July 28, 2006

Everything Exploded

In case you missed it the first time, or if (like me) you feel like re-reading it, exactly three months ago I published Everything Could Explode at Any Moment from the Lebanese/Israeli border. That piece feels heavier now than it did.

Posted by Michael J. Totten at July 28, 2006 03:01 PM

Oh, didn't you know that we have a new name for you?

We're calling you Michael "Cassandra" Totten.

Just found out that there are Patriot anti-missile launchers set up near where I live. I don't know whether that should make me feel more reassured or more worried....



Posted by: Allison at July 28, 2006 03:38 PM

This was a great writeup when i first read it 6 months ago. It rings even better this time around.

All that talk about the Israeli Army and the Lebanese Army being somewhat on good terms goes to show that the reality on the ground is often FAR different than the rethoric we hear coming out of Beirut, Tel-Aviv or Damascus.

I wish more people would read stories like this one (and I wish more people like Michael would write them).

Posted by: Bad Vilbel at July 28, 2006 03:52 PM

But I thought,according to some bloggers,that you were a raging anti-semite! Or was this sympathetic,prophetic, reasoned take on this subject simply a clever ruse to hide your true feelings.

Posted by: kevin peters at July 28, 2006 05:27 PM

Strange you bring this up. Just this very morning I was looking for this article since I wanted to re-read it :)

Such a coincidence...


Posted by: tsedek at July 28, 2006 06:04 PM

I'm so glad you brought this previous article back into the spotlight. It was an excellent article the first time I read it, but since the border has all blown apart over there, that article has come back to me several times, but with a kind of haunted feeling. It's hard to explain. I guess the reality of HOW FAST things can change in the Middle East, and also how...um...how very "fragile" the tiny threads of peace really are over there. Lebanon and Israel must find a way to strengthen those tiny threads of hope and peace. For everyone's sake.

Posted by: Renée C. at July 28, 2006 08:01 PM

I made reference to your Everything could explode at any moment post on SDA some time ago because it was very much an accurate forecast.
[SDA = SmallDeadAnimals]

Guess I read all the best blogsites eh?

This seems OT at first, but in time it is either a partial solution or even a remedy..

This is a comment borrowed from:

[ Yes, there is a magazine for electric vehicles called EVWorld.com ]

Doug Canfield:
Lets see. In 1994 we drove an EV1 at the Mesa facility 500 miles (806km)on a single charge. Less volume and weight than the PBA bats, and could recharge in a matter of a few minutes. This is news????
28/Jul/2006 [29248]

Is it any wonder those drivers who were allowed to lease the GM EV1 just loved them and were bitterly disappointed when GM refused to allow any sales.

One has to wonder at the wisdom of destroying 800 perfectly good stylish EV1 cars. Gm crushed them at their secure facility in Arizona.

No, no. I would not dare suggest the EV1 was too good a product and may yet ruin the corporate profits of both Big Auto and Big Oil.

Besides, you would probably find it so boring to pay only ONE penny per mile for transport.

It would take away the fun of paying big bucks for gas.

It would rob Iran of the funds to support Hezbollah and pay for Nukes.

It would reduce all the fun happening in Iraq and Afghanistan. [Maybe Lebanon]

It would subdue talk of Alberta separation.

Electric Vehicle? Who would want one of those? Eeeew.
= TG

Posted by: TonyGuitar at July 28, 2006 08:45 PM

It makes one wonder what ever happened to Lebanon the Model.

Posted by: Avery at July 29, 2006 12:30 AM

I've been thinking about that piece a lot during the last couple of weeks - I even emailed it to some of my friends. Their reactions were all pretty much the same - along the lines of "So it looks like the kidnapping was planned for quite some time, then?"

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