Wednesday, March 08, 2006


I saw this little tidbit over at Little Green Footballs (tip o’ th’ Elisson fedora to Denise, resident grandma at Grandma’s House, for the link.) And, as Grandma Denise points out, it’s not a joke:
The Rachel Corrie Memorial Committee of Victoria Invites you to a pancake breakfast at Denny’s Restaurant Sunday March 12, 2006 10 am.

The Public is invited to a memorial pancake breakfast [emphasis mine] at Denny’s Restaurant on Douglas Street near Finlayson, 10 am, Sunday March 12, 2006 to celebrate the life and untimely death of Rachel Corrie, Peace Activist with the International Solidarity Movement.

There will be a reading of selections from Ms. Corrie’s letters and diary, followed by a ceremony at Topaz Park, where a stone cairn will be erected in her honour.

Attendees are encouraged to wear their keffiahs, and to dress in black.

No weapons, drugs, or alcohol please.

ISM offers many ways for you to get involved in the struggle for Palestinian freedom. Whether you’re thinking of traveling to Palestine to work with us, or you’d like to work to educate your community about the reality in Palestine, we welcome your involvement.
Most of my Esteemed Readers will remember Rachel Corrie as the amazingly stupid young woman who, three years ago, lay down in front of an Israeli bulldozer that was in the process of clearing debris and shrubbery in order to expose explosive devices. Whether Corrie was crushed by the slow-moving bulldozer itself or by falling debris dislodged by the ’dozer is a matter of dispute, but it’s hard to imagine how well the operators of the bulldozer could have seen Corrie through the narrow, double-glazed bulletproof windows in the cockpit.

I empathize with Rachel’s parents, who have to mourn the loss of their daughter. At the same time, here was a young woman whose activities gave aid and comfort to terrorists; who burned a (paper) American flag; and whose death has been cynically exploited by the Palestinians to paint the IDF as inhuman monsters. From Wikipedia:
One of the founders of the ISM, George Rishmawi, was quoted in the San Francisco Chronicle as having said early in 2003: “When Palestinians get shot by Israeli soldiers, no one is interested anymore. But if some of these foreign volunteers get shot or even killed, then the international media will sit up and take notice.”
Cannon fodder, pure and simple. And why should we be surprised? These are the people who happily send their own children into Israel with explosive belts.

Here’s a clue: Stop building bombs and tunnels with which to smuggle them. Stop sending suicide bombers to blow up civilian men, women, and children. Stop firing Qassam rockets at civilian populations. Then, maybe the IDF wouldn’t need to bulldoze your shrubs, tunnels, and buildings.

Rachel Corrie’s death was tragically unnecessary, but it was her choice to put herself in harm’s way for all the wrong reasons. What a waste. But better to die a pancake than a suicide bomber, I suppose.

And now, here come the fucktards of the ISM, perversely commemmorating Corrie’s death with a pancake breakfast. I mean, couldn’t they have rustled up some waffles instead?

Honestly, you just can’t make shit like this up...and you don’t even have to.

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