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Strained bedfellows

By Tom Toles


Don't even think about it

There's an old conundrum about a treasure buried in a field. But the rule is that the treasure will only be there if you don't think about a white horse while you're digging. Nobody gets the treasure. That story reminds me of my Catholic education, which, to oversimplify just a bit, was that you could get to heaven as long as you didn't think about sex.

Now, what kind of organization would come up with a pernicious puzzler like that to fill young minds with? An organization with a problem about sex. How big a problem? Well, now we know. I don't know if the origin of the problem has anything to do with the Church's rule about celibacy. I do have an opinion (hint: duh), but clearly there was a problem about inspecting the eyes of others for a mote of dust.

Now the question is how does the Church right these wrongs and re-establish its credibility? The traditional measures -- admitting the problem and punishing the wrongdoers -- are all well known, and have been and will continue to be avoided, as they usually are. Beyond that is the question of what kind of conceptual damage this outstandingly vile behavior does to an organization that purports to represent God's grace and guidance. People can answer that question for themselves.

My own plan for getting to heaven is to think as little as possible about organized religion. --Tom Toles



By Tom Toles  | March 29, 2010; 12:00 AM ET
Categories:  Foreign Policy, Middle East  
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DO NOT dislike or hate Jews, hate those that preach and kill in the name of the Jews and DO NOT dislike or hate Muslims, hate those that preach and kill in the name of Muslims.
And those you should hate and mock are Radical Jihadists or whatever you want to call them AND Zionists.

Posted by: BOBSTERII | April 3, 2010 9:58 AM | Report abuse

It's so clear, and so infuriating.

The Jewish posters, almost all, suppose ISrael is a part of the US, that THAT won't change.

And that the world will stand for the savage little plot of dirt taking over Palestine, bit by bit. And that tings will just go on.

Never heard of ENOUGH. Like in the l930s in Germany, when anti semitism was half what it is todayin the world at large. This won't just go on, like the adolescent Israelis think it will.

One more Gaza, one more uprising. A little more of the idiot Neganyahoo traipsing around the world, to Russia, to France, etc., pretending, sure, that he's the leader of a major country, instead of a detested pariah.

Posted by: whistling | March 29, 2010 7:51 PM | Report abuse

To those Jews who agree with this disgusting cartoon: Read and study the Hagaddah tonight and tomorrow night. HaRav Avrohom Yitzchak HaCohen Kuk commented on te wicked son that we seem to be a little harsh toward the wicked son who says "What is this service to you?" After all, the wise son used the word "you" when he said: "What are the testimonies, statutes, and laws that G-d, our G-d, has commanded you? Why then is one son considered wicked and the other wise?

We could say that the wise son mentions G-d, calling him "our G-d," thus including himself in the collective, whereas the wicked son removes himself from the collective and that itself is heresy.

In addition, the wise son is genuinely interested in finding the answers to his questions. He wants to know the laws and how he must act. The wicked son just ridicules the scene. He mocks the Seder and those who participate. He does not ask in order to receive an answer but only to raise scorn.

But more than this, the wicked won negatively refers to the service as "work." Cleaning the house, preparing the Seder, relating the story has nothing to do with him. He sees it all as bothersome chores and meaningless toil. He does not view himself as leaving Egypt and therefore he would have been apathetic towards the Exodus had he physically been in Egypt.

G-d saves those who want to be saved. The wicked son does not feel that he needs to leave any servitude. He is satisfied where he is and ridicules anyone doing any more. Therefore he would not have been saved.

Posted by: gjacob1 | March 29, 2010 1:00 PM | Report abuse

Great insight. Why should US suffer the consequences of Israel's pig headed decisions, illegal occupation and the daily atrocities that they perpetrate on a huge population held in an open jail? We should not blindly support the oppressive policies of any ally. The unconditional economic and military support that US provides to Israel makes us complicit in its genocidal behavior. It is a shame that the state of Israel is inflicting these horrors on Palestinian people, in the name of a lot of Jewish people who are against it. It is a sad state when people are afraid to question the apartheid policy of Israel for the fear of being labeled anti-Semite. We need to differentiate between the people and the state.

