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Keith

Radical dissident. Retired.

Website: http://saskck.blogspot.com

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  • Videos: Brave Tamimi women of Nabi Saleh take down Israeli soldier assaulting injured child
  • God is on Israel's side, but not the United States, says Israel's new U.N. ambassador
    • MOOSER- "...Danon seems to promulgate a classic antisemitic understanding of Judaism."

      Perhaps he identifies with some of the early Zionists, many of whose statements mirrored what is now claimed to be anti-Semitic tropes. Yet, have you ever heard Hophmi quote Ze'ev Jabotinsky as an example of blatant anti-Semitism?

    • DANON- “Compare the period of Nazi Germany to what is happening now in Iran and you will find many similarities...."

      If you change "Iran" to "Israel" the statement would be far more accurate, particularly in view of the Talmud thumping fundamentalist making the speech. It being understood that we are talking about pre-war Germany.

    • PABELMONT- "If American Jews cannot understand modern Hebrew...."

      Israel Shahak pointed this out years ago. Many of the Hebrew press put out an English version in which the articles are sanitized to protect Israel's image. For quite some time Shahak provided English translations for selected foreigners including Noam Chomsky and Jeffrey Blankfort. As our own Danaa has pointed out, if you don't speak/read Hebrew, you cannot fully grasp what is actually going on, which, in fact, is rather different from the idealized vision of American Jews.

  • Jewish community is Humpty Dumpty-- it won't come back together again, and shouldn't
    • TOKYOBK- "I responded with an accurate description of what went on at Eliezer, not your fantasy of Jews huddled around groaning about victimisation."

      I was ridiculing Hophmi's ludicrous assertion that Jews disagreeing in public left them vulnerable to folks like me somehow exploiting divisions amongst Jews. It was heavy handed ridicule. You responded that I flatter myself thinking you wouldn't invite me to Eliezer, yet another preposterous and irrelevant statement on your part where you make things up. As for exactly what you do at Eliezer where you take Jewishness seriously (Phil's words), I am simply parodying Hophmi's and your narrow focus on anti-Semitism and "Jew Hobbyists." Your latest comment, like virtually all of your comments, ignores the thread itself and the actual comments of others so that you can endlessly regurgitate your unchanging version of events. I need to break this off so I can leave on vacation. Why don't you invite Hophmi to Eliezer to discuss multiculturalism and outreach? Enough of this!

    • TOKYOBK- "Keith — you flatter yourself to think you are someone I would not have invited you to discuss anything, including anti-Semitism, were you around town."

      What are you talking about? As usual, your comment has nothing to do with anything I have said. You have, once again, resorted to your usual tactic of creating a strawman, putting words in my mouth so that you can attack the words you put in my mouth. You never quote what I actually say, rather, you continue to regurgitate the same ungrounded assertions that you have falsely attributed to me in the past. You don't seem to care who I really am or what I believe, preferring instead to create your own version of me which comports with and justifies your sick ideology. And by the way, do you not comprehend what the "reply" icon is for? If you want to comment on something I actually said, you click the icon and have at it. But you don't want to do that, do you? Instead, you make stand alone comments where you can construct your strawmen far away from my actual comments in the hope that someone will assume (incorrectly) that you are not simply making things up, which, of course, you are. You are one sick puppy. Perhaps you would care to share with our fellow Mondoweisers why you refuse to reply directly to me concerning my comments, instead creating free standing strawmen?

    • HOPHMI- "The way antisemites like you react is the reason Jews get uneasy when there are public disagreement."

      Anti-Semite? Keep talking like that and maybe Ben Karp will invite you to Eliezer where you and he can hobnob in plush surroundings, eat good food and enjoy fine wine (ask Phil), all the while basking in the reflective glow of shared victimhood. Secure behind solid walls and closed doors you can freely discuss anything at all, no need to feel uneasy that Keith might hear and take advantage. As if your aggressive arrogance had anything to do with victimhood.

      HOPHMI- "Vultures like you exist to exploit those divisions."

      Vultures? I had no idea you trembled at the thought of my awesome power to exploit divisions within the Jewish "community." An existential threat? Wow!

      Speaking of anti-Semitism (and what else do you do?), I think it is time for a realistic definition of actual anti-Semitism. "Thus ADL head Nathan Perlmuttetr maintained that the "real anti-Semitism" in American consisted of policy initiatives "corrosive of Jewish interests...." (p37, "The Holocaust Industry," Norman Finkelstein)

      Well Hophmi, you have certainly convinced me that any breach in totalitarian conformity within the Jewish community represents an existential threat to the Jewish people (as opposed to people who are Jews) Perhaps that is why some of the early Zionists gravitated to Fascism?

    • “We are on the verge of fratricide in the Jewish community, and it has to stop,” said Mr. Rosenbaum, who spoke of Jews’ spurning organizational meetings, and even religious services, simply to avoid discussing Iran."

      Yes, yes, individual Jews publicly disagreeing with each other is destroying tribal solidarity, only totalitarian conformity is acceptable in this "community."

    • For a break from the ludicrous political theater on the Iran deal, I provide a quote and link to an article at Counterpunch by Ismael Hossein-zadeh which discusses this from a more realistic perspective. I might add that one of the original seven countries on the neocon hit list is Lebanon which is now on the brink of collapse and is barely held together by Hizbollah. War and destruction everywhere, yet Bernie wants Saudi Arabia to become more involved. No joke.

      "The second misconception that the war party’s vehement opposition to the nuclear deal has created is that their ultimate goal vis-à-vis Iran is significantly different from that of the Obama administration and other proponents of the deal. In reality, however, the difference between the opponents and proponents of the deal is largely tactical; strategically, both factions pursue the same objective: regime change in Iran.

      While the advocates of the deal have in recent years switched their tactics from direct military intervention and regime change from without to soft-power methods of regime change from within, the opponents of the deal continue to insist that overwhelming military force and escalating economic strangulation are the more effective means of regime change in Tehran, that is, regime change from outside." (Ismael Hossein-zadeh) link to counterpunch.org

  • Why did a Jewish Day School student cry hysterically when she learned about the Deir Yassin massacre?
    • HOPHMI- "Keith: Goldberg is not a sociologist. He’s a journalist. And journalists are not great with statistics. This is one example."

      You are telling me that a Jewish journalist isn't competent to read an opinion poll? What are you, some sort of Jew Hobbyist? Care to provide your analysis of competing poll data?

    • FROGGY- "The last time I was in Florida my oldest friend told me that he was convinced that at some point in future there would be a holocaust in the US and he would have to flee for his life. I couldn't believe I was hearing this. It's pathetic."

