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Keith

Radical dissident. Retired.

Website: http://saskck.blogspot.com

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  • Shmuley Boteach seeks to blackmail Obama over his legacy
    • RITZL- "People who are afraid of Trump’s “finger on the button” should stop extrapolating."

      The reality is far more serious than most people realize. We are talking multiple fingers on multiple buttons. Presidential authorization is required ONLY for strategic weapons. Tactical nuclear weapons (up to 100 kilotons) are in the operational inventory and can be launched by a three star General. Recall that Hiroshima was 20 kilotons. We have had multiple close calls and, unless we eliminate nuclear weapons, it is only a matter of time before we all can kiss our collective you-know-what goodbye.

  • 'There is no stronger disorganizing force in American Jewish life than Israel'
    • PHIL- (Yossi Klein Halevi quote)- "Each community has devised an opposite strategy for coping. Our strategy is to be tough, the American Jewish strategy is to be flexible."

      How could I pass up the excuse to link to "Israel Man and Diaspora Boy," the perfect illustration of how Israeli Jews view the Diaspora? link to elivalley.com

  • Who knew! Israel almost started war with Hezbollah in 2015, IDF officer reveals at NY synagogue
    • ANNIE- "actually, israel’s initial attack killed top Iranian general Mohammad Ali Allahdadi and six Hezbollah fighters, one of whom was Jihad Mugniyeh link to theguardian.com"

      As you correctly point out, a major Israeli provocation is blatantly misrepresented as a minor incident with Israel as the ultimate victim. This goes way beyond mere bias, rather, this is part of information warfare, one part of full spectrum dominance. It has reached the point where I am forced to give more credence to RT than to US/Israel media propaganda. Information as a battle space. Was it always this bad, and I too naive to see? Or have the fat-cats abandoned all pretense of decency as they drag us further into the heart of darkness of their obsession with power and hegemony?

  • Palestinian fishermen struggle to survive next door to Netanyahu's palatial suburb
    • JACKDAW- "When is Mondoweiss going to publish an article about all the Jews, religious and otherwise, who live below the poverty line?"

      Indeed, it would be interesting to see unbiased data involving Jewish income distribution versus other groups. Part of the problem would be to identify who is a Jew. The primary folks who keep track of this sort of thing are the Jewish organizations. A Gentile who even broaches the topic is branded an anti-Semite engaging in anti-Semitic tropes. Perhaps you know of an unbiased study?

      Trivia question. The very first word out of baby Hophmi's mouth was "auntie." Can you guess the second?

  • In a world of conflict, peace is celebrated only one day out of the year
    • International peace day is a fraud. Feel good symbolism even as we ignore the reality of empire and the historical struggle for power. Unless nuclear weapons are eliminated soon, there won't be a future. Will they be? Is the US committed to spending $1 trillion over 30 years to modernize the US arsenal? Will the planet survive anthropogenic environmental catastrophe in any event? Pointless ritual incantations.

  • ADL throws Netanyahu under the bus to try to make new friends
  • Amos Oz would never stand in the street in Tel Aviv shouting 'Kill all the Arabs'
    • AVIGAIL ABERBANEL- "Social psychologists, sociologists or anthropologists would easily identify the characteristics of a cult here."

      And the difference between a cult and a religion? Zionism, like Marxism, is like a religion without a godhead, although Zionism has melded with Classical Judaism. Jewishness is a manufactured ethnicity which seeks to instill solidarity through the demonization of non-Jews, the purpose of which is to create de facto power-seeking nepotism. Zionism and Israel cannot be understood without reference to empire and the relationship of Israel to empire and of American Zionist Jews to imperial power. You highlight the madness to their method, however, don't ignore the method to their madness. The degree of Jewish Zionist power within the imperial elite is extraordinary by any measure.

    • AMOS OZ- "Because no one of them ever said after Hitler that Germany should cease to exist, or after Stalin, that there should be no Russia."

      After Hitler, Nazi Germany ceased to exist. And Zionist Israel should go the way of Nazi Germany and cease to exist as a Zionist entity, becoming, instead, a state of all of its citizens. As for the former USSR, US foreign policy long sought the breakup of the former Soviet Union, and currently seeks to breakup Russia for geopolitical reasons. Wrongly, of course, but Uncle Sam is seeking it nonetheless, just as the US has broken-up many countries when it suited it. Currently, US/Israel are seeking to breakup the entire Middle East so that the empire, of which Israel is an integral part, can control the area. Additionally, all of these bogus "trade" agreements more or less eliminate national sovereignty in favor of international capital. Amos Oz is a propagandist with little, if any, understanding of the reality on the ground.

  • Broadway club cancels 'Black Lives Matter' benefit because of movement's stance on Israel
    • PHIL- (Quoting Garrison Keillor)- "Jews didn’t go in for big yachts and a fleet of aircraft — they showed off by way of philanthropy or by raising brilliant offspring. They sympathized with the civil rights movement."

      Garrison Keillor's tongue must be numb from licking boots. The philanthropy of vulture capitalist Paul Singer and the civil rights commitment of Sheldon Adelson? And Larry Ellison doesn't own a 454' mega yacht? Apparently a lot has changed in 40 years. Part of implementing a successful Zionist plan?

      As an aside, philanthropy is a nice sounding label for privatized social engineering. No philanthropist ever made his fortune through philanthropy (usually the opposite), nor does this philanthropy ever conflict with the philanthropist's wealth and power, rather, it protects and enhances that power.

  • Trump and Clinton promise to repeat foreign policy mistakes of the past
    • WILSON DIZARD-"And the mistakes that lead to the United States into Vietnam are looming over Trump and Clinton’s plans for further war."

      That the Vietnam war was a major war crime against the Vietnamese people which was not in the interests of the American 99% should be obvious. That it was a "mistake" from the perspective of empire is doubtful. The US secured its major objective of destroying a potential threat to imperial domination in the form of a truly independent and viable Vietnam. A similar situation exists in the Middle East where the empire is waging a war by proxy and covert ops to destroy (not conquer) nations and peoples who may pose a potential threat to imperial hegemony and Israeli dominance. Morality aside, whether or not this is a "mistake" depends upon how successful the policy turns out for control of the Middle East.

  • NYC city council anti-BDS bill meets resistance from protesters
    • BETTYBERENSON- "The Syrians are killing their people in the thousands...."

      No, the imperial proxy army of foreign mercenary Jihadists is engaged in a murderous attempt to overthrow the legitimate government of Syria resulting in massive death and destruction. Israel supports these terrorists, just as Israel supports all of the despotic Gulf monarchies. Israel has always opposed secular Arab regimes and supported Islamic fundamentalists, including the Muslim Brotherhood, etc. Israel got along just fine with the Shah of Iran, and helped train his ruthless security forces. US/Israel created the conditions which gave rise to the problems you complain about. Do you always blame the victims for the conditions imposed upon them? Are you totally lacking in intellectual honesty and integrity?

  • It's war between Netanyahu and the generals (and the PM may just have lost the corporal)
    • TCHOUPITOULAS- "Anyway, Goldberg’s pitching here, the whole thing reads like he’s auditioning for the role of “Court Jew"

      Help me out here. I am having difficulty imagining what role a "Court Jew" would play in a neocon Hillary Clinton administration. The image which comes to mind would be analogous to a "Court Catholic" at the Vatican.

  • After building a protest movement, West Bank village of Nabi Saleh steps back from weekly Friday protests
    • DANAA- "I am also reminded of people like Finkelstein and Blumenthal...."

      Blumenthal strikes me as a post Zionist Jewish tribalist. He criticizes Israeli treatment of the Palestinians and of support for Israel being the center of Jewish tribalism as it is now. However, he also is rather quick to go out of his way to label people as anti-Semitic in an effort to buttress his community bona fides, his uncalled for attack on Gilad Atzmon one example. Not that Atzmon doesn't seek to provoke. Finkelstein, on the other hand, tends to downplay anti-Semitism, although he seems to embrace the Jewish community but without Zionist level solidarity.

    • DANAA- "The sanders revolution in the US failed, so what hope does a palestinian revolution have?"

      If you think that the Sanders' "revolution" failed, then you have misperceived the goals and objectives of the Sanders' "revolution." As far as I am concerned, the Sanders' "revolution" has succeeded brilliantly, and his follow on "Our Revolution" will continue to do so, much as Move-On.org has done.

    • DANAA- "Ultimately, the palestinians of the west bank may need to take a step back, save themselves from death and injury, so they can fight another day."

      I have always felt that focusing excessively on some ideal future (one state versus two, etc.) is counterproductive. Much of our focus needs to be on the here and now. End the Siege of Gaza, tear down the wall, eliminate the check points, etc. That is one reason why I was distressed by the attack on Greta Berlin and the consequences for the Free Gaza movement. The ongoing overemphasis on alleged anti-Semitism is extremely counterproductive.

  • There's no room on campus to be progressive and pro-Israel
    • ANNIE- "Kogen claims BDS has “led to the erosion of traditional ties on which Jews have long relied.”

      Over at Counterpunch, Jeffrey Blankfort has a very informative article exploring the nature of the ties to the Black Congressional leadership on which Jews have long relied. It seems that organized Jewish support for programs which benefit low income Blacks is contingent upon Black support for Israel. So, in addition to campaign funding, these progressive programs are held hostage to support for Israel. A quote followed by a link to the highly recommended article. The quote is from "A Jew in America" by Arthur Hertzberg, president of the American Jewish Congress.

      "In the course of our talks over the dinner table, we had little difficulty in understanding one another. We agreed that the continuing need for Blacks in national politics was and would remain the welfare state. Only through welfare programs for the poor could a large number of Blacks live in some minimum decency.

      On the Jewish side there was one concern that united all the factions of the Jewish community: the defense of Israel. As a lamb among the wolves of the Middle East, Israel needed sufficient American support to defend itself. Therefore Jews needed friends and allies in American politics who would help make Israel more secure.

      The three of us quickly saw the obvious conclusion: let an alliance be made between the Black congressmen and the Jewish congressmen so that each group would vote for the agendas of both sides. Jews would remain committed to the welfare state, even as it meant higher taxes for the middle class, and Blacks would support Israel.

      The alliance that was defined that day has lasted many years. It represented a quiet consensus both among Jews and among Blacks." (p.361, "A Jew in America," Arthur Hertzberg, president of the liberal American Jewish Congress, quoted by Jeffrey Blankfort) link to counterpunch.org

  • Marc Lynch warns against the U.S. escalation in Syria
    • DABAKR- "I suppose the massive outflow of war refugees of all stripes, alawite,. Sunnis, shi’a, Christian druze in all directions desperate for refuge is a fantasy of a cuckolded world press?"

