February 8, 2005
Thank you sir, may I have another?
One of the many memorable scenes in the movie Animal House involves the fraternity initiation at Omega House. A young pledge, played by Kevin Bacon, is squatting before the sadist ROTC leader Nedermayer, who keeps walloping his behind. Bacon feels the excruciating pain, but keeps giving the required pledge response: 'Thank you sir. May I have another?' Clearly, Bacon's fixation on joining Omega has clouded his critical faculties and ability to judge what he is getting himself into. I was reminded of this line, when I read this week that Israel had offered to free 900 Palestinian prisoners as a good faith gesture prior to the first meeting between newly elected Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, and Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. No sooner had the offer been made than the PA's Saeb Erekat described it as insulting. My immediate concern was that Israel was back to the Oslo days, when it was, in effect, negotiating with itself for 7...(Read Full Article)