Friday, October 03, 2008

Shrillblog: The Israeli Edition

While we here at the Order generally focus our arts upon domestic shrillness, we are not without appreciation for such activity in far away lands--and especially so when it involves a country's leader gettin' all shrill and unbalanced his own bad self. Or: Ehud Olmert is shrill and unbalanced:

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said in an interview published on Monday that Israel must withdraw from nearly all of the West Bank as well as East Jerusalem to attain peace with the Palestinians and that any occupied land it held onto would have to be exchanged for the same quantity of Israeli territory.

He also dismissed as “megalomania” any thought that Israel would or should attack Iran on its own to stop it from developing nuclear weapons, saying the international community and not Israel alone was charged with handling the issue.

In an unusually frank and soul-searching interview granted after he resigned to fight corruption charges — he remains interim prime minister until a new government is sworn in — Mr. Olmert discarded longstanding Israeli defense doctrine and called for radical new thinking, in words that are sure to stir controversy as his expected successor, Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni, tries to build a coalition.

“What I am saying to you now has not been said by any Israeli leader before me,” Mr. Olmert told the newspaper Yediot Aharonot in the interview on the occasion of the Jewish new year, observed from Monday evening till Wednesday evening. “The time has come to say these things.”

There are some of us at the Order that believe this sort of shrillness may become a pattern of world leaders as they exit the stage, taking a strong adversarial stance agaist what they've been doing for the bulk of their political careers.

Works for us. We just like the shrill. We needs it.