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This guy has the hardest job in the world: knowing the truth about Islam and having to explain it to liberals. And I may hate the things he says about George Bush or Sarah Palin but he is right about the most important things. He understands what liberalism is *supposed* to be about, and he understands that mainstream Islam today - whatever Islam may or may not have represented in the past - is a direct threat to those values.
Representing the Netanyahu government, Lieberman set out on a trip that began in September of 2009 in which he visited Ethiopia, Kenya, Ghana, Nigeria and Uganda. In June 2014, Lieberman returned to Africa and visited Rwanda, the Ivory Coast, Ghana, Ethiopia, and Kenya.
Yesterday, Somalia's National Security Agency said that the leader of the Shabaab's Amniyat, or intelligence service, was killed in a US airstrike in southern Somalia on Dec. 29. Today, the Department of Defense issued a confirmation that Tahlil Abdishakur was indeed killed. The full text of the DoD press release is below.
In the space of two short paragraphs, the NYT uses the words "decipher', "complex", "conundrum", "brain", "professors", "understand", and "idea" - in connection with a savage, sadistic enemy that rapes and tortures children.
This is the language of intellectuals whose only weapons are their intellects and their immense self-regard.
There is a time for intellect and reflection; and there is a time for courage and action. The sad irony here is that these geniuses are precisely the people who will NEVER understand the Islamic State. It is too simple for them to grasp.
Netherlands / Kurdistan: FM Albert Koenders likes Peshmerga victory. 'Holland will provide Kurdish Peshmerga forces with a year-long combat training program as part of the government’s efforts against the Islamic State (ISIS) in Iraq, Dutch Foreign Minister Albert Koenders said in Erbil.' Koenders spoke as the Peshmerga had recently driven Islamic State fighters out of the Yezidi-majority town of Shingal.
Israel / Gaza: Israeli planes strike Gaza after rocket fire. 'The Israeli military has attacked targets in the Gaza Strip in response to a rocket launched from the Palestinian territory into Israel.' In the first strike since last summer, the IAF responded to a rocket that landed on open ground in Eshkol.
France: Police shoot, kill police station attacker in Tours. 'French police have shot dead a man armed with a knife who stabbed three police officers while shouting “Allahu Akbar!” after entering a police station near the city of Tours in central France.' The public prosecutor is treating it as a possible terrorist attack: '“Someone who attacks a police station, who doesn’t attack an individual, but clearly attacks police, while shouting ‘Allahu Akbar!’ We have to ask if he was acting alone or on orders”, said Public Prosecutor Jean-Luc Beck.'
According to a report from TV Wise, Babylon 5 showrunner J. Michael Straczynski will shortly begin work on a rebooted big-screen version of his 1990s sci-fi TV series. Straczynski made the announcement at San Diego Comic-Con last week.
OK, drop whatever you're doing. This is more important.
For those of you too young to remember, or who simply didn't have the good fortune to see the original series when it aired, B5 was simply a stunning achievement in SF drama. For its day - a decade before the BSG remake - it was cutting-edge both in visual effects and in dramatic sophistication. Unlike BSG-R, the B5 story followed a carefully plotted trajectory and was consistent and coherent throughout.
The show also featured some superlative actors, including the late Andreas Katsulas as G'Kar and Peter Jurasik as Londo. The two characters were mortal enemies but their roles and performances had an amazing degree of sophistication.
One innovation JMS introduced to the show's basic scenario was to have each of the alien races - Minbari, Narn, and Centauri - represented by not only an ambassador but also by an aide or attache to the ambassador. This allowed the story to capture the cultural traits of each alien civilization while allowing the characters to retain their own individuality: the mystical G'kar, for instance, was a very different personality from the pragmatic Na'toth. So the characters never became one-dimensional, stereotyped representatives of their cultures.
If B5 was the model for DS9, it probably also deserves credit for moving TV drama away from the "procedural" model (i.e. shows like 'Lost in Space' and the original 'Star Trek', where each episode is a self-contained and interchangeable story) to the "serial" model, where each episode tells a story but also forms part of a longer plot arc. This is the norm for popular shows of our day such as "Breaking Bad".
Another thing that stood out for me about the show was its use of humor. B5 was a serious, serious drama and could be extremely dark. But JMS had a knack for introducing just enough comic relief to make it bearable. And some of the lines were really funny.
I loved BSG-R, but it was B5 that really set the standard for science-fiction drama.
We didn't earn it. We probably don't want it. But the accidents of history and the will of the Creator have put us in a place where what we do matters for the welfare of the planet – more than any other country. And if we do this half well, if we do this to the best of our ability, the best mark we'll ever get from history is, “as global hegemons, these guys weren't bad.” But that's as good as it gets.