Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Lemmings Are Smarter Than Israel's Leaders

I've always thought that lemmings were the living metaphor for the committing of blind pointless suicide. Apparently, lemmings have gotten a bum rap, based on the 1958 Disney nature documentary White Wilderness: Lot's of people have a similar view of lemmings:
But it's also wrong. Several websites do a good job of debunking the myth. Take your pick among, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, the San Francisco Chronicle, etc. Although lemmings migrate due to population pressures and are known to fall from heights and drown in water, they don't fling themselves off ledges in stampeding hordes, as "Winter Wonderland" leads its viewers to believe. Disney's crew seems to have faked much of the lemming segment: It was filmed in landlocked Alberta, which is not a native habitat for lemmings and does not touch the ocean, and the lemmings themselves were apparently driven off the ledges and into the water. [emphasis]
Now if there were just some way to convince Olmert and his party that when Israel finds herself near a narrow ledge--and when doesn't she?--there is no need to voluntarily fling themselves off of it.

Apparently there are 567 web pages that contain the words Olmert and lemming.
Pity. There really is no reason to give lemmings a worse rap than they already have...

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