      The refugees have been created by the US/Israel/NATO war against Syria utilizing Islamist terrorist mercenaries, created and supported by empire. The same thing happened in Iraq, Libya, Afghanistan, etc, as the empire has set the entire Middle East on fire in a largely successful attempt to break up the nations of the Middle East into small and weak statelets consistent with longer term Israeli planning objectives.

      DABAKR- "The Assad clan, his father’s cronies, the corrupt military leaders all there to assure his transition to power."

      The Western imperial powers have so messed up the entire Middle East that it is difficult to evaluate what constitutes reasonable behavior under the prevailing circumstances created by the West. When the entire area is carved up so as to generate instability, what type of government is required to maintain some modicum of peaceful stability? Throw in the ongoing attempts by empire to destabilize any government which refuses to be a US/Israel vassal state and there may be no alternative to a strongman type government. Progressive change will never come if the empire keeps meddling in the internal affairs of these empire created nations. As it is, Syria, Libya, Iraq and others have effectively been destroyed. And it wasn't Saddam Hussein, Muammar Gaddafi, or Bashar al Assad who destroyed them. Look in the mirror, pal.

      In discussing the governments of the Middle East and other Third World nations, it is well to keep in mind that "democracy" is a label without meaning. A holy word that misleads. In the West, democracy must always be understood as capitalist democracy. That is, one dollar one vote. In the land of empire, the elites control policy, elections merely a tool to sell figureheads to the public to obtain electoral legitimacy while creating a sense of involvement. When Third World countries adopt Western style "democracy" they are essentially surrendering to corporate/financial control. Look at what happened in Brazil with the oligarch instigated legislative coup. Between the global financial system, corporate dominance, "trade" agreements, control of the media and communications, there is no real democracy anywhere. It is all an illusion put forth by the elites to manufacture consent

    • Since this thread is about a book on Syria, I feel it appropriate that I mention another recent book on Syria: "The Dirty War On Syria" by Professor Tim Anderson, a Senior Lecturer in Political Economy at the University of Sydney. Below I provide a quote and a link.

      "Although every war makes ample use of lies and deception, the dirty war on Syria has relied on a level of mass disinformation not seen in living memory. The British-Australian journalist Philip Knightley pointed out that war propaganda typically involves ‘a depressingly predictable pattern’ of demonising the enemy leader, then demonising the enemy people through atrocity stories, real or imagined (Knightley 2001). Accordingly, a mild-mannered eye doctor called Bashar al Assad became the new evil in the world and, according to consistent western media reports, the Syrian Army did nothing but kill civilians for more than four years. To this day, many imagine the Syrian conflict is a ‘civil war’, a ‘popular revolt’ or some sort of internal sectarian conflict. These myths are, in many respects, a substantial achievement for the big powers which have driven a series of ‘regime change’ operations in the Middle East region, all on false pretexts, over the past 15 years." (Tim Anderson) link to globalresearch.ca

    • Since the war on Syria is such a significant topic, I would like to broaden the perspective by linking to a 9 minute video interview of John Pilger dealing with this. John Pilger is a journalist who provides a dissident perspective and whom I greatly respect. link to youtube.com

      The other point I would make is that the coalition of forces arrayed against Syria vastly exceeds those supporting Syria. The Russian presence in Syria, while surprisingly effective, is quite limited. Russia has rather limited force projection capabilities and could not even begin to match the US/NATO forces. There seems to be a lot of misunderstanding on this. Below I provide both a quote and a link to The Saker, one of the more realistic strategic analysts around regarding Russia.

      " Putatively pro-Russian “experts” add to the confusion by publicly hallucinating of a Russian deployment in Syria and the Mediterranean which could wrestle the entire region away from Uncle Sam and fight the entire NATO/CENCOM air forces and navies with confidence. This is all nonsense, of course...." (The Saker) link to thesaker.is

    • DONALD JOHNSON- "And now you are reduced to complaining that I mentioned Assad but not Clinton or Obama by name, knowing full well I agree that the US has the blood of countless people on its hands."

      I am responding to this on this thread because of posting problems on the previous thread. This is an important point and I want to clarify. You don't demonize Clinton and Obama by name because you feel that it is a systemic problem. Fair enough up to a point. Yet you demonize Assad by name even though he is trapped in the same imperial system. The big difference is that Clinton and Obama have considerable power within the system and are able to control or at least influence events. The decision to destabilize Syria and smash it to bits was made in the imperial centers of power, both Clinton and Obama bearing considerable responsibility.

      The Western media is a part of the same system and engages in propaganda to manufacture consent. Part of that process involves the demonization of the leadership of the state resisting imperial aggression. Gaddafi a terrorist intent on mass murder, Assad a brutal tyrant who commits atrocities, Putin a malevolent dictator, a new Hitler, etc. The intent is to portray the situation not as a complex issue strongly influenced by US policy with no easy solution but as a simple reality of one evil person to be removed and everything will be hunky dory. When you reinforce the imperial meme of Assad as a brutal tyrant who commits atrocities you are reinforcing imperial propaganda and de facto supporting the war on the Syrian people even as you criticize the system itself. And you really don't know all that much about Assad and his actions relative to others in similar situations. You get your information from the left of center mainstream media which has become totally unreliable at this point in time. They are, after all, part of the imperial system of concentrated power.

      Simply put, we are in no position judge Assad under the circumstances. If an arsonist were to set fire to a building, no doubt some of the people in that burning building would engage in despicable behavior in order to save their own lives. How closely should we scrutinize them from outside the building? Rather, how much moral outrage should we have toward the behavior of those inside the building as presented to us by the media owned by the arsonist? The arsonist, I might add, who has plans for developing the property? Assad is as much a part of the system as Clinton or Obama, just a lot lower on the food chain. There is no reason to support the imperial meme by singling him out. Yet that is what many on the left do. The all-too-loyal opposition.

    • MOOSER- "No difference I could see."

      Thanks! Me either. The problem seems to have been corrected. No doubt your presence had an impact. No one wants to mess with the Moose and his mouse!

    • DONALD JOHNSON- "It evidently upsets you and many others when people acknowledge the extreme brutality of the Syrian government."

      What extreme brutality? All of your sources are the extremely biased Western media. The empire is on a rampage. The propaganda is the worst I have ever seen. Go back to your armchair and dream sweet dreams.

      DONALD JOHNSON- "People who have read news accounts of how various groups condemn the Syrian government’s bombing and shelling of civilian areas, their attacks on medical facilities, and their use of torture and disappearances...."

      The Western media has become nothing but pure propaganda. Did you follow my links? Are they consistent with your worldview? Donald, you are a liberal, I am a radical. We will never see eye to eye. For better or worse, you are part of the system. A corrupt and evil system.

      DONALD JOHNSON- "The Western left has a history of doing this sort of thing, discrediting the legitimate critique of Western violence with apologetics for some other group’s atrocities."

      Apologetics? Desperate people do desperate things. When the empire creates the environment which inevitably leads to the crimes and atrocities you attack, why pretend that these specific acts are not a consequence of the environment that empire created? Why insist on a phony "fair and balanced" analysis of an asymmetrical situation? None of this would be happening if empire hadn't started the fire. Why can't you see the forest for the trees?

    • Moose, I need a favor. For some reason I can no longer read my comments on the threads unless I am logged in. My commenter's profile and 100 recent comments are okay, but not the thread, including replies to my comment. I couldn't read your, for example, until I logged on. I am wondering if it is just me or if unlogged site visitors will not be able to read the comment/reply. If you would be so kind as to logged out and see if you can still read my comment and your reply? As far as I know, I can read every other comment without logging on. Thanks.

    • JAMES NORTH- "Lynch is certainly no apologist for the Assad regime. He reminds us that the original 2011 uprising in Syria was nonviolent, and “involved almost unbelievably heroic popular participation in the face of extreme state violence.”

      Oh Jeez, here we go again! A slightly left of center member of the imperial doctrinal system providing his orientalist version of events. Two points need emphasizing. First, Israel has desired the break up of Syria for decades and has worked to achieve that covertly. Second, back in 2001, Syria was one of seven countries targeted for regime change by the neocons, according to General Wesley Clark. The notion that US/Israel was not involved in this right from the beginning is simply not believable. Back in 2011, when the "Arab Spring" presented both a challenge and opportunity for empire, the US began it's regime change "revolution" in Syria. The violence in Syria is a direct consequence of imperial interference, period. And while conditions in these countries outside of US control are far from ideal, the opportunity for independent change is circumscribed by these interventions. Currently, the empire is on a rampage, particularly in the Middle East, trying to eliminate any resistance to global hegemony. Below I have a Chomsky quote which seems relevant, followed by a link to a brief video of reporter Eva Bartlett on her personal experience in Syria, followed by a link to a brief interview with Hassan Nasrallah for an extremely interesting perspective on the Syrian war and how it relates to the neocon plan to remake the Middle East.

      “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)

      "The Syrian Conflict is a PR war mounted by the western powers and their surrogates." (Eva Bartlett) link to informationclearinghouse.info

      Link to Hezbollah leader video: link to thesaker.is

  • New York Times is on the scent of another Russian agent... Julian Assange
  • Syrian death tolls and the kinder gentler jihadists
    • DABAKR- "The middle East was broken up long before the return of Jews to Israel. The European empire’s along with the ottoman saw to that."

      I provide a link to the Zionist Plan for the Middle East, where Israel Shahak translates and discusses the infamous Oded Yinon plan. Surely you have heard of it? link to informationclearinghouse.info

      Return of Jews to Israel? More like the atheist Zionist invasion of Palestine. But at least you are aware of how badly the Europeans screwed-up the entire Middle East and why current finger pointing is shameless hypocrisy.

    • DONALD JOHNSON- "Obama and Clinton are war criminals. That was implied...."

      Implied but not stated, whereas Assad's criminality is stated. And you pretend not to see the difference? Donald, you have most assuredly reaffirmed your liberal bonafides. This will be my last comment. Not that it makes any difference, both of our comments appear only when I am logged on. If not, this is all invisible, at least to me.

    • That's strange. I have two comments addressed to Donald Johnson which appear both on my commenter profile and on the 100 recent comments but which don't appear on the thread unless I log on. But they don't say "in moderation." There are two because for some reason the 1st comment timed out before being processed by the system. The second is a slightly revised version of the first. I prefer the second. If the second doesn't magically appear in due course I will resubmit. Odd.

    • DONALD JOHNSON- "A propagandist knows that only one side commits crimes...."

