January 22, 2009

2008 Weblog Awards Winner

For the second year in a row I won the 2008 Weblog Awards in the Best Middle East or Africa Blog category. Many sincere thanks to everyone who voted for me, and congratulations to Professor Juan Cole for a strong second place showing.

Posted by Michael J. Totten at January 22, 2009 3:14 AM
Congrats, Michael, well deserved. And nice showing of class to #2. (I can't, however, show the same so I'll just leave it at that.)
May many more accolades come your way.
Posted by: Grantman at January 22, 2009 6:36 am
Sanity and coherence win out. I know it's only a web award, but it's still nice to see it go to a site that's not about hyperventilation and conspiratorial thinking, but rather about reasonable exploration of what the author observes. That's a positive statement about a site sailing in a sea of less-than-critical thought, which is the blogosphere.
Congratulations, sir. I think the award is well deserved.
Posted by: ElMondo at January 22, 2009 6:57 am
I am curious for your opinion on the runner up for this contest. I've long suspected that many writers have fallen into a "Paycheck Journalism", sacrificing objectivity and following whatever paradigm or point of view demanded by their benefactors. I also believe, from his results in the poll, that manipulating the outcome of on-line voting is being polished right now, much as it has been in actual voting in Washington State and now Michigan. Did you know the same individual was hired in Michigan by Al Franken backers, as was employed by the Gregoire people in Washington?
Posted by: JohnJimson at January 22, 2009 7:27 am
Great job, well deserved.
Any chance for you to meet / interview Joe the plumber-reporter?
More interviews with Palestinians would be welcome, too. But maybe wouldn't be safe for you.
Posted by: Tom Grey - Liberty Dad at January 22, 2009 9:54 am
Congrats on the award and best of luck in Israel. Did you get a chance to see this piece in the NYT from Col Qaddafi?
Have you EVER heard any Israelis consider a one state solution at this point?
Posted by: majestic at January 22, 2009 1:45 pm
Congrats, Mike. Stay safe, and keep up the excellent work.
Posted by: Paul MacPhail at January 22, 2009 7:23 pm
They should pay you winning first place. Did you get prize of some sort?
Posted by: lee at January 23, 2009 1:12 am
Congratulations Michael, you earned it!
Posted by: Joe at January 24, 2009 7:32 am
Congrats, MJT! I voted late but often.
Majestic -- the answer is yes. Many Israelis talk seriously about a one-state solution. But very few talk about the absurd version Col. Qadaffi suggests at the end of his otherwise well-presented column (he can't possibly have written that!)
The right of return the one-state Israeli Jews talk about is returning Judea and Samaria to Israel, whether for religious or security reasons, or both, and the Palestinians to Jordan, or some more complicated version of that idea.
In fact many people, finally seeing that there IS no reasonable and effective peace partner, and none in sight, are starting to toy with the idea. Most understand that Arab right-of-return is ideologically, geo-politically, and pragmatically impossible.
Posted by: AZZenny at January 24, 2009 10:16 am
Congratulations MJT. Well earned :-) Looking forward to hearing more about Palestine, Lebanon and Iraq.
To everyone:
Many Palestinians believe that the Israelis (zionists) organized massacres against Arab Jews to force them to move to Israel:
Any response?
Perhaps some would be interested in what Mahatma Gandhi wrote about Palestine:
Gandhi opposed the partition of Palestine like he opposed the partition of India.
Posted by: anand at January 24, 2009 11:47 am
I liked Qaddafi's article:
"It is a fact that Palestinians inhabited the land and owned farms and homes there until recently, fleeing in fear of violence at the hands of Jews after 1948
Posted by: anand at January 24, 2009 12:31 pm
When the extent of the holocaust was known, Gandhi criticized Jews who had tried to escape or fight for their lives. He said
Posted by: maryatexitzero at January 24, 2009 2:03 pm
Is a free plural democratic prosperous safe and peaceful one state solution possible? This new state could still be the refuge of Jews from around the world, and a place where all people are treated respectfully and compassionately.
No. That is not what EITHER side wants. Arabs will be the demographic majority quickly, and there will be pressure from various sides for an Islamic government. There will be fierce and unreconcilable demands for the return of property that may have been a goat pasture 65 years ago but now is a skyscraper or airport or hotel.
You need to realize that the Palestinians, and many Arab nations, deny that there was EVER any Jewish presence in the Middle East -- or even that Jesus was ever there. They teach it in their schools, and they deliberately destroy archeological evidence that proves them wrong.
Did you know most Arab states will not accept blood from Israel or Jews no matter how bad the medical emergency because they really believe that Jews are closely related to pigs and monkeys?
Moreover, if there is no Jewish state, there will be no refuge for Jews the next time there are violent persecutions -- and it appears quite likely there will be. The Jews I know feel an exceptional sense of relief and belonging when they discover themselves in the Jewish state, even when they disagree with many of its policies. A Jewish state is what most of the secular Israelis want, too. Thousands of Jews every year ove there from all over the world.
And the devoutly religious Jews will become violently extremist against allowing Israel to ever become Islamic -- or even to be declaredly secular.
Posted by: AZZenny at January 24, 2009 2:58 pm
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