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Paul Brandon

Mankato, MN
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in a public debate is name recognition.
That's why challengers are more likely to want to debate than incumbents.
For someone whose face and position are already known, a debate is just another chance for a gaff that will come back to haunt you. Not worth the risk.

was that the debate was among Republican primary candidates.
When the Republicans come up with a candidate Dayton will debate.

Posted on 08/06/14 at 08:58 pm in response to Franken, McFadden clash on energy issues at Farmfest

the cognitive dissonance award of the year
for using the terms
'science' and 'war on coal'
in the same statement.

Posted on 08/06/14 at 10:54 am in response to What Netanyahu should propose to bring peace

Before then I'm not optimistic.

This whole mess started in 1924 with drastic restrictions on the number of Jews (and other Central and East Europeans) who could emigrate to the United States. Roosevelt maintained these restrictions.
Had they not been in place, most Polish/Russian Jews (from what was know as "The Pale of Settlement") who have emigrated to the United States, not to Palestine (if you had a choice, where would -you- go?). Palestine would have remained an Arab...

Posted on 08/06/14 at 12:35 pm in response to What Netanyahu should propose to bring peace

dreck?

Posted on 08/06/14 at 01:19 pm in response to What Netanyahu should propose to bring peace

an American citizen?

Posted on 08/06/14 at 05:30 pm in response to What Netanyahu should propose to bring peace

Jews have faced genocide -- Arabs have not (at least from the receiving end).
This does not justify everything that Israelis do, but it does put it into context.

Posted on 08/07/14 at 02:06 pm in response to What Netanyahu should propose to bring peace

And I don't mean the opera.
There's a parallel here.
Someone with a reputation as a peacemaker wouldn't command enough local credibility to make peace -- only a hawk could get away with it.
If Israel makes peace it will have to be someone like Netanyahu who does it.

Posted on 08/07/14 at 03:58 pm in response to What Netanyahu should propose to bring peace

goals are long term.
Israel and Hamas have incompatible long term goals.
However, both are willing to accept short term accommodations that they think may further these goals (or at least allow them to survive to pursue them).
That's what the current negotiations are about. Not long term goals; just immediate advantage and survival.

Posted on 08/07/14 at 04:02 pm in response to What Netanyahu should propose to bring peace

with your basic point, and I agree (and have pointed out) that there is history on both sides -- that is the essence of the tragedy. I'm just saying that history is a context that cannot be ignored in understanding people's actions.
And the relevant history predates the Holocaust -- again on both sides.