      You just don't get it, do you? You think that talking about the Syrian "rebels" (actually, imperial mercenaries) versus the Syrian government is fair and balanced. This is a false dichotomy. All of the killing and atrocities is a direct consequence of Uncle Sam's interventions in the Middle East. The US created the Mujahideen which begat al Qaeda, etc. which we utilize as our proxy terrorists as we smash the Middle East to bits. We created the Sunni-Shia armed conflict when we brought John Negroponte to Iraq to institute the Salvadoran option. These are exceptionally dirty wars where all sides commit atrocities as civilian populations fight for survival. So, I ask you again, how many times have you referred to Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton as war criminals? You demonize Assad but don't mention Obama and Clinton, all the while self-righteously claiming you are being even handed, others not. Some of your article was good, but why the compulsion to demonize Assad under these circumstances not of his creation? If you have to call someone a war criminal, why not future President Hillary Clinton? And cut the armchair moralizing about the rules of war. These rules are ignored with impunity by empire and function primarily to permit the demonization of Third World victims of imperial aggression. All wars are more-or-less dirty and warmongers like Hillary are the ultimate war criminals.

    • DONALD JOHNSON- "A propagandist knows that only one side commits crimes...."

      You just don't get it, do you? You think that talking about the Syrian "rebels" (actually, imperial mercenaries) versus the Syrian government is fair and balanced. This is a false dichotomy. All of the killing and atrocities is a direct consequence of Uncle Sam's interventions in the Middle East. The US created the Mujahideen which begat al Qaeda, etc. which we utilize as our proxy terrorists as we smash the Middle East to bits. We created the Sunni-Shia armed conflict when we brought John Negroponte to Iraq to institute the Salvadoran option. These are exceptionally dirty wars where all sides commit atrocities as civilian populations fight for survival. So, I ask you again, how many times have you referred to Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton as war criminals? You demonize Assad but don't mention Obama and Clinton, all the while self-righteously claiming you are being even handed, others not. Your even handedness is the even handedness of a liberal imperialist, something I doubt that you are capable of understanding.

    • HOPHMI- "Notice how it's always the fault of the US for Keith."

      You forgot Israel. And Saudi Arabia. And Turkey. And the GCC. And various NATO countries. And special emphasis on your fellow Zionist neocons who are using the empire to implement Israel's plan to break up the Middle East.

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    • DONALD JOHNSON- "...but since I also criticized Assad this makes me an apologist for empire in your eyes."

      I didn't say apologist, I said propagandist. Even as you criticize imperial intervention, you also reinforce the propaganda meme of the imperial interventionists. The Middle East is a violent mess because of imperial intervention. Under these circumstances, what constitutes decent behavior? Brass knuckles for the aggressors and Marquis de Queensbury for the defenders? What would Abe Lincoln have done under similar circumstances? And how many times have you called Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton war criminals as they surely are? Also, I wasn't commenting on your article, just your comment where you felt compelled to demonize Assad (the elected and legitimate President of Syria, I might add) in the all-too-familiar liberal loyal opposition type of criticism. As an aside, I note that the Sanders "Our Revolution" deception continues Bernie's whoring for the Democrats where mainstream Democrats are lauded as "progressive" while Greens are excluded. Proving once again that no one ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American people, in particular liberals. Liberals once had at least some substance. Not any more. Now they are nothing but noisy decoys luring the gullible to their doom.

    • DONALD JOHNSON- "Massacring civilians and torturing people is a war crime. And whataboutery is as stupid in this context as in every other."

      Whataboutery? The primary responsibility for the carnage in Syria lies with the US/NATO, etc. When you demonize to the target of imperial aggression as a war criminal, you become a propagandist for empire. I trust that you are aware of the imperial responsibility for the creation and support of ISIS and offshoots? And that NATO special operations forces comprise boots on the ground for this mass terror operation? Assad cannot unilaterally terminate the conflict, whereas, all the empire has to do is stop supporting these Islamist terrorists. Cut off the funding and the fighting will quickly end. So no, it is not whataboutery to point out that the US President and former Secretary of State are bigger war criminals than Assad. Who is attacking who, for cry sakes?

    • DONALD JOHNSON- "And while Assad is a war criminal...."

      Defending one's country against destabilization and regime change is a war crime? You do remember Gen. Wesley Clark commenting on the seven countries targeted for destabilization just prior to the Iraq invasion, do you not? You are not aware that the conflict and violence in the Middle East is a direct consequence of imperial machinations? Who is the bigger "war criminal," Assad, Obama or Hillary? What Third World leader can ever hope to compare with a US President when it comes to mass murder? Enough of your liberal de facto defense of empire and imperial policy! Stop demonizing Third World leaders caught in an impossible situation creates by US imperialism!

  • Huma Abedin dumps Anthony Weiner, occupation denier
    • When it comes to Israel and the truth, Anthony Weiner sounds like Hophmi's kind of guy. Empirical reality is shunned for useful lies on the information battle field.

      As for his future former wife, the following is relevant.

      "Just in case all the political and financial ties between Clinton and the Gulf monarchies wasn’t enough to make people stop being #WithHer, perhaps the role of her closest adviser might do the trick. Huma Abedin, Clinton’s campaign chief of staff, has long-standing ties to Saudi Arabia, the country where Huma spent her childhood from the age of two." (Eric Draitser) link to counterpunch.org

      Lest anyone be deluded that Saudi influence would counter Israel's influence, the reality is that Israel and Saudi Arabia have been discretely cooperating for decades, now being more open about it.

      “Saudi Arabia recognizes that Israel is an ally rather than an enemy because of the two principal threats that threaten them, Iran and Daesh," he (Netanyahu) told CNN’s Fareed Zakaria on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos Friday.

      Both Saudi Arabia and Israel are fiercely opposed to a nuclear accord between Iran and the West which came into force recently. They are worried the agreement could boost Iran's role in the region." (PressTV) link to presstv.com

      There you have it. Both Israel and Saudi Arabia pushing Hillary to attack Iran. Certainly explains her foreign policy choices, doesn't it?

  • Months after saying he won't appear at Israeli foreign ministry events, Amos Oz will do just that in Paris
  • Progressive foreign policy missing from revised Sanders revolution
    • Historians may one day note the sudden bizarre appearance in the US in 2016 of a fundamentalist cult of diehards who worshipped a sheep dog who they fantasized had both magical powers and integrity. They continued to believe this even after the dog licked his masters boots as had been long predicted.

  • Let's talk about Russian influence
    • HOPHMI- "Russia is a dictatorship where dissenters are regularly murdered."

      Hoping to get a job in a Victoria Nuland neocon dominated State Department? Boy, would you fit in! Perhaps you would get lucky and be sent to the Ukraine where you could rub elbows with all of those neo-Nazis who think just like you. Be sure to say hi to Ihor Kolomoisky, the Ukrainian Jewish oligarch who finances these neo-Nazi terrorist thugs responsible for the Odessa massacre and other crimes in that CIA run country.

    • HOPHMI- "...because you seem never to have met a dictatorship you didn’t like."

      I don't like any of the Gulf Cooperation Council monarchical dictatorships which US/Israel support, nor do I like real dictators like genocidaire Paul Kagame which US/Israel support and which Rabbi Shmuley Boteach fawns over. These are your friends, not mine. And yes, you do have a totalitarian mindset, Herr Hophmi.

    • YONAH FREDMAN- "Dayan being aggressive to prove he’s a rabid dog. When there is no motive this is the musings of sophomores."

      Musings? I supplied you with a well known quote of Moshe Dayan along with the fact that he subsequently threatened to shoot down US reconnaissance planes and the flights were halted and you describe these well known facts as the musings of sophomores? Facts and quotes are irrelevant unless we can convince you of someone's motivation? Well that is one way to avoid unpleasant realities, isn't it? There is a certain simplicity to your thinking which is quite unattractive, but which facilitates group loyalty.

    • HOPHMI- "These folks will never believe anything but the worst about Israelis no matter what you show them, because their main motivation isn’t facts; it’s hatred of Israelis and Jews."

      Yeah, we are so hateful that we have convinced ourselves that Israel has nuclear weapons even though Israel has never admitted it and the US has never officially acknowledged it. Is there no end to our self deception?

    • YONAH FREDMAN- "The event itself of the attack on the USS liberty, has never made sense to me as a decision of someone high ranking, it seems like a low level error."

      All the evidence suggests that the attack was ordered by Moshe Dayan. The Israeli Air Force had performed extensive surveillance on the Liberty and knew who and what it was. I am guessing that Dayan didn't want his activities monitored and warned the US military to keep it out of the combat area. Two days before the attack the Joint Chiefs ordered Admiral McCain to reposition the Liberty 100 miles farther out, away from the combat zone. The order was never implemented, Admiral McCain claiming the order was not received due to a highly improbable technical snafu. The first Israeli pilot ordered to attack replied that it was an American ship and refused to fire. When he returned to base he was arrested and court martialed and went to prison. Subsequently, on another occasion, Dayan threatened to shoot down US reconnaissance planes and the flights were halted. Dayan publicly stated that "Israel must be like a mad dog, too dangerous to bother." The notion that this was a low level error is preposterous.

    • LILLIAN ROSENGARTEN- "Your comment hophmi is shocking."

      Although unusually offensive and irrational, Hophmi's comment is, nonetheless, consistent with his manichean worldview and totalitarian mindset.

  • A new milestone: BDS at the Olympics
    • HOPHMI- "Yes, what a hero! 80m Egyptians live in a brutal dictatorship that imprisons dissidents and kills people left and right...."

      Yes, and is supported by the empire in which you live and by the country you love and support. The Middle East is a mess precisely because of the imperial policies of US/Israel.

      HOPHMI- "He was jerk who refused to shake the hand of a Jew."

      An American Jew? Oh, you mean the Israeli was a Jew? Your dishonest spin yet another example of your lack of intellectual integrity. May you live in interesting times!

  • Despite media assertions Russia is behind DNC hack, US government does not say so
    • PHIL- (Eric Schultz quote)- "We do know — and the President has spoken to this — that Russia has a record of engaging in this activity."

      What activity? Julian Assange has publicly stated that the Wikileaks release was based upon primary documents, that it was a leak not a hack. The empire has coalesced around Clinton and is engaging in full spectrum propaganda to protect her and to further demonize Putin. It should be remembered that several years ago, the elites meeting in Davos identified Putin as a problem for empire who needed to be eliminated.

  • Dershowitz will play Trump in Clinton's debate rehearsal, WNYC reports
    • PHIL- "...Alan Dershowitz will play Donald Trump ahead of the first debate, on September 26 at Hofstra University."

      Birds of a feather flock together! What ties Alan Dershowitz, Bill Clinton and Donald Trump together? Jeffrey Epstein! Will they all party hearty after the debate?

  • The omnipresent hawks-in-waiting of the Clinton administration
    • HOPHMI- "Funny how you can’t just admit the truth – you stand with the butcher Bashar al-Assad."

      Funny how you can't just admit the truth - you stand with al-Nusra and al Qaeda terrorists! Good for Israel? Good for the empire? Good for the Jews?

