Iran blah blah blah,

Haven’t we been here before?

Rolling Stone’s Matt Taibbi nails it again regarding the march to war against Iraq Iran.

As a journalist, there’s a buzz you can detect once the normal restraints in your business have been loosened, a smell of fresh chum in the waters, urging us down the road to war. Many years removed from the Iraq disaster, that smell is back, this time with Iran.

You can just feel it: many of the same newspapers and TV stations we saw leading the charge in the Bush years have gone back to the attic and are dusting off their war pom-poms. CNN’s house blockhead, the Goldman-trained ex-finance professional Erin Burnett, came out with a doozie of a broadcast yesterday, a Rumsfeldian jeremiad against the Iranian threat would have fit beautifully in the Saddam’s-sending-drones-at-New-York halcyon days of late 2002. Here’s how the excellent Glenn Greenwald described Burnett’s rant:

It’s the sort of thing you would produce if you set out to create a mean-spirited parody of mindless, war-hungry, fear-mongering media stars, but you wouldn’t dare go this far because you’d want the parody to have a feel of realism to it, and this would be way too extreme to be believable. She really hauled it all out: WMDs! Terrorist sleeper cells in the U.S. controlled by Tehran! Iran’s long-range nuclear missiles reaching our homeland!!!! She almost made the anti-Muslim war-mongering fanatic she brought on to interview, Rep. Peter King, appear sober and reasonable by comparison.

Read the full piece at Rolling Stone

Palestine papers

Johnathan Freeland/The Guardian looks at the Palestine papers that have just been leaked via Al-Jazeera. They have 1600 documents in all.  Some show how the Fatah/PLO movement pulled some amazing contortion movements in order to gain peace with the israeli’s…and the Yanks, but nope, they wasn’t having it.
“….the documents blow apart what has been a staple of Israeli public diplomacy: the claim that there is no Palestinian partner. That theme, a refrain of Israeli spokesmen on and off for years, is undone by transcripts which show that there is not only a Palestinian partner but one more accommodating than will surely ever appear again.

Where does this leave the peace process itself? The pessimistic view is that what little life remained in it has now been punched out. On the Palestinian side these revelations are bound to strengthen Hamas, who have long rejected Fatah’s strategy of negotiation, arguing that armed resistance is the only way to secure Palestinian statehood. Hamas will now be able to claim that diplomacy not only fails to bring results, it brings national humiliation.”
His full observations here

I  remember when Clinton, Bill, that is, was asked about his biggest regret during his time in office, and he blamed Arafat for failing to come to an agreement during the Camp David talks.  But with what was on offer, Arafat said:

“The Palestinian leader who will give up Jerusalem has not yet been born. I will not betray my people or the trust they have placed in me. Do not look to me to legitimize the occupation! Of course, it can continue longer, but it cannot last forever.”

Check this opinion piece by Dr. Daud Abdullah of Middle East Monitor for some insight.

More of what is being  said over at Al-Jazeera,  a meeting with israel’s Olmert and Abbas repping the Palestinians.  The israeli’s brought a map of how things should be, and they wouldn’t give the Palestinians a copy, they had to draw a copy on a napkin.

“Olmert met in mid-2008 with Mahmoud Abbas and showed him a map of the proposed swaps. Abbas was not allowed to keep a copy of the map, and so the 73-year-old Palestinian president had to sketch a copy by hand on a napkin.

Saeb Erekat, the chief Palestinian negotiator, described the Olmert-Abbas meeting in an interview with Al Jazeera earlier this year.

He went with the President Peres and me and… actually sat outside discussing all issues. And then the president came out of that meeting 20 or 30 minutes, and we sat with the two presidents. And the offer wasn’t made at one meeting. This was three or four meetings actually, one showed him a map, Abu Mazen had given him a map, he showed him a map and Abu Mazen had to draw with his own hands.”

Sorry but them israeli’s know no limits when it comes to humiliating the Palestinians.  It’s true man, move into their spot, bomb, shoot, maim, pulverize, deny food & water, make a joke of international law, justice and humanity, even to a point of making the leader of the opposition lick their shitty assholes by making him draw a map that represents peace on a fucking napkin.  Jesus H. Christ you lot, just fuck off.  And people think resistance movements like Hamas are ‘bad’.  When you gotta deal with such assholes as the israeli’s and their fucking sponsors, the cunts in washingtone.  No, sorry, Hamas is good, not perfect, but they ain’t soppy wet piss artists like Fatah.

