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They're both snakes.

Reader comment on item: Normalizing relations with Israel up to Erdogan
in response to reader comment: Lieberman would know how Russia would view it

Submitted by Michael S (United States), Dec 30, 2015 at 04:29

Hi, Anon

One advantage of living in Oregon, is that I don't go to sleep at night, with the very real possibility that Washington, Idaho, Nevada and/or California will attack during the night; that when I go shopping, a neighbor may want to knife me or a loved one; that Canada is developing a nuclear bomb to hurl at me and my government in Washington doesn't give a hoot.

Turkey and Russia are both rattlesnakes; I don't trust either one of them. In all this, the Jewish people manage to come up with some sort of serenity.

Tonight, I watched an interview by Charlie Rose of Sebastian Thrun, a high-tech investor and dreamer. He talked about self-driving cars soon becoming smarter than human drivers, about imminent cures for cancer and all our other ills, and of implanting chips into people's mindes to enable them to "think smarter" (yes, to take over their minds with a Borg-ian interface). He said all this without an interruption in the unending glee of his vision of the future. Right after that, I watched a Frontline special about a Yazidi man working to rescue family members from ISIS areas where they had been systematically humiliated, raped and otherwise abused, as well as killed and mutilated. Somehow, the ISIS image looked more "futuristic" than Thrun's dreams; and this gives me comfort: because the vision of a world of human robots being driven around by cars they don't control to do things their human brains are too primitive to understand, is scarier than ISIS.

Turkey? Russia? It's something like two swordsmen attacking you at the same time, and you have to decide which one to parry first.

May your leaders be given wisdom and discernment beyond any Thrunian dream; and may all Israel's enemies become confused fools.

Shalom shalom

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