Posted by: JayInDC | March 29, 2010 11:42 AM | Report abuse

The thing I like about the Jewish guy is that he sounds like an American. None of the guys on the other side sound like Americans. They all sound like they're from some foreign country. Israel is not a foreign country, so why don't they get rid of those accents and start sounding like Americans...??? They'd have an easier time of it if they'd sound like Americans and not like foreigners.

Posted by: dudeupnorth | March 29, 2010 10:16 AM | Report abuse

What an insight! Something the likes of Carbonhog would not be able to understand.

Posted by: wrock76taolcom | March 29, 2010 9:11 AM | Report abuse

So, where is Monday's work? This is for Sunday and look below these words - Monday.

Posted by: GaryEMasters | March 29, 2010 5:08 AM | Report abuse

The point of view of your cartoon is wrong. Go back to the drawing board.

Posted by: janeb2 | March 29, 2010 1:35 AM | Report abuse

I was relaxing in my favorite chair trying to ignore the Situation Room, on that horrid CNN , ( Happen to like Wolfe as a person ), when out of the corner of my eye, the day Netenuyah arrived, and I saw him enter a side door to the White House, greeted by some non de script and, I said, " O boy, this isn't good". Where do we go from here? Hollyfood will probably have to get involved. Wheres Barbara when we need here, or Michael Moore. We Yanks are supposed to getting everyone to like us again. I'll bet Matzo ball soup was not served .

Posted by: dangreen3 | March 28, 2010 2:30 PM | Report abuse

I don't care what Israel does. What I do care about is the 3 billion dollars the USA gives to Israel every year. We need that money here to save our schools, our jobs, our environment and our country.

Posted by: carolynoneal | March 28, 2010 1:42 PM | Report abuse

Obama shows everyday that he hates America. He hates Christiams and Jews. The only people his administration wants to negotiate with are Muslims and radical dictators. He is bringing SHAME to the American people. He bows to our enemies and slaps our allies. Remember, he gave Britains gift to us BACK to the British. It was not his gift to give!! The bust of Winston Churchill belonged to us and to the oval office. It DID NOT belong to Obama. What a fake he is.

Posted by: annnort | March 28, 2010 1:13 PM | Report abuse

It is time to end support to this aggressive, apartheid state. It sickens me to see what they do in Gaza and the West Bank every day. The Warsaw Ghetto Redux.

Posted by: Argonne1 | March 28, 2010 12:55 PM | Report abuse

My opinion is that the settlements are just about the only reason the Arabs will have to go to a peace conference. If so, save them as chips to trade for peace. Why give up concessions now? Just explain how "confidence building" will help now. Or work for peace and not concessions by one side only.

Posted by: GaryEMasters | March 28, 2010 8:18 AM | Report abuse

Do you want to understand the Palestinian-Israeli conflict? Consider this. There is a large swathe of the northern reaches of what is now New York State and surrounding states which was simply taken from its original owners of the Indian nation. Some Indian lands were ceded to the nascent United States by treaty (sometimes under the threat of a gun, but treaties nonetheless). These lands were not. Consider what happens when the Senecas step forward and remind the "landowner" in Syracuse he does not have clear title to his hearth and home. The taking of the lands was about one hundred years older than the creation of the state of Israel, but it was taking anyway. Concepts of ownership and property do not work out well in a quantum environment where at one and same time they could be Palestinian or Israeli or Indian or "American". Schrodinger's cat isn't a particularly good pet.

Posted by: DougMUSN | March 28, 2010 7:52 AM | Report abuse

How would we feel if Israel said to us, don't build in Alaska anymore because the Russians won't like it. Same feelings.

Posted by: annieandpauldonovan | March 28, 2010 6:18 AM | Report abuse

What we need is a pro Israel government. One that backs up Israels decisions and not second guess there role in there neighborhood.