      As Jewish power has increased, so too has Jewish fears of anti-Semitism. I suspect that the two logically go together. After the Six Day War in 1967, the Holocaust Industry was launched to promote fear of anti-Semitism as a means of increasing Jewish tribal solidarity as a group power-seeking strategy. This primarily affects organized Jews who organize around Israel and other Jewish issues. One consequence is that remembrance of the Holocaust is much greater today than in the fifties and early sixties. Look at all of the Holocaust movies, museums, etc. Writing in 1996, J.J. Goldberg describes one aspect of this.

      "It is a fact that American anti-Semitism currently is at a historic low by most essential yardsticks. Hostility towards Jews, as measured by opinion polls, has dropped to what some social scientists consider a virtual zero point....Government action against Jews, the staple of European anti-Semitism for centuries, is almost inconceivable in this country....By contrast, the percentage of Jews who tell pollsters that anti-Semitism is a "serious problem" in America nearly doubled during the course of the 1980s, from 45 percent in 1983 to almost 85 percent in 1990." (p6, "Jewish Power," J.J. Goldberg)

    • HOPHMI- "Because a lot of these kids have grandparents who are Holocaust survivors...."

      That pretty much explains everything. Inherited suffering. And not just these kids. Jewish geniuses at Mount Sinai hospital have proved that victimhood can be inherited. I guess the Germans are going to be paying reparations forever. Think I am joking? A quote and link follows. Perhaps this phenomenon applies to Jews only and not to us lesser breeds.

      "Genetic changes stemming from the trauma suffered by Holocaust survivors are capable of being passed on to their children, the clearest sign yet that one person’s life experience can affect subsequent generations.

      The conclusion from a research team at New York’s Mount Sinai hospital led by Rachel Yehuda stems from the genetic study of 32 Jewish men and women who had either been interned in a Nazi concentration camp, witnessed or experienced torture or who had had to hide during the second world war." (The Guardian) link to theguardian.com

    • LYSIAS- "However, when a society is built on too many lies...."

      Absolutely correct! In all ideologically justified organizations there is a trade off between internal cohesion based upon myths and the ability of the organization to more or less perceive reality and respond accordingly. When a group perceives itself to be under attack, internal solidarity takes precedence, the wagons are circled and rationality goes out the door. Too little solidarity and the group fades away, too much irrationality and the group can't deal with a dynamic environment.

    • PHIL- "Zionism has made us stupider because we have to argue that black is white."

      Ah, but Phil, the very essence of ideology is the logic of irrationality. Without some degree of irrationality, there would be no uniqueness to the ideology, hence, no 'us' versus 'them' solidarity. Remember that these are Jewish day schools, not religious schools per se. They are attempting to create a sense of Jewishness based upon the Holocaust and Jewish victimhood with Israel a sort of symbolic totem. As such, the unvarnished truth would be counterproductive. It would be like public schools talking about the transnational corporate/financial empire enmeshing the 99% in debt servitude. Or all of the people the empire has killed or caused to be killed or impoverished for profit. Ain't gonna happen. Irrational mythology is the glue which binds groups together. BS makes the world go 'round.

  • 'A better relationship with Iran' is the deal's secret promise, but supporters can't say so
    • MOOSER- "Without Zionism, and all that goes with, we Jews would be sunk!"

      The primary beneficiaries of Zionism are, of course, the Jewish elites. As with all groups, it is the elites who determine policy and reap most of the benefits. There has been enough trickle down, however, to keep the majority of non-elite Jews content, dimly aware of a privileged status yet convinced of eternal victimhood, a conviction which only grows stronger as Jewish power increases and the Holocaust recedes. Witness the phenomenon of the tribal anti-Zionists.

    • MOOSER- "And I bet there isn’t a Zionist alive who wouldn’t whole-heartedly agree with you!"

      Actually, Mr. Smartypants, most Zionists would likely accuse me of anti-Semitic tropes for even suggesting such a thing. Just ask Hophmi. It is all explained by meritocracy and has nothing to do with kinship, Phil's anti-Semitic construct. In Hophmi's world, Zionism is a response to anti-Semitism, nothing more. Or at least that is what he claims.

    • DAN CROWTHER- "I want to ask a question here: does anyone here, after watching the “Iran debate” and “The Lobby’s” antics ever question the shibboleth that all of European “antisemitism” was irrational and based solely on a racist hatred?"

      I have long denigrated the very notion of irrational and eternal anti-Semitism. Furthermore, the very statement itself represents irrational Jewish anti-Gentile bias. And while we endlessly discuss anti-Semitism (an insignificant problem), how often do we examine Jewish attitudes towards Gentiles? Is not Jewish "kinship" a form of de facto discrimination against Gentiles? How else to explain the wildly disproportionate level of Jewish wealth and power except as a consequence (at least partially) of a form of ethnic gild system which produces birthright Mandarins? The rise of Zionist inspired Jewish tribal solidarity and unprecedented American Jewish success go hand in hand.

  • A year after Shipman lost his Yale job for speaking out on Israel's actions, some Jews say the same thing
    • TOKYOBK- "Keith, of course agrees (and Henry Ford and Martin Luther…) ."

      With the benefit of hindsight, I now realize that when I compared you to Hophmi, I was being unfair to Hophmi. I don't recall him doing anything this underhanded. On another thread you compare me to Louis Farrakhan (who I haven't read), then you lied about "Jew lists," conflating me with the Einsatzgruppen (which I need to spell check), and now it's Henry Ford and Martin Luther! And in cowardly fashion you make this comment to a third party rather than responding to my actual comment on a totally different thread. You a scholar? What a joke, you are totally lacking in intellectual integrity and common decency, attacking folks surreptitiously using strawmen.

      Now, do I thread jack to defend myself? I will only go so far as to state that I was responding to one aspect of Dan's comment only. I quote the first two sentences: "I have long denigrated the very notion of irrational and eternal anti-Semitism. Furthermore, the very statement itself represents irrational Jewish anti-Gentile bias." You want to debate the point? Go to the appropriate threat and address your comment to me. And none of your conflation, labeling and strawman tactics.

      I'm not done with you yet. Since you purport to be addressing the question of "essentializing," let us see what you have to say and see how it applies to my quote.

      TOKYOBK- "As if there is some particular Jewish essence, unchanging and unchangeable throughout all space and time."

      Now, change "Jewish essence" to "Gentile essence" and you have accurately described the notion of Gentile "irrational and eternal anti-Semitism." Furthermore, Jews who actually believe this nonsense are guilty of irrational Jewish anti-Gentile bias. Mind you, I am not saying that Jews necessarily believe this because they are Jews, rather, this is an acquired ideology which has been strongly emphasized beginning after the Six Day War as a means of promoting Jewish group solidarity, an ideology which you obviously embrace.

  • Israeli nukes are finally newsworthy-- as US gov't both releases and gags info
  • Videos: 'Vanity Fair' story about anti-Semitic pogrom in Paris is falling apart
    • MOOSER- "Annie, everybody needs a hobby."

      Mooser, are you suggesting that Tokyobk is a Goy Hobbyist?

    • ROHA- "French Jews only have the same rights as other Frenchmen. They should have more, extra-special, rights just for them."

      They don't? I would suggest that the French anti-Semitic speech and Holocaust denial laws are one example of special rights for those with power. Notice two things, first that the initial law was passed in 1990 well after the Holocaust, however, at a point when Jewish Zionists were emphasizing Holocaust obsession, and second that the definition of Holocaust denial is sufficiently flexible to be stretched to include a lot of behavior not normally thought of as Holocaust denial. Trivializing the Holocaust (by comparing it to other examples of mass-murder?) can be construed to be denial. Zionists continually refer to Norman Finkelstein as a Holocaust denier. Currently, Alain Soral and Dieudonne are experiencing legal persecution under French anti-Semitism laws. Notice also that actual Holocaust denial is a marginal phenomenon, the laws merely a pretext to go after those who dissent.

      What cannot be emphasized enough is that these laws are not the consequence of efforts to combat real anti-Semitism, rather, they are the logical instruments of intimidation used by the powerful to silence the weak. I finish with a quote:

      "Thus ADL head Nathan Perlmutter maintained that the 'real anti-Semitism' in America consisted of policy initiatives 'corrosive of Jewish interests,' such as affirmative action, cuts in the defense budget, and neo-isolationism, as well as opposition to nuclear power and even Electoral College reform." (p37, "The Holocaust Industry," Norman Finkelstein)

  • End of lockstep US Jewish support for Israel is a triumph not a tragedy
    • PIOTR- "Soros is not an angel, but one has to see differences between billionaires."

      Not an angel? My, you have a penchant for understatement. As far as the difference between billionaires, surely the currency speculators are the worst of the worst. They are financial pirates who use concentrated financial power to smash countries and destroy economies causing misery to the populace in order to secure their coerced plunder. And in the former Soviet Union, Soros was involved in the shock therapy which resulted in the most extreme example of de-industrialization and impoverishment of any advanced country during peacetime. The reduction in Russian life expectancy (since reversed under Putin) was also unprecedented resulting in millions of excess deaths from previous norms.

      Like the Robber Barons of old, Soros has given some of his ill gotten gains to liberal causes resulting in the transformation of this financial pirate into a liberal philanthropist. Lord Soros now wears the mantle of a liberal do-gooder in spite of his atrocious record.

    • KAY24- "He has favored liberal causes...."

      Color revolutions are liberal causes? The coup in the Ukraine is a liberal cause?

    • ROBERTHENRYELLER- "Soros spends his money on promoting democracy."

      Yes, he is a charter member of the imperial democracy promotion project.

  • Over 1,000 Black activists, scholars and artists sign statement supporting freedom and equality for Palestinian people
    • DABAKR- "as I expected. ralph schoenman (not necessarily a Jewish name-btw) is about as respected a ‘scholar’ as Donald Trump."

      The issue is Begin's actions, not Schoenman's credentials, which you shamelessly and unfairly belittle. Has Schoenman accurately described Begin or not? I am a little surprised that you are coming to Begin's defense in view of the fact that future Israeli Prime Ministers Begin (Irgun) and Shamir (LEHI) were NOTORIOUS fascist sympathizers and vicious terrorists. How notorious? When Begin visited the US in 1948, prominent American Jews including Albert Einstein and Hannah Arendt sent a letter to the New York Times highlighting Begin's unsavory past. Below is a quote and a link to the article. I encourage folks to follow the link and otherwise investigate the sordid history of Menachem Begin and Yitzak Shamir and then decide who is telling the truth. DaBakr's version of events is shameless Zionist apologetics, nothing more.

      "Among the most disturbing political phenomena of our times is the emergence in the newly created state of Israel of the “Freedom Party” (Tnuat Haherut), a political party closely akin in its organization, methods, political philosophy and social appeal to the Nazi and Fascist parties. It was formed out of the membership and following of the former Irgun Zvai Leumi, a terrorist, right-wing, chauvinist organization in Palestine.

      The current visit of Menachem Begin, leader of this party, to the United States is obviously calculated to give the impression of American support for his party in the coming Israeli elections, and to cement political ties with conservative Zionist elements in the United States. Several Americans of national repute have lent their names to welcome his visit. It is inconceivable that those who oppose fascism throughout the world, if correctly informed as to Mr. Begin’s political record and perspectives, could add their names and support to the movement he represents." (Hannah Arendt, Albert Einstein, et al) link to socioecohistory.wordpress.com

    • YONAH FREDMAN- "But Begin and the IZL? Please explain."

      Shamir was Stern's successor in LEHI, Begin remained in the Irgun. Both had a fascistic orientation. Shamir attempted to form an alliance with Nazi Germany, Begin merely emulated them.

      "Mussolini set up squadrons of the Revisionist Zionist youth movement, Betar, in black shirts in emulation of his own Fascist bands. When Menachem Begin became chief of Betar, he preferred the brown shirts of the Hitler gangs, a uniform Begin and Betar members wore to all meetings and rallies -- at which they greeted each other and opened and closed meetings with the fascist salute." (p48, The Hidden History of Zionism, Ralph Schoenman)

    • JHITCHCOCK- "It may be be a warped, abused, and usually these days unfounded fear that is manipulated and indoctrinated by Israeli politicians and the lobby, etc. to maintain support for Israel."

      It is also used by Jewish tribalists of all stripes as a means of maintaining tribal solidarity and, as with JVP, a means to establish themselves as the arbiter of acceptable discourse via their ability to affix or remove the kosher seal of approval.

      JHITCHCOCK- "And there is a very real and not that distant history to back up this fear."

      Curiously, the farther the events recede the stronger this manufactured memory becomes. According to Norman Finkelstein, between World War II and the late 1960s, the Holocaust tended to be downplayed in American Jewish life as was anti-Semitism. It was only after the six day war that American Jewish Zionists "discovered" the Holocaust and emphasized it and anti-Semitism as motivational factors as they pursued their power-seeking agenda. This has resulted in the curious phenomenon that as anti-Semitism receded and Jews became increasingly powerful, so too did their fears of anti-Semitism increase. In other words, far from a serious threat to Jews, anti-Semitism is primarily used as a tool of intimidation against those that the (mostly Zionist) Jewish elite wish to attack. Jewish tribal anti-Zionists also use the charge of anti-Semitism as a club to beat down rivals.