    • PHIL/JAMES- "Have you noticed the distressing pattern in the media these days?"

      Indeed I have. It would appear that the imperial elite have united behind Clinton as their champion of increased militarism. If we put the personalities of Clinton and Trump aside and simply look at who is advising them and who is likely to be a high level official in a Clinton administration, it becomes rather obvious that the virtually assured Clinton administration will be a neocon dominated war administration. We are at the end of an era and the elites are pursuing hegemony at all costs prior to the turbulent transition to the new order. They have chosen Hillary as the soon to be Warmonger-in-Chief. Danger? Everyone should be aware that Presidential authorization is for strategic nuclear weapons only. Tactical nukes (up to 100 kt) are approved for operational use and can be launched by a three star general. Cheers. Below is a quote and link guaranteed to bring you down.

      "A new Clinton presidency can be expected to further boost the U.S./NATO drive to strangle and isolate Russia, which means aggravated “crises” in Ukraine and worrisome encounters with a rival military power in a region saturated with (tactical, “usable”) nuclear weapons. Regime change in Syria? Hillary has indeed strongly pushed for that self-defeating act of war, combined with an illegal and provocative no-fly zone — having learned nothing from the extreme chaos and violence she did so much to unleash in Libya as Secretary of State. There are currently no visible signs she would exit the protracted and criminal war in Afghanistan, a rich source of blowback (alongside Iraq, Syria, Libya, Yemen, and Israel). Increased aerial bombardments against ISIS in Iraq, Syria, Libya, and elsewhere? More deployments of American troops on the ground? Such ventures, with potentially others on the horizon, amount to elaborate recipes for more blowback, followed by more anti-terror hysteria, followed by more interventions. Uncompromising economic, diplomatic, and military support of Israeli atrocities in Palestine? Aggressive pursuit of the seriously mistaken “Asian Pivot”, strategy, a revitalized effort to subvert Chinese economic and military power – one of Clinton’s own special crusades? No wonder the Paul Wolfowitzes and Robert Kagans are delighted to join the Hillary camp." (Carl Boggs) link to counterpunch.org

  • The Palestine-Israel language trap
    • DANAA- "I can see some controversialism in it – the jewish mandarins and all that (with which i agree totally, as you well know)."

      Yeah, I figured it was something like that. Yet, in a comment on an article on the use of descriptive language, why would that be taboo? Obviously, one doesn't have to agree with the label, but the political economy of Zionism should be open for discussion, particularly in view of the prominence of Jewish Zionists (Neocons, et al) is establishing and implementing imperial foreign policy. In fact, I would argue that labeling something as being the same as The Protocols is an effective form of censorship which seeks to shield power relations from scrutiny. Labeling anything as an anti-Semitic trope is always intended both as means to squelch the discussion, and as a means to claim anti-Semitism (the mother's milk of Zionism) where none exists.

      Regards to you.

    • DANAA- "Keith, write to Adam. I kind of doubt it was deliberate. More likely a glitch."

      Rather than write to Adam, why not test your glitch theory? Below I am copying and pasting the original comment (more on that later). Let us see if it passes moderation now that this is a more or less dead thread. Here goes!

      Keith August 19, 2016, 7:32 pm
      AVIGAIL ABARBANEL- “…we must also liberate our language. In fact, liberating our language might be the key to achieving liberation on the ground.”

      I agree completely. Failure to correctly identify the problem allows the opposition to frame the debate. For example, the word “reform” is perhaps the most over used propaganda term around. Noxious changes are labeled “reforms” and the battle is lost before it is begun. I disagree, however, that Israel can be correctly defined as a settler colonial state, a much too simplistic description. If it was merely a settler colonial state, much of the situation would have been resolved long ago based upon rational accommodation. Alas, Israel is at the center of the Zionist ideology which combines blood and soil nationalism with a somewhat secularized version of Classical Judaism, ideologically uniting Zionist Jews worldwide. This ideology overwhelms individual rationality in favor of tribal solidarity. Your description of Israeli Jewish psychology as cult-like seems to me accurate and indicates a society that places group ideology well above rationality. In essence, a throwback to pre-enlightenment times.

      I would also suggest that Israel cannot be understood without reference both to it’s function in the American led global empire and to it’s function in resurrecting a form of Jewish Zionist tribalism permitting Jewish Zionists to prosper as the new imperial Mandarins. Or, as Yoni Falic contends, a case can be made that American Jews have successfully “recreated the elite status of Jews in 19th century Central and Eastern Europe.” I personally doubt that this would have occurred without Zionism and the Holocaust. Of course, the specific situations differ, however, there seems to me to be definite similarities, not the least of which is the tribal psychology, kinship nepotism, and an irrational sense of victimhood, all of which tend to be mutually reinforcing.

    • AVIGAIL ABARBANEL- "I cannot see Israel or Zionism separately from its Jewish roots...."

      Israel Shahak provided extensive documentation of this in "Jewish History, Jewish Religion: The Weight of Three Thousand Years."

    • Yet again, a serious comment of mine trashed in moderation. Am I really that threatening? I am becoming confused about what side you are on versus what side I am on. Perhaps an email to clarify my ongoing moderation problems?

  • Jill Stein defends BDS in CNN town hall
    • CITIZEN- "I can’t think of a reason except the Goldstone syndrome: fear of shunning by local Jewish community, including perhaps members in their own extended family."

      I think you are probably right. Throw in Noam Chomsky's de facto support for Hillary and Bill Blum's recent de facto clash of civilizations nonsense and you have these senior citizens coming home to family. I was really surprised that Jill Stein even mentioned her Jewishness, which shouldn't even be an issue but apparently is.

      Suggestions? Pray for a miracle? The way things are going, the 2020 elections may be a moot point.

    • WILSON DIZARD- (Jill Stein quote)- "“I believe all our allies are special allies. Israel and all of them."

      Jeez, what a weak answer. I like Jill Stein, however, we all know she isn't going to be elected. Why then answer so as not to offend? Why not provide answers which reflect reality regardless of the consequences? I didn't listen to the whole thing, however, I would be astonished if Jill ever referred to the American empire. And yes, Israel is special. Thanks to American Jewish Zionist power it is not a vassal and, in fact, has too much influence on American Middle East foreign policy. Some honest and forthright straight talk is long overdue. Jill needs to turn a spotlight on Hillary and her neocon buddies.

  • The politics of Jewish ethnocentrism
    • CATALAN- "There is no Jewish ethnocentrism."

      No doubt the staunch American Jewish support for Israel simply derives from the fact that American Zionist Jews simply want the Palestinians to stop abusing their downtrodden Jewish neighbors. If the situation was reversed, they would support the Palestinians, that is for sure!

    • CATALAN- "There is no Jewish ethnocentrism."

      Indeed, the very notion of Jewish "peoplehood" an alien concept forced upon unsuspecting Jews by the shifty Goyim. We Gentiles are all alike.

  • The last Gaza war worried Scotland's Jews-- for all the wrong reasons
    • CATALAN- "...I still feel that being French is where it’s at."

      Is Bernard-Henri Levy hiring? It wouldn't hurt to send a CV just in case. Hint: if you get an interview, it helps to be able to spell hors d'oeuvres without having to Google it like I just did. Good luck!

  • Beinart calls anti-Zionists 'revolutionaries'
    • PHIL- "Changing the American Jewish mind is the most important step toward accomplishing this revolution bloodlessly."

      I think that it would be more accurate to say "changing the American Jewish elite's support for Zionism and Israel." Here as elsewhere, it is the elites that chart the course, the faithful followers following faithfully. The problem is that Zionism and Israel has rekindled the Jewish kinship solidarity which has been so helpful to the Jewish elites in their quest for power. And make no mistake, Zionist Jewish elites are Empire Jews. It is all about power. And Israel, Zionism and empire have become so entangled it is difficult to see a way out. Perhaps the end of empire and a more egalitarian society is required. But what is the chance of that happening?

      There is an old Chinese curse that goes "May you live in interesting times." Guess what? We live in interesting times which are soon going to be a lot more interesting.

  • Chosen indeed: all 7 letters run by 'NYT' on Mideast article are by Jews
    • HOPHMI- "Unfortunately, your errors go way beyond spelling."

      Had the situation been reversed and I had misspelled Shanker's name as many times as you did in spite of the correct spelling right in front of me, you would have claimed that as proof positive of anti-Semitism, a claim you make more-or-less all of the time anyway. If it is any consolation, Albert's brother Ravi spells it Shankar.

    • MOOSER- "How many times do I have to tell you “Hophmi”, Shankar should have simply transferred those nine Brownsville teachers."

      Shankar? Aaaaaaaarrrrrrrrggghh! Hophmi's influence is pernicious. How many times did Hophmi misspell Albert Shanker's name on that thread before I finally felt compelled to correct him? I had never before corrected another commenter's spelling but it was becoming embarrassing.

  • White Jews and uppity blacks
    • I find it curious that my more substantive comment concerning Yoni Falic's comment didn't pass moderation. Any hidden agendas someone would care to share?

    • SILAMCUZ- "Reading your comments."

      The types of comments only "Whitey" would make? Ethnicity determined by opinions and phraseology? Or is it my punctuation? Where is RoHa when you need him?

    • CATALAN- "I totally agree that we are elites, and also we were in charge in Europe too."

      The vast majority of Jews are not part of the power elite, functioning much like faithful followers everywhere. And the notion that Jews as a group were in charge in Europe is absurd. One must question your motivation in making the statement.

      As for people of color, all non-elites would benefit from a breakup of concentrated economic power through taxation and income redistribution. And a public rather than private financial system. And yes, free college, free healthcare, and free education for all. Unfortunately, it won't happen as long as there is an American empire. And Sheldon Adelson and Haim Saban, et al, want just the opposite. Neofeudalism and debt servitude is where we are headed. And, of course, war.

    • SILAMCUZ- "Keith is the archetypical over-confident white male...."

      What makes you think that I am white?

    • TOKYOBK- "You just don’t know/read enough about the subjects you expert on. The Irish and whiteness has been a pretty worked subject in studies of racial formation. Here is one of the more popular books on the subject:"

      What did I say? "...I have never heard an Irishman asking what would happen if the Irish stopped being white.” Have you? One of the reasons that the Irish and the Ashkenazi Jews were able to succeed in this country is that their skin color allowed them to blend in with the dominant elites in a way impossible for Blacks. Do you dispute this? The fact that the Irish at one time were not treated as well as other whites does not change the reality of their skin pigmentation. Do you deny this? And now that the Irish have been accepted, I can't imagine an Irishman wondering what would happen if he stopped being white, although Jews seem to retain this sense of victimhood. Hardly a controversial point I would have thought. Perhaps you can provide some recent quotes from your book or other sources of some Irish folks doubting their whiteness?

