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Gerald Ford Dead

Gerald R. Ford, Ex-U.S. President Dies What better way to remember Gerald Ford than with a smile. Dana Carvey was on the story of this former president's death a decade ago in this bit from SNL. (tip to Patrick) Related: More President Ford is Dead, news

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They Stand Alone

The US and Israel Stand Alone

Indeed, the US and Israel stand alone, but to hear the Bush Administration tell it, to hear Israel tell it, they are once again the victim. The whole world hates them. It couldn't possibly have anything to do with their actions, but what is even more troubling is if you criticize any action Israel takes, the 'your with us or your against us' mentality takes over. No criticism is just, no criticism is accepted with your right without it quickly being followed with the always present but. This is an excellent interview and covers the broader issue of fundamentalism. I think you'll like it, and a thanks to those who emailed me with the link.

There's no doubt that this administration has made a radical and unpressured departure from the basic policies of all previous administrations including those of both Republican and Democratic presidents.

SPIEGEL: You also mentioned the hatred for the United States throughout the Arab world which has ensued as a result of the invasion of Iraq. Given this circumstance, does it come as any surprise that Washington's call for democracy in the Middle East has been discredited?

Carter: No, as a matter of fact, the concerns I exposed have gotten even worse now with the United States supporting and encouraging Israel in its unjustified attack on Lebanon.

SPIEGEL: But wasn't Israel the first to get attacked?

Carter: I don't think that Israel has any legal or moral justification for their massive bombing of the entire nation of Lebanon. What happened is that Israel is holding almost 10,000 prisoners, so when the militants in Lebanon or in Gaza take one or two soldiers, Israel looks upon this as a justification for an attack on the civilian population of Lebanon and Gaza. I do not think that's justified, no.

SPIEGEL: Do you think the United States is still an important factor in securing a peaceful solution to the Middle East crisis?

Carter: Yes, as a matter of fact as you know ever since Israel has been a nation the United States has provided the leadership. Every president down to the ages has done this in a fairly balanced way, including George Bush senior, Gerald Ford, and others including myself and Bill Clinton. This administration has not attempted at all in the last six years to negotiate or attempt to negotiate a settlement between Israel and any of its neighbors or the Palestinians.