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Monday, March 16, 2015

Caligula's Stalking Horse?

Mr. Margolis, writing in David Stockman's Corner,  has compared the US Congress' bizarre beatification of Mr. Netanyahu to the Roman Senate's clueless and cowardly embrace of Caligula's horse:
Congress’ Groveling Before Bibi Worst Since Roman Senate Embraced Caligula’s Horse
by Eric Margolis • March 15, 2015

Be proud, America! You have the very best Congress that money can buy.

It’s no secret that many in the House and Senate have long been corrupted by money and special interests. The constant need to advertise on TV makes all politicians slaves of the money lenders and other big donors...

... One of the biggest outrages has been the way Wall Street money lenders swindled the public and wiped out the nation’s retirement savings – yet escaped all punishment thanks to their huge political contributions to Congress and the White House.

But then came the triumphant visit to Congress by Israel’s right wing prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu. Congress put on a truly revolting display of sycophancy, servility...  for Bibi that included 23 rapturous standing ovations.

This for a foreign leader who had come to insult and humiliate America’s president and drive the US into war with Iran.

Not since a groveling Roman Senate voted to approve Emperor Caligula’s favorite horse, Incitatus, as imperial consul has there been such a embarrassing spectacle...

I do not think he is comparing Mr. Netanyahu to a horse, nor his worth as a man to that of an animal; rather he is comparing the cravenness of Congress to the cravenness of the Roman Senate. (The Republicans in Congress are getting ready for their 2017 EOT [end-of-times].)
Furthermore, the Roman Senate merely approved the appointment of Caligula's horse, Incitatus, as a Consul.

What comes from the Congress in the way of settling the question of the Palestinian State?
Not much. Nothing, actually.
No one has yet told them what to think nor what to say.

If the West Bank remains occupied, if the Golan remains occupied, and if Netanyahu truly believes - as he has said recently - that ISIS is a real danger to the Palestinian Authority, thus preparing the way for a possible pre-emptive strike against that Authority for its own good...

then the lie of Democracy we may have lived since the late 1940s will be exposed.
Will we be able to live with it?

Secretary of State Clinton and Mr. Lieberman

Consider the following:
... Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman has taken his campaign of violent incitement against Palestinians to new extremes with a call for those disloyal to Israel to have their heads chopped off.

He also repeated his long-standing demands for expulsion of Palestinian citizens of Israel.

“Anyone who’s with us should be given everything – up to half the kingdom. Anyone who’s against us, there’s nothing to do – we should raise an axe and cut off his head; otherwise we won’t survive here,” Lieberman said at an election event Sunday, in reference to Palestinian citizens of Israel...
The future is filled with some interesting possibilities. There are some very bizarre possible time lines, and the edge between the hum-drum, the dystopian, and the millenial is blurring as we jump back and forth  between the exigencies of life.

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