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  • Talmud 7:16 as Quoted by Rishon Rishon in 2004
    Qohelet Raba, 7:16

    אכזרי סוף שנעשה אכזרי במקום רחמן

    Kol mi shena`asa rahaman bimqom akhzari Sof shena`asa akhzari bimqom rahaman

    All who are made to be compassionate in the place of the cruel In the end are made to be cruel in the place of the compassionate.

    More colloquially translated: "Those who are kind to the cruel, in the end will be cruel to the kind."

    Online Source: http://www.rishon-rishon.com/archives/044412.php

  • Abraham Isaac Kook
    "The purely righteous do not complain about evil, rather they add justice.They do not complain about heresy, rather they add faith.They do not complain about ignorance, rather they add wisdom." From the pages of Arpilei Tohar.
  • Heinrich Heine
    "Where books are burned, in the end people will be burned." -- From Almansor: A Tragedy (1823).
  • Simon Wiesenthal
    Remark Made in the Ballroom of the Imperial Hotel, Vienna, Austria on the occasion of His 90th Birthday: "The Nazis are no more, but we are still here, singing and dancing."
  • Maimonides
    "Truth does not become more true if the whole world were to accept it; nor does it become less true if the whole world were to reject it."
  • Douglas Adams
    "Isn't it enough to see that a garden is beautiful without having to believe that there are fairies at the bottom of it too?" Epigram appearing in the dedication of Richard Dawkins' The GOD Delusion.
  • Thucydides
    "The Nation that makes a great distinction between its scholars and its warriors will have its thinking done by cowards and its fighting done by fools."
  • Milan Kundera
    "The struggle of man against power is the struggle of memory against forgetting."

Notes

  • Care to Read What I Read?

    I've embarked on a great reduction in privacy by bookmarking my web-based reading on the "delicious.com" utility. It may tip my hand as to what I have in mind for blogging, but the same may help friends and frenemies alike track my thinking: here is the URL:

    http://www.delicious.com/commart

  • Author's Wish Each Friday Night
    Shabbat Shalom. May our arguments be resolved through perceptive words and good deeds only; may we live another week helpful to one another in relative peace.
  • Photography: Prints & Services
    A gentle reminder: I'm in business as a producer of fine art prints and as a provider of shoot-for-fee services, including portraiture and weddings plus assigned photojournalism. My general location: intersection of I-70 and I-81; core camera system: Nikon; transportation: Mustang.

    Main web: www.communicating-arts.com

    E-Mail: jso@communicating-arts.com

    Also: as of 2011, I am building a photography print-on-demand presence at Fine Art AmericaM. This is the address:

    http://fineartamerica.com/profiles/james-oppenheim.html

    Effort in print-on-demand will not offset the production nor value of signed, limited edition prints made under my own hand. However, for very good convenience, price, and quality, print-on-demand may work out well for many fans and patrons.

  • Research Services

    If you're engaged in funded research in conflict analysis or other areas that may be addressed here and wish to engage my mind in your project, feel welcome to drop me a note at jso@communicating-arts.com.

Etcetera

J. S. Oppenheim's Other Blogs and Webs

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  • Communicating Arts - Main Web Site
  • Communicating Arts - The Journal
  • Mustang Highways
    American highways and a six cylinder, 190 horsepower Ford Mustang 2000, Nikons, and philosophy.

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May 17, 2010

Comments

Oliver

"Some friends we don't want." ?

You know an important difference between totalitarian and democratic states? In democracies you get the good guys AND the bad guys - in totalitarian regimes it's EITHER the good ones OR the bad ones you have to cope with. And, here, for certain it's hardly ever the good ones you get.

Living with unwanted friends means living with dissent. Dissent has been and will always be the elixir of every democracy, of democracy as such.

What comes first - (superficial) security or the very values democratic entities like Israel or the USA are built on?

tammy swofford

The comment on the right to self defense seems a bit strange, and certainly illogical. Moving from the castle doctrine which we have strengthened in Texas, it seems an easy enough step to then agree that the right to protect the home extends to the right of the community for self-defense. From the community, the right of national defense.

America is a nation, but also a nation of many communities. Following the line of thought of Mr. Chomsky, the attempted perpetration of a violent act of carnage against citizens in Times Square by a Pakistani "American" did not warrant the force of defense.

Perhaps Mr. Chomsky is of the crowd which prefers to deliver the bouquet of flowers to the memorial site post-attack? As for me, I prefer that an active denial system function properly, and should it require pre-emptive force as a deterrent component of the security package, so be it.

More simply stated: Your ass or mine?

Tammy Swofford

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