William Saletan, deranged psychopath.

I don’t usually read this guy, but the title How to close the Gaza tunnels under the rubric “By William Saletan on human nature” caught my attention today. The first page of the piece has a picture of a masked Palestinian man lowering a cow into a tunnel, titled “Masked Palestinian men lower a cow into a underground chamber.”

And so, on account of the photo, the “human nature” thing in the subtitle, and, of course, being a clueless fool that I am, I’m expecting to read something trivial, like “open the freakin’ border and let the man walk his freakin’ cow right across – this is how you close the freakin’ Gaza tunnels”, and, of course, I’m wondering how he’s managed to make a two-page article out this.

So, the first thing he suggests is a 300-meter-wide buffer. Nah, not wide enough. What about a wall that would go 20 feet underground? Nah, you guessed it – not deep enough.

So, I keep reading, patiently waiting for the punch line: “c’mon, just open the freakin’ border, that’s all”

After the underground wall he moves to a moat, trench, ground-penetrating radar.

On the second page he examines such human-nature methods as “electromagnetic gradiometry”, “drone-operated gradiometry”, and “automatic sensors”.

His punchline? “Statistical bombing:”

If Israel can’t get a deal to block the tunnels with sensors or a barrier, it might have to resort to “statistical” bombing again. That could mean a bombing campaign along the border every three to six months—the length of time it takes diggers to complete new tunnels. An ugly prospect, to be sure. But not as ugly as what’s going on right now in Gaza.

Now, tell me: how can this psycho be allowed to walk among normal people, let alone publishing his deranged fantasies in a major publication like Slate?


  1. Posted January 18, 2009 at 11:21 pm | Permalink

    abb1, I think you just don’t know the definition of normal these days. Keep up, man. Keep up.

  2. Posted January 19, 2009 at 1:55 pm | Permalink

    I dunno, wouldn’t it be, like, totally psychotic to contemplate drowning or “statistical” bombing of this guy with his cow anytime, including these days? And to call it “human nature”? Does no one notice the absurdity and hideousness of this stuff?

  3. Posted January 21, 2009 at 8:32 pm | Permalink

    does this dude know what the fuck he is writing about? this is like tom friedman with 100x more bloodlust. statistical bombing? wtf!

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