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I don’t normally take joy in the misfortune of others, but in this case I must ask for forgiveness. When I originally heard this story I had a feeling of an almost miracle happened, but then didn’t.
Before I get to the article, let me set the tone:
To make a football (American style) analogy: Imagine your team is down by a few points with less than a minute left in the Superbowl and the other team has the ball and is on third down, needing only a yard for the first down and then they can just down the ball to run out the clock, game over… looks hopeless.
The quarterback calls “hike” and hands the ball off to his best running back who only needs that one yard for the first down… but he bobbles the hand off and the ball comes loose… you naturally get very excited at jump to your feet, adrenaline surging, heart rate racing, imagining the possibilities… you watch the ball bouncing around on the ground… It pops into the hands of one of your players! More adrenaline and excitement!!
Check this one out! Long load time but worth it!
From the February 20 edition of the New York Times:
The Mensch Gap
By PAUL KRUGMAN
“Be a mensch,” my parents told me. Literally, a mensch is a person. But by implication, a mensch is an upstanding person who takes responsibility for his actions.
The people now running America aren’t mensches.
From the March 3 edition of the New York Times:
The Big Question
By THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN
Since the start of the Iraq war, it’s been clear that “victory” rested on the answer to one Big Question: Was Iraq the way Iraq was because Saddam was the way Saddam was, or was Saddam the way Saddam was because Iraq was the way Iraq was — a country congenitally divided among Shiites, Sunnis and Kurds that can be held together only by an iron fist.
Unfortunately, to answer this big question — even Iraqis didn’t know — the U.S. had to provide a minimum degree of security for all Iraqis, so people could feel relaxed enough to think beyond their most narrow tribal or religious identities. We didn’t do that, because of President Bush’s decision to approach the Iraq invasion with the Rumsfeld Doctrine, which calls for just enough troops to fail, rather than the proven Powell Doctrine, which calls for overwhelming force to win.