggie style.
  4. I prefer women in uniform to women in black bags.
  5. I do not want people who awaken every night to the shrieks of a muezzin to defeat people capable of setting an alarm clock.
  6. I have much more in common with men who, upon learning about the adventures of their daughters, grab their hearts, not their knives.
  7. I think that it is more appropriate to pay a lot of money to separate from your wife, than to buy your wives.
  8. I have more understanding for people who bury their murdered children at once, than for those who thrust their corpses at TV cameras.
  9. I have more respect for a society that ransoms their captives with hundreds of their enemies, than one, whose prisoners are valued at less than one thousandth of a captured enemy.
  10. I want to live in a world where no one kills women and children. And if that should happen, I would rater see military prosecutors hand out indictments, than a jubilant crowd hand out candy.
The only reason I would add is wanting to have nothing in common with brokeback burblings of Mr Cohen.