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  • Washington 'sits shiva' for the 2-state solution
    • There is no question Churchill wanted America to get into the war early on the side of the allies. There is no smoking memo from Churchill to whomever saying “Let’s let the Lusitania get into trouble.” What you have is a lot of evidence that makes you wonder: why was the Lusitania allowed to travel this route, in this way, without protection?

      I quote Churchill in a footnote, a letter he wrote to Violet Asquith, saying “I know this war is smashing and shattering the lives of thousands every moment – and yet – I cannot help it – I enjoy every second I live.”

    • lysias, Nicholson Baker's 'Human Smoke' provides a neat, not so flattering chronology of the Allies' bellicose maneuvering leading up to WWII. Portraits of Churchill and FDR painted in their own words are not a pretty picture.

      Which is the best in the lot on Churchill, in your opinion?

  • American Jews are taking back their power from Israel
    • roha, perhaps it's short hand of a kind., or simply a mistake. there was no RAF before 1918, (just like there was no separate service USAF until after WWII) but a couple of air units, the abbreviations of which I forget.

    • not to pile on, but his complete lack of a functioning introspection bone (found deep in the nasal cavity as any student of freud and fliess knows) is a medical miracle of sorts.

      this is a neat little summary of the introduction of western liberal values into the ME and Africa at the turn of the (last) century, a review of 'A history of bombing':

      Joseph Conrad was describing the British naval bombardment of African coastal settlements when, in An Outcast of the Islands (1896), he wrote of ‘the invisible whites’ who ‘dealt death from afar’. In Lindqvist’s history, too, aerial bombardment appears as a novel kind of punitive raid. The first bomb ever to be dropped from a plane – an Italian monoplane piloted by Lieutenant Giulio Cavotti – landed among troops encamped at an oasis outside Tripoli on 1 November 1911. It was reported to have had ‘a wonderful effect on the morale of the Arabs’. The Spanish practised the technique in Morocco, as did the French – who also dropped bombs on Syria and even designed a special ‘colonial’ plane which allowed its airmen to ‘sit in the shade with plenty of space for their machine guns and shoot the indigenes in comfort’. The British bombed revolutionaries in Egypt and Pathans on India’s North-West Frontier in 1915. After the First World War, the future of the British Air Force was guaranteed by Mohammed Abdille Hassan, the troublesome ‘mad Mullah’ of Somaliland, who was bombed into submission within a week. Arthur (Bomber) Harris was a squadron leader in the Third Afghan war of 1919, and pioneered the strategy of ‘control without occupation’ in Iraq, which entailed sprinkling fire on straw-roofed huts: ‘within forty-five minutes,’ Harris reported, ‘a full-sized village … can be practically wiped out and a third of its inhabitants killed or injured by four or five machines which offer them no real target.’

      Although bombing didn’t determine the outcome of the First World War, it had already become central to military thinking. In The Aircraft in Warfare (1915), the British mathematician F.W. Lanchester suggested that the critical aim of an act of warfare was to overwhelm ‘the fire-extinguishing appliances of the community’, after which ‘the city may be destroyed in toto.’ Lanchester also came up with the idea of deterrence, predicting that, where bombing was concerned, the ‘threat of reprisal’ would always be more effective than ‘pseudo-legal’ prohibition under international law. The Zeppelins bombed civilian areas, and so, too, did the British Air Force under the command of Hugh Trenchard, who once assured enquiring officials that, far from accurately concentrating on targets like railway stations, his pilots ‘drop their eggs well into the middle of the town generally’. The idea of ‘strategic bombing’, which would later support the ‘bomber dream’ of resolving wars from the air alone by laying waste civilian areas, found its prophet in the Italian Giulio Douhet, author of Dominion of the Skies (1921) – though such bombing had already been defined as a war crime under the Hague Conventions of 1907.

