Back To Front: This New Republic article debunks claims that the US supported Osama bin Laden. Is it correct? I have no idea. But it's better than hearing all these people who, last month, couldn't have found Afghanistan on the map who now gravely remind each other that, "after all, we did create his organization." (It reminds me of the same people, during the Kosovo campaign, holding forth on how the Serbian partisans held off multiple divisions of crack German troops -- pure nonsense. In fact, a few third-string Nazi units took and held Belgrade without incident until they were chased out by the Soviets. Meanwhile, the partisans on the left and right mostly killed each other.)
Jesse Jackson Redux: Meanwhile, as Jesse Jackson prepares for another round of dictator-kissing diplomacy, the editors decided the piece the wrote on his Serbian adventures could simply be reprinted to cover his new trip.
CNN poll:Meanwhile, a CNN poll reports that "[t]he respondents gave a resounding no to the idea of the Rev. Jesse Jackson traveling to Afghanistan to meet with Taliban leaders." and also that "most said they opposed any type of detention camps for Arab-Americans." The writeup doesn't link to the raw numbers which, according to a Wolf Blitzer report I can't find a permanent link to, had an astounding 31% in favor of such camps! Given those numbers, US leaders may deserve more credit than they've been getting for uniformly standing up for the rights and reputation of people of Middle-Eastern descent.
Taliban Surrenders bin Laden After Web Site Defaced: I thought this was funnier than any of the Onion articles everyone is raving about. ""The mighty power of these computer magicians is too much for the Taliban to endure. We would rather give up Bin Laden than to have our web site say '0wNz0r3d by 7h3 D4rK KnIgHt5'," said Taliban leader Mullah Omar."
Finally, from the Jerusalem Post, life gets back to what passes for normal in Israel:
Flying rabbi and two chickens spark Eilat security scare
Security forces in Eilat sprang into action early this morning to thwart what they thought might be a terrorist infiltration from Jordan on a motorized "Ultralight" parachute.
Instead, it turned out to be Rabbi Shimon Eizenbach, with two chickens and his pilot, intent on performing the ritual of kapporot - in which a chicken atones for one's transgressions before Yom Kippur - on behalf of the residents of Eilat.
Large numbers of police, soldiers, and border policemen prepared to shoot down the intruders, while efforts were made to establish contact with them by means of powerful megaphones. After about 20 minutes, the intruders landed their craft, surrounded by security forces. To their surprise, Rabbi Eizenbach disembarked holding a cage with a female chicken to atone for women and girls, and a male chicken to atone for men and boys.
Rabbi Eizenbach and his pilot were taken to the Eilat police station where they claimed they received permission for their flight from the control tower at Eilat Airport. They said they did not know they also had to inform the police and IDF. Eilat police intend to press criminal charges against them for disturbing the peace, the police spokesman said.
Rabbi Eizenbach told the Itim news agency, "Despite everything, I succeeded in carrying out the kapparot ritual above the city in a special, original way, and the residents of the city should be thankful for that." The chickens were taken to the ritual slaughterer, in keeping with the