We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
The al-Dura case, it seems to me, matters a great deal. Sarkozy seems willing to let the chips fall where they may, unlike Chirac. Pallywood and Jihad in general have become expert manipulators of Western media (and eager liars), but this piece of probable acting helped create a firestorm which the truth, when it emerges, will never have the power to extinguish.