      For General Douhet, it was crucial that war be regarded ‘unemotionally, like a science’. This, as Lindqvist says, is the approach taken by the people who have sat in their laboratories working out how to make napalm burn deeper. In order to establish his own contrary perspective, Lindqvist includes a great deal of autobiography in his history. In 1932, the year of his birth, Stanley Baldwin announced that offence was now the only effective form of defence: ‘you have to kill more women and children more quickly than the enemy if you want to save yourselves.’ On Lindqvist’s tenth birthday, 28 March 1942, Bomber Harris launched his offensive against German residential areas, striking Lübeck at night with incendiary bombs. As Lindqvist turned 13, Churchill wrote to his chiefs of staff, arguing that Bomber Command’s raids should now be concentrated on ‘military objectives’ rather than on ‘mere acts of terror and wanton destruction’.

      mere acts of terror. not that Churchill followed his own advice.

    • the BDS movement, which, at its core, is rife with Jew-hatred precisely because it has taken on the bad psychopathologies of the Middle East rather than tempering them with the liberal values of the West . . .

      and here comes hophmi to cast Weiss's ethnocentric navel-gazing in a positive light. that's a whole lot of racism packed into one bit of a run on sentence, even for you. so BDS has internalized 'the bad psychopathologies' of the ME rather than tempering them with the 'good psychopathologies' of western liberalism? what I would pay to be your shrink.

    • i don’t care that phil (and others) think these national winds of change on the american conscience happen because there is some sort of permission there.

      annie, whether you care or not, the accuracy of Weiss's statement is important. if he is correct, then essentially we are talking about an internecine battle of the Netanyahus vs. the anti-Netanyahus over the soul of Israel, and other suspect memes. that's hardly an earthshattering development. but you're right on one level: it's possible that a significant number of Americans are coming to the conclusion that jewish sensibilities should be irrelevant when considering solutions to the IP conflict, whether they're given permission to reach that conclusion or not.

    • it's okay, giles. you apparently just glossed over 'official'. an honest mistake. it didn't sound kosher to me at first, but, well, if it's official, what's to argue? after all this signals the reversal of 'the demise of the jewish intellect'.

    • good god, what a nauseating paean to exceptionalism. and who do I thank for this?

      Our politicians and newspapers are speaking out because they are licensed by a segment of the official Jewish community that is deeply troubled by Israel’s behavior.

      say, that's mighty white of you, licensing free speech by politicians and newspapers. is there a licensing fee?

  • I want my country back
    • I see. About a week ago you were whining about the conflation of Netanyahu and Jewish Israelis (there not all Netanyahu, or words to that effect), and now 'the rightwing racist's' views are synonymous with 'the perspective of mainstream Israelis'. ay Chihuahua!

  • World Water Day protest targets Massachusetts-Israel Water Partnership
    • see also faux liberal co-founder of, Massachusetts 'home boy' matt damon, as his teams up with caterpillar. apparently no watercredit micro loans to the OT however.

  • The historic night for the Arab List
    • I don't know if it was 'Arab parties' or individual members of the Knesset, ckg, or maybe the distinction is just semantic. I don't know. the formation of a government, allied with an 'Arab' party in 2015 is a different kettle of loaves and fish I think. in any event, Lee Harvey Amir took care of rabin in '95.

    • The lunatic “Samson Option” might be their suicidal solution to “compromise”

      yes. that's some black hole of super dense irony. dimona is the suicide vest nonpareil.

    • i haven't had a chance to do the maths, but what would the results have been if there had been an 80%-plus turnout of eligible 'Palestinian' voters? an extra seat or two in parliament, or not? with the irremedial likudization of the jewish body politic, playing the democratic game is but one effective tool in the Palestinian kit to further illustrate their plight to western liberal types.

    • it will most certainly get worse. can you imagine the psychotic reaction if it was even learned that Odeh and Herzog were actively negotiating to form a coalition?

  • Who can save Israel now?
    • Yesterday I wrote a piece predicting that the election in Israel would be hugely clarifying for Americans .

      and so it was.

  • Netanyahu won. Now what?
    • brilliant observation hophmi. no, they're not all Netanyahu. some are Bennett and Lieberman and Yishai. but thank you for risking life and limb, continually fighting the good fight against the utterly clueless and completely ineffectual. time well spent.

