Yesterday was a remarkable day, weather-wise: it rained for over ten hours straight. Remarkable. That’s more rain in a single sitting than I’ve seen during the three and a half years I’ve been in P-Town. East Central New Mexico, while not technically a desert, is very dry country. Our rain usually comes in bursts, as in cloudbursts. Thunderstorms. It’ll rain fairly hard for a short while, say 15 to 30 minutes, and then the storm moves on or just dissipates into the ether, rapidly. Not so with yesterday’s rain. What we had yesterday was what Mom called a “planter’s rain,” which is to say a slow, steady rain that lasts all day and thoroughly soaks the ground. And makes wonderful, relaxing sounds on my roof.
I needed those relaxing sounds from time to time, which should be apparent if you followed the link in the post below. My tolerance for wacky conspiracy theorists is pretty low; it’s completely absent when conspiracy theory is mixed with blatant bigotry. Sometimes I think some people are simply too stupid to breathe, yet they do.
Ralph Peters, in today’s New York Post:
For the Israelis, the town of
For Hezbollah, it's
Considering only the military facts, the IDF's view is correct. But the
So why is defeating Hezbollah such a challenge?
Now we see Arabs fighting tenaciously and effectively. What happened?
Mr. Peters provides answers, of course, along with analysis that seems correct to me. I don’t always agree with Col. Peters, especially when it comes to his opinion on airpower, but he seems to be spot-on today. I hope Mr. Olmert and the Israeli cabinet are
Charles Krauthammer, writing at Real Clear Politics, expanding on the riff he used on Special Report’s Panel Discussion this Monday past (and quoted on this blog, three posts down):
What other country sustains 1,500 indiscriminate rocket attacks into its cities -- every one designed to kill, maim and terrorize civilians -- and is then vilified by the world when it tries to destroy the enemy's infrastructure and strongholds with precision-guided munitions that sometimes have the unintended but unavoidable consequence of collateral civilian death and suffering?
Hearing the world pass judgment on the Israel-Hezbollah war as it unfolds is to live in an Orwellian moral universe. With a few significant exceptions (the leadership of the
The word that obviates all thinking and magically inverts victim into aggressor is "disproportionate," as in the universally decried "disproportionate Israeli response."
As usual, Mr. Krauthammer nails it, particularly on the subject of “disproportionate response” and Hezbollah tactics:
The perversity of today's international outcry lies in the fact that there is indeed a disproportion in this war, a radical moral asymmetry between Hezbollah and
In perhaps the most blatant terror campaign from the air since the
But it is a dual campaign. Israeli innocents must die in order for
There’s a downside to all that wonderful rain we had yesterday: it’s humid.
And now I must get out and about…