Do You Wish Everyone Was Sincere All the Time?

Eric Linus Kaplan

Sometimes we find it wearisome that everybody is so ironic. We feel like saying — stop saying everything in quotes. Don’t say ” ” Doctor Who is such a great show” “. Just say it was a great show, or don’t. We wish, on other words, for a world in which all communication was sincere.

Be careful what you wish for. Tigers eating you are perfectly sincere. So are tapeworms eating you from the inside. So, in a certain way of thinking about it, are liars. A tiger pretending to be a bunch of grass in order to pounce and eat you is sincere. He is just tricking you. In a sense even the internal voices within us that stifle our lives through repeating various half-truths that others would like us to believe are sincere. Coca Cola sincerely wants you to think its product “adds life” even though, in reality…

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Hezbollah places forces on high-alert after reported Israeli airstrike in Syria kills commanders


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During the early evening hours, reports indicated that an Israeli army helicopter gunship targeted a Hezbollah force on Syria’s Golan Heights in the town of Mazraat al-Amal. A short time later, Hezbollah confirmed that a number of its members were killed. Reports indicate that those killed included the following commanders: Jihad Mughniyeh, the son of Hezbollah’s former military commander assassinated in Damascus in 2008, and Hajj Mohammed Issa. Additional reports are indicating that Iranian military officers were also killed in the strikes. These are unconfirmed, but it would not be surprising, given the presence of Hezbollah commanders. Israel has officially refused to comment.

In the hours after the attack, Hezbollah has placed its forces in southern Lebanon and on the Israeli border on high-alert. Israel likely did the same even before the strikes, to deter a Hezbollah response. Meanwhile, reports now show that Israeli…

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Montreal Canadiens play French national anthem before game at Bell Centre

MONTREAL — The Montreal Canadiens honoured the victims of this week’s terrorist shootings in Paris by playing the French national anthem prior to their game against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday.

Two shooters killed 12 people Wednesday at the Paris headquarters of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.

The attack was followed by Friday’s deadly terrorist assault on a supermarket.

In all, 20 people died during the three days of violence, including three gunmen.

The French flag was shown waving on the scoreboard at Bell Centre as the Canadiens played La Marseillaise before the American and Canadian national anthems.

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US negotiator blames Palestinians for missing peace chances

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You’ve read here how the Palestinians rejected or ignored Israeli peace offers in 2000 and 2008. That last one was the one the AP banned me from writing about. Now retired US diplomat Dennis Ross is making the same case in this groundbreaking article in the New York Times. It’s the first time a diplomat that close to the “peace process” has admitted that the failures are not Israel’s fault. He adds to the wall of shame the Palestinian “pocket veto” of the latest US proposal, just last year.

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Dennis Ross spent much of his State Department career trying to achieve peace between Israel and the Palestinians. I talked to him often in those days. Once we were about to board the same plane to the US from Israel, and I saw him at  the airport. As I came up to him, he audibly groaned. It had been a…

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