Matthew Duss

Matthew Duss is president of the Foundation for Middle East Peace and a contributing writer for the Prospect. You can follow him on Twitter @mattduss.

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CAN'T SHAKE THE DEVIL'S HAND AND SAY YOU'RE ONLY KIDDING.

Demonstrating the aluminum bat-like subtlety which, combined with an enthusiasm for rehabilitating the paradigms of 19th century colonial discourse, has made him a foreign policy guru for wingnut racists everywhere, Ralph Peters offers his version of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in today's New York Post : "In the end, the problem's difficulty can be put in New York City terms: A shiftless, violent family that turned an apartment into a slum was evicted. The new tenants cleaned up the place and made the apartment a showcase. Now the former tenants hate them for it - and want the apartment back." It would be a solid day's work unpacking the the desperate ignorance and defiant bigotry bound up in that statement, which, in any case, brays rather loudly for itself, so I'll just ask: Is there any other event in history of which it would be remotely acceptable to describe the violent displacement of 700,000 human beings in such a way? --Matthew Duss

"WHAT I HAVE TO DO IS TO SEE, AT ANY RATE, THAT I DO NOT LEND MYSELF TO THE WRONG WHICH I CONDEMN."

Responding to Chris Hedges' declaration that Hedges will refuse to pay his taxes if the U.S. goes to war with Iran, James Kirchick demonstrates one of the big features of the Marty Peretz clone software application suite, which enables the user to rebut any argument by asserting that The Nation was soft on Communism, and Arabs are stupid. (Also, note to Kirchick: Refusing to pay taxes as a form of protest goes back a bit farther than Grover Norquist. I guess History needs to be installed separately, as an upgrade?) --Matthew Duss

THE LIGHTS ARE GROWING DIM.

More surgenik propaganda from Noemie Emery : "Eagerly anticipating the defeat in Iraq to which they are so much attached, some on the left have also been preparing for another contingency: the assault that they think they see coming, a drive to pin the whole wretched failure on them. Apparently, this will be "stab in the back" redux, a new iteration of the theme deployed so successfully in interwar Germany by a resourceful, ambitious Austrian corporal, who managed to propel his rise to power with the claim that World War I would have been won by his country, if not for sinister forces at home. Then, it was subversion by Jews and other disloyal elements. This time, in the left's imagining, the blame will fall on the press and the Democrats who, by pulling the plug at just the wrong moment, caused the loss of Iraq." One has to be impressed at how Emery can mock Democrats for being wary of the "stab in the back" charge in a piece entirely built around the offensive assertion that...

THE WORST OF BUSH, ONLY WORSER.

According to a couple of recent Washington Post items, it seems that perpetual war isn't the only policy of George W. Bush 's that Rudy Giuliani wants to give us more of. Apparently, Rudy shares Dubya's habit of installing people with questionable qualifications but unquestioning loyalty in key administration positions: "While some of his original appointments to high-level city jobs were well regarded, these critics describe a pattern in which capable appointees either quit or were pushed out, leaving the top levels of the Giuliani administration increasingly populated by friends and close associates. Some of the later appointees became shrouded in scandal, including Bernard B. Kerik, the former police commissioner indicted this month on 16 counts of corruption, mail and tax fraud, obstruction of justice, and lying to the government. [...] Hiring political allies for top jobs has a long history in city government, and Giuliani was hardly the first mayor of New York to bring along...

IN THE INTEREST OF GETTING GOOD AND THANKFUL

Here's one of my favorite recipes: Wild Turkey Apricot Stuffing Bottle of Wild Turkey bourbon 1/2 cup dried apricots, coarsely chopped 1/2 cup golden raisins medium onion, diced 2 stalks celery, diced 1 clove garlic, chopped 1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans loaf of white bread, cubed 7 tablespoons butter 1 1/2 cup vegetable stock Soak apricots and raisins in 1/3 cup bourbon overnight. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Heat veggie stock in sauce pot, melt in 5 tablespoons butter. Pour two fingers of bourbon into a lowball glass, add a squirt of water. Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a large skillet, add onion, celery, garlic, occasionally tossing artfully while sipping drink until onion is slightly carmelized. Add all ingredients in large mixing bowl, mix well but don't pulverize. Spoon mixture into casserole pan or pot, tamp down gently, bake for 35-45 minutes or until top browns slightly. Chase with water, if desired. --Matthew Duss

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