    • thank you, Avigail. the psychology of murder suicide. I am afraid you're right. I still believe that Jews, Muslims, Christians, could coexist in a single, democratic state, but the unleashing of forces you describe would be the undoing of that possibility.

  • The farewell party of the mezuzah-kissers
    • it is indeed bizarre, and it shows a mind set that is so hard to fathom.

      Weiss used the word elsewhere in this post: nihilism. that's what most people just don't grasp. they think that the tearing down, and on the economic side, the 'laissez faire' nonsense, is a means to some other end. it isn't. the destruction is the goal. unrestrained corporate malfeasance is the goal. psychopaths like senator polyester don't have a solution to the 'Iran problem'. their desire is the continuation of the ME teetering on a precipice.

  • Paris university reverses decision, allows Israeli apartheid event with Blumenthal
    • and why is it upsetting that you have to defend yourself after making silly, simplistic arguments about religion? the 20th century was the century of secularism, science, and technophilia, and a grotesque bloodbath, and Calvinism, or Catholicism, or Islam had little to nothing to do with the mess. it's preposterous that all you new-atheism types foist the ills of humanity on the back of organized religion, the other side of the 'technology will save us' coin. utter horse shit.

      as a Marxist at another site admitted, he'd take one liberation theologist over 100 armchair Marxists any day of the week.

  • WSJ columnist says 'I'm almost grateful' for attack on kosher supermarket that killed four
    • If the Islamic world is falling behind, is the Judaic World at the very forefront of the global system then?

      well, yeah, that's the paradox. (or maybe irony is more accurate). really, who wants to admit intellectual authorship of this f@cking mess, particularly the States? increasingly inequitable, increasingly corrupt, increasingly ignorant, increasingly incompetent. and, no, this isn't a generational whine about 'kids these days', I am referring to institutional corruption (see education, military, financial sector, and the sciences), the ascendance of wealth as the primary if not sole marker for success and societal worth. this, in my opinion, is part of the reason Weiss has chosen to distance himself from the circle jerk of ethnic self-celebration, where, contrary to that douche bag stephens, many successful people who identify themselves as jewish, and attribute their success to their Jewishness, insist on the public recognition of how 'clever' they are, their wealth being a symbol of cleverness.

  • Media are stunned by Congress's 'loyalty' to Netanyahu (but refuse to explain it)
  • Pelosi blasts Netanyahu speech as 'insult to intelligence of U.S.', Amanpour calls it 'dark, Strangelovian'
    • got it. there is a direct link from the Esther/Haman fairytale to Netanyahu/Khamenei. and in this 'poignant' historical analogy, Netanyahu is Queen Esther?

    • I’d admit that some things are probably good arguments, such as what is the safe-guard after 10 years etc.

      krauss, with all due respect, that's just a mild variation on the genetic predisposition to 'anti-semitism' meme. (after all, the Persians wanted to annihilate the jews, but queen esther saved them. more of the bible as history. thanks Ben-Gurion.) there is no magic number of years which would placate Netanyahu, as he made perfectly clear that there is nothing to stop the Iranians from violating the 'agreement', whatever that may be. it's not about an agreement (or a 'better agreement' as he pontificated) it's about the everlasting non-agreement, and the implicit threat that Israel will go it alone, militarily. and you don't want the mad dog thrashing about. this speech was a string of one-liners, interspersed with the usual casual dishonesties, and a sprinkling of blackmail. (I had to laugh at his reference to the weak terms of the as of yet written agreement. 'no, you don't need special intelligence to know what the terms of the agreement are. you can just google it.' or words to that effect. iow, yes we have some dual loyalty scum bag leaking us information about the negotiations, but . . . well . . . er. google!)

  • One-state 'fantasy is very dangerous' because it cannot tell us what the military looks like -- Manekin
    • exactly. the 2-S solution is the fantasy. it's a fantasy because Israel has no interest in ceding control over the WB and Gaza, which is a holding tank for the surplus population and aggression. and it's a fantasy because even if the fantastic were to occur, the existence of a Palestinian state aside Israel, Israel cannot function without its minority population, whether it's Palestinians or its gastarbeiter force. nothing will improve for those non-Israeli, Israelis retained to clean the toilets or peel the onions.

