Monday, December 8, 2008

Connect the Dots #8: Imagine

On Reshet Bet, Israel's dominant radio station, this morning between 9:30 and 10:00: 

1. A 10-15 minute report on today's Likud primary, in which the radio host interviewed a succession of Likud candidates and officials, all outdoing themselves to explain why Benjamin Netanyahu is headed for the prime minister's chair: how the "neighborhood" as he likes to call it needs a tough leader; how (responsible) settlers need a champion; how America needs to persist in the war on terror, and Netanyahu is the man to tell them; and so forth.

2. A short reminder that today's the anniversary of John Lennon's murder, followed by a sentimental tribute, and a play of "Imagine."

3. A 10-minute report about the relatively large number of young people coming back from India, after their stint in the army, and suffering from mental illnesses; the focus of the report was a young man who has been diagnosed as schizophrenic.  "He was fine in the army," his father said, "but after he returned he deteriorated fast; he had tried all manner of mushrooms there, apparently."

Extra credit: Listen to "Imagine" while reading the Likud platform. Then play "Fool on the Hill" and try not to think of that benighted young man.