    • ABBA SOLOMON- "What if Jews stop being “white”?"

      You mean like Al Jolson? Perhaps it would be better if you didn't confuse the issue by racializing power relations. At one time the Irish were treated poorly, however, I have never heard an Irishman asking what would happen if the Irish stopped being white. While skin color has been a factor in determining power relations, let us not conflate the two.

      ABBA SOLOMON- "The honorary “whiteness” of Jews in the United States has been a key to Jews’ successful sojourn here...."

      What "honorary" whiteness? The Ashkenazi ARE white, cloaking Jews in Black victimhood is fundamentally dishonest, an attempt to keep alive the never ending tale of woe of those with considerable power and privilege.

      ABBA SOLOMON- "The 1968 Ocean Hill-Brownsville parents’ community school board conflict with mainly Jewish school teachers in New York caused some Jews to see assertive African Americans as threats to the liberal structure in which Jews had prospered."

      What crap! There was no threat to the "liberal structure," there was a threat to Jewish privilege. The Jews were relatively better off and intended to keep it that way, and Albert Shanker wanted to maintain his union power and ward off community control. In fact, the situation involving black and community disempowerment was anything but liberal. Your choice of words seem intended more as spin than analysis.

      ABBA SOLOMON- "...identification of US and Israeli power as guarantors of the liberal order protecting Jews...."

      "Liberal order?" An empire and a militarized local hegemon represent a liberal order? You are playing word games. "Protecting Jews?" Don't you mean protecting Jewish power? More word games.

      ABBA SOLOMON- "Feldman explores the tandem views of Zionism that emerged in ‘60s America: the national liberation movement of the Jewish People, and an imperial settler-colonial Israel allied with mother colonial nations."

      "Imperial settler colonial Israel" is the reality. "National liberation movement of the Jewish People" is the Zionist myth-history which has obviously had a large impact upon your thinking.

  • Solidifying behind Clinton, foreign policy establishment gins up a cold war with Russia/Iran
    • INBOUND39- "Keith….public opinion counts when it comes to election of representatives."

      Public opinion is rather easily manipulated if you have the campaign funding and the support of the MSM. That is why politicians grovel in front of AIPAC with little concern for negative consequences. For cry sakes, look at Hillary Clinton's positions on the Middle East and then tell me that public opinion has had a big effect on either her positions or her electability.

    • JLEWISDICKERSON- "Among the signatories was John Negroponte; and where John Negroponte goes, death squads are sure to follow!"

      You got that right! Negroponte's main "diplomatic" mission appears to be organizing death squads. Once Negroponte took over the embassy in Bagdad he brought in, among others, Col. (ret) James Steele who actually organized and ran these death squads which were referred to as the "Salvadoran option." Steele had done this before for Negroponte in Central America. And people complain about Jihadists? Key-riced, Uncle Sam is a serial killer! Couple of quotes and a link.

      "US sponsored death squads were recruited in Iraq starting in 2004-2005 in an initiative launched under the helm of the US Ambassador John Negroponte, [image: right] who was dispatched to Baghdad by the US State Department in June 2004.

      ....

      Under the “Salvador Option,” “Negroponte had assistance from his colleague from his days in Central America during the 1980′s, Ret. Col James Steele. Steele, whose title in Baghdad was Counselor for Iraqi Security Forces supervised the selection and training of members of the Badr Organization and Mehdi Army, the two largest Shi’ite militias in Iraq, in order to target the leadership and support networks of a primarily Sunni resistance. Planned or not, these death squads promptly spiralled out of control to become the leading cause of death in Iraq." (Michel Chossudovsky) link to globalresearch.ca

    • JLEWISDICKERSON- "Hopefully, a new progressive party will emerge at some point to challenge the rightist-dominated Democratic Party."

      And how will this "new progressive party" of your dreams differ from the current U.S. Green Party?

    • INBOUND39- "Palestinians have more support globally than Israel."

      Public opinion counts for little in the corridors of power where Israel has overwhelming support and the Palestinians little, if any.

    • TOIVOS- "Little did I realize at the time they only opposed wars led by Republicans."

      This harkens back to the Bill Clinton administration and the "humanitarian" intervention in the former Yugoslavia. This was an imperial intervention designed to break up Yugoslavia and convert NATO into a US controlled out of area imperial strike force. The propaganda campaign to demonize the Serbs was the most monolithic and effective I had ever seen, similar to what is happening now against Putin, et al. The "liberal" Democrats just ate it all up. As a consequence, the Democrats have demonstrated that they are the more effective implementers of the elite agenda from trade deals to neoliberal globalization to war. Lesser evil my you-know-what.

    • TOIVOS- "I too was struck by Walt’s statements. His comments reported here are at odds with much of his writing in FP over the last decade."

      Curiously, he isn't the only one sounding strange. William Blum recently posted a strange sounding anti-ISIS screed on his Anti-Empire report which sounded a lot like the clash of civilizations meme downplaying imperial support for these terrorist assets. I am not sure what is going on, however, the anti-Trump, anti-Putin, let us intervene bandwagon has reached surreal proportions. There is a totalitarian uniformity to this which fills me with dark foreboding.

    • PHIL- "That’s a declaration of war....""

      I certainly hope that "liberal" Democrats re-evaluate their knee-jerk "Hillary is the lesser evil" mantra. She is not. Trump is a jerk, no argument, however, it should be obvious to anyone except the willfully blind that a Hillary Clinton administration (she is a shoo-in) is going to be a neocon dominated war administration. No, I am not suggesting a vote for the loathsome Donald Trump. I am voting for Jill Stein, you all do what you want. Something unusual, a quote from my blogspot followed by a link to the fuller discussion.

      " A Hillary Clinton administration will likely represent a neocon dominated war administration, the militarists throwing caution to the wind as they seek to remake the Middle East, weaken or destroy Russia and contain China thereby securing complete hegemony for the U.S. led global corporate/financial empire. The risk of a nuclear holocaust has never been higher. How this can be described as a lesser evil is beyond comprehension." link to saskck.blogspot.com

  • Sanders-backed candidate in FL says Wasserman Schultz won't 'protect' Israel
    • Okay, prohibit Harvard and Yale lawyers from the Presidency.

    • RAPHAEL- "If he is not 100% kosher Jewish; he will not take away any of Wasserman Schultz’s loyal Jewish voters."

      Surely the donkey's endorsement will count for something?

    • PHIL- "Law professor Tim Canova, a 56-year-old Jew who is left on economic issues...."

      Says who? What exactly do you consider to be "left" on economic issues? Does he support the TPP? If so, he is not to the left. How "left" are his economic policies versus Jill Stein? Besides, the labels "left" and "right" have become almost meaningless. In 2016, virtually all of the candidates are corporate militarists. Finally, he is yet another lawyer running for office when we already have too many lawyers in office. Few seem aware that about 2/3 of US Presidents have been lawyers. Harvard lawyers are a particular plague as evidenced by the Bill Clinton, the Obama and probably the Hillary Clinton administration. And not just the President either, but the first spouse as well. Lawyers seem to have the necessary verbal skills to camouflage their (and the system's) moral deficiencies. I propose a constitutional amendment to prohibit Harvard lawyers from the Presidency.

  • Jewish organizations' response to Black Lives Matter platform demonstrates inability to engage with reality in Israel
    • MOOSER- "...“Hophmi” adopts the classic tropes of the self-hater."

      I disagree. No greater love hath any man than Hophmi for himself. What he truly hates is the unvarnished truth about Israel and empire.

    • YONI FALIC- "In general over the last millennium Euro Jews have not been a poor and oppressed group. In general they were de jure or de facto part of the 2nd Estate and in at least one case in France they seem to have been treated as members of the 1st Estate."

      Glad to hear you say this. I have said similar things in the past and have been labeled a Jew hater for my opinion that much of what historically has been considered anti-Semitism is the consequence of power struggles in a turbulent and violent Europe, the Jewish elites an integral part and willing participants in these violent upheavals. Quoting Israel Shahak on Jewish historiography:

      "All modern studies on Judaism, particularly by Jews, have evolved from that conflict, and to this day they bear the unmistakable marks of their origin: deception, apologetics or hostile polemics, indifference or even active hostility to the pursuit of truth. Almost all the so-called Jewish studies in Judaism, from that time to this very day, are polemics against an external enemy rather than an internal debate." (p22, "Jewish History, Jewish Religion," Israel Shahak)

  • Israeli mayor: No Arabs in our pools because their 'hygiene culture is not like ours'
    • TCHOUPITOULAS- "Silamcuz, aka A4Tech, aka (briefly) Princess, aka Catalan, aka CraigSummers (in the Intercept threads, aka…"

      How are you able to determine this?

  • Sam Harris and the politics of 'good intentions'
    • SAM HARRIS- “Intention is the only guide to what someone is going to do next.”

      This is a strange post. Sam Harris is a credentialed propagandistic jerk who earns his living as an apologist for imperial interventions. Shaukat Ansari should easily be able to shred Harris's pilpul without dragging in Noam Chomsky, which only serves to provide the illusion of gravitas to Harris' agitprop. And yet, the quoted statement has merit. The rather obvious problem is how do we determine a person's or organization's intention? The only way I know is to ignore their rationalizations (people lie, particularly those in power) and observe their actions and from their actions infer their intentions. Actions speak louder than words. And unless you are brain dead, it should be obvious that empires don't exist to do good deeds. The purpose of all empires has been and will always be to secure and increase the power of the empire's dominant elites. Period. Full stop. Only an imbecile would believe that an empire is destroying a country for humanitarian reasons. Yet, many do. This is the modern version of the white man's burden. Namely, the grotesque misrepresentation of vile deeds as somehow noble and laudable. And people believe because they want to believe. Liberals are particularly susceptible to these types of conscience salving rationalizations.

      I bring this up because of the contention among the "liberal" cadre that Hillary is the lesser of two evils. A defensible position only if you believe what she and The Donald say while ignoring her long history of saying one thing and doing another, and of up front warmongering. The current outrageously dishonest demonization of Putin is similar to the demonization of the Serbs in the Bill Clinton administration prior the imperial intervention there. It would seem that the American people are being prepared for yet another intervention against Russia, this one infinitely more dangerous than the Yugoslavia intervention. We are at the end of an era and the empire is attempting to achieve total hegemony prior to a restructuring of the global financial system and the entire global political economy. Hillary has surrounded herself with hyper-militaristic neocons who are pathological risk-takers, Victoria Nuland (Mrs. Robert Kagan) a telling example. For all of these reason's and more, I have concluded that Hillary Clinton may well be the most dangerous person on the planet, hardly the lesser evil. Even though I predicted much of what is happening, to actually experience it is frightening.

