Tam is watching Today and chortling, "You've gotta see this! Savannah [Guthrie] is finger-wagging at the Israeli ambassador about, 'You say you're not targeting civilians...'"
I spoke directly to the ambassador on the TV screen, "Hit back! Ask her about drones!"
Tam: "Drones? The anniversary of Hiroshima's only a week away!"
Funny thing: war is Hell. Tam knows it. I know it. Polished and perfumed professional network journalist in NYC? She doesn't know it. A blue zillion history books and documentaries out there and I doubt she's even seen Hellcats Of The Navy. In Savannah's world, WW II, concentration camps, aerial firebombings, death marches, atom bombs and all, was a kind of multi-year Boy Scout Jamboree with some spirited disagreements.
When the next World War comes marchin' in -- as seems more likely with every passing day -- it'll have stunningly white teeth and near-total amnesia.
(Talking to Tam, I remarked the Palestinians are now into what, the fourth and fifth generation of "displaced persons/dispossessed refugees," even the ones living behind real walls and under a solid roof; it's soaked into their cultural memes and it's not going away. And on the other side, with the only cards that'll trump that, a nation with thousands of years of the same general experience. Anyone who thinks there's a fix for the mess -- on a timeline shorter than centuries -- that'll work happy-good for all involved is either dippy or doped up.)
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