We are at war. We are at war with an enemy as savage, as voracious, as heartless as the Nazis but one wouldn’t know it from our behavior. During WWII we didn’t refer to storm troopers as freedom fighters. We didn’t call the Gestapo, militants. We didn’t see the attacks on our Merchant Marine as acts by rogue sailors. We did not justify the Nazis rise to power as our fault. We did not grovel before the Nazis, thumping our hearts and confessing to abusing and mistreating and humiliating the German people. We did not apologize for Dresden, nor for The Battle of the Bulge, nor for El Alamein, nor for D-Day.”
Archive for the ‘Israel’ Category
In a screed at American Thinker against Rosie O’Donnell, Eileen F. Toplansky lays out the facts concerning Jews “returning” to their “homelands” in Germany, Poland, and elsewhere.
The Jewish homeland is, in fact, Israel, and has been “since time immemorial”:
There are archaeological remains that attest to this fact. The holy books of the Jews and the Arabs also confirm this. So Jews don’t have to go back home ~ they are already home. The Jews in Europe, Asia, and America are in the Diaspora because they were summarily expelled from countries throughout the ages. The term “wandering Jew” comes from the historical facts that Jews were expelled from England in 1290; from France in 1393; from Berne, Switzerland in 1427; and from Spain in 1492, to name only a few places.
In her book From Time Immemorial: The Origins of the Arab-Jewish Conflict Over Palestine, author Joan Peters, proves with historical data and other archival information that Jews did not displace Arabs in Palestine-just the reverse: Arabs displaced Jews. In fact, the blurb of this 1984 book relates that:
A hidden but major Arab migration and immigration took place into areas settled by Jews in pre-Israel Palestine; that a substantial number of the Arab refugees called Palestinians in reality had foreign roots; that for every Arab refugee who left Israel in 1948; there was a Jewish refugee who fled or was expelled from his Arab birthplace at the same time. . . .
Recently, filmmaker Pierre Rehov created the film entitled “The Silent Exodus” about these Jews who were kicked out of their Middle Eastern homes. Between 1946 and 1974, there were a million of forgotten Jewish fugitives expelled from the Arab world. These Jews had been living in Arab lands for thousands of years but their homes were stolen from them; they literally had nothing but the clothes on their backs when they fled. They were received in Israel. They did not remain refugees; they had no special United Nations agency to assist them. Israel welcomed them and they rebuilt their lives.
Jewish communities in Europe and the Middle East share many genes inherited from the ancestral Jewish population that lived in the Middle East some 3,000 years ago, even though each community also carries genes from other sources — usually the country in which it lives.
But note this comment by Bernstein:
I don’t think that Zionism, etc., depends on whether Jews really have common genetic origins or not, anymore than Palestinian identity is any more or less real depending on whether, as some claim, a large percentage of “Palestinian Arabs” had immigrated rather recently from other countries in the Middle East. But I do think that manipulating history for ideological purposes is bad…
Awhile back I credited the administration for its (rather half-hearted) support of Israel in the wake of the Hamas terrorist aid flotilla.
I just hate being stupid. Stupid and gullible. What the hell was I thinking?
…[The] administration intends to support an effort next week at the United Nations to set up an independent commission, under UN auspices, to investigate Israel’s behavior in the Gaza flotilla incident. The White House has apparently shrugged off concerns from elsewhere in the U.S. government that a) this is an extraordinary singling out of Israel, since all kinds of much worse incidents happen around the world without spurring UN investigations; b) that the investigation will be one-sided, focusing entirely on Israeli behavior and not on Turkey or on Hamas; and c) that this sets a terrible precedent for outside investigations of incidents involving U.S. troops or intelligence operatives as we conduct our own war on terror.
While UN Ambassador Susan Rice is reported to have played an important role in pushing for U.S. support of a UN investigation, the decision is, one official stressed, of course the president’s.
9 Even my close friend, whom I trusted,
he who shared my bread,
has lifted up his heel against me.
The election of Barack Obama to the Presidency was a greater defeat than Pearl Harbor.
At some level, the study of history is a mob exercise in narcissism. The good guys and bad guys are determined after the fact and we all get to share in the glow of righteousness that accompanies the conviction of what side we’d have been on in the great moral confrontations — after the textbooks have pronounced their judgment. We’d have opposed the Salem witch trials. We’d have stood up for the American Indian tribes when all the treaties were being broken. We’d have been die-hard abolitionists and underground-railroaders in the age of American slavery. We’d have denounced Hitler in the early 1930s and refused to participate in his 1936 Olympics. We’d have opposed FDR’s internment of the Japanese in World War II. We’d have stood with Rosa Parks at the front of the bus and died if necessary for Martin Luther King. We’d have marched against the Vietnam War. And we always knew Bush was wrong about everything.
