Friday, 24 October 2008
The case of the odious Holocaust-denier Dr Frederick Toben is destined to become a cause célèbre precisely because such hard cases test fundamental liberal principles. "I disapprove of what you say," said Voltaire, "but I will defend to the death your right to say it." This is my position on Dr Toben.
October 23, 2008
Benedict May Shun Israel Over Pope Pius XII Issue
NEW YORK (JTA) -- Israeli President Shimon Peres urged Pope Benedict XVI not to put off a visit to Israel over a disagreement about Pope Pius XII.
A Catholic official was quoted Saturday by the Italian media as saying that the pope would not come, as long as a photo caption at the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial alleging that Pius XII did not act to save Jews from the Nazis remains on display.
Night before last when when I thought the shootout on the Boulevard had taken place down in front of Pepe’s, our pet-food store, I was guessing, but I was right. Pepe was murdered, along with three young men who were working with him storing product. Today the local news showed Pepe on the sidewalk face down, half out into the street, blood streaming from his head and the shirt over his lower back black with blood. He’s the first of the recent murdered who was rather a friend and I was moved seeing hjis image there.
The images on Mexican television news are routinely more honest than those on American television. I am reminded that we are not allowed to see the coffins being unloaded from Iraq filled with American dead. We should see them. Every week. Every day. And we should stop being told how many Americans and Iraqis and Afghans are killed each week and month, but how many casualties there are, with a side note for the dead.
When Pepe opened his business ten years ago it was a wooden shed with a roof and only three walls. About the size of a two-car garage. The street that ran off the Boulevard was still dirt. At night he and his worker stretched a tarpaulin across the front of the shed and tied it down with rope. That was his security against theft. Ten years ago that was all he needed. Now we don’t know what we need. There was a general alert in town yesterday and Paloma had to go across the bridge to pick up Lil Brad at day care. There were rumors that kidnappings were going to take place.
Got the new Homepage for CODOH up this evening. A step in the right direction.