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cogit8

Former America-firster who now questions the drift towards continual war.

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  • Hatred of Israel was reported motive for CA attack, but US press politely ignores the story
    • Hello Phil,
      As usual you've written another insightful post on Palestine: how it continues to be a festering wound to the Arab people's heart, and how the MSM continues to mislead, obfuscate, and dissemble the whole issue.
      In fact, the MSM and the usual government apparatchiks are subtly moving the goal-posts at night, and towards the position that people who support the Palestinians have become "self-radicalized by reading hateful literature on the internet". Oh! there's a knock on my door and a swat-team outside with a battering ram so I need to go now . . .

  • Netanyahu's speech and the American Jewish condition
  • Palestinian minister dies after Israeli army assault during olive tree planting ceremony in West Bank village
    • The headline on this article should read:
      ISRAELI CHOKEHOLD CAUSES DEATH

      Maybe then, a google search of the same words might bring up something. Maybe not.

      At least NPR had the decency to tell the truth about this murder in broad daylight.

      Now the NYPD and LAPD have another 'tool' in their box for use against street protestors.

  • Israeli refuseniks expose Occupation’s dark underbelly
    • Mooser, I'm a little late in getting back to you (I've been off writing a biography). Surprised to hear you know about this lady.
      Regarding Ms. Yamaguchi, you can find an interesting website full of her fabulous pictures and music at: http://www.yoshikoyamaguchi.blogspot.com

    • Off-topic item: Palestinian rights supporter Yoshiko Yamaguchi, aged 94 has passed away in Tokyo. But you will not find any reference to her passion for Palestine in any MSM obituary (NYT, LAT, FT, the Guardian may have mentioned it).
      This woman of the world, inveterate campaigner for understanding between cultures rather than bombing, had an amazing life indeed. She was one of the greatest divas in 1940's Shanghai, with a fabulous voice, and acted in movies under her Chinese name of Li Xiang Lan 李香蘭 . RIP, beautiful lady Yoshiko.

  • Hamas is just as bad as ISIS and worse than Boko Haram -- Israeli government propaganda
    • IS = JS

      The Jewish State couldn't stand it when Saddam Hussein ruled Iraq and there were no bombings in Baghdad and no Islamic radicals in the streets. So JS got rid of Saddam ostensibly "to promote peace in the Middle East", but in actuality it was to promote sectarian hatred and Arab on Arab violence in the region.

      The Jewish State couldn't stand it when Assad ruled Syria and etc, etc. So JS is getting rid of Assad etc, etc.

      Now comes IS (or Da'esh) in the wake of JS cunning! and it was only natural that IS would fill the vacuum of destroyed Iraq, destroyed Syria, and destroyed Libya (to name just a few JS triumphs).

      Stay tuned as JS caused chaos grows more IS (adding up to WW3 in the words of Pope Francis).

  • Serving Israel's aim of lowering civilian deaths, 'New York Times' Gaza tally says 15- to 17-year-old's aren't children
    • Boy, have we come a long way from Hannah Arendt's (Banality of Evil) to the current bunch of hypocrites slouching their way to Bethlehem. But wait a second, here's Emily Harris reporting from Buchenwald: "well it's pretty much a normal sunny day here, the workers at this facility are queueing up for their work details, and as you might imagine they are also looking for their friends and relatives . . . "

  • Thousands of displaced Palestinians take shelter on the fringes of Gaza City
    • listening to the BritishBullsh!tCorporation here: the announcer in his clipped blitish accent informs the world "that Israel and Palestine are observing the second day of the ceasefire, with thousands of Palestinians returning to their homes to survey the damage". As if, hundreds of thousands of people don't even have homes to return to or a pot to p!ss in - no, according to the BBC pastoral idiot, everyone is just going home to see if there are any broken dishes on the floor or water damage from a passing thunderstorm, and everything is just forked clarinets here, and move along, there's nothing more to see . . .

  • Bob Schieffer in a 'world gone mad'
    • "it is a battle of civilization versus barbarism"
      Absolutely correct statement! keep assaulting those barbaric Palestinian families from the air, land, and sea, (like the picture of the family in other post "Thousands on fringe of Gaza") so the outside world can see the barbaric families with their own eyes, being assaulted by pinpoint accurate weaponry fired from ships on rolling seas and tanks indiscriminately firing high explosives into populated areas, all by those highly 'civilized' Israelis.