Or some of those things, anyway. And for many, book learning about such things brings a sense of regret. IF ONLY. If only I had been there instead of in the here and the now where nothing is that important or clearcut, I could have made a difference. I could have shown everyone the exquisite moral clarity of my soul. As opposed to now, where everything is only shades of gray, and I’m really too busy just trying to make a fucking living to get involved.
Welcome to the real world. Everyone is always too busy just trying to make a fucking living to get involved. Except… if you’re interested… the universe is tossing up one of its endless opportunities… for those who think they’re moral heroes.
If you’re interested. I know the term has been overused, but I’ll use it again because it’s so apt. We’ve reached the point of “perfect storm” for the final annihilation of the Jews.
I mean, if you were looking for the absolutely absolute symptoms of moral disaster before proving your own moral superiority — you know, the proof that it really is that important to put your own prosperity and life on the line — the final pieces have been put into place. If no one acts, Israel will die and the Jews will become a hunted race with nowhere to go and no one to defend them. Interested?
If we let Israel fall, or, following Beck, we do not invite Israeli Jewish refugees into America, that’s it. It will be over for us; we will have proved to history that we deserve no special place; we really were no better than any other nation.
Helen Thomas, who revealed her true heart to the world by saying that the Jews in Israel needed to go back to Germany, Poland, and wherever else they came from, has resigned.
Thanks to feelthy Joooo Rabbi David Nesenoff for having captured her vile poison on his flip-cam. Gonna have to get me one of those.
As many have said, this remark exposed a long and fiercely held prejudice, one which was tolerated by her fellow reporters because in their true hearts, they agreed with her.
Some have expressed regret that her long career ends in such ignominy, just shy of her ninetieth year.
It should have ended long ago. All of her work should now be seen in the glaring light cast by Rabbi Nesenoff.
It’s all of the same cloth, all from the same inkpot, off the same ribbon. Every word.
You can die now, Helen, — but frankly, I hope you live a long time, alone, reviled and hated as you so richly deserve. You did huge damage to the nation and profession that sheltered you.
It speaks poorly of her peers at Hearst that she was allowed to resign; she should have been fired.
Drudge front page, via KisP.
Ding Dong: …you’d better BELIEVE the left had to purge her fast, lest we wonder how many of them agree with her.
Follow the link for Weasel’s perfect graphic.
And of course, those of us who have been paying attention for the last nine or ten years know that they all agree with her to some degree. She’s just the first pus to squirt out of the abscess, is all. Gods know it’s long overdue for lancing.
And, dag nab it, I can’t find the link, but someone’s noted that it’s wrong to suggest that HT’s comment is as bad as encouraging blacks to return to Africa. It’s far worse. Blacks did indeed come from Africa, but Israel is the Jewish homeland, and has been since the flight from Egypt. The only reason they’re in all those other places was the Diaspora, being driven from Israel by the Babylonians and from Judea by the Roman Empire.
If any people has the right to occupy a given land, it would be the Jews in Israel.
No sooner do I post the above update, but I come across this from Billy Beck, as always striking his own path with the strict theodolite of principle:
Let me point out that I, too, have urged the Jews to leave Israel. They should come to America. This is the land for them. Among the matters that their culture has been known for across all their history is their grasp of money as technology: concepts put to work on material life. Nowhere in the world has there ever been such a home for such a thing as this one. This was an element of America when “the New World” was still a only gaseous dream of scripture.
I am, cautiously and with great respect, going to disagree on this point. I like there being at least one other place on the planet populated by people who think like this, and I love it that it’s one of the most successful outposts of capitalism, even though, or even because, it is “in the middle of hundreds of millions of howling savages specifically intent on bringing them to ghastly murder”. No bigger “Fuck You!” to the dark evil of Islamic ignorance and hatred can I imagine.
I agree with Beck in that I want our foreign aid to stop going there, but then, I want to stop foreign aid to just about everywhere. Either produce something we need and set a fair price, find another market for your crap, or be taken over by someone else who gets it.
Foreign aid ruined Africa, turned it into a bloody abattoir, and the Islamic Middle East’s been driven insane by profits from an industry it doesn’t understand and didn’t establish.
Israel, I’m convinced, has been weakened by the Socialist cancer precisely because it didn’t have to stand on its own. It might have needed a little pump priming, but the time for that is long past. Now all they need is a strong ally to take their backs against the savages.
I don’t want America to be the only capitalist nation; I want that idea to spread. I want America to face strong competitors, because that’s how we will grow stronger.
Bravo Israel, I say: I don’t believe they deserve the land because a non-existent God gave it to them, but because unlike their neighbors, they clawed an actual, modern nation out of a hell of sand. They earned it, and if they want to stay there, more power to them.
Yet another update:
And yet again, I don’t know where I saw this:
HT is being lauded for her confrontational questioning. However, that’s only because, whoever she confronted, she attacked from the socialist left.
Nobody who attacked from the right would have been allowed to remain in the press corps. There have been a few conservative members, but compared to Thomas, they’ve been models of polite deference.
