Posts from July 2003

Defending a nation

Defending a nation
: It’s amazing that anyone should feel the need to defend a nation’s “basic right to exist, to protect its citizens from terrorism, and to defend its borders from hostile enemies.”

But Alan Dershowitz wrote a book to defend these rights of Israel and a sneak preview of the beginning of the book is in the new edition of Jewsweek.com.

Watchyoucallinme?

Watchyoucallinme?
: Roger L. Simon is bristling at being called a liberal (because he’s trying to erase such definitions from the dictionary). Actually, I wish he’d wear the label with pride and help redefine what it means along with other sensiblelibs (such as yours truly, of course). Without the sensible ilk of Simon and Michael J. Totten calling ourselves liberal, then all we’ll find in the dictionary under the word is this.

Cover-ups never end

Cover-ups never end
: So Nixon flunkie Jeb Stuart Magruder says — finally — that Richard Nixon ordered the Watergate break-in.

Why didn’t he say it before? “Nobody ever asked me . . . about that.”

Once a slimy operative, always a slimy operative.

: I met Magruder after he got out of jail. He was attending Princeton Theological Seminary and working as a student minister in Princeton’s Presbyterian church, where my sister was associate pastor. She had a party one night and invited me and there I met Magruder. We chatted about this and that. And then he asked what I did for a living.

I write for People magazine, I told him.

It was as if he had just learned that I had anthrax, bad breath, body odor, and a loaded pistol. I’ve never seen anyone back away from me so fast and with such fear in his eyes.

: I’ve often quoted a story Magruder told in Princeton about the moral relativism of working in the Nixon White House. I tell this story whenever someone I’m working with admits that something’s not right but justifies it by saying that at least they saved the situation from being even worse.

Magruder said that working at the White House he’d spend all day shooting down crazy scheme after crazy scheme from the likes of Howard Hunt. He’d get home at night, put up his feet, and pat himself on the back: “I killed nine crazy Hunt schemes today.”

The only problem was, the tenth crazy Hunt scheme was Watergate.

Do as I say, not as I do

Do as I say, not as I do
: A man responsible for the assassination of Anwar Sadat now renounces his act and says it’s wrong to kill the rest of us:

…a prison inmate has stirred the Islamic world by citing the Quran and the Sunna (the sayings and doings of the prophet Mohammed) to argue that “killing Jews, Christians and Americans is wrong.”

Egypt, an important player in several Middle Eastern and African peace processes, is considering releasing from prison Karam Zohdi, 50, a key figure in the 1981 assassination of Egyptian President Anwar Sadat….

Zohdi says that killing Anwar Sadat and the policeman who died defending him was a “grave sin.”

Blogathon

Blogathon
: Haven’t had time to post today; been busy with chores. But I did send a post to Michele for Blogathaon.