Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Hava Negila #1 on Charts?!

A couple of cool things I discovered through an e-mail list I'm on:
  • Hava Nagila(!!!) has decent odds at becoming the #1 song on the UK charts just in time for... Christmas. An artist named Lauren Rose has made a pop version called Hava Negila (Baby Let's Dance) that's basically the same thing but with a few English words thrown in and a more modern beat. (The article has a video of her song played over performances with her dancing with lots of little kids.) An Israeli folk song #1 on Christmas - now that's funny.
  • I thought this comparison of Guiliani and McCain (though I still don't take McCain seriously) makes it pretty clear why Guiliani is a very good candidate and McCain rather troubling. Excerpt (this is the Corner taking from the Council on Foreign Affairs, a great site with essays from candidates on both sides regarding foreign affairs):
    One illustrative contrast with Giuliani can be found on the Israeli/Palestinian issue. Here is McCain:

    The long-elusive quest for peace between Israel and the Palestinians must remain a priority. But the goal must be a genuine peace, and so Hamas must be isolated even as the United States intensifies its commitment to finding an enduring settlement.

    Here's Giuliani:

    History demonstrates that democracy usually follows good governance, not the reverse. U.S. assistance can do much to set nations on the road to democracy, but we must be realistic about how much we can accomplish alone and how long it will take to achieve lasting progress. The election of Hamas in the Palestinian-controlled territories is a case in point. The problem there is not the lack of statehood but corrupt and unaccountable governance. The Palestinian people need decent governance first, as a prerequisite for statehood. Too much emphasis has been placed on brokering negotiations between the Israelis and the Palestinians — negotiations that bring up the same issues again and again. It is not in the interest of the United States, at a time when it is being threatened by Islamist terrorists, to assist the creation of another state that will support terrorism. Palestinian statehood will have to be earned through sustained good governance, a clear commitment to fighting terrorism, and a willingness to live in peace with Israel.

    McCain is business as usual — even though there is no good reason why the quest for peace between Israel and the Palestinians should be a priority, much less that we should intensify our commitment to a settlement in the absence of Palestinian fitness for statehood. Giuliani says we can talk about it after the Palestinians grow up. That's rather a large difference, and it's far from the only one.