As you may know the members of the Watcher’s Council each nominate one of his or her own posts and one non-Council post for consideration by the whole Council. The complete list of this week’s Council nominations is here.
Soccer Dad, “Why Does Jewish Come Before Democrat?”
Soccer Dad critiques the behavior of the National Jewish Democratic Council. I think there’s a point for activists when pursuit of the goals that inspired their activism is overwhelmed by the pursuit of power for its own sake. I don’t know precisely when or why this is but it’s apparent in the actions of feminist activists who supported Bill Clinton or environmental activists who make excuses for the environmentally-unsound behavior of Democratic politicians or business organizations that make excuses for George Bush.
The Glittering Eye, “Securing the Food Supply”
My interest in the continuing story of the pet food recall isn’t solely motivated by my being a committed dog owner although, obviously, it’s a major component. I also think the story has major implications for trade and homeland security policies and in my submission for this week I try to explain how we’re missing an opportunity for improving our security by not treating the pet food recall as an opportunity.
Eternity Road, “Strangers”
Francis Porretto’s submission for this week, too, is about activists and in his post he wonders on the transition between activism and dogmatic belief and how activists, whether political or religious, with conflicting dogmas can coexist peacefully in the same country.
Done With Mirrors, “Who’d a Thunk It?”
Callimachus dwells on the sad practical reality that much of U. S. foreign aid is an extension of business interests.
The Colossus of Rhodey, “Minority Super Heroes”
Hube ruminates on comic book heroes (from Marvel comics) who aren’t white Americans. I should point out that Marvel didn’t invent the idea: Superman (although he fights for the Red, White, and Blue) wasn’t an American nor was Hawkman nor Wonder Woman. And Black Panther wasn’t the earliest minority Marvel superhero: I think that Daredevil was.
Bookworm Room, “Heart-rending Stories”
Bookworm posts on stories that dwell on the sad human consequences of war.
The Education Wonks, “Hypocrite Alert: That Romney Don’t Hunt”
EdWonk makes a rare departure from the education beat to comment on Mitt Romney’s foibles as a presidential aspirant. I’m sure Romney’s bid will be an educational experience for him so perhaps it isn’t that much of a departure after all.
Cheat Seeking Missiles, “Don’t Know Your Enemy”
Laer comments on Speaker Pelosi’s visit to Saudi Arabia during her Middle East tour. I think that, like most Americans under similar circumstances, Speaker Pelosi made an idiot out of herself but I also think that altogether too much is being made of the Speaker’s travels. Laer does make a couple of very interesting points, however.
I agree with Freedom Fighter that the Riyadh summit of a week or so ago was historic but I think we’d probably disagree on why. Like many Western commenters he’s focussed on Saudi King Abdullah’s characterization of the U. S. military presence in iraq as an “illegitimate occupation”. IMO that was to establish his bona fides for the meat of his comments which were an indictment of the leadership, particularly Arab leadership, in the Middle East. I made this observation at the time which a commenter here, in a rude and expletive-laden comment, obtusely failed to recognize.
Will Arab Gulf nations be able to come to a peaceful accommodation with Iran? I hope so because the alternative would be quite horrible for all of us. But there will need to be some accommodation because they all must live in the same, dangerous neighborhood. It depends, I suppose, on how much the parties genuinely desire peace.
Big Lizards, “Al Qaeda in Iraq Committing Institutional Suicide”
Dafydd ab Hugh presents a status report on Iraq, noting particularly the Anbar Province conflicts between foreign Al Qaeda and Iraqis there and the increasing Shi’a militia activity in the south of Iraq. The Sunni-on-Sunni and Shi’a-on-Shi’a conflicts provide IMO prima facie evidence of the need for our military to remain in Iraq. If we leave, they won’t stop fighting, they’ll just stop fighting us.
Rhymes With Right, “Some Thoughts on Mockingbird”
Greg comments on reading and teaching the novel, To Kill a Mockingbird. IMO much of the criticism of Harper Lee’s novel is an instance of Romanticism vs. Realism vs. Surrealism. Like her mentor and collaborator’s, Truman Capote’s, works, To Kill a Mockingbird, despite its realistic overtones, belongs to a Romantic tradition. De gustibus, etc.
Right Wing Nut House, “AP Hopes for More Iran ‘Compromises’ and That Unicorns Are Real”
Rick Moran comments on the release by Iran of 15 British service personnel. I agree with Rick that there’s little reason to see hope of compromise on Iran’s part in the outcome of the situation but it certainly appears that I’m in a very small minority in believing that the entire affair consists of Iran’s, perhaps, gaining a short term political (and, maybe, tactical) advantage while taking a longer-term strategic loss. Right, Left, and Rejkjavik seem to believe that the Iranians triumphed completely in this.
Well, I’ve decided which posts I’ll vote for. Which would get your votes?