Either Sherman was a much better analogy than I thought or there are a million Civil War buffs out there just dying to use him in a post. The latest is the American Thinker:

While the Union Army respected the sanctity of private homes, all public buildings and infrastructure including railroads were subject to complete destruction. Needless to say, resistance was not tolerated. Millions of slaves were freed in the wake of his march.

Recognizing that it was not in their economic interest to continue the fight, civilian political support for the Confederacy began a precipitous collapse and the war soon ended. Despite rebellious pledges that the “South Would Rise Again”, peace and prosperity has lasted 144 years.

It’s a good argument except for the religious component, if the Palestinian Arabs are convinced that there is a religious component they may fight anyways. Secondly unionists were not summarily executed in the south, just try to express support for Israel in Gaza, hell try to express support for Fatah in Gaza and see what happens. Thirdly you didn’t have schoolrooms teaching their kids everyday that the North was a bunch or murderous barbarians. Although AFTER the war the north didn’t do so well in southern classrooms.

I would have found a source other than Wikipedia myself, after all it’s history and not Doctor Who we are talking about.

At the Huffington Post Martin Lewis hits the bulls eye:

The English have claimed that they are merely retaliating against the V-1 flying bombs being launched indiscriminately by Nazis at their civilian population in London, Manchester, Liverpool, Birmingham, Coventry and other cities. The English point out that their enemy is sworn to its utter destruction and has used the missiles and flying bombs against its civilians without any regard to English loss of life. Moreover it makes the case that their own bombing missions are specifically directed to military targets that the German army has intentionally planted in the heart of civilian populations to try and deter English counter-attacks.

These points may of course be true – but they are utterly besides the point.

Of course England has a right to exist. Of course England has a right to defend itself. But it should ensure that its responses are PROPORTIONATE.

Since many more Germans are dying than English – the English should either tone down the success and accuracy of their bombing – or allow the Germans to catch up on the death count.

Read it all and the comments. via Israellycool guest poster Brian.

Since this is still the 11th day of Christmas this post I found at DarwinCatholic seems an excellent companion to my long one on a Christmas Carol.

I’m far from being alone in my affection for A Christmas Carol, and so there are any number of movie adaptations available as well. This particular year, it happens that I saw two versions, the George C. Scott adaptation which is an absolutely superb film, and also The Muppet Christmas Carol with Michael Caine.

A number of comparisons might spring to mind when watching two such different treatments a few days apart, but in this case what struck me immediately was the way in which each movie attempted to convey the heartlessness of Scrooge’s business methods.

It’s an interesting look at 19th century economics through the eyes of Dickens greatest character.

This story was a huge surprise to me:

New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, tapped in December by President-elect Barack Obama to serve as secretary of Commerce, has withdrawn his name for the position, citing a pending investigation into a company that has done business with his state.

The captain raises a very good point:

That Richardson would accept the nomination and then withdraw under these circumstances says something about how uncomfortable this scandal will get.

When this first started coming out I didn’t think anything would come of it.

I’m remembering how Richardson was the first of the Clinton people to go with Obama.

Here is the public one:

I can’t help but think of yesterday’s party. I had two guests standing next to each other, one a strong conservative and one a liberal (both great people) my conservative friend theorized that the Clintons would bring Obama down for 2012. My liberal friend took exception to it.

Maybe the president elect is too smart for this stuff, but I’m sure Mr. and Mrs. Clinton remember the clips above fondly. Is this a coincidence? Who knows?

All I know for sure is that the Governor of New Mexico doesn’t apparently have the gall of either of Governor of Illinois or the former president.

We talked about the old tradition of saying one thing in arabic and another for the consumption of the international community before.

At the back of the hill reports from the San Francisco that this tradition is alive and well the anti-Israel protest there.

The anti-Israel side had one slogan in English, and several more in Arabic.

The English-language slogan: "Palestine will be free, from the river to the sea" - which frankly states the intent to destroy the Jewish state and ethnically cleanse the land.

The Arabic slogans: "Itbach al Yahud" (slaughter the Jews), "Falastin balad'na w'al Yahud qalab'na" (Palestine is our land and the Jews are our dogs), "ba ruh, ba dam, nafdeek ya Falastin" (with our soul, with our blood, we will cleanse you oh Palestine), "al mawt al Yahud" (death to the Jews), "Khaybar Khaybar ya Yahud, jaish-Muhammad saya'ud" (Khaybar Khaybar oh Jews, the army of Muhammad will return).

Frankly all things considered if they were in English I don't think it would change the turnout at all.

In protest, after protest, after protest we are told that Israel is committing genocide.

A commentator at Israellycool nails it:

Here, I’ll lift Bruce’s comment since it is a pearler:

Number of Palestinian Arabs in 1948 = 1,308,00.

Number of Palestinian Arabs in 2008 = 10,574,521.

Israeli attempted genocide of Palestinian Arabs over 60 years = EPIC FAIL!

It sort of reminds me of the suffering Gitmo prisoners gaining weight story.

The ground war in Gaza is a very risky move for Israel.

Unless Hamas can actually be destroyed on the ground and unless there is intelligence that can allow them to find them I can’t see how a sustained ground war will help.

One might go in and destroy the tunnels and the infrastructure of terror to make things complicated for Hamas and then pull out but I can’t see anything sustained. If the incursion is too brief however then it has the potential to turn into the 7 days when McClellan won 6 of seven battles but treated them as defeats or Tet which was a military disaster for North Vietnam but was portrayed as a defeat for the US.

The wild card here is Fatah. If they are actually giving underground support to Israel in this offensive then Hamas is in trouble. Of course it is not unlikely that if or when Hamas is neutralized Fatah will go back to their normal support of their own terror objectives but we will see.

The north is still the wild card. If we see strikes from Lebanon, and I’m very surprised we haven’t already the whole game will change in a hurry.

It was not long ago that Katrina Vanden Heuvel would be too radical for a roundtable seat at a mainstream show like This week. Today I see her with Cokie Roberts and George Will and John Karl. The fact that a person as radical as her has been mainstreamed suggests how far to the left the Democratic Party is or perhaps how significant the radical left side of the Democratic coalition has become.

It’s one of the many reasons why I am no longer a part of it.

UPDATE: When the transcript goes up and listen to her pablum concerning Gaza. It is absolutely astounding.

I don’t care how legal pot has become, this will be a sad day for Boston if there is anything to this:

Tim Wakefield’s name is conspicuously absent from today’s story on Brad Penny by Amalie Benjamin. Is this just an oversight?.

Via this link at Baseball Musings. The actual globe story is here.

Tim Wakefield is one of the most effective and useful pitchers in baseball. He has been both an innings magnet and a versatile player. He has both closed and started and the Knuckle ball means that he can keep it up for many more years without strain.

He has a little bit of a bat (pretty good for a pitcher) and has experience in post season that even predated his Red Sox service. Pittsburgh release of him in the 1993 season after one poor year was one of the most foolish moves in a franchise that has earned it place in what was once called the 2nd division.

In addition he is the longest serving player on the team. To give you an idea look at the Sox Team in 1995 his first year. Clemens , Willie McGee, Mo Vaughn, Rick Aguilera and a Rookie Jeff Suppan. Cripes he was on a Red Sox team with Greg Maddux older brother Mike.

At his age he would not be an expensive pitcher and with the youth on the Sox staff an experienced player (His first playoff appearance was in 1992!). It would be very foolish for the Sox to cast him aside.