There Ahmadinejad Goes Again…

The AP reports:

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Thursday the solution to the Middle East crisis was to destroy Israel, state-media reported…

“Although the main solution is for the elimination of the Zionist regime, at this stage an immediate cease-fire must be implemented,” Ahmadinejad said, according to state-run television in a report posted on its Web site Thursday…

It’s been said before, but deserves to be said again. No matter how the conflict between Israel and Hezbollah ends in the short term, there will be no chance for long term peace without confronting Iran and Syria. Even if Israel is given adequate time to completely annihilate Hezbollah in its current incarnation (an unlikely outcome), as long Iran and Syria are unchecked, the terrorist group will rebuild. With monetary support and weapons coming in from Iran and Syria, over time, Hezbollah will be able to regain its strength and threaten Israel, and the same crisis will play out all over again. To borrow a phrase from Winston Churchill, Iran and Syria are the organ grinders, but Hezbollah is merely the monkey.

No Gibson for Me

It may have been easier for me to overlook the anti-Semitic comments Mel Gibson made in his recent drunken tirade had this been an isolated incident, but given that it has been a part of a pattern for him, most glaringly with his failure to distance himself from his father’s hateful comments several years ago, it’s much harder for me to dismiss. Do I claim, based on his drunken antics, to know what Gibson really feels in his heart and soul? No. However, there is enough out there to make me uncomfortable with the idea of helping to further line Gibson’s pockets with money. I’m not going to get too gassed up about the matter, because Gibson is a Hollywood actor whose words don’t have much of an impact on my life. But I don’t plan on seeing any Gibson films in the future.

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