Spanning the globe to bring you the constant variety of the web…the thrill of victory…and the agony of defeat…the human drama of athletic blogging…this is Mash’s Wide World of Blogs!
While the world watches Iraq fall apart and Lebanon being bombed back 20 years, bloggers keep the beat with poignant prose and sometimes even humor. This week’s worthy reads are:
Jon reached a milestone this week. His blog surpassed 100,000 visitors. To mark the occasion, he takes a walk down memory lane to bring us a wonderful selection of comments and emails that he has received since he started blogging. To fully appreciate Jon Swift you must read not just his posts but also the comments associated with them. Congratulations Jon on hitting the big six figure mark in blogging. Don’t forget us little people. (Oh wait, I also crossed 100,000 this week thanks to the Commander-in-Chief’s rear guard offensive against the German Chancellor!)
Jon also tells us this week why World War III is not such a bad idea. I must admit that after reading his post I too am looking forward to World War III. Just like him, I say "Bring it on!" and bring some butter for the popcorn.
Ingrid has a list of peace rallies that are taking place this week against the violence in the Middle East. Eventually with voices of peace multiplying this madness will stop. But in the meantime we will have needlessly lost too many innocent lives.
Yohay Elam writes from Tel Aviv. He has a very interesting post about his evolving feelings about the current war with Lebanon. I believe many in Israel and Lebanon share his feelings and his mixed emotions about this war. His justified outrage at Hezbollah’s brazen kidnapping is balanced with his concern about civilian deaths in Lebanon. Ultimately his is a triumph of reason over fear. Voices like his will need to win the day if there is to be peace in the Middle East.
Thanks to Ingrid for introducing me to this blog. Mustapha blogs from Tripoli, Lebanon. His blog is a must read for some sane commentary on the situation in Lebanon. In particular, he wrote two posts, a day apart, that I find the most revealing. His posts illustrate the folly of the current Israeli campaign against Lebanon. in the first of the two posts, dated July 12th, he chastised Hezbollah for the capture of the Israeli soldiers and writes that the Lebanese hate Hezbollah more than ever. In the second post however, dated July 13th, he calls for the Lebanese to rally around Hezbollah to resist the Israeli onslaught. He writes that there will be an accounting for Hezbollah at some point, but not while Lebanon is under attack. It is a remarkable turn around, and yet, quite predictable.
Jamie writes about Israel’s escalation and America’s moral culpability. His post is aptly titled "Smart bombs, dumb leader". Succinct and to the point.
I am not sure I want to be inside Zebster, but I sure do like his blog. Zebster does a Pink Floyd tribute by quoting from The Final Cut. He makes it quite clear that our leaders today have learned nothing from the past. With overgrown infants in charge is it any wonder that they are throwing shit at each other? As my daughter would say, "poo poo diaper heads", the whole lot of them.
I have been suffering withdrawal since I haven’t seen a post from my favorite ninja, Jeremiah Bullfrog, in more than three weeks! So, I have had to seek out other ninjas to feed my ninja addiction. I must confess that I have been consulting with the ninja advice columnist at Ask A Ninja. He gives sound advice for everyday people from a ninja point of view. This week the ninja answers a viewer’s question about the number 3. Beware though, because ninja math can kill you. Go on over to Ask A Ninja and feel free to seek advice on whatever ails you.
Enjoy the journey!