  • Israel, your brand is tanking
    • "most Americans actually have a bigger view of the region "
      Actually, most Americans have the same slanted views of the region as the Wolfs Blitzers and flatline idiots of FOX news. Maybe Americans will start to connect dots when they remember all the Israeli partisans (like Thomas Friedman and Judith Miller) who pushed for the War on Iraq, and who now complain about "a group worse than Al-Qaeda taking over Iraq".
      Massive carnage in Syria? it's our puppet Secretaries of (the Jewish) State running around the middle east shilling for war between the Brutal sunni dictatorships in Saudi Arabia and Bahrain vs. the shiite axis of Iran, Syria, and Hezbollah. Netanyahu would like to see Iran broken in the same way as Syria has been, Iraq has been, and Gaza has been. Americans are starting to connect dots, and they are not hypocrites who think some people are less than human.

  • US suspended aid to Egypt after it slaughtered civilians -- why not Israel?
    • - - - - - - -ISRAEL- - -HAMAS
      Civilians - - 1250 - - - - -4
      Soldiers - - - 250 - - -- -60

      Based on the above score:
      Which army is the most "moral army in the world"?
      Which army exhibits more bravery?

  • Slaughter is not self-defense: The assault on Gaza and the corruption of language
  • Israel advocates are in a battle with US media
    • Listening to Madeline Brand say pleasently on KCRW: "the Gazans are now without power, water, and sewage treatment". This is the definition of a death camp, a concentration camp, a killing field if there ever was one! The Gazans have truly become vermin in the eyes of Israel! I can only wonder when it dawns on dumb America what is happening here: Amira Hass refers to it as the end of Jewish ethics. It is also the end of Christian Zionist ethics. Israel is lobbing naval artillery shells and tank shells indiscriminately into highly infested areas of Gaza. There is no better way to summarize the present historic situation we are a party to.

  • Controversial, illegal, and documented: Israeli military strategies in Gaza
    • Simplify. Don't use Israeli hasbara words like "controversial" because this clouds the atrocity being committed which is on par with Guernica (and the perps don't want to see that piece of artwork). "Controversial" barely scratches the surface of this crime.

      Call it what it is: Immoral, anti-Christian, anti-Islamic, the Rape of Gaza, and a shame to Jews everywhere.

      As for their "no truce until Hamas stops it's rocket fire": there were no rockets and no tunnels when the siege of Gaza began - these were responses to Israeli ingrained racism and congenital immorality in dealing with their captive minority population.

      So keep it up Israel, you'll end up standing in front of the whole world in your butcher's uniforms drenched in blood up to your elbows, wondering why no one accepts your gangsterism or your immoral medieval ethics.

  • Israel's message to the Palestinians: Submit, leave or die
    • I had the pleasure of meeting Jeff Halper several years ago, but perhaps he could give further thought to this question of "recognizing Israel as a Jewish State". My sense is that the Palestinian leadership is so fragmented that no one entity can speak for the whole Palestinian people, despite the best public relations efforts of Israel to designate a quisling and have him crawl on bended knee to the Knesset to accept Israel as a Jewish State.
      So here is my suggestion to the Palestinians (nay, to anyone) who has a problem with "Jewish State": acceptance of same does not mean negation of anyone's civil rights or acceptance of any religious claptrap regarding ownership of the land of Israel, or anything else, it simply means that Jews are responsible for everything that Israel has done in the past, is doing now, and will do in future.
      That being the case, it allows the usage of the term "the Jews" when referring to the Jewish State; which is not allowed at present in the media.
      So, it would become correct to say "grab a lawn-chair; watch how the Jews enjoy defending their country by slaughtering the defenseless people of Gaza, whom they regard as vermin". Or, "what is it about the Jewish religion of the Jewish State that teaches them that it is moral to hate people who had nothing to do with the holocaust, and what have these Jewish fanatics of the Jewish State in store for the rest of humanity who also had nothing to do with the holocaust?"
      In ju-jitsu, you use an opponents aggressive actions to your own advantage, in ways that lead to unintended consequences. I only hope the NYTimes tells me more about what the Jews are up to in Gaza, because I already accept that "Israel is a Jewish State".

