05 May 2004

Kerry at the annual convention of the ADL, as reported in Haaretz:
"We traveled everywhere, to all the sites, to the north, to a kibbutz, Kiryat Shemona, which I will never forget, because it was near a school where only a few years earlier children had been murdered, innocently."

had been murdered, innocently.

John Forbes Kerry, who lied about knowing George Bush at Yale in order to paint the President as empty-headed, whose education in English grammar must certainly be as thorough as any child that is not a victim of Democrat-controlled inner-city education is offered, is unable to utter the simple, natural English phrase: innocent children had been murdered. The phrase that leaves no doubt in the listener's minds as to who is innocent -- the children.
Instead, this educated scion of upper-class Boston society, who campaigns with his butler, Marvin Nicholson, and whose law degree ought to sensitise him to the need to analyze the logical meaning of a phrase (think contract law 101), chooses the non-standard, weird English "children had been murdered, innocently."
Any grade school English teacher can explain which word the adverb "innocently" modifies in this phrase: murdered.
Kerry's plain meaning is not that the children are innocent but that the murder was done innocently.
This rich man, who has the best American education the upper classes can provide, this cultivated, nuanced, international man, was so desparate to avoid plainly calling Israeli children innocent that he twisted and tortured a sentence in his native language to come out meaning that the murder was committed innocently.
Way to respect the dead. Oh wait, they were Jews.
Murdoch Warns About European Muslims, EU, Saudis
Media mogul Rupert Murdoch let his hair down during a business conference in Los Angeles this past weekend, warning of rough times ahead.

"There is going to be real trouble coming in Europe, I think," Murdoch said, noting the large Muslim communities living in France.

Calling his observations random thoughts, Murdoch told the Milken Institute's annual three-day Global Conference at the Beverly Hilton Hotel about his fears.

He sees terrorist breeding grounds in France, offered a blunt critique of the European Union, and voiced fears about Saudi Arabia and China, according to Australia's Financial Review.

Among his other concerns:

* "The Muslim populations in France and Germany are much bigger proportionately to what they are in this country [the U.S.] and they have made a very bad job of assimilating them. "The U.S.," he said, has done a "pretty good job of assimilating" its Muslim population and only has "pockets of trouble here and there."

* "They [Europe] have major centers of problems that are just boiling up. Paris is surrounded by vast blocks of tens of thousands of apartments - all Muslim, all no-go areas for police and totally lawless. There is more danger of terrorist attacks coming than what we have here," he said.

* The European Union has "no political leadership with the will to change." "You have this awful French socialist bureaucracy stuck in Brussels, which is deterring investment in Europe, which is over-regulating every business and everybody."

* The outlook for Saudi Arabia is glum, he said, and is casting a dark cloud on the horizon for the world's economy. "I think the most outstanding thing to worry about, if we are talking about urgency, is in the Middle East and it is with Saudi Arabia.

"Saudi Arabia is really the swing. If there was a revolution there it would happen overnight and you might see oil go from $40 to $80 or $90 [a barrel] and that wouldn't simply affect us. It would bring China and Japan and all those countries into a pretty terrible state."