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Thursday, May 11, 2006

Quote of the Day

Jeff Jacoby of the Boston Globe says what I feel today and felt in the 1970's:

On "Meet the Press" recently, Senator Ted Kennedy pooh-poohed the suggestion that a unilateral withdrawal from Iraq might lead to even more chaos and terrorism:

"First of all, I heard the same kinds of suggestions at the time of the end of the Vietnam War. The 'Great Bloodbath' — we're going to have over 100,000 people that were going to be murdered and killed . . . Those of us that were strongly opposed to the war heard those same kinds of arguments at the time." Even for Kennedy, such revisionism is shockingly dishonest. For in fact, the American abandonment of Vietnam led not to 100,000 murders, but to an even ghastlier toll.

"A gruesome holocaust took place in Cambodia, the likes of which had not been seen since World War II," James Webb, a scholar, combat Marine, and former Navy secretary, has written. "Two million Vietnamese fled their country — mostly by boat. Thousands lost their lives in the process . . . Inside Vietnam, a million of the south's best young leaders were sent to re-education camps; more than 50,000 perished while imprisoned, and others remained captives for as long as 18 years."


Anonymous deerson said...

does money have anything to do with kennedy's perception or is that barb only saved for the speakers at the asifa in monsey?

2:04 PM  
Blogger Leapa said...

Kennedy is a prime example of someone who would have been a complete zero in life if not for money.

It is a mark of his stature that his own father didn't trust him enough to give him control of his money. He only gets an allowance from the trust.

I guess that's why he wants us to trust him with the country, and the people of Massachusetts are sucker enough to do it.

None of the above applies to R' Waxman. He is an odom choshuv who, I believe, is insulated from the world the rest of us inhabit.

That may be a good or a bad phenomenon, and is for each of us to judge.

7:54 PM  
Anonymous deerson said...

wrong-- no one should judge someone else negatively unless it has a direct relevance upon one's life. i think thats straight out of hilchos shmiras halashon. we still play by the rules even here on the internet.

8:42 PM  
Blogger Leapa said...

I thought I was saying to judge the phenomenon, not the person.

11:48 AM  
Anonymous deerson said...

leave the sociological factors out and lets judge what the man says and does on its own merits. he is serving his constintuency and doing i am sure what he feels and thinks is the Will of Hashem. Hey its free country do you what you want. isn't that the American Way? some people need more insulation than others.

5:11 PM  

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