  • Americans oppose Netanyahu invite 2-to-1, but Dershowitz is all for it
    • yes, hopmee, 29% support for Israel. that's a real landslide victory for Israel's publicity team. the more accurate way to read the poll is to say that more than 2/3 of americans don't give a rat's ass about the only jewish theocracy in the ME, that when they think about Israel at all (when being asked about it in polls for example) there is no protective reflex or sympathy. frankly, that doesn't bode well as the feds and states cut social spending while sending billions overseas.

    • The yahoos pocketing $1,000.00 in bottle deposits that was supposed to go to the state is just priceless. What a feckin' small time hood. There isn't a single angle they aren't working to squeeze out another shekel. She probably has the staff cracking open parking meters on their lunch break.

  • 'American Sniper' is an antiwar movie
    • And you've made the right connection. Like zerodark30, some flimsy ambivalence is all the opening hopeful lefty types need to embrace the film's 'anti-war' message.

  • No one's talking about peace in Israeli election, U.S. liberal Zionists are warned
  • The left needs to stop hounding Elizabeth Warren on Palestine, says Warren supporter
    • Direct negotiations between Israel and the PA? In other words he can only imagine a negotiating framework in which an overwhelming imbalance favors the Israelis.

    • So are you Ukrainian, DS, and if not does it stop you from worrying about the Ukraine? BTW, your use of 'obsession' gives you away, the intimation of mental defect, which naturally leads to the 'anti-Semitism' smear directed at 'non-interested' parties' interested in I/P. And please note that many in the military, our military, believe that the injustice in Palestine supported by the US, is a significant driver of anti-US sentiment. But you might be correct at one level, since a mere few percentage points of Americans are Jewish or Palestinian, the US, under your theory, shouldn't give a dried fig about what happens in/to Israel.

    • Clinton as a candidate is sunk if she were to do that. Who are her supporters, financial and demographic? She is out of her mind as far as I'm concerned. It's hard to imagine the circumstances in which I'd vote for her.

    • Color me jaded, Steve, but some of these so-called 'refuseniks' are just tools, whether the intent was original or an evolution of sorts. If this DB now supported BDS instead of acting as a gatekeeper that would be a sign of courage. What a feckin' dilettante.

  • Israeli prosecutor calls Bil'in protest 'ideological crime' at Abu Rahmah sentencing hearing
    • One critical omission in Weizman's analysis of inverted public and private spaces as practiced by the IDF (soldiers punching through the walls of apartment blocks, then shooting Palestinian militants in the streets from those apartments): the IDF wasn't simply reconfiguring/repurposing geography. It was also transforming the residents of the apartments into human shields.

    • ach, walid, a day late and a dollar short I am.

      here is a link to the study. i'll watch the vid tonight. weizman is a great resource.

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    • don't know if I missed it elsewhere on the site, Kate, but there was a piece on the radio this morning about a study that concluded that the 'checkpoint' system established by Israel actually foments violence. the study found that the construction of checkpoints resulted in greater violence in the areas where the checkpoints were constructed due in part to the emotional reaction of being humiliated by such measures. so, once again, we learn that security measures often have unintended consequences.

  • 'She dedicated the whole of her young life to helping those in need of freedom, justice and peace': American hostage killed in Syria remembered for work in Palestine
    • Actually, does it matter if ISIL or Jordan killed Kayla Mueller?

      Well of course it matters. It matters that the press accurately report what occurred, and not ignore those facts because they muddy the propaganda waters. I presume that her family would want to know the truth of the circumstances of her death. It matters from a political/military/intelligence standpoint how her death occurred.

    • also, see this re: hostage trading:

      But as alliances in Iraq and Syria are formed and broken, which groups are willing to trade hostages to whom can change drastically. ISIS and the Al Qaeda affiliate in Syria, Jabhat al-Nusra (the Nusra Front), dissolved any association in February 2014, which likely ended any potential for prisoner trading. "But evidence suggests there was some transference of hostages prior to the split between al-Nusra and ISIS," says Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, of the generally hawkish Foundation for the Defense of Democracies. And recent reports show the two groups may have begun cooperating again, following the U.S. bombing of Nusra militants.

