Wednesday, February 11, 2009

TIME's Middle East Blog: Profiles in Courage

Yes, yes, yes !!! I definitely agree with the comments of the Chinese reader: TIME is totally responsible for the water problems in China and NOT the Chinese government. My friend Tad Stoner was a member of Time's Hong Kong bureau 25 years ago. It was your responsibility Tad to tell Mao Tse Dung and the Gang of Four that their water policies were completely wrong. And please don't give us any wimpy excuses about a: "bamboo curtain". Haven't you ever heard of a parachute, Stoner ??? (Angilina Jolie had no problems getting into China in her Laura Mars movie). Obviously, what's needed in Time's Hong Kong bureau are men of courage like Time's Jerusalem correspondent: Tim Mc Girk (who I affectionately refer to as: "Tim the Jerk") and Time's Cairo correspondent: Scott Mac Leod. For example: when a rock crashed thru a car's windshield causing an Arab boy "skin abrasions" (his father sitting right next to him was totally unharmed) Time's Tim McGirk had the "strength of character" and the "morale fortitude" to compare this to the Rodney King beatings. And: while Egyptian border guards routinely shot Sudanese refugees in the back while they attempted to seek asylum in Israel, Time's Scott Mac Leod had the courage to ask: "When is Dennis Ross coming back?". Okay, okay, I know what you are all going to say: "that when someone even mentions criticizing Egypt's Hosni Mubarak, diarrhea begins to run down Scott Mac Leod's leg". Yet, that's beside the point !!! Egypt's newspapers and media routinely denounce the abuses of the Mubarak dictatorship. For Scott Mac Leod to add his voice to this chorus would simply be: "a mosquito on an elephant's ass". What I say is that Tim McGirk and Scott MacLeod are two lone reeds standing firm against the hurricane of support for Israel. If they were in Hong Kong they'd tell that communist regime a thing or two. In conclusion: Members of the Hong Kong bureau: shape up quick or you too may find yourselves living on some island in the Gulf of Mexico.

The Scottish Jew aka "Man on the Street in Israel"

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