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August 9, 2006

New York Times Monty Python Players

Topics: Follies of the Mainstream Media

ParaPundit says the New York Times editorial board sounds like a Monty Python skit in a skit the editors have written called "A Truce For Lebanon".

The NYT:

It is now 26 days since Hezbollah and Israel began their latest combat -- a very long time for the world to allow such a deadly conflict to rage in the Middle East powder keg. Yet the fighting still continues. Diplomats still dither over cease-fire details. Innocent people still keep dying.

Enough. This is the week that the international community must impose a truce, to be followed, in short order, by a political settlement and the dispatch of a robust international force to patrol Lebanon's oft-violated border with Israel.

ParaPundit: 26 days is a long time for this sort of thing. We can declare enough is enough. As simple as just saying so. Great At least we can declare that if we've managed to become members of the New York Times editorial board. Great! So we all ought to become members of the New York Times editorial board. Right! Then when we propose obvious solutions for all the problems of the world people will listen to us.

Time to negotiate a comprehensive solution.

The NYT:

Efforts must therefore quickly turn toward negotiating a comprehensive and lasting political settlement. This needs to go beyond immediate issues like returning the kidnapped Israeli soldiers, releasing Lebanese prisoners and determining the size of the zone to be patrolled by the international force.
ParaPundit: Great! Why didn't I think of that? Anything we do not resolve now will just cause new fighting later. So we should resolve everything now. Of course! Why didn't someone think of this sooner? Great.

The NYT:

It also needs to address such festering issues as Hezbollah's refusal to heed U.N. requests to disarm, and Hezbollah's claim, contrary to U.N. findings, that some of the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights is not part of Syria, but really belongs to Lebanon. Anything not resolved now risks setting off new fighting in the future.
ParaPundit: Of course! Line up troops for an international security force. It just takes the decision that we want this to happen to make it happen. Why hasn't someone already lined them up? Who forgot to tell NATO countries to line up their troops? NATO nations will resist. Easy solution: Just do not take "no" for an answer. Problem solved.

You gotta read the rest...

Hat tip - Tommy

Posted by Richard at August 9, 2006 1:22 AM



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