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Tuesday, January 29, 2008

"We live in a world where when Christians kill Muslims, it's a crusade. When Jews kill Muslims, it's a massacre. When Muslims kill Muslims, it's the weather channel. Nobody cares."

That's what Dan Gillerman, Israel's Ambassador to the UN, said, however, I would change one word in: "When Jews kill Muslims, it's a massacre."

When Jews kill Muslims, it's not called just a massacre, but often the word "genocide" is used. Even though the so-called "Palestinian people" has one of the fastest growing populations in the world.

During the last SEVEN and a half years only about 4000 Palestinian Arabs have been killed and most of those were armed terrorists in shoot-outs with the IDF or pinpoint actions by the IAF.

Israel does her utmost NOT to harm civilians! But, still, many posters at the Dutch newspaper on-line AD.nl (Algemeen Dagblad) where I hang out just about every day (Dutch is my mothertongue!) call each and every defense/retaliation move by Israel "genocide".

Of course, when the endless rain of Qassam-rockets (and mortars) on Sderot and the surrounding kibutzim is mentioned, the same people make light of the "home-made devices".

The newspaper itself is part of the MSM, and its reporting is already slanted agains the Jewish state.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Some Quotes I Like

"Unthinking faith is a curious offering to be made to the creator of the human mind." John Hutchinson

“Tough language is borrowed from the war on terror and applied to the war on weather. Freud called it displacement. People fixate on the environment when they can’t deal with real threats.” Julia Gorin

“Fighting back against Islamic hostility increases hostility. They thought they could trust us to just grin and bear theirs.” Julia Gorin

“While the civilized world worries that violent video games can lead to real-life violence by our children, the Muslim world worries that their children’s real-life violence can lead to, god forbid, playing a video game.” Julia Gorin

"The quickest way of ending a war is to lose it." George Orwell

“There is no virtue in victimhood.” Arnold Ahlert

"History is littered with the wars which everybody knew would never happen.” Enoch Powell

“In life, the cock-up theory of disaster almost always takes precedence over that of conspiracy. The rabid anti-Israel lobby would do well to remember this and inject some notion of reality into their discourse.” Dr Alan Mendoza

“Of all tyrannies a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive.” C.S. Lewis

"Tyranny is always better organised than freedom." Charles Péguy

"He who does not bellow the truth when he knows the truth makes himself the accomplice of liars and forgers." Charles Péguy

"The chief cause of failure and unhappiness is trading what you want most for what you want now." Zig Ziglar

“Where zen ends, ass-kicking begins, and that’s the final lesson, Grasshopper!” Hyde, in “That 70s Show

“The surest sign of dangerous extremism is the willingness to pursue ideological purity and societal perfection at the expense of fundamental human imperatives.” George Orwell

"We live in a world where when Christians kill Muslims, it's a crusade. When Jews kill Muslims, it's a massacre. When Muslims kill Muslims, it's the weather channel. Nobody cares." Dan Gillerman

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Monday, January 7, 2008

First Post

"Read, read, read. Read everything: trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the mast. Read! You'll absorb it. Then write. If it is good, you'll find out. If it's not, throw it out. William Faulkner

Okay, so I love quotes, sue me! And I've got loads of them. Especially since I started writing fiction on November 1st, 2005 (BTW, thanks a million, Chris Baty, for inventing Nanowrimo! @ http://www.nanowrimo.org/eng/forum ), I've been collecting writing quotes.

I take Faulkner's advice and read just about anything and everything.

I write speculative fiction, set in a world I wouldn't like to live in, but it's great to torture my creatures in! :evil grin!!: