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  1. James North on April 14, 2017, 4:21 pm

    Excellent. Thomas Friedman pioneered this alibi for Israel’s repressive actions.

  2. Keith on April 14, 2017, 6:08 pm

    There is a certain truth to the assertion that the Middle East is a tough neighborhood. Hard not to be when the Western imperial mafia has most of the governments in their back pocket and terrorize the locals who resist. Installed some local Zionist enforcers too. Not much hope with the imperial mafia there.

    • Citizen on April 15, 2017, 5:47 am

      True. Whither Saudi Regime?

      • Keith on April 15, 2017, 3:42 pm

        CITIZEN- “Whither Saudi Regime?”

        Indeed, the crocodile tears Hillarump shed over those dead Syrian children is the height of hypocrisy in view of what US/Saudi Arabia are doing in Yemen. The empire continues to engage in “humanitarian” mass-murder. A quote and link from Gareth Porter.

        “As Yemen’s population has teetered on the brink of mass starvation in recent months, the United States has played a crucial role in enabling the Saudi strategy responsible for that potential humanitarian catastrophe.

        Both the Obama and Trump administrations have prioritized the US’s alliance with the Saudis and their Gulf allies over the lives of hundreds of thousands of Yemenis under imminent threat of starvation.

        Although the UN agencies have offered no public estimate of the number of Yemenis who have died of malnutrition-related conditions, it is likely that the figure is much higher than the estimate of 10,000 killed directly by the Saudi-coalition bombing. United Nations agencies have estimated that 462,000 Yemeni children under five years of age are already suffering severe acute malnutrition, putting them at serious risk of death from starvation and malnutrition-related disease.

        The Saudi coalition has pursued a war strategy of maximizing pressure on the Houthi resistance by destroying agricultural, health and transportation infrastructure and by choking off access to food and fuel for most of Yemen’s population. The United States has enabled the Saudis to pursue that strategy by refueling the Saudi-led coalition planes bombing Yemen and selling the bombs. Equally important, however, the US has provided the political-diplomatic cover that the Saudis need to carry out this ruthless endeavor without massive international blowback.” (Gareth Porter)

    • gamal on April 15, 2017, 12:03 pm

      “There is a certain truth to the assertion that the Middle East is a tough neighborhood”

      while in some sense true the nature of that “toughness” is very distorted in the “western” “narrative”

      Syria does not fit into Americas regional model of new mutually belligerent enthnic/sectarian enclave mini states, as the idiotic discussion of who/what is an Arab at this site amply demonstrates

      Peter went to Damascus, for Easter

      “A point which has been made by journalists and travel writers who visit Damascus is that you can often see a church located next door to a mosque. It’s a point worth reiterating – especially as western politicians and numerous ‘experts’ on Middle Eastern affairs continue to flood US television screens and talk radio, droning on endlessly about how sectarianism prevents differing communities from living together in countries like Iraq and Syria. It’s simply not true, but for some macabre reason, western experts seem to want it to be so.

      Despite the war, Damascus still remains as an important reminder that the western sectarian narrative is political sophistry projected to the public in order to reinforce a distinctly western brand of divide and conquer geopolitics. Different religious sects have, and will continue to thrive side by side – despite Washington and London’s best efforts to set them against each other.”

      Syria won’t be allowed to survive, the Soviet Union would abandon Arab allies in the face American aggression, i wonder will Russia do the same, Moab after all is right there in the middle of this whole American inspired and controlled enormity, what will you be doing for Easter?

  3. RoHa on April 14, 2017, 10:24 pm

    And it makes perfect sense to want to move into a tough neighbourhood, to encourage the rest of your family to move in with you, and to make enemies of your neighbours.

    • Mooser on April 15, 2017, 11:24 am

      “And it makes perfect sense to want to move into a tough neighborhood…”

      It sure does, when all the other neighborhoods are downright murderous!

      • RoHa on April 16, 2017, 12:49 am

        I suppose you are right. That is why the Zionists are encouraging Jews to make Aliyah from murderous France, brutal Denmark, appalling Australia, and that total hell-hole, Canada.

  4. Ossinev on April 15, 2017, 12:39 pm

    Should read a tough heavily subsidized neighbourhood:

    The “David” portrayed in the cartoon probably got a free Kalashnikov thrown in as a sweetener – the one which he uses to defend himself against the terrifying stone throwing Palestinian Goliaths ( especially the under 10 “Goliaths”)

  5. John D on April 16, 2017, 6:17 am

    What may not be known is that the zionist regime provides special discounts and support to illegal settlers moving into illegal settlements.
    It is their way of “creating facts on the ground”.
    Most Russian immigrants – for example – are “encouraged” to locate to places like Nazareth Illit but almost all end up leaving after 3 years to move to Tel Aviv on the coast.
    Sometimes, they are so desperate to sell their discounted homes that they have been known to sell them to Palestinians – shock horror!
    Zionism truly is a vile racist supremacist apartheid ideology.

    • Mooser on April 17, 2017, 11:12 am

      “What may not be known is that the zionist regime provides special discounts and support to illegal settlers moving into illegal settlements.”

      And it is only fair to mention that the diaspora has always been generous in their support of religious settlements in Palestine.

  6. Maghlawatan on April 16, 2017, 12:21 pm

    The stories of displaced Palestinians who were shot on sight when they returned to their farms in 1948/49 are heartbreaking.
    The Zionist reliance on violence instead of justice has destroyed so many lives on both sides.

  7. Maghlawatan on April 16, 2017, 2:44 pm

    Ehud Barak called Israel the villa in the jungle. It is more like heart of darkness starring Yossi B Israeli as Kurtz .

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