Thursday, May 19, 2011

Tip for analyzing the president's speech

I looked at the summary of the president's speech at four or five news sites, and it doesn't appear to have included anything remarkable. Clinton and Barak offered a deal at Camp David based on the '67 borders with land swaps. Somebody once made a point that really impressed me about the peace process: Pretend that discourse about the peace-process is actually about jumping out of an airplane without a parachute. After the requisite substitutions are made, you end up with sentences like the following: "It may be true that there is no parachute, but the situation here inside the plane is untenable, so our friend the skydiver has to be bold and creative . . . and um . . . bold . . . and creative . . . "

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