      JHITCHCOCK- "Without recognizing this fear and addressing it more effectively, the struggle for Palestinian rights will be much harder....And I certainly don’t think Weir addresses it very well at all."

      In other words, if non-Jews don't sufficiently pander to induced Jewish tribal fears, then Jews, such as JVP, will withdraw their kosher seal of approval and support because Jewish tribalism outweighs their concern for Palestinian human rights. I hear you! Of course, you phrase it differently but the meaning (dare I sat threat?) is clear. Credit where credit is do, Jennifer, you have got some Chutzpah!

    • TOKYOBK- "You’re ignorant. Or, perhaps you believe that any Jewish engagement is necessarily exclusive....The club I founded was never Jews only."

      PHIL- "A year ago I met a scholar named Ben Karp who asked if I would come for Sabbath dinner at a Jewish society at Yale called Eliezer. Karp co-founded Eliezer 15 years ago. It is a members-only society that takes Jewishness and Judaism seriously, he said."

      So, Ben, is Phil a liar? Or is there a significant difference between a members-only Jewish society which takes Judaism and Jewishness seriously and a Jews only society?

    • HOPHMI- "Malcolm X, who found common cause with the American Nazi Party."

      Menachem Begin, who found common cause with the German Nazi Party.

  • Pittsburgh Jews say Obama will allow 'Second Holocaust' while Israel's ambassador openly lobbies Capitol Hill
    • HOPHMI- "...our tiny community...."

      Well, I suppose that is one way to describe the new nobility. One can almost imagine Lords Adelson and Saban huddled in fear lest folks like Phil destroy their conformity of thought and unity of purpose. Our tribe right or wrong, diversity of opinion and action an existential threat, the weak dividing and conquering the powerful, fear of Phil the logical response. Priceless!

    • PHIL- (Quoting the Jewish Federation of Chicago) "Jewish unity is a preeminent Jewish value, and we value it dearly."

      Ah, kinship, solidarity, my tribe right or wrong! Jewish unity not Zionist unity. The reality that dares not speak its name! And if spoken by the Goyim becomes a trope, prima facie evidence of anti-Semitism!

  • Kerry's stirring speech in Cuba was jammed with Iran echoes
    • PHIL- "It was truly inspiring."

      You are inspired by imperial hypocrisy? The empire is the champion of human rights and democracy which Cuba still lacks? We look to the future but the illegal embargo remains in place? Jeez, gimme a break!

  • Meeting Jimmy Carter
  • Radical talent Jowan Safadi's new song - 'To be an Arab'
    • MOOSER- "Only one way to find out. I bet if I put on a dress and fixed my hair they would go for me!"

      Ah, the intrepid researcher prepares to gather empirical data! Good on you, Moose!

  • Roundtable on the Palestinian solidarity movement and Alison Weir
    • DANAA- "Keith, this thread is hard to resist, isn’t it?"

      Yes, and it upsets me that we have spent so much time discussing anti-Semitism when actual anti-Semitism is so insignificant. I felt compelled to respond to Tokyobk because of his ongoing willful ignorance concerning the history of Zionism and Israel. This guy is supposed to be a "scholar" (Phil's words) with a PhD in history, yet he appears to have made little or no effort to gather any facts. He simply makes things up to satisfy his conclusions, preferring strawmen and straw scenarios to factual reality. Perhaps too much truth will upset the social harmony he enjoys at his Jewish society.

      As for JVP (Jewish Voice of Power?), this little hit piece on Weir was additional proof (If any was needed) that their main concern is utilizing inferred anti-Semitism to insinuate themselves as the arbiters of acceptable discourse in the BDS movement, the plight of the Palestinians subsumed under the power seeking activities of Jewish tribalists. They are like a wrecking ball smashing cooperative efforts which don't adhere to their agenda. What have they accomplished other than creating chaos and disharmony? Like I said at the start, it is all about power.

    • TOKYOBK- "However, the Jew Hobbyist will find the Jewish power element in any story and did so long before Israel."

      I wasn't going to comment on this thread again, however, I find your historical ignorance appalling. You are a historian? You have a problem with empirical data? Jewish power in the US literally exploded after the six day war in 1967 due to a variety of factors. In fact, it was only after World War II that Zionism became a significant force in organized Jewish life. Not to say that Jews didn't have influence, but the type of Jewish power we are discussing on Mondoweiss is a relatively recent phenomenon. In other words, prior to the formation of Israel there were no American "Jew Hobbyists," your disparaging label for those concerned with power relations in our current political economy. Also, prior to the six day war, there was little emphasis on the Holocaust and anti-Semitism. The current emphasis which you seem obsessed with is a manufactured awareness emphasized by Jewish elites to promote the tribal solidarity which serves their interests so well.

      No doubt you can conjure up some pre-World War II European "Jew Hobbyists" to satisfy your longing for evidence of eternal and irrational anti-Semitism. And since there is so little actual anti-Semitism currently in the US you resort to overemphasizing the statements of those of marginal influence, such as Ken O'keefe, who I was previously unaware of. You need to be more concerned with the impact of neoliberal globalization than with inconsequential anti-Semitism. Unless, of course, you imagine yourself one of those who will be favored by the emerging political economy. Ideological victimhood confers privileges?

    • SIBIRIAK- "But as this MW thread and debates elsewhere have revealed, there is a profound ideological dispute being played out in this affair that far overshadows the particular details of the complaints."

      I see it primarily as an yet another attempt to assert the power of a core group of what I refer to as tribal anti-Zionists. It isn't just Alison Weir or even Gilad Atzmon that ran afoul of JVP's attempt at controlling the discussion, it also includes Norman Finkelstein and Greta Berlin. Basically, if JVP doesn't like what you are doing/saying, they tell you to change and if you don't you are excommunicated. It is all dressed up as opposition to racism and for the good of the cause, but the reality is that JVP is using the anti-Semitism club to exert control of the BDS doctrinal system. These tribal anti-Zionists utilize the same appeals to eternal Jewish suffering and victimhood and the sanctity of the Holocaust that Zionists do, their anti-Zionism merely Zionism's echo, all utilized to achieve Jewish solidarity and exclusivity without the onus of Israeli actions. Am I wrong? Too many good people have been banished for this to be other than a conscious elimination of those who get in the way. I conclude by simply saying that this ongoing, never ending search for anti-Semites and anti-Semitism is a totally misplaced emphasis which, nonetheless, serves the purpose of those who employ this tactic.

    • MOOSER- "Oh, Keith” Mooser simpered, batting his eyelashes...."

      I think that living around Bremerton and those Navy boys is having an effect on you. Give my regards to Captain Jack.

    • DANAA- "And the biggest obstacle to redemption of the jewish people - in the US, the world or in Israel - is the jewish people."

      May I be so bold as to suggest an alternative interpretation? The biggest obstacle to the breakdown of Jewish tribalism is the relative success of Jewish tribalism. Zionism, the Holocaust, Israel and the belief in eternal and irrational anti-Semitism are the core beliefs of the modern Jewish tribe which has re-energized the Jewish tribalism of Classical Judaism in a modern, secular form. This is a key contributing factor in Jewish success and power accumulation and will not be abandoned lightly if at all. The very concept of "the Jewish people" as distinct from the Judaic religion is a manifestation of this manufactured tribalism. Interestingly, if Herzl was the father of Zionism then Hitler was the midwife to the birth of Israel. Without the Nazis and the Holocaust, I doubt that there would be a Jewish state and Zionism, never popular before the Holocaust, would likely be but a fading ideology and secular Jews would be merely secular.

    • MOOSER- "...if JVP is trying to censor or control her they have a heck of a task in front of them!."

      Having tried and failed to censor and control her, they have excommunicated her as an object lesson to those who remain as to what happens when you are a little too independent. For example, what happened to Greta Berlin when she refused to condemn Gilad Atzmon? And you better believe that being labeled an anti-Semite by JVP, even if by inference, will have an effect both upon her fund raising abilities and upon the reception her message receives. By the way, you seem a little too defensive on this issue, treating all references to organized Jewish power seeking as a personal attack on you. To repeat, the censorship and control primarily involves those who remain within the movement as to what happens when someone crosses the lines these tribalists have set up. That is what excommunication is all about.

    • ECHINOCOCCOUS- "But so what?

      In regards to Alison Weir's nationalism, I agree. However, I don't see this as much ado about nothing, rather, I see it as a deliberate attempt by JVP to exercise de facto censorship and control. Please notice that in addition to Alison Weir, Jennifer Hitchcock mentions Gilad Atzmon, Israel Shamir and Greta Berlin. Why? As a pointed reminder of what happens to those who defy JVP and the other Jewish chauvinists in the solidarity movement. Make no mistake, those other three have been branded as anti-Semites by these Jewish chauvinists. Try linking to Gilad Atzmon and see if your comment passes moderation. Several days ago I made a comment quoting The Saker in regards to the power of the Zionists in France. I provided a link. Within his comment, The Saker provided a video of Alain Soral and Dieudonne discussing their legal persecution under French anti-Semitism laws. My comment was rejected, I assume because of the Dieudonne video. Dieudonne has been labeled an anti-Semite, hence, neither he nor any link to him is acceptable on a "respectable" anti-Zionist website. Try linking to him or Gilad Atzmon too frequently and you just might get banned for anti-Semitism. So this labeling of Alison Weir is quite a serious thing, part of the Jewish tribalists attempt to exercise control over a specific segment of the doctrinal system.

    • JENNIFER HITCHCOCK- "But anyone who had done significant activist work in the Palestinian solidarity movement would have to admit that the movement does occasionally draw a few unsavory characters here and there, including people who come out of the woodwork online, to defend figures like Gilad Atzmon, Israel Shamir, Greta Berlin, and now Alison Weir."

      My, what an interesting statement. She conflates mysterious "unsavory characters" from the woodwork with Gilad Atzmon, Israel Shamir, Greta Berlin and Alison Weir, then she claims anyone who has done "significant activist work" would admit that she is right! Well that settles that! Although she doesn't call any of the four "unsavory," her meaning is obvious and frankly underhanded. More innuendo. Disagree? Obviously you are not a significant activist or an activist or significant.

      One can only wonder if there are any significant activists from Jewish Voice for Peace who monitor the membership for instances of Jewish chauvinism and anti-Gentile bias. If Lila Garrett from the Jewish Voice for Peace (Congressman Ted Lieu thread) is typical of the membership, then the JVP seems primarily concerned with promoting the myth-history of eternal Jewish victimhood and self-righteous tribal solidarity. As such, those who don't adequately defer to their worldview come under attack, their integrity impugned, the kosher seal of approval withdrawn. As I have said in the past, it is all about power. Jews frame the debate, Jews define what is acceptable or not and Jews administer the discipline.

      Lest anyone misunderstand, what little I know of Alison Weir left a bad taste in my mouth. She is too much the America Firster, not exactly my cup of tea. Gilad Atzmon has some good things to say and some silly things to say. Regrettably, he is intentionally provocative, I assume a form of self-promotion. Israel Shamir has done some excellent analyses of the Ukraine and imperial geostrategy. I have no idea how he made their shit list. Greta Berlin was wronged, pure and simple.

  • 'Bernie, what about justice 4 Palestine?'
    • PHIL- "At the later rally pictured, Sanders said he will be a crusading advocate for racial justice."

      Like the President, Bernie is a firm believer that words speak louder than actions. Tell the voters what they want to hear, then give the fat-cats what they demand. If elected, he would likely become known as the Jewish Barack Obama. Both are militarists and imperialists to the very marrow of their bones.

  • President Obama wants us to argue about the special relationship
    • DAVID DOPPLER- "In one stroke, he’d shatter the Likud-AIPAC-Neocon hold on America...etc"

      Perchance, are you telling us about a wondrous apparition provided by a magician? (Let us see if Mooser gets the reference)

  • Israeli Banks flipping out over looming European boycott
    • PABELMONT- In such matters, what is said in public is aimed at the public, for an effect, and what matters often stays secret."

      That is exactly correct and why it is a good idea not to place too much emphasis on the public statements of the elites or their representatives including the media.

  • Congressman Ted Lieu, are you really in bed with AIPAC?
    • MOOSER- "So did the Palestinians finally leave those poor Israelis alone?"

      Indeed, the Palestinians must be typical Jew-hating Goyim who irrationally failed to welcome peace loving Jews into their midst. What is an Ashkenazi to do? Move back to the Bronx? Wouldn't those Arabs be sorry then, losing such peaceful and accommodating neighbors! It would serve them right! Oh, how I would love to see their faces when all of the Zionists gave their 30 days notice to vacate! Don't go! What will we do now? Please take some olive trees as a going away present! Promise to write?

  • It's not bigoted to call out the Israel lobby over Iran Deal
    • ZIUSUDRA- "This won over accord saved the ME & Levant."

      Surely you jest, Dr. Pangloss? Funny, I thought that the entire region was in flames.

