Friday, February 06, 2004

No major suprises today at the Anti-Defamation League's meeting. One minor suprise, however, was the fact that Abraham Foxman was actually about the most moderate, reasonable guy on the dais. You know you're in some trouble at that point.

There's something funny about these confabs that uber-liberals have. They are attracted to the word "dialogue" the way the rest of the world is attracted to the word "sex." It's like catnip for them. They seek it like the moth seeks the flame.

I wish I had a way to count the number of times I heard the word "dialogue" this morning. Everything is about "dialogue." "We hope to educate our brothers and sisters so that we can engage in a more fruitful dialogue." "We hope that as a result of this, there will be more dialogue."

Great. But once you get everybody together for the big dialogue, just what in the world is everyone going to talk about? These lefties actually think that as long as "dialogue" has taken place, the victory has been won. On the other hand, I prefer an even better-known phrase: "talk is cheap."

You know something? I actually think dialogue in and of itself accomplishes very little. Sure, negotiating can accomplish much, but that's not the same as dialogue. Dialogue is just two people talking, and it doesn't necessarily mean a thing, as anyone who's ever sat through a Pinter play can tell you.

Oh, by the way, their verdict today was that Mel Gibson in his heart might not be anti-Semitic ("who can know?"), but that the "unintended consequences" of his movie probably will be. Funny you don't hear much about the "unintended consequences" of "Friends," or "Will and Grace," huh?

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