Tuesday, April 27, 2004

Lileks - Who art in heaven.: "Oh GOD said my daughter, not yet four.
'What did you say?'
She got the uh-oh look, and now I was in the thick of it again. How to explain that God is a bad word. If you know what I mean.
'We don't say that when we're mad, sweetheart. We say it in church, or when we're praying, but not when we're mad, because God doesn't like that.'
So now God, that amorphous guy-in-the-sky concept, is suddenly Old Testament God, vengeful, toting up your errors.
'It makes him sad,' I added. 'Because you're saying it when you're mad, not when you’re happy. Say 'gosh' instead. Or say 'drat.' That's more fun to say.
Later that day I told her to put away her shoes, and she said:
'Oh, Gah-' quick look at me '- sh. I said gosh.'
Later, at dinner:
'Oh God.' I shot her a look. She held up her pink bear. 'He said it.'
He doesn't speak. He's stuffed.
'I talk for him. But I didn't say it.'
All children are lawyers at heart. Looking for the loophole."

Priceless. Then there's this:
"[...]it would seem to indicate that the[se] guys [Al Quaeda] lack the tactical acumen. They have several goals: first, get the US out of the region. Second, destroy all the regional governments they don't like. Third, conquer the world. If they were as crafty and canny as feared they'd take these steps in the proper order, but they appear to want to do #1 and #2 simultaneously, which is remarkably stupid. The US, in response to terror attacks in Iraq, will carefully attempt to convert the miscreants to jam, if that's what it comes down to. But if the Al Qaeda et al hits Saudi Arabia and Jordon before achieving the first objective, they just get more grief: Arab governments are less likely to play nice. They're more likely to disappear huge numbers of people, raze villages, apply cheese graters to your scalp to get confessions, etc. Your average Jordanian may be passively rooting for American defeat out of the usual stupid sense of solidarity, but take out 15 blocks in Amman and suddenly he wants something done against these guys. This may be the one thing that makes the Arab Street rise up: it gets leveled, by Arabs."

I've been saying this for a while, but I'm certainly not the only one. Hopefully they don't read our blogs (unlikely, since they're not allowed to read anything by the infidels), and they won't wise up.

UPDATE [4/27/2004 - 00:48]: CNN.com - Saudi police believe al Qaeda suspects cornered: "Saudi security forces say they believe they have cornered four suspects, including al Qaeda's top coordinator in the Arabian Peninsula, in an area northwest of the capital Riyadh."

Let's hope this turns out better than when the Pakistanis had Al Quaeda cornered a few weeks back. And honestly, I hope we don't here what the Saudis doe to them. I could do without the outrage from the left.

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