Speaking of which, Israel stopped and bordered the MV Rachel Corrie as it attempted to run the blockade. No lives lost.
I’m guessing that the people aboard that ship, and the people supporting it, do not realize that some of us regard the name “Rachel Corrie” not with sympathy for a righteous stand against tyranny, but rather with contempt for deceit, treachery, and above all, useful idiocy.
Over at the Anti-Idiotarian, LC Subotai Bahadur, Lord Pao An, has the rules of war that govern blockades. Guess what? Turns out Israel isn’t a rogue state after all.
The Hamas pseudo-government in Gaza, on the other hand….
Is there a state of belligerency between the Palestinian authorities who govern Gaza and the State of Israel?
Yes. The Palestinian government of Gaza has repeatedly declared itself to be at war with Israel, conducted attacks on Israeli territory, civilians, and armed forces. It has refused to negotiate with the government of Israel. If you accept that the Palestinians govern Gaza, they are at war. If they do not govern Gaza, then the area and its inhabitants are pirates, bandits, etc. and are outside the laws of nations.
If Palestinian Gaza is a state, which is at war with Israel; as a non-signer of the Hague and Geneva Conventions, neither those in arms against Israel, nor their civilian counterparts are covered by them. If Palestinian Gaza is NOT a state, and is not under the jurisdiction of a state [and no one I know of claims them] they are at best “unlawful combatants” and more like “hostis humani generis“.
That status accrues also to foreign nationals who act on their behalf as part of their war effort.
Incidentally, I’d never run across the term “hostis humani generis“ before; it translates as “enemy of all mankind”.
The attempt to divert or capture (52a) the blockade running flotilla was in fact what was required by international law as a first resort. They were attempting to exercise military control (52b) as allowed under the laws of naval warfare in maintaining a blockade. Since the blockade is in place to bar offensive weapons, especially rockets and missiles, from reaching Gaza to prevent further firings on Israeli civilians, a refusal to allow inspection or diversion does raise a reasonable assumption that it is carrying weapons, regardless of what they claim. That makes them a legitimate military objective (52c).
Israel had every legal right to declare the blockade, to enforce it where their judgment of military requirements says to place the blockade line, to stop, to board, to search, or to divert any ship attempting to approach the blockade line. Under international law. And under that same international law, once there was resistance or refusal; they had every right to sink those vessels. And they still do for the next wave coming at them, and any after that.
Yes, international law grants rights and protections in war zones to innocent civilian traffic. But to keep those rights and to not be re-classified as a target, it also imposes responsibilities and duties of compliance. Failure to fulfill those responsibilities, or comply with directions means you are no longer an innocent civilian, but rather an enemy belligerent, subject to treatment as such.
Well worth your time and study.
It always strikes me that most people think the Geneva Conventions mean, more or less, that America and Israel must not defend themselves, that we are forbidden any but the most cautious self-defense.
Nothing could be further from the truth. Indeed, the sense I’ve gotten from my own study of these Conventions, cursory as it’s been, is that vigorous self-defense, and unrelenting pursuit of outlaw nations, was regarded by the Convention authors and early signers to be necessary for the maintenance of peace and the rule of law among nations.
The harmless ship brutally boarded by those filthy goddamned christ murdering Jews was registered to America’s faithful NATO ally in the Middle East, Turkey. Of course we should side with Turkey, withdrawing all aid to the disgusting Jews, who have, after all, perpetrated so many atrocities like this:
Oops, no, sorry, that was actually from the Turkish genocide of Armenians.
Here’s a summary of last month’s activity in this rather massive relief program:
Weekly summary of the Gaza crossings: 16-22 May 2010
- 523 truckloads (13,517 tons) of goods were transferred to the Gaza Strip.
- 938,127 liters of heavy-duty diesel for the Gaza power station, and 645 tons of cooking gas were delivered.
- 281 Gaza residents entered Israel for medical reasons via the Erez Crossing.
Weekly summary of the Gaza crossings: 9-14 May 2010
- 637 truckloads (14,069 tons) of goods were transferred to the Gaza Strip.
- 810,209 liters of heavy-duty diesel for the Gaza power station, and 897 tons of cooking gas were delivered.
- 781 Gaza residents entered Israel for medical reasons via the Erez Crossing.
Weekly summary of the Gaza crossings: 2 -8 May 2010
- 714 truckloads (17,060 tons) of goods were transferred to the Gaza Strip.
- 1,535,777 liters of heavy-duty diesel for the Gaza power station and 293,796 liters for transportation, and 917 tons of cooking gas were delivered.
- 370 Gaza residents entered Israel for medical reasons and 93 entered Israel for other reasons via the Erez Crossing.
Yep, those evil Israelis, committing genocide against the innocent Palestinians, through the unusual method of giving them large amounts of food, electricity, medical services, and other necessities. Diabolical.