“Scooter” Libby and Marc Rich

In case you need a little refresher on D.C. power-slut Lewis “Scooter” Libby, so prominently featured in the Valerie Plame scandal, here’s a tasty treat from National Review, March 2001. Byron York reported the following:

Libby, who said his law firms collected as much as $2 million for representing Rich, testified he had nothing to do with the application that led to clemency for Rich. He declined to say whether he approved of the decision to pardon Rich, but he conceded that he called Rich on January 22, two days after the pardon, to “congratulate him on having reached a result that he had sought for a long time.” Libby testified he made the call from his home to make clear that he was calling in a personal capacity, and not as a representative of the Bush administration.

In a particularly damaging exchange with Pennsylvania Democrat Paul Kanjorski , Libby agreed that Rich might be characterized as a traitor for fleeing the country and renouncing his American citizenship. Kanjorski asked Libby why he would call a traitor to congratulate him on his good fortune in winning a pardon. Visibly uncomfortable, Libby had no answer.

Same scum, different day.

Yom Kippur/Sabra and Shatila

First, condolences to the families, Jewish and Arab, of those hurt or killed in yesterday’s bombing. I’ll include one sentence from an Agence France-Presse report that I didn’t hear on the nightly news:

The radical Palestinian movement Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility for the attack which it said was carried out by a 29-year-old female lawyer, Hanadi Tayssir Jaradat, whose brother and cousin had been killed by the Israeli army in June.

I don’t think this requires any comment.

Second, I direct you to a good essay in the Daily Star by Ellen Siegel. It expands on some of the themes in my column last Monday. A sample:

I must differentiate between my religious beliefs, my history and Israel’s policies toward the Palestinians. Being Jewish does not mean that I have to support Israel’s oppressive policies towards the Palestinians, the occupation, the violation of human rights and assassinations.
The holidays fall around the same time every year. Each holiday I am haunted by the anniversary of the Sabra and Shatila massacre. Always, I remember, I reflect, I repent. I renew my commitment to what is right and just ­ to the cause of the Palestinians in the camps.

Who’s Being Intolerant?

Romania is in big trouble for the way it treats its Gypsy population. Y’know, leaving them alone, letting them maintain their customs, instead of assimilating them at gunpoint. Now, a Gypsy wedding between a 12-year-old girl and a 15-year-old boy may threaten Romania’s scheduled entry into the EU.

Could someone please explain “tolerance” to me again?