Have I mentioned how much I love Russian expat magazine exile.ru? Well yes… we’ve posted a number of stories that have originated from there. I went to site again the other day and once again I was greeted with some awesome gems!
For instance, there’s an article by Gary Brecher aka The War Nerd titled Lebanese Democracy: One Man, One Boom about a bombing in Lebanon that killed legislator Antoine Ghanim. In that article he pretty effectively summarizes the entire complex state of affairs in the country and Syria’s ongoing machinations therein.
See, the Syrians are sly people. Like I’ve said before, their army isn’t muchâ€”whenever the Israelis are feeling down they dream about having an excuse to fight the Syriansâ€”but like a lot of cowards, the Syrians specialize in booby traps, backstabbings and proxy killings.
And on the condition of the Palestinians in Lebanon:
Just to show you why Pals in Lebanon don’t mind martrydom so much, it’s against the law for Pals to own taxis in Lebanon. In fact it’s illegal for them to own property at all! But they can drive taxis, under the table, for next to nothing. Like one Pal whined, â€œWe are less than the Sri Lankans here!â€ Which is pretty low on the scale, because Sri Lankan girls are imported to Beirut to be â€œmaids,â€ meaning beaten in the daytime by â€œMadamâ€ and raped at night by â€œMonsieur.â€ And even they’re respected more than the Pals.
His article Nahr al Bared: A Squeamish Siege was also an entertaining on that awful, awful 3-month siege by the Lebanese Army of a Palestinian Refugee Camp infiltrated by Fatah Al Islam crazies.
Exile also features a guest editorial by Presidential
joke candidate Ron Paul wherein he applies his libertarian political ideas to the problem in Darfur:
Take the situation in Darfur, over there in Africa. Rather than threatening another invasion of a foreign country resulting in yet more American blood and treasure bleeding into distant sands, I believe the problems of this region can be solved by returning to the sensible vision of our Founders and the U.S. Constitution â€“- especially in the realm of fiscal and monetary policy. The most important elements in ending the genocide in Darfur are abolishing the Fed and restoring the Gold Standard. It is just plain Texan horse sense.
Though I’m not sure just now what that details of Darfur’s Market-solution should look like just now, I’m way too busy, I do think it’s clear the janjaweed needs to be incentivized somehow to stop its genocide. But, if the invisible hand decrees that the Darfurians being slaughtered should be wiped out, it’s probably for the best.
I was also extremely entertained by Al Dilbert – a cartoon about what happens when a bunch of rag tag terrorists become Jihad Inc. and corporate culture hijinks ensue:
There’s more cool stuff of course, but I’ll let you discover it on your own.