      Complicating matters further, says HRW's Bouckaert, is that "there have been incidents of hostages being traded up or bought by other groups‎, including Jabhat al-Nusra." If that account is accurate, it suggests that Al Qaeda's representative in Syria is following in the footsteps of AQAP and other branches of the organization.

      Kayla was kidnapped in Aleppo in August 2013. that area was not under ISIS/ISIL control. so it is possible that one of the 'good' rebel groups, like those seen posing with John McCain, could have had initial responsibility for her kidnapping.

    • this is how the USA Today timeline of her life summarizes her work in Israel/Palestine"

      2010-2011: Works in India for five months and Tel Aviv, Israel, volunteering at the African Refugee Development Center.

    • I heard some Government PR hack on npr earlier tonight saying something to the effect that 'no matter how she died ISIL is ultimately responsible.' So, Jordanian bombs it is.

      I have to wonder given how frequently that intelligence infiltrates the media, NGOs, etc. that ISIL and others like it now just assume anyone in country is reporting to uncle, leaving the sincere like Kayla hanging out to dry.

  • A cosmopolitan's regrets: Roger Cohen on the Jewish condition
    • Cohen was shaking uncontrollably with blood fever over the Charlie Hebdo shootings, and now this analysis. He is a psychopath. Shoot first, and maybe pick through the gory debris later to sort out the facts. If Weiss is in search of a shred of humanity amongst these liberal Zionist types, he'll have to look harder. The statement that Cohen is somehow 'courageous' for writing about his mother is risible. He's a writer, always on the hunt for material, and the soul searching memoir is constantly writing itself. To paraphrase Bono, 'they kill their inspiration and then sing about their grief.' It reminds me of Susan Sontag, a friend of hers noting the irony of Sontag rushing to the scene of the latest atrocity, wearing an ear to ear grin at the prospect of fresh inspiration. something new.

  • 80+ Cartoonists And Comics Workers Tell Comics Industry: 'No Business As Usual With Israel'
  • It's not the cartoons-- a contrarian perspective from a Muslim cartoonist
    • talk about your irony, lysias. I don't know how that comment can be construed as 'justifying terrorism'. I didn't read your Guardian link but Dieudonne's open letter makes a mockery of France's commitment to liberte. And this from AP"

      France ordered prosecutors around the country to crack down on hate speech, anti-Semitism and those glorifying terrorism and announced Wednesday it was sending an aircraft carrier to the Middle East to work more closely with the U.S.-led coalition fighting Islamic State militants.

      nothing says, 'liberte, egalite, fraternite' more clearly than a mass domestic crackdown, coupled with threats of a widening international war. I don't know if Hollande's been waiting for this opportunity, but it would seem to contradict his recent public statements about French policy towards Palestine and Russia.

  • Anti-Semitism at Fordham?
    • oh, and another thing. when the press allows itself to be weaponized, it's should not come as a surprise that they are casualties. and western and western-supported governments directly or through complicity silence unfavorable press routinely, often through violence. Where are the "Yo soy *fill in the dead Mexican journalist here* T-shirts?

      as I intimated above, if Roger Cohen pleads for the violent deaths of whomever, how is he is journalist? how is the NYT a neutral press outlet when it routinely peddles patently false 'news', a significant part of the war effort?

    • I first thought of Merah, too, walid. funny that in both cases the suspects should have been under constant surveillance, given merah's international travel to various hot spots, his alleged involvement in the earlier shooting of French soldiers, and all that the brothers Kouachi had been up to. as for Madame Le Pen, I don't know who benefits most from this, but it sure ain't Muslims. (what with the Total CEO biting it on the tarmac in Russia, and Hollande's recent pleading for compromise with the Russians, it smells like the Great Gamesters trying to pull France back in line. it's like herding cats with these Europeans lately!)