  • Crossing Qalandiya checkpoint on Yom Kippur
    • Hello Phil and thank you for the report on Qalandia Checkpoint. I think we are making some progress with the MSM: tonight on CNN, Anthony Bourdain travels to Gaza, West Bank, and Jerusalem. I've seen the previews and Bourdain comments on much more than the food. The camera work is excellent also, so people will see Gaza relatively unfiltered, people cooking over camp-fires, etc, life as it really is in the streets. Not only that, but the Qalandia checkpoint itself is shown in all it's concentration camp reality, and Bourdain is almost speechless trying to find words to describe it truthfully while not upsetting you know who. You actually see him walking through the half-mile of barbed wire, gates, cattle chutes, turnstiles, etc. All in all, a CNN show not to be missed !

      Speaking of CNN, it's interesting watching Fareed Zakaria's show each sunday. Last sunday, when it seemed like we would attack Syria, he featured every war-hawk including (incredibly) Wolfowitz and Leiberman I recall. A total pandering to inside the beltway war-mongers. This sunday was a complete turnaround, with Zakaria making a strong case that Iraq had been a disaster and Syria would be an even bigger one, featuring a barely alive H Kissenger and a feisty as usual Brezhinsky who said we should stay out of Syria.

  • John Kerry invokes apocalyptic 'domino theory' in call with House Democrats
    • I have not seen John Kerry (a walking/talking Muppet head) mention the moral obscenity of over 1400 people killed (including hundreds of children) in a formal military assault on the unarmed civilians of Gaza in 2008/2009. Neither does he mention Israel's use of white phosphorous, cluster bombs, and U.S. use of depleted uranium and murder of civilians by drones. Hypocrite!

      Poison gas is no different at killing people than the billions $$$ of weapons that all major countries sell to the world, but of course it has significant meaning to a specific sub-set of psycho-damaged war-mongers. And every few years we need to assuage these people's past hurts by having a nice little "limited action" bloodletting of those "bad guys", as if this were an old B&W western movie with the U.S. cavalry riding in to save the day.

      I hope to never see the day when the rest of humanity rises up and says "enough of this American gangster movie".

  • Why the coup determination is now irrelevant to the question of US aid to Egypt
    • Well-spoken and I completely agree - the money given Egypt never trickled down to the average people and instead was used to coerce 'peace' with Israel. By coerce I mean the same usage of 'house' money in the USA: to get people to act against their own morals because of a bag of silver coins

    • "Are you saying that if a government is freely elected and then fails to produce economic prosperity during its term in office, it’s not only acceptable for the military to overthrow it, but also to mow down many hundreds of protesters as well? Is that right?"

      The above quote is a skillful piece of hasbara by the house of Israel, now flooding the slanted narrative in the USA. Obama, Kerry, and the above poster are all carrying Israel's water. Failure to produce economic prosperity was not mentioned in my original post, "a whiff of improvement" was what I said. And yes, when people get out in the streets by the hundreds of thousands and demand a change in government, I support that.

      I've watched the house long enough now to recognize it's hypocrisy; although there are undoubtedly unwitting accomplices such as Amy Goodman.

    • lots of smoke in these above comments obscuring some interesting basics about the Egypt situation vis a vis Israel and the house of Israel in the USA.

      Firstly, the Arab Spring revolution in Egypt was provoked by the great majority of people in the streets, who also believed that Israel's blockade of Gaza was wrong and that Egypt should help the Gaza people. Without going into all the details, along comes the Muslim Brotherhood (MB), who end up carrying Israel's water, flooding the tunnels, etc, and amazingly, dancing to AIPAC's tunes.

      Second, that same great majority in the streets were basically hoping for a better life (meaning improved economy - less corruption). Now comes the MB and what did the people get: not a whiff of a better economy, effing with the constitution, incompetent governance, and (the most important thing to AIPAC) the complicity with such bastions of democracy as Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Emirates, etc, in promoting the Sunni vs. Shiite bloodbath now in progress against Syria, Iran, Hezbollah, and any other enemy of the house of Israel. The great majority got back in the streets and said "enough is enough, MB out now!". The military backed the majority as the lesser evil to their own interests and ousted the MB.

