It's the same in any lingo

בַּת-בָּבֶל, הַשְּׁדוּדָה: אַשְׁרֵי שֶׁיְשַׁלֶּם-לָךְ-- אֶת-גְּמוּלֵךְ, שֶׁגָּמַלְתּ לָנוּ
אַשְׁרֵי שֶׁיֹּאחֵז וְנִפֵּץ אֶת-עֹלָלַיִךְ-- אֶל-הַסָּלַע

How can one be compelled to accept slavery? I simply refuse to do the master's bidding. He may torture me, break my bones to atoms and even kill me. He will then have my dead body, not my obedience. Ultimately, therefore, it is I who am the victor and not he, for he has failed in getting me to do what he wanted done. ~ Mahatma Gandhi
If I am not for myself, who will be for me? If I am not for others, what am I? If not now, when? ~ Rav Hillel, Pirke Avot

This Red Sea Pedestrian Stands against Judeophobes

This Red Sea Pedestrian Stands against Judeophobes
Wear It With Pride

01 March 2009

Clinton Down on Israel? Part II

The following is the text of Secretary of State Clinton's remarks prior to departing for the Middle East.
I’m eager to meet with leaders to hear their thoughts about the best way to move forward on seeking peace and security. So at Sharm el-Sheikh, I’ll be joining other members of the international community to address the immediate humanitarian crisis in Gaza. We want to strengthen a Palestinian partner willing to accept the conditions outlined by the Quartet and the Arab summit; in other words, a renouncement of violence, a recognition of Israel, and a commitment to abide by the previous agreements entered in by the Palestinian Authority.

All of our efforts will be designed to produce the sort of progress that is concretely felt by people on the ground. Our aid dollars will flow based on these principles. They’ll be spent only in service of the goals that will help people feel more secure in their lives, and therefore more confident that progress toward peace would serve them better than retreating to violence and rejectionism. And I will be announcing a commitment to a significant aid package, but it will only be spent if we determine that our goals can be furthered rather than undermined or subverted.
When questioned about the Egyptian brokered talks between Fatah and Hamas Clinton gave the following answer:
Well, I believe that it’s important, if there is some reconciliation and a move toward a unified authority, that it’s very clear that Hamas knows the conditions that have been set forth by the Quartet, by the Arab summit. And they must renounce violence, recognize Israel, and abide by previous commitments; otherwise, I don’t think it will result in the kind of positive step forward either for the Palestinian people or as a vehicle for a reinvigorated effort to obtain peace that leads to a Palestinian state.
This does not sound like a reversal on her position on Israel. It sound pretty consistent with her statements during the primaries. The aid package is new, but this comes from on high. Though I question whether we should be ponying up the money to rebuild Gaza, at least Clinton believes it will be contingent on whether the Palestinian body politic makes furtive movements to letting go of its terrorist ways. We'll see how high the Resident thinks that bar should be...

Again, I see no evidence in the statement that I would read as a betrayal of Israel's interests. How thoroughly the terror kleptocracy is dismantled remains to be seen.


seattlegal said...


I agree. One think about Madame Secretary... she is not two faced.

SHE has integrity. Her words actually mean something.

Shtuey said...

Seattle, as much as I admire Hillary for her grit, her dedication to public service, etc, she is still a politician, and not above letting us down. I am keeping an eye on Madame Secretary, hoping that she will stick to her guns. But I would be lying if I said I wouldn't be stunned if we found that not be the case. Time will tell the tale.

I will say that she is the only person in this administration that I have any optimism about and am glad that she is in the big chair at Foggy Bottom.

seattlegal said...

Yes, she is a politician as Denver so clearly showed. But I do have to say that she does say what she means... and doesn't change the substance of her commentary based on which group she is speaking to.

Will I always like her choices? No... I just feel that she is essentially honest and has integrity. She also is a private person and does not wear all her opinions and feelings on her sleeve... as well as doing the political dance like a master. No question.

But I trust her. She tells the truth. She keeps her word. If she gives it she keeps it.

Obama doesn't even come close to being in the same league, IMO

How this all plays out though, you are right. Time will tell.

Shtuey said...

Oh, Pampers doesn't even compare. Hillary has a long history and advocacy on behalf of others. Pampers advocates for himself.

They'll never be on the same level.