American presidents have come and gone, Republicans and Democrats, tweedledum and tweedledee
, but since 1948, when America began to tentatively project itself as a key player in the region, support for Israel became a pillar of America's foreign policy, a constant, not a variable, in the diplomatic equation.
The shades of Bouvard and Pecuchet or, at any rate, of Tweedledum and Tweedledee
, are never far away on such occasions.
Ironic that my only option, having braved leaden skies threatening to drop yet another deluge of freezing rainwater upon my head was to back Tweedledum or Tweedledee
- one half or t'other of our ineffectual Coalition Government.
And even though we were known as tweedledum and tweedledee
(names that have become synonymous in Western popular culture slang for any two people who look and act in identical ways), our friendship was not exclusive, but one that flourished even more as our circle of friends increased.
JOHNNY DEPP stars as the Mad Hatter and MIA WASIKOWSKA as 19-year-old Alice, who returns to the whimsical world she first encountered as a young girl, reuniting with her childhood friends: the White Rabbit, Tweedledee
and Tweedledum, the Dormouse, the Caterpillar, the Cheshire Cat, and of course, the Mad Hatter.
Suddenly Alice is in a topsy-turvy looking-glass world with memorable characters-Tweedledum and Tweedledee
, the Walrus and the Carpenter, the Lion and the Unicorn, the Jabberwocky, Humpty Dumpty, and a game board of chess pieces that come matter-of-factly to life.
The identity of the Mad Hatter is left to everyone's imagination, but that looks like Michael and Richard Hills as Tweedledum and Tweedledee
, although no-one but their nearest and dearest knows who is who.
The glowing, eccentric, extremely detailed retro-colored illustrations shed a gentle patina of their own on beloved rhymes such as "Rock-a-bye, baby," and "Tweedledum and Tweedledee
Rethinking Lewis Carroll, I realized he was one of the Tweedle brothers, whether Tweedledum or Tweedledee
was hard to determine.
Fleeing the public proposal to clear her head, Alice chases a White Rabbit (voiced by Sheen) down a hole, and reunites with old friends the Mad Hatter (Depp), Tweedledee
and Tweedledum (Lucas), Absolem the Caterpillar (voiced by Rickman), The Dormouse (Windsor) and The Cheshire Cat (Fry), who she cannot remember from her earlier visit to Wonderland.
She soon bumps into old friends like Tweedledum and Tweedledee
(Matt Lucas), Dormouse (a giggly rather than sleepy Barbara Windsor), a clev-v erly disappearing Cheshire Cat (Stephen Fry) and March Hare (Paul Whitehouse).
From the first scene of the "Merry Unbirthday" party, which has Mickey swiping the Mad Hatter's hat and leading to a wild and wacky chase including Alice in Wonderland, the White Rabbit, and Tweedledee
and Tweedledum, to the "Aloha Adventure" with Lilo and Stitch joining Mickey and the gang on their Hawaiian holiday, the numbers are loaded with eye-catching costumes, impressive choreography, and spectacular special effects.
For our interests, it doesn't matter whether Tweedledee
or Tweedledum won; the marginal difference is, well, marginal; our societal differences remain existential.
He has now stepped up to the big screen after being cast as Tweedledee
and Tweedledum in Tim Burton's Alice In Wonderland, which stars Johnny Depp and is due for release next year.
, Humpty Dumpty, and the Red and White Queens put in appearances, along with the aforementioned Jabberwocky -- a great alien-istic puppet operated by Matt Scott.