    • ANNIE- "...what many Americans consider to be, potentially, the greatest diplomatic feat in US foreign policy since Nixon’s ’72 trip to China...."

      What an absurd comment. The choice is between a truly rotten deal for Iran and the Iranian people and something even worse. This is a conflict between two sets of warmongers. Israel wants war against Iran now, Obama wants to increase hostilities aimed at Russia, even as he attacks Syria by air. This isn't a question of war or peace, it is a question of who we attack first. The empire is on a rampage and you are touting Obama's diplomacy? Jeez.

  • Defying Obama on Iran deal, Schumer cites Hamas
    • SIBIRIAK- "Some interesting posts on the TPP over at Naked Capitalism:"

      Thanks for the links. Always nice to have that sort of info available for future reference.

    • ABIERNO- "As regards restriction or regulation of toxic or predatory financial products, this is not prohibited anywhere I can locate."

      Holy she-it!!! You have access to the highly restricted TPP document? Most of the critics make reference to leaks of this document which even Congress has limited access to. So, are you a corporate flack? Besides, the actual meaning of the text will ultimately be decided by a small group of corporate lawyers so we should assume the worst, your assurances worthless.

      ABIERNO- "Neither you nor Ellen nor Senator Schumer, who summed up TTP as serving deep pocketed investors, have proposed alternatives."

      How about no TPP, TTIP, NAFTA, et al. All of these "trade" agreements are designed to lock in corporate rule and global financial control. This global matrix of interdependencies linked through the financial system will become the ultimate totalitarian dystopia. Plus, it is unsustainable. A sustainable society absolutely requires a maximum of local autonomy in order to transition from a hydrocarbon based society to a solar-hydrogen based society. The global corporate empire is headed in the wrong direction at warp speed. Neoliberal globalization is a consummate disaster that is getting worse at an accelerating rate. A couple of more quotes and links for those interested.

      "Corporations are elevated to the same status as national governments under “free trade” agreements, but if the Trans-Pacific Partnership is approved, corporations will be elevated above governments. New language inserted into the text of the TPP declares that, in certain circumstances, arbitrators hearing a suit by a corporation must assume the corporation’s claim is true." (Pete Dolack) link to counterpunch.org

      "From what is known from the periodic leaks from the discussions, it appears proposals for TPP are heavy on permitting capital to freely and easily enter a country, for profits to be just as easily repatriated, for wholesale privatization of public enterprises, and for proposals to allow corporations to sue governments in global secret courts if national laws are passed that challenge any provision of the TPP — to name but the most corporate-friendly measures being proposed." (Jack Rasmus) link to counterpunch.org

    • SIBIRIAK- "The point is, you are a despicable traitor to “your” President if you oppose Obama on the Iran deal, but you are a loyal dissenter if you oppose Obama on TPP/TTIP."

      Yes, I got your point and agree, however, I didn't want to join the discussion on what constitutes treason. As I am sure you are aware, the notion of disloyalty to a specific leader has rather interesting precedents. Prior to democracy, disloyalty to the monarch was considered treasonous. Nazi Germany revived the concept. Talk of "traitors to their Democratic President" has a certain Hitlerian flavor to it although I suspect that Unverified is primarily venting.

      With Abierno's subsequent comments, however, the situation becomes more interesting. Please note the fact that he is untroubled by the fact that the TPP would usurp the power of Congress to legislate important economic matters leaving resolution of disputes to the authority of a panel of appointed corporate lawyers (royal appointees?). And once we get rid of any semblance of democracy (Greece, for example), then perhaps loyalty will be directed to corporate CEO and empire? Those guilty of corporate treason will be fired and frozen out of the market economy and left to rot.

      Getting back to Abierno, notice that the settlement dispute procedures don't bother him because they appear in other odious trade deals and so far he approves of the decisions, "The U.S. has never lost an ISDS dispute." The U.S.? Let us be honest, the US battered some foreign country to the benefit of some US based corporation. Terrific. This is supposed to make me happy? NAFTA has been a disaster for the 99%, causing American job loss and decimating Mexican agriculture. Most of the legal and illegal aliens flooding the US are, in reality, refugees from Latin American countries we have more or less destroyed with neoliberal globalization. But that apparently is just fine with Abierno who seems to be more loyal to the American corporate/financial empire than to the republic. Yet, hardly treasonous.

      To summarize, the concept of treason and traitors are much abused in the public discourse and seem primarily a form of name calling unless done by the government as a form of social control.

    • ABIERNO- "The TPP and the TTIP are entirely different entities."

      They sure are, pal. These treaties have little to do with actual trade and everything to do with corporate rights and financial control. Your talking points about BRICS and SCO are propaganda. Curious that you would call folks traitors while defending "trade" agreements that destroy what little remains of the American republic. Assuming you actually believe what you said about the TPP, suggest you head over to CounterPunch website and search for Trans Pacific Partnership and educate yourself. A quote and a link (to CounterPunch)

      "The TPP would forbid countries from banning particularly risky financial products, such as the toxic derivatives that led to the $183 billion government bailout of AIG. It would prohibit policies to prevent banks from becoming “too big to fail,” and threaten the use of “firewalls” to prevent banks that keep our savings accounts from taking hedge-fund-style bets.

      The TPP would also restrict capital controls, an essential policy tool to counter destabilizing flows of speculative money. . . . And the deal would prohibit taxes on Wall Street speculation, such as the proposed Robin Hood Tax that would generate billions of dollars’ worth of revenue for social, health, or environmental causes." (Ellen Brown) link to counterpunch.org

  • Following fatal settler attack, Israeli army raids Dawabshe family homes in the West Bank village of Duma
    • MOOSER- "...nobody owes us anything for being Jewish."

      That is because all of the proceeds have been dedicated to the Hophmi outreach fund to finance his efforts to teach tolerance to all of the Jew hating, Holocaust denying, mass murdering Gentiles, all 99% of them!

  • The day after 9/11, Kagan father-son duo said 'take the war' to Palestine
    • WHIZDOM- "Why hasn’t Ms. Nuland been fired from State?"

      Because she enjoys the full support of the President as she designs and implements imperial policy?

    • CIGARGOD- "So, at age 25, Frederick…with no military service I can find…is teaching military history at west point."

      How better to indoctrinate future military officers with neocon militarism? The whole neocon Kagan family is deeply imbedded in the corridors of military influence and power. Gen. David Petraeus seems to have been quite taken with them. Below is a quote and link to Robert Parry. Check out the picture of Petraeus and Kimberly Kagan. Now you don't suppose that Kimberly had undue influence with David, do you? Mossad involvement?

