Dust flux, Vostok ice core

Dust flux, Vostok ice core
Two dimensional phase space reconstruction of dust flux from the Vostok core over the period 186-4 ka using the time derivative method. Dust flux on the x-axis, rate of change is on the y-axis. From Gipp (2001).

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Fear of Democracy

Israel has long boasted of being the only democracy in the Middle East. Now they have come out and spoken about their opposition to democracy in other Middle Eastern countries.

From the referenced article:

'Deputy Premier Silvan Shalom said attempts at promotion of democracy in Egypt could strengthen what he called radical elements in the country, said Israeli website The Marker, a subdivision of the Ha'aretz newspaper.

'He asserted, “We know that, recently in the Middle East, democratic elections have caused the accession to power of radicals like Hamas in the Gaza Strip and Hezbollah in Lebanon.”

'The resistance movements, who owe their presence in the defense and political arenas to popular consensus, have invariably defended the Palestinians and Lebanese against deadly Israeli invasions.

'“Think of what would happen if the radicals become dominant over Egypt and decide to close the Suez Canal,” he said.'

That's the problem with democracy.

Think of what would happen if radicals became dominant over Israel. They might invade Lebanon or Gaza.

Wait--that already happened.

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Meanwhile in Canada, Stephen Harper seems a little reluctant to push for Mubarak's retirement.

But then he knows a thing or two about clinging to power.

Harper keeps a close eye on events in Egypt. He doesn't like seeing the hobbits in revolt.

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