Boker tov? I think not. This morning's City Rankings at MonopolyWorldVote.com:
#1 Istanbul, Turkey 4.4%
#2 Montreal, Canada 4.3%
#3 Cape Town, South Africa 3.7%
#4 Jerusalem 3.5%
#5 Riga, Latvia 3.5%
#6 London, United Kingdom 3.5%
#7 Rome, Italy 3.4%
#8 New York, United States 3.3%
#9 Paris, France 3.3%
#10 Belgrade, Serbia 3.2%
#11 Sydney, Australia 3.0%
#12 Athens, Greece 2.1%
#13 Vancouver, Canada 2.1%
#14 Cairo, Egypt 2.1%
#15 Tokyo, Japan 2.0%
#16 Madrid, Spain 2.0%
#17 Dubai, United Arab Emirates
#18 Kyiv, Ukraine 1.9%
#19 Dublin, Ireland 1.9%
#20 Toronto, Canada 1.8%
I don't know how many of you have been voting for JerusalemISRAEL to be included on the new world version of the Monopoly game, but for those who are familiar with that site, you'll know what I mean: You go to Sort By: Countries. But Jerusalem isn't there. Because Jerusalem has no country. As of yesterday evening.
And of course it is the only city without a country. No one questions that Dublin is in Ireland or that Paris is in France. Fans of RigaLATVIA don't have to worry that all of a sudden their favorite city will be divorced from its country, that they'll wake up one day and Riga will be just Riga, no Latvia. It is only the status of the Jewish city in the Jewish state that is ever questioned -- or as in this case, denied.
I suppose the good news, if there is any, is that the Great City of NablusPALESTINE isn't on the list at all. Yet. They could do that too, though, you know. Whatever they want, they get. I don't know what they threaten. Deadly riots? Suicide bombings? But whatever it is, the reaction is fairly consistent: roll over, cave in and kiss up. Witness the United States of America paying tribute to a bunch of thugs in Ramallah and Nablus. The more Jews they kill, the more the U.S. is determined to shower them with money and prop them up with all the trappings of legitimacy.
People fear the Islamofascists and so rush to do their bidding.
More than anything else, it has been this sheer cowardice that has surprised me. You don't know until push comes to shove who will be brave in the heat of a moment. And you don't know until push comes to shove with some regularity, that the world is chock full of unprincipled cowards.
It's a damned shame and I don't know what can be done about it. Maybe it's silly to expect the Hasbro Corporation to more courageous and more principled than the most powerful nation on earth. Ya think?
In the meantime, I think I'll take advantage of the Monopoly contest's option to "Nominate your own city."
If you don’t find a city you like on the list above, you may nominate your own wildcard city. Voting for the top 20 of the most nominated wildcard cities will commence on February 29, 2008.What the heck, I nominate... JerusalemISRAEL!
Oh &^#%$*$, get this:
"You must use the autocomplete to pick a city."
What really pisses me off is that I know somewhere on this earth there are some Arabs laughing at my inability to nominate or vote for JerusalemISRAEL. That's okay, because this is just a game. The real Jerusalem is in the very real State of ISRAEL and they haven't won there, where it counts.
Not yet, anyway.