This is a guest post by AKUS
The latest ridiculous article by Ben White, Israel seeks to silence dissent, attempting to turn the arrest of two Israeli Arabs who appear to have been treasonably involved with Hezbollah into a cause célèbre, was so excessively “moderated” it sent me looking for some quotations about moderation.
(Apropos the article – it is built around major lies and puffery and the usual Guardian rush to judgment even before their case has been heard in an attempt to get the CiFers worked up:
“Ameer Makhoul, a Palestinian citizen of Israel and head of internationally renowned NGO network Ittijah … It turned out that another Palestinian citizen of Israel, Balad party activist Omar Said, had also been arrested, and interrogated by the Shin Bet since the end of April.”
1. They are not a Palestinian citizens of Israel – there is no such thing – they are Arab citizens of Israel
2. People in many countries are arrested for treasonable activities – why should Israel not arrest them – and, if their trial proves its not true, they will be released, of course.
3. Who ever heard of the internationally renowned NGO network Ittijah?
And, as Forest Gump would say: “That’s all I have to say about THAT!)
Let’s start with the first Jewish Prime Minister of Britain (Mr. Cameron, or, as they call him in Israel, Mr. Cameroon, is the second – he is a Levite, and his first name is a dead giveaway regarding his sympathies for Israel but I have no quotes from him yet about moderation):
“There is moderation even in excess.”
“Moderation has been called a virtue to limit the ambition of great men, and to console undistinguished people for their want of fortune and their lack of merit.”
“Be moderate in everything, including moderation.”
“If one oversteps the bounds of moderation, the greatest pleasures cease to please.”
“In things a moderation keep; Kings ought to shear, not skin, their sheep.”
“It’s a sign of mediocrity when you demonstrate gratitude with moderation.”
“Moderation is a fatal thing. Nothing succeeds like excess.”
And at the Guardian, there is no excess like moderation, even though it does not succeed. But if they want to turn their blog into a joke, from my point of view – they should keep on doing what they have been.