  • Who has ever succeeded in taming patriotism?
    • ILENE COHEN- "But we should never lose sight of the fact that militaristic patriotism is the default setting. And the tendency is always to revert to the default. That’s why I could love Michelle Obama’s speech at the convention. And Barack Obama’s speech."

      I take it that you are a Clinton supporter and this curious post ostensibly on "patriotism" is, in reality, a Trojan horse to vilify Trump as the worser evil? Trump is a buffoon, his comments repugnant. But, I ask you, whose policies have killed more Muslims, Clinton or Trump? Who is more militaristic, Clinton or Trump? Who was involved in the decision to expand NATO eastward to Russia's borders, Clinton or Trump? Who is by far the greatest warmonger to run for President? Hillary, that is who. It is the Democrats who have dangerously ramped up the Putin bashing in preparation for a confrontation with Russia. And blaming Putin for the consequences of the imperial destabalization of the Ukraine is both dangerous and dishonest. Who is in bed with the neocons such as Victoria Nuland of the notorious Kagan Clan of militarists? As for Obama, he is as dishonest as he is eloquent, his flaws too numerous to mention. A man who says he wants to eliminate nuclear weapons even as he supports a $1 trillion nuclear upgrade over the next 30 years.

      You seem to think that words speak louder than actions. Not me. I believe in holding people accountable for their actions. That is why I will never support Hillary the warmonger. No, I don't support Trump either. How could I? Jill Stein gets my vote. At least I won't be supporting empire and neoliberalism with my vote. A vote for Hillary is a vote for war and empire, says I.

  • Jews need to study the Torah in order to criticize Israel, Beinart says
    • SIBIRIAK- (AP Quote)- "Taiwan’s president on Monday apologized on behalf of the government to the island’s aboriginal peoples for 400 years of conquest and colonization, saying the facing of difficult historical facts was necessary for society to move forward."

      While an apology by itself may do little to right a historical wrong, nonetheless the replacement of myth-history with actual history can influence future actions. Misrepresenting reality is standard for empires. A classic example is the US failure to honestly describe the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Ending the war and saving lives is pure crap. Letting the USSR see that we had doomsday weapon and were willing to use it even when it was not necessary, and field testing these new weapons were the primary reasons. The Hiroshima bomb had a uranium core whereas the Nagasaki bomb had a plutonium core. Both bombs were dropped in the middle of the cities to test their effect, even though both had American POWs. Immense war crimes and terrorism, pure and simple. When will this be acknowledge and Harry Truman be mentioned alongside Josef Mengele? Shining city on the hill my you-know-what. A quote from John Pilger on the official narrative followed by Diana Johnstone on the reality. How many Mondoweissers are even aware of this?

      "A few years ago, I attended a popular exhibition called “The Price of Freedom” at the venerable Smithsonian Institution in Washington. The lines of ordinary people, mostly children shuffling through a Santa’s grotto of revisionism, were dispensed a variety of lies: the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki saved “a million lives”...." (John Pilger) link to informationclearinghouse.info

      “The atom bombs were not dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki ‘to save lives by ending the war’. That was an official lie. The bombs were dropped to see how they worked and to show the world that the United States possessed unlimited destructive power.
      ....
      The decision to destroy Hiroshima and Nagasaki was a political not a military decision. The targets were not military, the effects were not military. The attacks were carried out against the wishes of all major military leaders. Admiral William Leahy, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, wrote in his memoirs that “the use of this barbarous weapon at Hiroshima and Nagasaki was of no material assistance in our war against Japan. The Japanese were already defeated and ready to surrender…” General Eisenhower, General MacArthur, even General Hap Arnold, commander of the Air Force, were opposed. Japan was already devastated by fire bombing, facing mass hunger from the US naval blockade, demoralized by the surrender of its German ally, and fearful of an imminent Russian attack. In reality, the war was over. All top U.S. leaders knew that Japan was defeated and was seeking to surrender."
      (Diana Johnstone) link to counterpunch.org

    • YAKOV HIRSCH- "It's all well and good to educate yourself, but the "religious" fanaticism of a Dershowitz and Jennifer Rubin and Bret Stephens and Elliot Cohen and Marty Peretz and Rabbi Shmuely, .etal. are not impressed with your level of Jewish knowledge. You either are on their side or the side of their enemies. They are all PR agents for the Jewish people. Which ultimately means they are PR agents for themselves."

      Nicely put. The essence of Judeo-Zionism is self-serving tribal solidarity, belief in a deity optional, anti-Semitism redefined to include virtually anything which interferes with the tribal agenda which, nonetheless, is proclaimed as Jew-hatred, some level of anti-Gentilism inherent in the ideology of victimhood.

  • Democratic platform is more militant against Iran than it was before Iran deal
    • EMORY RIDDLE- "Ah yes, the Chomsky gate-keeping approach."

      David Nelson made the comment, not Noam Chomsky. What, exactly, is gained by bringing in Chomsky? Do you have some kind of fetish? Let us put Chomsky aside. How, exactly, does David Nelson qualify as a gatekeeper?

    • PHIL- "Sheyman said that President Obama’s policy of resorting to diplomacy first is at risk in the coming election."

      Diplomacy first? Is this a sick joke? The coup in the Ukraine was hardly diplomacy first. The bombing of Libya was hardly diplomacy first. Doubling the size of the Special Operations Forces isn't meant to emphasize diplomacy. The reality is that Obama has only engaged in (duplicitous) diplomacy when the military situation necessitated it. Hillary won't even do that, preferring to escalate regardless of consequences. A couple of quotes. John Pilger on Obama and Pepe Escobar on Hillary.

      "In 2009, Obama promised to help “rid the world of nuclear weapons” and was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. No American president has built more nuclear warheads than Obama. He is “modernising” America’s doomsday arsenal, including a new “mini” nuclear weapon, whose size and “smart” technology, says a leading general, ensure its use is “no longer unthinkable”. (John Pilger) link to informationclearinghouse.info

      "Every sentient being remotely familiar with Hillary Clinton’s record knows by now that, if elected, she will preside over a Warfare State – which, incidentally, is bound to further bankrupt Washington....
      ....
      With Hillary in power, Secretary of State Victoria Nuland has got to be seen as a surefire bet."
      (Pepe Escobar) link to counterpunch.org

  • Palestine stands for the larger divide in the Democratic party
    • PHIL- "In fact the two sides seem to hate one another; they need couples counseling."

      No, they need a divorce. It has gone on far too long as it is. Failure to hold these neoliberal warmongers accountable has facilitated both war and neoliberalism.

  • Democratic Party consultant asked about Palestinian rights: 'Not my problem'
    • DONALD- "I hope Trump loses and will vote accordingly, but will continue to point out Clinton’s flaws."

      Has it come to this? Our best hope for the future that Hillary will read comments like this and die laughing?

  • Democrats big tent shrinking as Clinton ties up nomination
    • RAPHAEL- "I’m guessing that Trump will win easily."

      Funny, I am guessing that Hillary will win in a landslide. Now that neocons like the Kagans and right-wing social engineers like the Koch brothers have abandoned Trump for Hillary, the warmongering imperial elite have united behind Hillary and the empire is being psychologically prepared for war. With Victoria Nuland as Secretary of State (watch for it), and the rest of Hillary's uber warmongers in high positions, we will have a war administration which will risk nuclear war to control and weaken Russia. The demonization of Putin is without precedent, and is part of this campaign. Between the money, Madison Avenue and the mainstream media, the public will be made terrified of Trump, Hillary the only hope against consummate evil, Jill Stein supporters aiding and abetting Trump and his puppet master Putin, who is worse than Hitler, etc, etc. Ludicrous as all of this sounds, it is the way American elections are decided. No one ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American people. And now that "progressives" like Chomsky have de facto supported Hillary (lesser evilism BS), the totalitarian nature of the system will crush all opposition to the preferred candidate of the global elite. I have long ago concluded that the American people will never revolt at the polls. Once upon a time, perhaps, but no longer.

  • Clintonites on message: Vote for Trump, and you get Putin
    • ROHA- “Putin seems to be the most intelligent, the most sensible, the most grown-up, and the most effective of prominent world leaders.”

      A good example of his intelligence and grasp of geostrategic reality is his warning to journalists in the link I provide below which occurred in June of 2015. What people don't seem to be aware of is that this eastward march of NATO entails the installation of missile defense systems on the border of Russia. Don't be fooled by the name "missile defense." These missiles would be incapable of stopping a Russian first strike against the US. Their sole purpose is to blunt a Russian retaliatory launch after a US first strike against Russia. This wildly provocative policy could precipitate a nuclear war. The neocons and others pushing this are pathological risk takers. Putin's warning: link to informationclearinghouse.info

    • ROHA- "Putin seems to be the most intelligent, the most sensible, the most grown-up, and the most effective of prominent world leaders."

      If nothing else, he appears to be sane. I am not so sure about Hillary and the neocons she cavorts with. They seem determined to eliminate Russian independence from empire at all costs, and seem willing to risk the survival of the species to achieve their goals. They are pathological risk takers. An example of their thinking is the quote below from either Richard Perle of Michael Ledeen (I have seen the quote attributed to one or the other numerous times).

      “If we just let our vision of the world go forth, and we embrace it entirely and we don’t try to piece together clever diplomacy, but just wage a total war… our children will sing great songs about us years from now.” (Michael Ledeen or Richard Perle)

    • MOOSER- "And if I am reading it right, Zionist influence isn’t worth mentioning"

      Of course you are reading it right. The level of intellectual dishonesty is mind boggling, worse than I recall ever seeing it. How does one misrepresent the reality that Hillary is running to the right of The Donald? Things have sunk so low that the Democrats are actually red-baiting Trump with this Putin nonsense. Red-baiting, for cry sakes!

      Elections can be stressful times in my home. Our friends (mostly my wife's) are stereotypical middle class "liberal" Democrats. Nice people, reasonably intelligent normally, well educated with mostly masters degrees, they shriek at me that a vote for Jill Stein is really a vote for Trump! How do I respond without alienating these idiots? If you were a Republican would you shriek that a vote for Jill Stein was a vote for Hillary? No, of course not. My what a stupid thing to say. Perhaps I should point out that since they will always claim that the Democrat is the lesser of the two evils, then they will always vote for the Democrat, never holding that person accountable for their actions, lesser evilism nothing more than a psychological trick to salve their conscience for habitually voting for someone who will implement policies they oppose? Maybe that will work. Who needs friends anyway? Besides, once they realize that my ridicule is with the best of intentions, all will be forgiven.

    • HOPHMI- "I have little doubt that Phil supports dismantling NATO."

      I doubt that Phil does, but I certainly do. NATO was always intended as the organizational means to permit US control of European affairs, including the funding of militaristic right-wing elements. Bad as that was, Clinton turned NATO into an out of area imperial strike force which has been involved in numerous acts of military aggression, Libya and Syria recent examples. The NATO military actions in the former Yugoslavia were the culmination of an imperial destabilization campaign, the loss of life primarily a consequence of this outside intervention. Some of this was initiated by the German BND (CIA equivalent). The first head of the BND was none other than Reinhard Gehlen, former General in charge of "intelligence" on the Eastern Front for Nazi Germany during World War Two. You do recall what went on under the Nazis on the Eastern Front? Also, both the Muslims and the Croats were allies of Nazi Germany during the war, the Serbs comprised the bulk of the partisan forces. But don't let mere facts get in the way of your demonstration of Zionist solidarity in support of Hillary.

      Your comments on this particular issue are even more out of touch with reality than normal. As a citizen of empire you really do have an obligation to at least be aware of what that empire is doing. Right now the empire is on a rampage which could well lead to a nuclear war and the termination of the species. Lying to misrepresent this threat to humanity is not something to be proud of. The two major obstacles to eliminating nuclear weapons while we still can are the US and Israel.

    • PHIL- "This has to be seen to be believed. In the last week a whole crowd of neocons and liberal internationalists has made the assertion that Trump is acting in Russia’s interest."

      You are quite right, it has to be seen to be believed. The neocons and liberal Zionists in bed together. Such is the power of ethnic solidarity that it completely overwhelms rationality. We always knew that the imperial intelligentsia was a bunch of liars, but now it is obvious the extent of the control of information and shutting out of rational discourse.

      PHIL- "When is someone going to talk about Netanyahu’s influence?"

      A perfect example of this is the article at TPM by Josh Marshall where he tries to substantiate Putin's influence by claiming that Russian oligarch money is influencing Trump. He tries to tie Trump with "...Alexander Mashkevich, a billionaire once charged in a corruption case...." (Josh Marshall, TPM) link to talkingpointsmemo.com He implies that Mashkevich is an oligarch favored by Putin. Case closed. God forbid that he should mention that Mashkevich has Israeli citizenship and travels around on an Israeli passport. Wrong message. Further, "On April 6, 2011, Mashkevitch announced his intention to found a Jewish version of Al-Jazeera that will "represent Israel on an international level, with real information." (Wikipedia) link to en.wikipedia.org Based upon the facts, a better case can be made that Trump is, in fact, heavily influenced by Jewish Zionist money. The fact that Trump appears to be somewhat less of a warmonger than Hillary shouldn't be upsetting these "liberals" so much. And this gross and propagandistic misrepresentation of reality by esteemed members of the imperial doctrinal system is in itself both revealing and worrisome.

  • 'Does he believe in a God'? -- DNC leaders wanted to undermine Sanders
    • SILAMCUZ- "Legally, one has no right to “disinherit” their spouse, children and other legal dependents from their estate after death. So Mooser claiming inheritance is a gift is lawfully invalid."

      You are as obstinate as you are ignorant. Depending upon circumstances, a wife can claim one-half of the community property. Adult children have no legal claim whatsoever unless the parent dies intestate. Perhaps you should begin quoting the law which you claim supports your position?

    • ECHINOCOCCUS- "The “various senses of being Jewish” are totally self-invented by tribal nationalists who well know that there isn’t anything outside religion to allow those various senses in non-tribal language."

      I agree that Jewish ethnicity and "Jewishness" are essentially manufactured constructs for those non-religious Jews who still identify as Jewish. I would suggest, however, that Zionism has constructed a secular identity and vocabulary to augment the religious imagery. First of all, Israel was founded by Blood and Soil atheists, the appeal being a "Jewish" homeland. The identification of Israel as a "Jewish" state with a right of return for Jews buttresses the appeal of a Jewish identity when combined with the reality of the Holocaust and the feeling this engendered among Jews that non-Jews considered Jewishness to be a birth fate. I have long believed that without Hitler and the Holocaust, Zionism would have faded away and there would be no Jewish state in the Middle East. The Holocaust and perceived anti-Semitism provides much of the ideology and vocabulary of Jewish Zionists. One doesn't have to be religious to believe in eternal and irrational anti-Semitism, and to adopt some degree of anti-Gentilism which this belief necessarily entails. In my view, Zionism has been remarkably successful in resurrecting Jewish tribalism.

  • Israeli flag is wielded as weapon against Berlin protesters of apartheid
    • DABAKR- "Yet you can surely explain the exploding assimilation / intermarriage rate of these Jews and Gentiles who Are happily contributing the next generation of voters!"

      If you divide Jews into two groups, organized Zionists versus unorganized secular Jews, you would likely find that the so-called intermarriage primarily occurred among the unorganized secular Jews. It is the tribalists who are significantly biased against non-Jews, and who would skew the results in that direction. I personally consider the label "intermarriage" between a secular Jew and a secular non-Jew to be a questionable label. There seems to me to be little difference between secular Jews and secular non-Jews, the "Jewishness" of the secular Jew being primarily a state of mind imparted by upbringing. And if it wasn't for the Holocaust, the number of folks who identify as Jews might actually be less than it currently is, the label secular Jew considered odd. On the other hand, tribal nepotism has undeniable benefits and a means of identifying kinship could be desirable, marriage augmenting birthright.

    • YONAH FREDMAN- "off topic. here’s a piece from haaretz regarding the overlap of antisemitism and antizionism."

      You are like a junkie desperately searching for his next "anti-Semitism" fix. Feel better? Do you have any data whatsoever to indicate that American Jews have it any worse than American non-Jews? If you did opinion surveys of Gentile attitudes towards Jews versus Jewish attitudes towards non-Jews, I am sure that you would find that anti-Gentilism among Jews vastly exceeds anti-Semitism among Gentiles. And what does the real world empirical data show? Unprecedented Jewish power and privilege. Yet, you continue to whine about anti-Semitism.

  • 'Power is what matters': Alt Right leader Richard Spencer explains his admiration for Trump and Israel
    • GLORIE- "Historically, and especially after WW2, Jews and non-Jews alike generally eschewed the notion that Jews represented a race or ethnic group."

      The early Zionists applied a racist definition to "Jewishness," frequently referring to the unalterable nature of Jewish blood versus German blood, etc. Jabotinsky was notorious for this. Much of what they said was hardly different from the racist ravings of the Nazis. This notion of inherent Jewish uniqueness remains strong in Zionist ideology.

    • ROHA- "So of course a lot of history is Eurocentric, but that doesn’t make it fantasy, any more than the Sinocentric history is fantasy."

      Had Marnie said myth-history rather than fantasy, she would have been spot on. History as taught in the primary schools involves a significant misrepresentation of events in order to make the tale consistent with the prevailing ideology. This ongoing misrepresentation of historical reality beyond normal bias, either wittingly or unwittingly, is an integral part of social control. This is one reason why people tend to place way too much emphasis on the political system which is currently subservient to the economic system, finance capital in particular. An honest discussion about power and social control is not in the interest of the elites. And professional historians rarely rock the boat with unacceptable views. That is why some of the best radical history comes from people like Chomsky or Shahak.

    • RICHARD SPENCER- "I respect Israel as a homogenous ethno-state...."

      Israel is somewhat racially diverse with a manufactured ethnicity. This guy doesn't know what he is talking about, nor, I suspect, does he care. His ideology is calculated to provide career oportunities within the white supremacy niche, nothing more. The only reason I bother to respond is that it provides an opportunity to link to an Uri Avnery article on CounterPunch which I found interesting. The glue which binds Israelis together is hatred of Arabs and war.

      "The Zionist perception that all Jews are the same, with slight differences of language and skin color, is anachronistic. The “oriental” Jews show no inclination to being thrown into any melting pot. They are different in almost all respects.

      The melting pot is broken. Oriental Jews (often falsely called Sephardis) are proud of their heritage. They rebel against European superiority.

      This fight now dominates Israeli life. No area of life is exempt from it. It is social, economic, cultural, political – often hidden behind a different facade, but there all the time." (Uri Avnery) link to counterpunch.org

  • Hillary Clinton gains backing of neocon megadonor who funds Islamophobic groups
    • YAKOV HIRSCH- "The Jewish billionaires that aren’t as tribal as the, “my one issue is Israel” plutocrats, would rather donate money to fight hunger or cancer or other universal challenges...."

      The best way to fight hunger or cancer or nuclear war or global warming or other universal challenges would be to oppose empire and neoliberal globalization. I am unaware of any billionaires doing that. Yet the question remains, why such overwhelming support for Israel? How does this support relate to their wealth and success? Tribal nepotism, perhaps?

    • Yet another Jewish Zionist billionaire supporter of Israel. How many Jewish billionaires are there? How many are diehard supporters of Israel? Are there any, ANY Jewish billionaires who support the Palestinians? Are there any, ANY Jewish billionaires who are anti-Zionist? Why is this? What do these guys gain from this?

  • Outside RNC, Cornel West has inspiring words for the Palestinian people
    • ROHA- "You mean you have actually listened to the speeches?"

      I'm with you RoHa, you have to draw the line somewhere.

    • GENESTO- "Anyway, I’m preparing for the worst, i.e. Trump becoming President – and having a First Lady that’s a college dropout, jewelry designer! :-{("

      Thank you for pointing out that Melania Trump would be a welcome respite from First Ladies who are Harvard Lawyers. Both Michelle and Hillary suffered from Ivy League elitism, as did their husbands. Too many Ivy league lawyers in Washington,says I. Don't worry about Melania, The Donald say that she has a good head on her shoulders and he should know.

    • KALITHEA- "Today the Trump campaign had a woman associated with Melania’s speech take the fall for the plagiarism that they still refuse to call by its name...."

      Is it possible to plagiarize cliches? If so, then a more valid criticism would be that Trump set her sights too low.

  • Iran deal is still imperilled by deep state-- hardliners, Israel lobby, Hillary Clinton
    • ANNIE- "great article phil."

      I agree. This Zionist network of influence explains a lot about imperial policy and needs to be made visible. It is not possible to connect the dots if the dots are invisible. I have always objected to describing much of this as a Zionist Lobby because I don't think that "lobby" correctly defines the phenomenon. The Lobby is but a part of a larger network of influence that includes a significant chunk of the imperial elite. We have reached the point where Israel and American Zionist Jews are thoroughly embedded within the imperial power structure. Perhaps this is why The Saker refers to the Anglo-Zionist empire.

  • Democrats and GOP are in a race to the bottom on Israel
    • SILAMCUZ- "They would be merely be unable to effectively control and influence the process of warmongering and genocide that will take place regardless."

      A President who is "unable to effectively control" the implementation of the elite agenda is preferable to one who would effectively implement this disastrous agenda. You contradict yourself.

