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PC war

I can’t stop shaking my head about yesterday’s front-page Times piece by Steven Erlanger about complaints from France and the EU, “echoed by some nongovernmental organizations” — and echoed, now, by The Times — against the “disproportionate use of force” in the Hezbollah/Israel war.

Of course, there is disproporationate use of force. Hezbollah attacked. Israel attacked back. It’s a war. Israel is going to try to win. In fact, Israel is going to try to destroy Hezbollah.

The alternative — the proportionate use of force — reminds me of an old Star Trek episode, I believe, in which two nations on a planet came to an agreement for civilized use of force. Rather than bothering with the bombs and guns, a certain number of people from each side had to turn themselves in to be killed. This argument isn’t hard to lampoon. But Erlanger doesn’t try. Only toward the end does he finally include this:

Referring to complaints that Israel was using disproportionate force, Dan Gillerman, Israel’s United Nations ambassador, said at a rally of supporters in New York this week, “You’re damn right we are.”

: And speaking of ridiculous ways to speak about this war, Eat the Press is right to pat Jon Stewart for ridiculing the networks about not calling this war — almost on the brink, on the brink… — and then for saying that we feel this war only “at the pump.”

Yes, much safer than hang-gliding in volcanoes

ABC News argues that being assigned to Iraq is not dangerous.

News is what you make it

Cory Bergman argues that Craigs List is a community news site.

It’s the ultimate citizen journalism site, and it beats traditional news sites in popularity in many cities — an important realization for local media to broaden the definition of news as we know it.

Yes, but I’m not sure that most people go there to share or find news.

Rest in print

Retired WABC anchor Bill Beutel just died and the station is going overboard with coverage: Huge chunks of all its shows yesterday and again today are devoted to tributes. I’m sorry he’s gone, but heads of state don’t get this treatment. Then again, I always said that the only true fringe benefit of working on newspapers is that they’ll run your obit. Now I have to wonder who’ll die first: me or the papers that would carry my obit.

Fire the dentist

It was his sweat that did in Richard Nixon. It’s going to be his teeth that do in Mark Warner. I found the cover picture of him in the NY Times mag quite creepy. Turns out it was manipulated. But I wouldn’t fire the photographer. I’d fire his dentist. Gawker has the perfect take on that.