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Thursday, March 16, 2006
Yet Moron Rachel Corrie

Here's an unintentionally hilarious tribute to Ribbon Girl.

If there were poetic justice, if Hollywood or the publishing industry had true courage, the story of Rachel Corrie would be coming to a big screen or bookstore near you.

Yes, it's only been the subject of three stage plays. There's already a book out; somebody forgot to tell Robert Jamieson how to search Amazon.

Whichever the case, too many people are reflexively afraid of Rachel's message, of what her short life and brutal death means.

Nobody's afraid of Rachel's message. We've heard it ad nauseum from the left well before her death.

The New York Theater Workshop recently canceled a scheduled production of a play about Rachel amid rumors that gurus in the theater world and pro-Israel audiences would not like a script challenging their view of the world.

In Seattle, the Bread and Puppet Theater production of "Daughter Courage," a different play about Rachel, met with warm embrace. Still, my colleague, Regina Hackett, who wrote about it, received a rash of rebuke. On the Seattle P-I's online blog, "Dr. Evil" wrote: "Only in this wonderful, liberal city would a pathetic naive girl who tried to protect terrorists be celebrated."

Oh, the horror of a rash of rebuke! And actually Hackett wrote an excellent review of the play that I cited here, where she got in the face of the people involved and asked them some tough questions that they ducked.

Isn't ConWorks presenting a monologue instead of a dialogue?

"Well, OK, a monologue then," said Pearlstein. "But all these monologues add up to dialogues during our season."

During the season, will there be plays or artworks of any kind sympathetic to the struggles of the Israeli people?

"I'll have to double-check on that," he said.

Back to Jamieson:

If fear of offending Israel -- a country in blind lockstep with the United States on foreign policy -- drives this second silencing of Rachel, then her story is needed now more than ever.

Hmmm, he needs to check his left-wing playbook; the usual accusation is that the US is in blind lockstep with the Israelis.

Friends of Israel and Jews tend to react fast when they feel they're getting a raw deal.

That's getting pretty doggone close to outright anti-Semitism.

Seattle official Cindi Laws learned this the hard way. She made remarks that were considered anti-Semitic during a re-election bid for the monorail board, and people howled. Laws lost.

Here's a link to a Seattle P-I piece on that particular controversy.

In the interview, said Marc Auerbach, an interview panelist, Laws was asked about her opponent and said she "was worried because she perceived that Jews have contributed a lot of money to the anti-monorail campaigns in the past, that Beth Goldberg is Jewish, and that will make it easy for (Goldberg) to potentially raise a lot of money because of those connections."

Funny thing, but if you blame something on the Jooooos, people tend to consider it anti-Semitic and howl a bit.

And remember what happened in 2004? The local Middle Eastern community tried to get pro-Palestinian language in the plank of the King County Democratic Party platform. Again, people howled. The language got nixed.

In both instances, the message was clear: Don't mess with us.

Note: the word "us" is italicized. I think he means the Jooooos. Here's a discussion of the King County controversy.

The story overflows with potential villains, starting with the Israeli government, which illegally uses bulldozers as weapons of terror; Palestinians who resort to suicide bombs as an insane tool of revenge; and, even, U.S.-based Caterpillar, which counts the money as its bulldozers are used to spill blood.

Not to mention naive young girls who support the terrorists.

There's room for cameos by the State Department, which could ramp up pressure to get answers, and by concerned Israeli citizens who also want to know if the bulldozer operator, as he claims, didn't see Rachel in her bright orange vest. There's the bigger question of why no "Palestinian evil" was unearthed at the home Rachel died trying to protect.

Here's a picture that was widely published at the time of Corrie's death:

Now it should be obvious that the bulldozer operator could not see anything below the top of the blade. We cannot see from the photo where the operator is sitting, but we can draw a line from the top of Rachel's head to the top of the blade and continue that.

It appears obvious that in this photo, the operator of the bulldozer could not see anything of Rachel, let alone her orange jacket.

And the end of the column dissolves into self-parody:

When I spoke with Craig and Cindy Corrie a few weeks ago, they'd just come back home to the Seattle area after a rattling episode. In the Middle East, Palestinian activists had tried to kidnap them. The activists had a change of heart when they were told the couple's last name. If that is not a powerful testament to Rachel's legacy, I don't know what is.

Oh, they were "Palestinian activists"? Not terrorists who recognized who was on their side? Snicker.

For more unintentional Corrie hilarity, check out Van Helsing. A pancake breakfast for Rachel?

Also here's a tribute to Rachel from a Kossack named jon the antizionist jew:

I was standing with 23-year-old American activist Rachel Corrie when an Israeli soldier intentionally drove over and crushed her to death with a US-made Caterpillar bulldozer. A month later, I was with 22-year-old British activist Tom Hurndall, helping to move Palestinian children out of the line of Israeli sniper fire when that sniper purposefully shot Tom in the head.

If it's all the same to you, jon, I don't think I want to be standing anywhere near you.


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