      Third, one would need to be anesthetized to believe that Obama or Kerry's crocodile teardrops for the MB now being shot down in the streets has anything to do with democracy for the majority Egyptian people: it has everything to do with the house of Israel.

  • Obama taps Hagel with combative speech-- following outreach to AIPAC
    • Let's also not forget that they have brass-knuckles and play dirty. If they can't find 'dirt' on someone, they may try to find a partisan who will 'allege' something dirty in order to blow the nomination out of the water. Wouldn't surprise me

  • It's time for the media to talk about Zionism
  • Don't 'target our Israeli ally'-- Schumer warns Palestinians
    • Shummer: “How dare the Palestinians bring questions involving their very existence to a Court of World Opinion, when they know they have to submit to racist theocratic Israeli courts because we have the whip in our hands and strange fruit in our trees?

      Graham: "Watch me now as I contort myself into a pretzel, trying so hard to bridge the gap between Israeli talking points and our nations highest principles . . . and that guy running around Israel spreading dangerous ideas, he should be crucified

  • Ashrawi: statehood is 'game-changer' and US is damaging its standing in world by opposing it
    • Shummer: "How dare the Palestinians bring questions involving their very existence to a Court of World Opinion, when they know they have to submit to racist theocratic Israeli courts because we have the whip in our hands and the strange fruit in our trees?

    • "The GA cannot set borders. Period. "

      Exactly, which also applies to the GA 1947 UN Partition Plan: the foundation built on sand that Israel used to throw 750,000 farmers off the land she now occupies.

      I can't wait for Israel to start squirming in the dock of the ICC, charged with war-crimes, crimes against humanity, etc, etc.

      And while I'm here; Hanan would make a better US Ambassador to the UN than that mediocre empty drum, Susan Rice.

  • Avnery-- leftist, and 89-- warns of the 'natural increase' of Arabs threatening Jewish majority
    • Demographic threat???
      I don't get it, because I live in a country which, in the words of Zbig Brzezinski "follows like a stupid mule whatever the Israelis do". Where is demography in this sad 'bag of coins' state of affairs? it appears that 2% of the population is having it's way with the other 98%. So it doesn't take 51% of a population to control the rest of society: all it takes is fanaticism and duplicity.
      Look at Canada, Great Britain, France, Germany, Micronesia: all these countries vote with Israel on important U.N. resolutions with no appreciable percentage of the population.
      It's almost comical to see Jews in Israel worry about the "demographic time-bomb" (like the whites of South Africa). It's a short-sighted racist position, not worthy of a true democracy of all it's peoples or a full voting member of the United Nations.

      Throw the bums out of the UN and let the Palestinians in!

  • Israeli strategy is unsuccessful, just foments hostility by oppressed -- Piers Morgan
    • Yes Phil, I had a similar reaction while watching Piers Morgan speak his mind in a way that you never hear from the average anchor persons. He interviewed different personalities and gave each the freedom to make their points, but was very persistent in saying 'look, these [Gaza] people don't have a life, and you have to see the oppression as being a root cause of their actions, similar to the case of Northern Ireland, where Britain was able to bring peace when no-one would have thought it possible. So it was absolutely refreshing to see Piers knocking the Peres ball out of the park with some very reasonable statements regarding the daily life of Gazans under oppression (as least I think he used "oppression" or "occupation"). I was surprised when I heard it.

      On the other hand, what CNN giveth it taketh away with this morning's duplicitous Wolf Blitzer and his feable attempt to look even-handed, accusing Iran of supplying the long-range rockets and other military equipment to Hamas. Also sickening was the misleading scrawl under CNN which stated ISRAEL-GAZA DEATH TOLL CLIMBS.

  • Jimmy Carter: Israel has dropped the two-state solution for a 'Greater Israel'
    • "The only result of a one state-move, which I call a catastrophe, will be an inevitable move towards apartheid, or a willingness by the Israelis, by the Jewish citizens of Israel to relinquish political control to perhaps an Arab majority. Those are the only two options."