We’ll see how this develops eh?

Why Israel has no place at the table of humanity

Reason 3,686,434,201
Israel authorities deny Palestinians legal access say the Public Committee Against Torture

Between 70% and 90% of the detainees in the years 2005 to 2007 were not allowed to meet a lawyer able to provide advice and assistance prior to signing a confession, say the organizations. The average time prisoners represented by the group were isolated from the outside world was 16.7 days. Irit Ballas, a lawyer and one of the report’s authors, said the situation has remained the same for the past three years. “The information we receive from our lawyers tells us that the incommunicado detention has not decreased,” he said.

Full story here

Contrasts 2

Beit Lahiya, Gaza: A Palestinian girl lies on a mattress at her family home, which was

damaged during Israel’s three-week offensive two years ago.

 

New York, USA: A dog wearing boots and a sweater walks through Times Square after a major snowstorm.

 

Contrasts. YouknowwhatImean?

Taken from The Guardian’s Photo Gallery

A Tactic of War – Bethlehem shepherds a dying breed

In John Pilger’s latest film ‘The War You Don’t See‘, there’s a bit on Palestine, and two maps appear on screen. The first details the Israel/Palestinian borders that are internationally recognized upon Israel’s creation in 1947. The second map shows how much little land the Palestinians actually have. It’s frightening.  The solid mass that was the Palestinians land is now reduced to sporadic dots, as if it was a rash on the body of Israel.

An article in today’s Guardian looks at the Palestinian shepherds that should the ‘angel of the lord’  return, he wouldn’t recognize the place.  Israel has stolen practically every fucking thing from the Palestinians.  They are using all manner of tactics to get their way, and we are in effect silent or powerless to do anything about it.  As with the photo above, from the West Bank, with their historic olive groves being uprooted, Israel continues it’s ethnic cleansing program funded by the US taxpayer, who doesn’t have a clue why.  This system, supported by the UK, Egypt, and all other sons of bitches wearing the uniform of the big boys.  Huh, some one called for the assassination of Julian Assange?  I could think of a few better candidates for a bullet or ten.

“…..Spending nights and days in the fields herding sheep has become an almost impossible task for the fast-diminishing community of shepherds in this biblical Palestinian town.

Jewish settlements, Israeli army checkpoints, closed military zones and the West Bank separation barrier have reduced the grazing area to such an extent that a growing number of Bethlehem shepherds have been forced to give up their traditional livelihoods. “I miss the freedom of the wilderness. Everything is different now. We can barely move,” says Adel Alsir, a 35-year-old Palestinian who herds his flock less than 100 metres from a biblical site known as the shepherds’ fields.”

Merry fucking christmas to all those that support this outrage, yeah, even you O-man, enjoy yer fucking turkey, hope a bone gets stuck in yer neck.

Quote of the day

Courtesy of  the mug that is Netanyahu

On the Palestinians:

“beat them up, not once but repeatedly, beat them up so it hurts so badly, until it’s unbearable.”

We kinda know that already actually.

I always remember when President Clinton left office, he was asked what was his greatest regret during his time in power, and he said the failure of the Arafat when it came to the Palestinian / Israeli negotiations.  So lame to blame Arafat, yet here is Netanyahu proud that it was he that pulled the rug from under the feet of the piece process.

More over at Andrew Sullivan’s blog

Flotilla Attack – Obama


The scene plays in our mind, Obama holding a press conference condemning Israel forthrightly for their murderous assault.
This article over at Alternet breaks it down as to  why it should happen.
I didn’t know Obama was a  lawyer, he’s got the smarts, he knows the legalities and illegalities of the situation.

Fellow Nobel Peace winners such as Nelson Mandela, Desmond Tutu, and that Burmese woman that’s been under house arrest since she could walk, have all called for what is right and just, Obama?  I know your catching heat ‘cos the Rethuglicans are behaving as they do, and it’s not really justified ‘cos you ain’t that much diff’rent…..bro’.

To Gaza With Love

Two years ago a group of concerned citizens from around the world under the banner of the Free Gaza Movement, gathered at a secret location in Cyprus to embark on a journey via an old fishing boat to break the seige of Gaza, and let people there know that people on the outside to give a shit about them.  The chances of getting through an Israeli blockade were not really in their favour knowing how malicious the Israeli state behaves.  Fun-da-mental founder, Aki Nawaz documented the journey on camera, and the film, To Gaza With Love is now available via vimeo.

http://www.vimeo.com/9995669