      "How tight Petraeus’s relationship was with two neocons in particular, Frederick and Kimberly Kagan, was explored in a Washington Post article by war correspondent Rajiv Chandrasekaran who described how Petraeus installed the husband-and-wife team in U.S. offices in Kabul, granted them top-secret clearances and let them berate military officers about war strategy." (Robert Parry) link to consortiumnews.com

      For additional reportage on the rest of the Kagans (Robert Kagan and Victoria Nuland):
      link to informationclearinghouse.info

  • 'I love Obama' 'You're infatuated' (The argument on the left)
    • DANAA- "Keith, it’s not like you to address points tangentially!"

      I had already made a couple of more lengthy comments and was pressed for time, hence, I needed to be brief. As a consequence, I sharpened up the comment which resulted in the tone being harsher than I would have liked and I apologize for that.

      DANAA- "Rather than get into pointless debates about what Obama “really” wants or wanted, the problem we have is with the presidency itself, and indeed with the entire election system."

      Unfortunately, many of the things you said such as "...much of the time Obama has little, if any choice." came across to me as making excuses for Obama. Then when you say "What little room he had to maneover he did on occasion use to try and do something good." sounds to me like you are, in fact, saying that Obama is trying to do good for the 99%, but is constrained by the power of the 1%. That may not be what you thought you were saying or what you now say you didn't say, but it sure sounded to me that it was what you were saying. Bear in mind that your comment pertains to Phil's never ending apologia for Obama. So, perhaps if we develop this a little more, our differences and agreements will become clearer.

      Let us begin by agreeing that imputing benevolent motivation to the President is totally without justification. Actions speak louder than words and I put my emphasis there. However, I think it fairly safe to assume that a major party candidate for President has been thoroughly vetted by the fat-cats and any candidate who shows the slightest tendency to support the 99% will be eliminated. In other words, Obama isn't being constrained by the 1%, rather he is the aggressive champion of the 1%. There is a difference. Absolute proof of Obama's loyalties came during the financial crisis. Instead of using the crisis to make needed changes to the system, he supported the bankers without even being pressured, even though the opportunity was there. Obama is an imperial president, period. The notion that he wants to do good but is constrained from doing so is nonsense. This is the type of liberal apologia which not only enables Obama to do terrible things, but which encourages the 1% to push for more rapid neoliberalism.

      Please don't misunderstand. I fully agree with you that currently the President is largely a figurehead in our corporate/oligarchic system. A major party candidate will always be. That is why I support Third Party candidates, even when they have no hope of winning. It is my little form of rebellion. The fact that Third Party candidates do so poorly says volumes about the American citizenry. As long as the fat-cats and politicians can take voter support for granted, they will continue to heap abuse upon abuse. What is to stop them? And as long as so-called lefties make excuses for Obama and provide support, things will only get worse at an accelerating rate. And attempting to spin Obama the warmonger as some sort of peace maker is mind boggling. As Glen Ford over at the Black Agenda Report says, Obama isn't the lesser evil, he is the more effective evil. He has been able to do terrible things that George Bush could only dream about.

      DANAA- "So, what is it we were disagreeing about, again?"

      Primarily some of the things you said in your first comment. I think that the President has more room to maneuver than you believe. Not to work miracles, mind you, but to get the ball rolling. Now we both agree that Obama wouldn't have been elected if he wasn't the kind of guy he is. That still doesn't mean that we should excuse him for being the kind of guy he is.

    • DANAA- "...the list goes on…better stop now) is, IMO, more a function of the truly minute space a president (any president) has to work in than any reflection on what Obama’s true inclinations are."

      Well, thank God I have you and Phil to tell me what "Obama's true inclinations are." Lacking your psychic ability, I have had to rely upon the actual actions of this administration. Based upon mere facts, I have concluded that Obama is an aggressive champion of the 1%, neoliberalism and warfare. He is an imperialist to the very marrow of his bones. It seems strange that there is such a dramatic disjuncture between Obama's inclinations and actions. But then, I am not known for my sensitivity. Nor my excuse making.

    • MARC-B-

      Welcome back, stranger! Seems some of the saner commenters are commenting less frequently leaving me the de facto odd man out.

      Speaking of delusions, I have toyed with the thought that Phil is actually playing devil's advocate in an attempt to elicit comments which it would be impolitic for him to say. One simply doesn't bite the hand that funds you. Since I am unaware of any actual evidence to back up this pleasant thought, it is but low probability wishful thinking. It still seems inconceivable to me that anyone could actually believe that Obama is moving to the left.

      Reading some of the other comments, there are still way too many folks looking for excuses to justify this unjustifiable administration. I find it interesting that there are some folks who would scoff at the notion that Eichmann was just following orders are now making essentially the same claim for Obama. Jeez, his hands are tied, no room to maneuver, he is just following orders! Oh sure, hold Bush and Cheney accountable for war crimes, but Obama is just following orders! Incredible! This failure to hold people accountable is one reason we are where we are. Masochists for Obama! Masochists for Hillary! Masochists for Bernie! This is why I have so little hope for the future. Thank God I'm retired and won't have to put up with all of the bullshit that the young folks will have to endure. I'm serious.

    • Lordy, lordy, anyone who suggests that Obama is moving the country to the left should get some therapy. By his appointments and actions, Obama has demonstrated that he is a neocon's neocon and a warmonger's warmonger. The neocon Nuland's Ukrainian coup and war risks nuclear war with Russia to advance the neocon goal of imperial hegemony. The temporary lull in anti-Iranian hostilities allows Obama to declare a no-fly zone over parts of Syria as the empire pursues the complete destruction of that poor country. And Obama's neoliberal credentials are impeccable, the TPP but the latest example of Obama leading the class war against the 99%. This administration is easily the worst in history, continuing a trend begun following World War II. But give Obama credit in one area, he is a consummate con man.

      On the positive side, at least your friend Michael Smith appears knowledgeable.

  • Leading US Jewish group opposes Iran deal, citing 'baseless hatred' of Jerusalem temple destruction 2000 years ago
    • ROHA- "...who have little or no understanding of logic or science."

      Is it your contention that the thousands of scientists who contributed to the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) are "Global Warming fanatics....who have little or no understanding of logic or science?" Interesting. Perhaps you should submit your CV detailing your superb understanding of logic and science. Be sure to include all of the peer reviewed articles you have published in the technical literature. Do you have the links for the rest of us ignoramuses so that we may be enlightened? If it isn't too much trouble. Until then, I am afraid that I will have to stick with common sense and the conclusion of the overwhelming majority of climate scientists. This is my one comment on this topic, I have already made my views known with MRW on another thread.

  • Understanding the Partition plan
    • DENIS- "But I thought the Nazis were supported by the Arabs...."