      Dear President Carter,
      Respectfully sir - the catastrophe is already here! Israel is already a de facto one state which is brutalizing it's captive Arab citizens and robbing them to boot. The Jewish State (as Netanyahu has demanded it be called) presently and daily denies civil and basic human rights to half it's population.

  • AP reported anti-Islam film that sparked protests was made to help Israel, but questions surround producer of the film
    • A general observation concerning relative sensitivity: Everyone on the planet is aware of the oversensitivity of Jews towards goy 'outside' criticism, mocking, insinuating, etc. Of course, their mental state reduces to 'you goys owe us special treatment because of how we were treated in the middle ages' (with it's unspoken accusation that it was you guys ancestors that did it).

      So what we have today as a result of the above is not a level playing field: the Jews (and their simpleton (Coptic) agents) can make whatever outrageous statements they wish about Muslims in the name of "freedom of speech", whereas any entity making equal statements about Jews can expect to be accused of breaking multiple laws, being a racist Jew-hater, and being fair game for the attack dog Dersh's of the world.

      As I've said before, YouTube is a prime example of sophistry regarding freedom of speech. Clearly, the Islamic world is telling us that this film and these cartoons are hateful and disrespectful of their religion. That alone should be sufficient to get the material removed; hopefully the world will become more understanding of one another.

    • Good post Ellen. The 'more to the story' you mention should include YouTube for allowing this incitement garbage to be posted under the guise of freedom of speech. YouTube enabled the hatred and abetted the violence (which was entirely predictable) at the same time as their 'internet police' are busy taking down clip after clip which 'violate their posting guidelines'.

      I think a lot of people are connecting the dots about these types of incidents which have occurred with regularity since PNAC called for 'a new Pearl Harbor' and lo, the WTC attacks occurred. One wonders whether a third party is pushing a war on Islam because it sure looks like it.

      Likewise, if an American naval ship in the Persian Gulf happens to blow up under mysterious circumstances, you can predict the outcome which causes Zionist wet-dreams; the scary thing is how easy "war by deception" has become of late.

      Andrew Bacevich's current article in The Atlantic says it all: The United States Became Israel.

  • Linda Gradstein: 'I'm not an Israeli citizen, but that being said, I'm part of Israel.'
    • NPR (or the Jewish Home Companion as I call it) is an interesting look into another mindset. This mindset is hung-up on a past tragedy; is continually pre-occupied with it, and always seeks ingenious ways of educating 'the other' who hasn't been fully brainwashed.

      As an example, listening to a feature called "Why a teen who talks back may have a bright future" I wasn't expecting the holocaust reference, but there you go:

      "Child psychologist Richard Weissbourd says the findings bolster earlier research that finds that "parents who really respect their kids' thinking and their kids' input are much more likely to have kids who end up being independent thinkers and who are able to resist peer groups."

      Weissbourd points to one dramatic study that analyzed parental relationships of Dutch citizens who ended up protecting Jews during World War II. They were parents who encouraged independent thinking, even if it differed from their own.

      So the next time your teenager huffs and puffs and starts to argue, you might just step back for a minute, take a breath yourself, and try to listen. It may be one of the best lessons you teach your child."

      link to npr.org

  • For July 4, passengers on U.S. Boat to Gaza call for new U.S. declaration of independence - from Israel
    • "I love America."

      You love America, which (like Israel) has become a fascist torturing state and an international pariah.

      You love America because you think America will not wake up and realize Gaza is a concentration camp (minus the gas-chambers), surrounded by barbed-wire and happy Israeli campers applauding the lynching of defenseless people. Are they mein campers or your campers?

  • Record! I am an Arab.
    • Like your poetry!

    • Watching CNN, who to their credit has done the best on-the-ground reporting along with al Jezeera. At the anchor desks, the talk is veering toward fear of the Muslim Brotherhood and possibility of "an Islamic regime" coming to power. At it's core, these concerns push the agenda of those who have no problem with Christian ethics or Jewish ethics, but question the possibility there are ethics in Islam. It's laughable to hear Christian fundamentalists and Jewish partisans (who caused the killing of hundreds of thousands in Iraq and the Siege of Gaza among other outrages) casting racist aspersions on Islamic culture.

  • Goldstone Report Weekender: Weiss profile; Ratner on Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish; and Siegman discusses 'delegitimizing Israel'

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