    • bizarre stuff. Hollande says that the French thwarted several other recent terrorist plots. in any event, I didn't see any evidence that 'anti-Semitism' motivated the attack. Which didn't stop Roger Cohen, liberal humanist that he is, from screaming for blood in retaliation. he didn't specify the who, what, when, or where of his threats, just that he's shaking with rage, and that somebody should die (soon) to soothe him. (remind me, was he 'shaking with rage' upon the news of gasoline being force fed to a Palestinian teenager, who was then set alight? no. I don't recall, but I assume that we were treated to the world weary, pensive roger cohen upon news of that atrocity.)

      Roger CohenVerified account
      ‏@NYTimesCohen I am shaking with rage at the attack on Charlie Hebdo. It's an attack on the free world. The entire free world should respond, ruthlessly.

      yeah, so strap it on roger, or shut the f*ck up. I'd gladly shoot you out of a cannon pointed in the direction of Yemen. (someone else wrote it earlier, but please do us a favor and stop posting articles from the NYT as if its output was any more enlightening than any other rag.)

  • Dershowitz named in lawsuit alleging abuse of underage sex slave
    • I still can't get my head around this NPA thingamawhatsit. How do 'you' enter into an agreement with persons not present or knowingly represented during the negotiation of the agreement? (Yes, that's short hand.) 'No potential co-conspirators'. So this means if Hitler didn't die in a bunker in Berlin and was on a plane with Epstein and a gaggle of 12 year old 'models', he'd have immunity. (Or, more realistically, this agreement could grant immunity to a person or persons with previous, serial histories of such activity.) fucking brilliant.

    • Sorry for the truncated comments. My smart pad thingy doesn't do well under the stress of large comment files. In any event, what I was about to finish with before I so rudely interrupted myself, is that we can assume:
      1. That Epstein would not share any of this information with someone who didn't have 'skin in the game', even his lawyer. (And he would have to disclose enough to send a message to prosecutors.)
      2. That Clinton is the real prey here. Dershowitz's head on a pike (after he's afforded his constitutional right to a trial of his peers) would just be an added benefit.

    • Doha, Dershowitz will have the benefit of the presumption of innocence if he is charged and tried in a court of law. Until then, this whole thing stinks of politics, and too bad if some of the smell gets on the fixer. What do we know, unequivocally?
      1. Dershowitz regularly and as a matter of practice slanders opponents of his clients. For example, he and his son were part of a team seeding the press with wholly fabricated charges against Sam Kellner, who brought to light child abuse allegations against Baruch Leibovitz, a Dershowitz client.
      2. Dershowitz was part of the legal team that negotiated the NPA for Epstein, which provided blanket immunity for all of the coven of pedarasts. So, he, as an unindicted coconspirator, negotiated immunity for himself. No, nothing wrong with that.
      3. Epstein was gathering intel on prominent people for a variety of purposes. Dershowitz, as his counsel, would be privy to that information.

    • A certain ex-president whose wife is running for president against the former governor of which state? FLA? Oh, woe to Alan to be caught by the sharp elbow of presidential campaign politics.

    • Dershowitz does not derseve 'the presumption of innocence' or the benefit of any other standard of equity or decency. He is utterly devoid of integrity or humanity. His belt should be taken, and he can hold his pants up with both hands while the verdict is read. After that the prosecutor can put on the case . . . Then off with his head.

      As for Epstein, from what I've read, I'll assume until it's proven otherwise that his meteoric rise in the world of finance has more to do with procuring underage girls than with his skill at picking winners.

  • Caroline Glick melts down with European diplomats
    • She's criticizing her acting, the histrionic channelling of her inner hitler. (That's her behavior, not her 'looks' or womanhood, if that wasn't clear enough.). Only the willfully ignorant could miss the point.

  • We're all anti-American now
    • some of that is part of what I was referring to walid. Ewan Cameron was the psychopath responsible for much of the atrocities. I think it was him who was taking in patients to be treated for depression and the like, only to subject them to massive drug dosages, psychic driving (exposure to repeated recordings while drugged or otherwise restrained) and other shite. Donald Hebb was working at McGill around the same time and he was a pioneer in sensory deprivation studies, although I don't believe that his motivations were the same as Cameron's. I had read that there was some confusion about the role of the two of them, although it seems clear that Hebb's research was exploited by the intelligence services even if that was not his intent.

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