      SILAMCUZ- "And as for Hitler, I would consider him to be quite incompetent...."

      Really? Funny, I would describe Hitler and the Nazis as ruthlessly efficient mass-murderers. I suspect that most would agree with me. I have yet to hear people complain that Hitler and the Nazis were incompetent. The Nazis are usually depicted as being quite good at what they did. Unfortunately. And we are indeed fortunate that the USSR at great sacrifice was able to stop and effectively defeat Nazi Germany at the battle of Stalingrad, an example of Russian heroics, not German incompetence. And nothing you have said makes the case for a ruthlessly efficient warmonger as President.

    • ANNIE- "i’d choose an incompetent fool over a competent war mongering genocidal maniac any day."

      Me too! The more effective evil is almost always worse than the less effective evil. When was the last time you ever heard anyone describe Hitler as "incompetent?"

  • Bible justifies rape in times of war, despite rabbis' efforts to spin or hide the teaching
    • HOPHMI- "...you continue to cite Israel Shahak, who was neither a scholar of Judaism nor a well-regarded author on the subject."

      According to you and other Zionist apologists. What do others have to say? "But it is as a scholar of Judaism that he towers over so many others, since it is Judaism that has occupied his energies as a scholar and political activist from the beginning." (Edward Said from the foreword to Jewish History). "Those who heed him will certainly be wiser and - dare I say? - better. He is the latest, if not the last, of the great prophets." (Gore Vidal from the foreword to Jewish History). He is a widely respected and frequently cited author, Noam Chomsky makes multiple references in "Fateful Triangle." Interesting that you attempt to smear Shahak rather than discussing his unassailable facts and conclusions.

      HOPHMI- "...in a world where there are many, many scholars of Judaism...."

      If that is the case, then it should be child's play for you to provide a well referenced rebuttal rather than your typical argument by name-calling. In the above article, Michael Lesher notes that “Israel Shahak’s savage critique of the Orthodox rabbinate on this score was, alas, quite justified.” Since Michael Lesher seems to be making similar observations to Shahak, you might care discuss his observations with him rather attempting to insult a deceased human rights activist.

    • JONATHAN OFIR- (Michael Lesher quote)- "Israel Shahak’s savage critique of the Orthodox rabbinate on this score was, alas, quite justified."

      Indeed it was. This is a very important discussion insofar as Israeli policies seem to be based at least as much on a medieval religious ideology rather than upon cold rationality. Quoting Shahak:

      "The persistent attitudes of classical Judaism toward non-Jews strongly influence its followers, Orthodox Jews and those who can be regarded as its continuators, zionists. Through the latter it also influences the policies of the State of Israel. Since 1967, as Israel becomes more and more 'Jewish', so its policies are influenced more by Jewish ideological considerations than by those of a coldly conceived imperial interest. This ideological influence is not usually perceived by foreign experts, who tend to ignore or downplay the influence of Jewish religion on Israeli policies." (p99, "Jewish History, Jewish Religion," Israel Shahak).

    • HOPHMI- "...and you’re doing this in a forum already predisposed to believe the worst about Jews."

      You essentially prove the validity and importance of this topic by your attempt to keep this highly relevant discussion inside the tribal tent away from Gentiles. That is the traditional approach. Yet, Israel Shahak maintained that Israel and its actions could not be properly understood without reference to the teachings of Classical (medieval) Judaism.

      "It became apparent to me, as drawing on knowledge acquired in my youth, I began to study the Talmudic laws governing relations between Jews and non-Jews, that neither Zionism, including its seemingly secular part, nor Israeli policies since the inception of the State of Israel, nor particularly the policies of the Jewish supporters of Israel in the diaspora, could be understood unless the deeper influence of those laws, and the worldview they create and express is taken into account." (p1, "Jewish History, Jewish Religion: The Weight of Three Thousand Years," Israel Shahak)

  • 'NYT' editors twist themselves into knots not to say the word 'Jewish'
    • HOPHMI- "The Middle East is a mess. Is it the fault of Israel? Is it the fault of the Jews?"

      The Middle East is a mess largely due to the machinations of Western imperialism, of which Jews and Israel are an integral part. Both the US and Israel are cozy with the worst of the Gulf Monarchies, and in opposition to the few secular Arab nations remaining. The record of the warmonger neocons is well known, as is the US creation of the Mujahideen which eventually morphed into ISIS which US/Israel continue to support to create chaos in the region. Below is a link to Norman Finkelstein discussing Israel as a "lunatic state." link to dailymotion.com

    • HOPHMI- "Apparently, Phil is content to let the white supremacists answer for him."

      More name-calling from our one trick pony.

    • HOPHMI- "Why is it necessary to repeat again and again the religion of the owner of the Times?"

      Perhaps if the NYT wasn't so obviously biased in its coverage, it wouldn't be. Since it is, and since the ideology of organized Jewry, religious and secular, is strongly biased in support of Israel, the ideological orientation of the ownership and much of upper management suggests a reason for this obvious bias, therefore, it is highly relevant. Again you bounce between religion, ethnicity, tradition and culture to define Jewishness to suit your argument such as it is. As for that jerk Rupert Murdoch, do you have evidence that he is a member of a powerful Christian group with an agenda? If so, lets hear it. A Christian Zionist, perhaps?

    • HOPHMI- "Look at this piece, and all of the others in which Phil notes that the owner of the Times is Jewish, and suggests that it's not possible for Jews to cover the Middle East objectively."

      Not only that, but he suggested that Dennis Ross and Martin Indyk might be biased in favor of Israel. Go figure. How long before he suggests that even you might have a smidgen of pro-Israel bias? Phil's problem is that he fails to realize that it is a serious breach of tribal solidarity to even mention tribal solidarity.

    • "Rudoren: .... there’s also so much American philanthropy."

      Well, I suppose that is one way to describe it.

      "Rudoren: ....It’s not based on kind of an idea, it’s based on experience."

      She is on to something, but not the way she intends. Norman Finkelstein makes the point that although the American empire is brutal and vicious, most Americans do not experience this first hand. In Israel, on the other hand, the number of Palestinians to be controlled relative to the Jewish population requires that the vast majority of Israeli Jews perform military service and routinely engage in dehumanizing actions against the Palestinians such that this hands-on behavior becomes normalized in a desensitized population. He continually describes Israel as a crazy society, hatred and brutality considered normal.

  • As Dems vote against Palestine, Cornel West warns it is the 'Vietnam War' of our time
    • ATLANTAICONOCLAST- "There is this need to portray Blacks as eternal victims and it is getting old. It trivializes the Palestinian plight."

      Acknowledging the reality of the situation does not in any way trivialize the plight of the Palestinians. What a strange thing for you to say. And if hearing about it is getting old for you, then just be grateful that you are not living it. Anyone who claims that we are living in some sort of post-racial America needs to get better informed.

    • ATLANTA ICONOCLAST- "They are NOT shot disproportionately by cops relative to the percentage of Whites shot who are involved in a police interaction."

      Nonsense. It varies from year to year and the figures are haphazard, however, over a recent forty year period, "a black person was on average 4.2 times as likely to get shot and killed by a cop than a white person." link to motherjones.com Furthermore, the rates of black versus white prison incarceration are even worse. Calling attention to the ongoing discrimination against non-white people in the US is a necessary part of bearing witness and hardly detracts from the plight of the Palestinians. This is particularly true in view of the militarization of the US police and their training involving Israeli population control techniques.

    • MOOSER- "They will take cruel advantage of this breakdown in tribal unity, mark my words."

      Not if Hophmi can prevent it! He and his loyal sidekick Sancho Fredman do battle with the evil forces of the new anti-Semitism (led by you-know-who) as they fight to save Jewish culture on Mondoweiss. I best go back into hiding before they find me and slay me with ritual incantations. Jeez, I hope they don't bring in their ultimate weapon: Israel Man! link to elivalley.com

    • MAXNARR- "Totally agree with hophmi and I must applaud his steadfast battle against the antisemites on this website."

      Well you would, wouldn't you? So does Yonah Fredman. It says volumes about the intellectual caliber of Zionist commenters that Hophmi is who you all look up to.

    • HOPHMI- "Actually, antisemitism is a philosophy that opposes the influence of Jews and Jewish culture in society."

      It is not everyday that one hears ethnocentric tribalism and kinship nepotism described as "Jewish culture." And all of this time I thought that was a consequence of the Zionist led resurrection of the ideology of the medieval Judaism of Maimonides. Go figure.

      HOPHMI- "It's completely apropos to describe the paranoia that leads people to worry about the influence of Jews in secular society, or to put it as Keith does, "the Judaization of the elite,"

      My words exactly! Jeez, I can't even celebrate the incomparable rise of Judeo-Zionist power within our society without being labeled an anti-Semite? But Hophmi, Zionist Jews ARE disproportionately powerful.

      HOPHMI- "...because, you see, when Jews are in a position of power, they're in a position of power as Jews, their influence is "Jewish," and they act in their own interest, rather than the interest of the countries they inhabit."

      Surely, you will agree that Zionist Jews support Israel right or wrong? And yes, Jewish elites, like all elites, place their own interest above the 99%. And yes, most of the Jewish elites have a self-serving tribal orientation which has worked well for them, particularly recently. Unfortunately, this self-serving power-seeking is firmly anchored in imperialism which Zionist Jews loyally support. Zionism has effectively crippled progressive Jews in favor of blood and soil nationalism. Israel uber alles. No wonder you hate Phil and Noam and Norm but find it more convenient to attack me.

  • Ozick says Obama needs 6-volume history of Jews on his bedside table
    • Everyone, below is a link to an old Seafoid comment containing a link to a part of the "Defamation" film in which Norman Finkelstein discusses this very issue. The video runs about 9.5 minutes and is worth a look. I am in agreement with Finkelstein on this issue.
      Link to Seafoid link to Finkelstein in Defamation-
      link to mondoweiss.net

    • YONAH FREDMAN- "if one wished to write a book about the overlap of antisemitism and antizionism, keith’s comments would be a fine place to start."

      The old anti-Semitism or the new anti-Semitism? Under the old anti-Semitism, an anti-Semite was someone who hated Jews. Under the new anti-Semitism, an anti-Semite is someone the Jews hate. Awful lot of new anti-Semitism perceived by Zionists such as you. As the Chinese say, "May you live in interesting times!"

    • DONALD- "Wiesel was a Holocaust survivor and Ozick’s family immigrated to America to escape pogroms, so if I want to use understatement I’d say it would be natural for them to be concerned about antisemitism."

      Concerned? More like fealty to Zionist dogma. In Wiesel's case, it is how he earned his living and got rich in them process. This is the gilded victimhood of the Jewish elite.

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