Posted by: annieandpauldonovan | March 28, 2010 6:13 AM | Report abuse

Why do we talk to the terrorist and not our allies?? How have we come this far left so fast. With the malaise and stagflation in this country we can not afford this HUGE give a away program and power grab. We have big problems coming down the pike with the world crumbling down with world wars and such I feel we are destroying our country so as not to be able to defend ourselves.We need a BIG change in our corrupt government.

Posted by: annieandpauldonovan | March 28, 2010 6:09 AM | Report abuse


Who are the winners in the conflict ? Israel ? The U.S ? No. Israel only has to gain by agreeing to the creation of a Palestinian state. So does the U.S who wont have to fight Jihad and terrorism any more ( in spite
of the Ismaic manifesto )Let us not forget that Islam which considers the U.S to be the
sponsor of Israel may attack the U.S again.
Another 9/11 ??? At a recent congressional
hearing ALL heads of ALL American security
agencies said that the U.S could be attacked within the next 3/6 months !!! Therefore Obama should convince Netanhyau
that U.S public opinion will turn against
Israel if there is another attack. If this
happens Obama will have no choice but to drop Israel altogether. So Peace is the only sensible way out. So far the only winners are radicals on both sides and of
course arms manufacturers and trafikers.
Tolstoi wrote "War and Peace "It seems to me it is time to write the last chapter.

Posted by: jeanpierregamet | March 27, 2010 3:08 PM | Report abuse

Regarding Israel's intransigence, only a part of which is their policy of "natural growth" on settlements in East Jerusalem and elsewhere that cannot help but remind anyone familiar with the run-up to WWII and Germany's rationalization of their aggression because of their need for "Lebensraum," it is long past time that we in America reexamine our "special relationship" with Israel on scales that accurately and objectively measure its impact on American security and prosperity, with less of the heavy bias toward Israel's exclusive interests that has governed our Middle Eastern policies in the past.

If Israel will not behave as we, for reasons of justice and peace, urge them to do, we need to consider withdrawing our extraordinarily generous financial and military support. Remember, most of our woes on the world stage, including not only the anger of the Muslim world that resulted in the events of 9/11 and our wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, but also the extreme economic woes we suffer because of the need for Middle Eastern oil, is a result of our patronage of and bias in favor of Israel and its many belligerent actions that have in recent years had such questionable justification.

The fact is, with friends like Israel we will never want for enemies. Most of our enemies would not be our enemies except for our Israeli entanglements.

Posted by: FergusonFoont | March 27, 2010 1:20 PM | Report abuse

This current"crisis is toally manufactured by the Obama adminastration.
The no negotiaon with out stoppping settlements was totally set up by Obama, and Abbas and the Arabs jumped on.
The Jeruselem apts started on their approval cycle 2 years ago, no surpise.
Obama has promised to be an "honest broker" and to him that means forcing Israel to cave on as many issues as he can and ultimately become a rump state that will be over powered from within. (A true leftist idealogue.)
Israel should play for time and hope that Obama becomes a one-term President as the majority of Amercians do, at least right now...Time will tell.

Posted by: slazar1 | March 27, 2010 10:56 AM | Report abuse

For the Israelis and Palestinis, I think a wall -- like the Berlin wall -- is the answer.

But instead of separating those two, WE should build the wall around the two of THEM, close it over with a roof, and leave the two of them to their self-destructive hatred.

Posted by: egc52556 | March 27, 2010 7:49 AM | Report abuse

"bed on the cliff" is your best art work in 5 years alas for the wrong effort.

Posted by: carbonhog | March 26, 2010 9:30 PM | Report abuse

going with BiBi going back hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of years ago. Something American Libs don't understand.

Posted by: carbonhog | March 26, 2010 9:23 PM | Report abuse

Tom, BiBi is right going back hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of years ago. Something American Libs don't understand.

Posted by: carbonhog | March 26, 2010 8:06 PM | Report abuse

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