Sunday, November 16, 2003[posted by jaed at 4:12 PM]
Department of Things You Just Can't Make Up
...although you may wish you had. Two synagogies in Istanbul are bombed in the middle of prayer services, and this is the response of the Secretary-General of the Arab League:
Arab League Secretary-General Amr Mussa condemned Saturday the bombing of two synagogues in Istanbul, and held Israel responsible for inciting terrorism.This is usual. It's what I've come to expect from Arabs in positions of power. But occasionally, I notice that it is mean-spirited to the point of inhumanity, as well as willfully stupid.
And I ask myself, why does everyone just nod and sigh when people say this sort of thing? Our expectations are low, granted, but should they be allowed to sink so low that this sort of thing - not from a crazy person on the street, or an adolescent with more bravado than sense, but from a sane adult in a position of power - is passed over, the way I almost passed it over just now?