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Retired Major, USMC, 86-years old

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  • Lieberman: Israel must stop flotilla 'at any cost'
    • Although it may be the only place in the US where it is available, Aljazeera is available on cable in Fairfax County, VA.

  • So much for bringing democracy to the Middle East
    • Based on info contained in an article published in Ha'aretz earlier this year, $205,000,000 would provide enough funds for anti-missile missiles to shoot down somewhere between 2050 and 5125 incoming missiles. That is, if no money is diverted to purchase launchers, maintenance, etc. Hizbullah supposedly has 40,000 missiles. I think it is safe to assume Hamas and Syria also have missiles. Would shooting down 1 out of every 10 to 20 incoming really matter?

      link to haaretz.com

  • Making the case for Zionism
    • "How do you know these yeshiva boys are not having a light hearted moment with the woman?"

      Rachel, I was raised in the pre-WWII rural south, the northeast corner of Georgia to be more exact. Pictures similar to this one and the picture on the man in Hebron throwing wine on an Arab woman could probably have been taken on any day of the week in the segregationist south, except the wine would have been coke, if the woman was lucky.

      These are dehumanizing moments. The ones being dehumizing are the "boys."

    • Damn, I had forgotten all about the Piltdown Man. I recall reading about him and his importance to the study of human evolution when I was in elementary school in the 1930s, about a dozen years after the Scopes Trial

  • Kattan: Truman administration threatened sanctions against 'brutal' Israeli stance on refugees
  • Hillel to DePaul SJP: The Nakba is a 'festivity to to delegitimize and destroy Israel'
    • "Morris has called the Israel-Palestinian conflict a facet of a global clash of civilizations between Islamic fundamentalism and the Western World,..."

      From the early 1600s when we began our long march across the north American continent until the early 1900s, until we finally exterminated or corralled all the brutes, on any given Sunday morning one could hear the essence of Morris's and by extension Zamaaz's being preached from pulpits throughout the land. Protecting the brave pioneers on the frontier (many were my forefathers) from the hostiles justified the standing army we maintained during "peacetime.” We colonized the continent, politicians proclaimed that this was our manifest destiny.

      By whatever name one may choose to call it, or by whatever rationale one uses to justify it, the cause of the Israeli-Palestinian is the continuation of the Zionist colonization project. In Ze’ev Jabotinsky’s words, “We shall trace the root of the evil to this – that we are seeking to colonise a country against the wishes of its population, in other words, by force. Everything else that is undesirable grows out of this root with axiomatic inevitability.”

  • Six retired generals and admirals don't buy Israel lobby's security plaint
    • "In fact, the very resonance of the themes and the differences in detail may account for some of the frustration between two countries that are and should be allies in defense of the Western values we share."

      I have always thought that the the guiding principle in our foreign relations was that states have interests, not friends. When I read statements made by Israeli officials or by opinion writers in Israeli newspapers, I am left with absolutely no doubt thta this is the bedrock principle guiding Israeli's foreign relations. However, when I listen to our own government officials and selected congresspersons and senators, read/listen to our MSM, or
      read propaganda promulgated institutions such as AIPAC or JINSA, I am left with absolutely no doubt the guiding principle in our relations with Israel is now the defense of the common ,Western values we share.

      Can someone explain to me just what these common, shared, Western values are and why these values should take precedence over the stratigic interests of the U.S. Whatever these values are, Israel certainly does not consider them important enough to take precedence over grabbing more Arab land in East Jerusalem.

  • NPR report on West Bank expulsion order turns horror into a she-said/she-said debating point
    • "Lourdes Garcia-Navarro is lying through her teeth.
      This report that Israel was trying to remove Arabs from the West Bank was done by Amira Hass.
      It turned out, Hass took some report from 1969 and made it like Netanyahu gave the order for today."

      Nice try,Shamir. Yes, the original order was probably issued in 1969, but as is clear from reading Amira's article, the original order was amended and reissued by the GOC Central Command.

      "The IDF Spokesman's Office said in response, "The amendments to the order on preventing infiltration, signed by GOC Central Command, were issued as part of a series of manifests, orders and appointments in Judea and Samaria, in Hebrew and Arabic as required, and will be posted in the offices of the Civil Administration and military courts' defense attorneys in Judea and Samaria. "

      It is the amended order that is causing concern. Perhaps now that you are aware of this, you will go go back and revise your comments.

  • Obama knows that Israeli policies are out of kilter with our values
  • Dual loyalty is truly a problem
    • Hemingway was a correspondent during Spanish Civil War. I do not believe that he served in any military unit.

  • 2 liberal NY congressmen--Nadler and Weiner--endorse organization saying 'No!' to two-state solution
    • Opps-educate us.

      By the way, eee, Bibi says there is an economic miracle going on in the West Bank, so why do you differ? If the Palestinian have no resources, how in the hell is this miracle happening?

    • eee, if there is a different version of the Puerto Rico solution, perhaps you will educate on what is is, or what you think it is. Trying to hold a conversation with you is like playing whack-a-mole.

    • "Of course I understood the implications of what I presented as an option, and not something I proposed. This was meant just to make people understand that there are many more options than one, two or apartheid.

      eee, my point is being missed. You wrote that there are many other options than those listed by Phil and then threw out the Puerto Rico option. My point is this: call it autonomy or whatever else you wish, but adopting of the Puerto Rico option is adopting the one state solution. It is not another option. Under this option any Palestinian in the now OT could freely move across the green line into Israel proper and have the right to vote in Knesset elections. Like the Palestinians , Jews who continue to live in the OT or who move there could not vote in Knesset elections. Effectively, the OT becomes a part of israel with both Palestinians and Jews having equal status as Israeli citizens. The only rights of citizen affected is the loss of voting as a result of the accident of location, a loss that any individual can remedy simply by moving to a different location.

