Let’s All Calm Down Now: Gaza Edition


Welcome to my new whenever-necessary feature, Let’s All Calm Down Now.  Today on Let’s All Calm Down Now, the war in Gaza.  First, let me explain something.  My RSS reader, which I read as often as possible, contains a lot of blogs.  Some of those blogs (not all) may be found on my blogroll.  There are three blogs in particular that I am singling out to calm down before they either jump the shark or get so extreme that I get a bad taste in my mouth.  Our first “Calmy” recipient is the Counterterrorism Blog.

This Calmy goes out to the folks over at CB because they appear to be in a constant state of paranoia over some very small things.  Chill out, folks.  As Hunter S. Thompson once said, “Paranoia is just another word for ignorance.”  Oh, and they are very, very pro-Israel.  When they look at the Gaza Strip, all that they see is Hamas.  And I think everyone else can agree that Hamas is not the only thing in Gaza.  There are nearly 1.5 million people in the Gaza Strip, and most are innocent civilians.  Here’s a tip, guys: We’ll never get rid of the real terrorists if we keep dismissing civilian deaths as collateral damage, a la Rummy.  And no, Israel is not the best country on God’s green earth.

But, by the same token, neither are they Nazi Germany, which brings me to the second Calmy being awarded today.  As’ad AbuKhalil is a professor at California State University Stanislaus and the author of the blog known as The Angry Arab News Service.  AbuKhalil makes repeated references to Israelis as Nazis, which, let’s face it, they aren’t.  Behold the Law of Nazis, developed by moi: Under no circumstance can a person be considered a Nazi simply because they disagree with you.  A Nazi is a Nazi.  For a similar reference, click here for Jon Stewart.  At any rate, AbuKhalil, for a more substantial criticism, is unwilling to tolerate the possibility that someone who doesn’t agree with him could be right.  This is the sort of thing that was the hallmark of Bush, and it was why I disliked him so much.  Let’s be honest, if the situation were reversed, does anyone think that the Palestinians, merely human as they are, would really do better?  (Which isn’t to say that the Israelis have done a really good job, because they haven’t.)  Calm down, As’ad.  Before your heart explodes from rage.

And for the third Calmy, that goes to KABOBfest, a blog with definite opinions on Israel and the U.S.  I won’t go into their opinions much, because I think that their header makes them abundantly clear.  It’s a group effort, which may be good, because I’m not sure a single person could support this much agitation and not have regular heart attacks from rage.

The whole point of this is not really to criticize people.  I would just like people to calm down and stop pissing themselves so much.  Relax every so often and talk about something that won’t start people foaming at the mouth.  Sports.  Jokes.  I don’t know, whatever you like.  Just calm down, and don’t close your mind.  That’s all I ask.  And that concludes Let’s All Calm Down Now: Gaza Edition.

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