Day of Discovery Catskill Mountain Photographs
All Photographs + Text Copyright 2008 Christopher Keeley
SEATTLE — It was not your usual courtroom scene. For one thing, the judge choked up as he described one woman’s struggle with opiate addiction after her arrest for forging prescriptions.
Over the last three years, she had repeatedly missed court-ordered therapy and hearings, and the judge, J. Wesley Saint Clair of the Drug Diversion Court, at first meted out mild punishments, like community service. But last winter, pushed past his forgiving limit, he jailed her briefly twice. The threat of more jail did the trick.
Now she was graduating — along with 23 other addicts who entered drug court instead of prison. Prosecutors and public defenders applauded when she was handed her certificate; a policewoman hugged her, and a child shouted triumphantly, “Yeah, Mamma!”( Collapse )
On the eve of his departure from political life, outgoing Israeli Prime Minister Olmert delivered a stinging parting shot – putting under question not only the wisdom of holding on to Palestinian land, but also the feasibility of an Israeli military strike against Iran's nuclear facilities.
On Iran, Olmert said that Israel had lost its "sense of proportion" when stating that it would deal with Iran militarily.
What we are witnessing is possibly the first signs of a shift in Israel from "Plan A" to "Plan B" – abandoning the over-the-top rhetoric aimed at pushing the US to use its military option against Iran and reposition itself slowly to support US-Iran diplomacy with the aim of making sure that Israeli's security interests are not forgotten. With Tzipi Livni taking over the premiership, Israel will be led by a leader who privately have been critical of Plan A for some time now.
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