    • Richard, one of the points I was trying to make is that people who reside in Puerto Rico are U.S. citizens, not Puerto Rico citizens. They are U.S. citizens who are residents of the U.S. Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. They are just as free to move and live anywhere in the United States and its possessions as any other U.S. citizen residing anywhere else in the U.S. Whether their grandparents were Hispanics who lived in Puerto Rico when the U.S. acquired it, or are WASPs who moved there afterward is of no consequence. If a resident of Puerto Rico moves to New York, he or she becomes a resident of New York and can vote in New York local and state elections and federal elections but can no longer vote in Puerto Rico elections.

      If the occupied territories were given this status, Jews would be free live anywhere they wanted to in the OT provided they had a legal title to the property. Of course this would also be true for the Palestinians who could live anywhere they wanted to in greater Israel. Under this status, terms such as Jew, Palestinian, Arab, or Druze would have no legal meaning just as such terms have no legal meaning in the U.S.

      My real point in my previous post is the eee really did not understand the implications of his suggested solution. Still, the more I think about it, I think that this is one of the more intelligent solutions that I have seen.

    • "For example, the West Bank will be a self-governing unincorporated territory of Israel. Nothing illegal about that. In fact, that is exactly the status of Puerto Rico."

      eee, you have just made a rational proposal, one that I think would be supported by most of the Arab and muslim world. If you gave the occupied territories the same status as we have given Puerto Rico, all persons born in those territories would become Israeli citizen. They could move freely throughout all of Israeli, drive on any road with no need to worry about bothersome checkpoints. They would have the same color auto plates as you. They could even marry any other citizen of Israeli, even your sisters. They could do this with a civil ceremony if the religious authorities refused to perform the rite. (It is true that residents of Puerto Rico cannot vote in federal elections. However, a Puerto Rican who establishes residency in one of the states becomes a resident of that state and has the same voting rights as the other residents of that state. For example, I am a U. S. citizen living in Virginia where I vote in local, state, and federal elections. If I where to move to Puerto Rico, I could vote in local and Commonwealth elections, but not in federal elections. )

      Essentially, eee, what you are proposing is the one state solution. Go for it!

  • Giraldi says senior Air Force adviser may have dual loyalty to Israel
    • Sorry, explain not enplain, and U. S. citizen, not U. S.

    • If eee does not think that Dr. Klass's dual citizenship alone disqualifies her for her current position, perhaps he can enplain why the current Israeli Ambassador to the United States Michael Oren, a dual citizen, had to give up his U.S. when he accepted his ambassadorship. eee is taking a position his own government would not support in a similar situation in Israel.

      Bringing up the fact that Druze, Bedouin, and communities of other "nationals" serve in the Israel Defense Forces is simply a red herring and is immaterial to this discussion. The Israeli government claims that these persons are full and equal citizens of the Jewish and democratic state of Israel. They do not claim a dual citizenship with another state. In this thread, the discussion is about the perceived loyality of a person holding dual citizenship

  • Is the US getting ready to push Israel to declare its nuclear status?
    • Sorry, misread your comment. Israel would have to comply with the terms of the NPT and open itself up to inspection if it signs the NPT. If Israel just admits that it has nukes without signing, or signs without complying with the terms of the NPT, I think that it would be very difficult for the US to provide military assistance to Israel with destroying the NPT.

    • For one thing, if Israel acknowledges that it has nukes, the US will have to jump through a lot of hoops to legally provide military assistance to Israel.

  • In the Jewish democracy, Arab parties aren't ever considered for the governing coalition
    • Simply put, Israel is asking the Palestinians and the rest of the world to recognize Israel as the "State of the Jewish Nation."

  • Pawlenty seems to care more about Israel than troubled vets in Minnesota
    • If we used the 3 billion we gave to Israel on rebuilding our on interstructure, we would create a hell of a lot more jobs and help our economy even more. Now, any money Israel spends in the United States represents, at best, only a partial return of our tax payers money. If we did not send the money to Israel, they would have to use their own money to buy military hardware. If they used some of their own money to buy our planes, we might realize some profit. If they spent their own money in some other country, it would be Israel's money, not ours.

  • Is this the showdown?
    • Among others, Major General George B. McClellan and General of the Army Douglas MacArthur were politically influential senior officers who didn't read the memo on how to successfully undercut your c-in-c.

  • Inside the Lawfare Project: Netanyahu's attack on human rights NGO's comes to the US
  • US diplomacy hits a roadblock in Doha called... Gaza
    • This comment from Amb. Marc Ginsberg's piece says about all that needs to be said about the Doha Forum:

      "Skillfully orchestrated by the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution under the direction of former Clinton diplomat Martin Indyk, over 1,000 Muslim and American public and private sector leaders are here -- sort of an Islamic world version of Davos."

  • Media watchdog asks: Is Ethan Bronner's son in the IDF?
    • unverified__h4ijjc9d January 28, 2010 at 2:56 pm

      " Is the New York Times interested in killing his son and he is interested in keeping his son alive? " This is a classic strawman. The issue is not whether the New York Times is interested in killing Bronner's son (they are not) or does he want to keep is son alive (he does.) The issue is whether a reasonable person has grounds for questioning Bronner's objectivity regarding Israeli matters because of his Israeli spouse and his having a son who serves in the IDF. At the very least, any reporting by Broner should have a disclaimer noting Broner's Israeli connections.

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