Arab girls in Gaza summer practice killing Jews with a
model of a Quds missile.
I’m sitting here working on a script. There’s a Reluctant Hero overcoming all sorts of impossible obstacles in order to achieve his goal. There’s The Love Interest, a wise-cracking babe who’s like totally messing with Reluctant Hero’s head. She’s Gloria Grahame—but even scarier, which is to say your basic irresistible femme fatale. There are my antagonists, really bad guys, from a really sick culture, out to destroy my really Reluctant Hero and subvert his really important mission.
Gloria Grahame, femme fatale, A Woman’s Secret (1949)
At one point, I get kind of stuck. I dunno, sometimes my brain just goes thataway.
Quick, dial up my agent using my new Bluetooth device—oh man, I feel just like Buck Rogers—my agent is reassuringly down to earth, a great sounding board and I go:
“I’m stuck here because blah, blah, blah.”
My agent goes: “Set up a battle, and have your hero kill a whole bunch of bad guys, and we think it’s all over, but then, somehow, it turns around and your hero is in even deeper do. Then in Act III you get to pull him out and he completely annihilates the bad guys and their entire set-up. A real blood bath. Good triumphs over evil. Any other questions?”
I’m like, okey dokey.
My agent’s also an arch Hollywood liberal—big shockeroo—and we have a great time kibitzing each other.
I tell him he’s voting for Obama because B’O looks like that tedious and saintly black Pres. from “24.”
He tells me I’m a trigger happy war monger.
Innocent delivery: “What’s wrong with that?”
After getting this great script advice I cleverly ask my agent about the ongoing negotiations between Israel and Mahmoud Abbas, whose authority extends maybe to the bathroom in the Muqata.
“Israel has to make difficult choices, make some difficult concession,” my agent recites. I’m pretty sure he memorizes the Op-Ed pieces by Nicholas Kristof of the NY Times.
I e-mail him the story below with this note:
Hey, don’t you think that a culture that marinates its young in hate, violence, death and Jew-hatred deserves to be treated like the bad guys in my script, y’know, total annihilation?
My agent writes back:
Robert, there is a difference between movies and reality.
I shoot back:
That’s a vicious rumor!
My agent responds:
Robert, I’m really worried about your mental health.
Okay, maybe I’m not too normal, but I am sane enough to be worried about a political mind-set that is determined to appease a culture of Islamo Nazis. Olmert might be stepping down—someday—but his approach to the Islamic terrorist culture lives on.
Palestinian children on annual vacation can choose between Hamas or Islamic Jihad summer camps, both of which boast militia-style training, Koran classes, lessons on political prisoners.
In the Gaza Strip, as in Israel, children are currently in the midst of summer vacation, and the Hamas and Islamic Jihad’s “summer camps” are in full gear. In the past few weeks, the Palestinian groups have been holding camps throughout the strip, some of them proudly displaying rockets and other weaponry.
Hamas alone is currently conducting no less than 300 summer camps for tens of thousands of children, and the focus is on familiarizing kids with the Palestinian towns and cities destroyed in 1948, as well as instilling religious fervor in them. The camps also feature sports and military-type trainings such as crawling under barbed-wire.
Islamic Jihad has also launched its own summer camps, offering some 10,000 children activities similar to those of Hamas. The kids study passages from the Koran and participate in quizzes on religious matters, with emphasis on the required commitment to political prisoners and Palestinian land. They also learn how to hold a Qassam rocket-launcher.
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