Building Settlements, Killing Peace

In a perfectly calculated spin, Prime Minister Sharon unilaterally declared "cease fire" last Tuesday (22.5). He did not announce it in the press conference that day, but made it known indirectly several hours later, giving even more bubble-gum for the columnists to chew: Did he forget to mention it (as his assistants say)? Or did … Continue reading “Building Settlements, Killing Peace”

Pearl Harbor and ‘Japanaphobia’

Conservative columnist Michelle Malkin has captured the essence of the maudlin “patriotism,” the sheer ugliness of the mindless jingoism unleashed by the “Pearl Harbor” movie in her column on the subject, “Patriotism and Pearl Harbor,” which starts out maudlin and winds up ugly: “The hallowed waters that surround the sunken USS Arizona murmur gently like … Continue reading “Pearl Harbor and ‘Japanaphobia’”

Why Lie About Pearl Harbor?

I‘m planning on going to see Pearl Harbor the day it opens, but not without some trepidation: you see, I’m going with my Significant Other, who is Japanese. Not Japanese-American, mind you, but Japanese-Japanese. So what’s the problem? THE FEAR FACTOR The problem is fear. Floyd Mori, president of the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL), … Continue reading “Why Lie About Pearl Harbor?”

Powell on Mideast: Seduced or Cynical?

I almost hope that Secretary of State Colin Powell’s opening to more involvement in the always-ephemeral Middle East "peace process" is a public relations gesture that is essentially a cynical ploy rather than a serious move. One can imagine it being so. There are not only governments in the region but established and influential lobbying … Continue reading “Powell on Mideast: Seduced or Cynical?”

The Myth of Pearl Harbor

With the release of Pearl Harbor, a cinematic reenactment of the popular myth handed down to us by Roosevelt’s hagiographers, the Memorial Day weekend will culminate in an orgy of lying war propaganda. The movie, starring somebody named Ben Affleck (so I’m not into popular culture, what can I tell you?), steadfastly ignores recently unearthed … Continue reading “The Myth of Pearl Harbor”