How could the Palestinians be “genuine partners” in peace talks when they have no country? But how could they have a country when it was taken from them? The Palestinians were never given any choice other than unconditional surrender. All they were offered was death. In the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the actions of the Israelis are considered legitimate retaliation (even if their attacks do seem disproportionate), whereas the actions of the Palestinians are without fail treated as terrorist crimes. And the death of a Palestinian has neither the same interest nor the same impact as the death of an Israeli.
Today Israel is conducting an experiment. It has invented a model of repression that, once adapted, will profit other countries. There is great continuity in Israeli politics. Israel believes that the U.N. resolutions verbally condemning Israel in fact put it in the right. Israel has transformed the invitation to leave the occupied territories into the right to establish colonies there. It thinks sending an international peace-keeping force into Southern Lebanon is an excellent idea… provided that this force, in the place of Israeli forces, transforms the region into a police zone, a desert of security. This conflict is a curious kind of blackmail, from which the whole world will never escape unless we lobby for the Palestinians to be recognized for what they are: “genuine partners” in peace talks. They are indeed at war, in a war they did not choose.
1989 NASA concept art shows a space vehicle that provides an articial-gravity environment for Mars exploration crews: ” The piloted vehicle rotates around the axis that contains the solar panels. Levels of artificial gravity vary according to the tether length and the rate at which the vehicle spans.”
Astronaut Jim Reilly helped welcome R2-D2 and Luke Skywalker’s lightsaber from Star Wars to the Kennedy Space Center in 2007. The lightsaber was taken into space aboard the very real spacecraft Discovery during mission STS-120. (NASA)
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Here is my first Simpsons project for 2014.
It’s my take on Homer’s hilarious love postcard he sent to Marge… and which “Woodrow” used as the basis for his love letter to Mrs. K…
This little postcard was, of course, from the classic Season 3 episode (and one of my personal favourites): ‘Bart the Lover.’ I started on this last year but I abandoned it and didn’t want to finish it after Marcia Wallace passed away…
I revisited it after rewatching the episode recently and decided to complete it as a New Year’s resolution…