      It is a Zionist propaganda meme that the Arabs were Nazi sympathizers due to the association of the Mufti of Jerusalem with the Axis. The Mufti was of marginal influence. What is downplayed is the attempts by the Zionist revisionists to form alliances with both fascist Italy and Nazi Germany. Iconic uber Zionist Vladimir Jabotinsky was involved as well as future Israeli Prime Ministers Menachem Begin and Yitzhak Shamir. Prior to World War II, Adolph Eichmann met with Haganah representative Feivel Polkes to discuss areas of mutual interest. Eichmann was impressed with Polkes and wrote that if he had been born a Jew he would have become a Zionist. These efforts never went anywhere but said a lot about those involved. And while Zionists like to overemphasize the Mufti, Zionist dealings with the Nazis are never mentioned.

  • Did the BBC cover up the anti-Semitism of Gaza's children?
    • TREE- “This attitude is why those who are Jewish bigots carp so much about anti-semitism.”

      Absolutely! Additionally, this attitude forms the basis of much of Jewish Zionist tribal solidarity. Us versus them. Furthermore, it is a potent weapon of intimidation to get Gentiles to defer to Jews. And while some Mondo commenters think that charges of anti-Semitism are losing their sting, those who depend upon Jewish campaign contributions take them very seriously. And Europe may be even worse with their Holocaust education requirements and laws against anti-Semitism.

      Additionally, Mondoweiss itself seems overly sensitive to comments which can conceivably be labeled as anti-Semitic. A comment I made to you on this thread yesterday quoted The Saker and linked to the article which included a video with Alain Soral and Dieudonne. The comment didn't pass moderation. The video involved the influence of the CRIF (French Zionists) on freedom of speech in France and the persecution of anyone the Zionists label as anti-Semitic. Apparently, being labeled anti-Semitic by French Zionists has considerable influence in the US and on Mondoweiss. Since I have not included the quotes nor the link, hopefully this comment will go through.

    • ROBERT COHEN- "To Jewish ears, mine included, the pejorative use of the word “Jews” conjures up enough historical baggage to fill the reclaim hall at Ben Gurion airport....Immediately I’m thinking: ‘Christ killers’, ‘blood libels’, ‘pogroms’ and the ‘Protocols of the Elders of Zion’....Very soon I’m thinking: ‘Nazis’ and ‘gas chambers’."

      Oh really? And why are you so traumatized by the word "Jews?" How many pogroms, concentration camps, and gas chambers have you actually experienced? How long will Jews claim some sort of special victimhood? What purpose does your self-induced victimhood serve?

      ROBERT COHEN- "If this is the truth and the children of Gaza are cold hearted, old school, antisemites then they do not deserve the world’s sympathy."

      WOW!!! Hard to know how to respond to this. In the second half of the article you redeem yourself somewhat, but that still leaves the question of how you can still see yourself as a victim? The story in the Jewish Chronicale doesn't say this or even infer this. It is a very brief recap of the Jews versus Israelis issue, the word "anti-Semitism" doesn't appear. Even to bring up the issue of anti-Semitism in regards to these children strikes me as perverse. I leave the final words to Noam Chomsky.

      “There is, evidently, much satisfaction to be gained by careful inspection of those writhing under our boot, to see if they are behaving properly; when they are not, as is often the case, indignation is unconstrained.” (Noam Chomsky)

  • What about Palestinian academic freedom?
    • HOPHMI- "It is utterly, and completely, disingenuous and shameful for academics in North America to launch such campaigns, when they themselves teach at institutions that have failed to take positions against the involvement of the United States and Canada in wars abroad, and in the case of the United States, against violations of the rights of minority groups, immigrants, and international laws of wars."

      The same could be said of the boycott of Apartheid South Africa. Did/Do you disapprove of that as well?

      As for the lack of criticism and opposition to empire within academia, of course I agree that it is shameful. But that doesn't take away from this current principled attempt to correct an obvious wrong. It should be noted that all Canadians and Americans share in the responsibility to oppose their government's support of Israel and Israeli policies. Please feel free to aggressively oppose the empire. Most Zionists are staunch supporters of empire and US militarism, hence, empire Jews.

  • Morgan Freeman, Valerie Plame and Queen Noor say Iran deal will prevent nuclear war that will melt Jack Black's frisbee
    • TCHOUPITOULAS- "No one is better at understanding who their target audience is and knowing how to communicate with them than Hollywood industry pros."

      Yes, but what is the message that is being communicated? That Iran is seeking a nuclear arsenal which, without this treaty, could result in nuclear war? This is a backhanded demonization of Iran's capabilities and intentions which, in many ways, legitimizes Israel's propaganda. Additionally, it hides the very real threat to peace of US/Israel's very real nuclear arsenal as well as preparing the public for future propaganda concerning dire consequences should the US declare Iran in non-compliance at a future date for strategic reasons.

    • Exactly how little relation this has to Iran's nuclear program may become evident soon. Turkey is attacking the Kurds and the US is going to use airpower to help ISIS even as it claims to be attacking ISIS. How will Iran react what with the threat of the sanctions snapping back? The Iranian elites opted for neoliberal globalization instead of economic independence. This inevitably entails increased financial/economic control, although the Iranian 1% should do nicely. Compradors usually do. The empire is on a rampage and so far seems to be overwhelming all opposition. And don't hold your breath waiting for BRICS to save the day.

    • What a stupid,STUPID video!!! I can't believe that this is seen as good. For starters, it reinforces the propaganda meme that the problem is Iran's nuclear program rather than a soft-power assault on a regime not yet an imperial vassal. Why not a nuclear weapons free Middle East? Why not the elimination of nuclear weapons in accordance with the nuclear non-proliferation treaty? In the long run, trying to put your own spin on bullshit is a guaranteed looser. And why am I always the odd man out?

  • 'This is our Israel, this is for the Jews. No Palestinian should come to Israel': A Palestinian-American's story of being detained at Ben Gurion airport
    • GERMAN LEFTY- "More than three-quarters [of respondents] defined opposition to Israel’s existence as anti-Semitism.”

      Apparently the definition of the new anti-Semitism is anybody (but primarily a Gentile) doing anything which gets a Jew miffed.

  • In wake of January attacks, French Muslims have been demonized in manufactured 'clash of civilizations'
    • DOUBLESTANDARD- "...there is no comparing the level of enlightenment and sophistication of Western culture to any other civilization in the world."

      If one considers imperialism and mass murder as proof of enlightenment and sophistication, then undoubtedly we are number one! Of course, then there is the problem of how to deal with all of those trouble makers whose countries we have destroyed and subjugated. Endless war our gift to the world.

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