I've been checking Foreign Minister Bob Carr's blog, Thoughtlines with Bob Carr, ever since I placed a 'FYI' on the comment thread to his September 10 post, Jordan's tolerance shines a light on the rest of the world, drawing my fellow historian's attention to his egregious misrepresentation there of modern Jordanian history, namely the 1970 massacre of Palestinians known as Black September, as per my post of August 14, Bob Carr Rewrites Jordanian History.
Well, it still hasn't appeared. And so I'm left to ponder, yet again, the puzzle of those who parade as history buffs but whose real forte is fairytales.
Be that as it may, I couldn't help but notice another post of Bob's, Meeting with Avigdor Liberman, dated August 14.
OK, now that I know he's not interested in being corrected, I won't bother telling him he's misspelt Lieberman's name.
However, I couldn't help but notice, as I read his short account of said meeting, the following sentence:
"Senator Carr also raised Australia's concerns regarding Israeli settlement activity in the Palestinian Territories."
Which had me wondering: Does Bob know that Lieberman lives in the West Bank settlement of Nokdim?
If not, why not? If so, did he bring the subject up? If not, why not? If so, what was Lieberman's response?
And then this troubling thought popped into my weary head: Could our Bob be simply going through the motions here?
'Of course not,' I'm sure he'd say, huffily, 'our conversation was frank, wide-ranging and constructive.'
And, in its own way, I imagine it probably was:
Bob Carr: Nokdim, eh? Nice place to live, Avigdor?
Avigdor Lieberman: The best!
BC: It's on a hill isn't it? All your settlements are on high ground, aren't they?
AL: That's right, Bob. And the views, maaate, the views! Let me tell you about the views! Why, on a clear day you can see all the way to the Nile in the south and the Euphrates in the east - wink, wink, nudge, nudge, know what I mean?
BC: *Sigh* - only too well, I'm afraid. Look, Avigdor, I really don't want to go there, can we change the subject?