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Tuesday, April 22, 2008

American accused of giving nuclear secrets to Israel

American accused of giving nuclear secrets to Israel

http://www.reuters.com/article/newsOne/idUSKRA25614320080422

My first reaction is AGAIN?!! Any other country that does this to us (or keeps doing so) does not have such good relations with us. Spying and stealing secrets generally affects our relationship negatively with any country...except Israel. We keep coming back for more. We give an inch ... and , well, you know the rest. They are the little kid that keeps testing their parents' boundaries.

This quote I found particularly funny:
a senior Israeli defense official said "I find it hard to believe that, after the Pollard affair, we would recruit an American spy."

I LOL'ed. ROTFL, et al. Recruiting Americans to give info to Israel? Hard to believe?? What? This happens all the time. It's probably happening right now, as I write. Not all are as high profile as Pollard or this guy who got caught recently. The Mossad recruits tons of American Jews to do things to help Israel inside the US, whether it's set up a fake storefront to facilitate surveillance or actually pass classified material, it happens all the time. So, hard to believe? No. Not at all. Not that they'll admit it anytime soon. Until recently, they still referred to the facility at Dimona as the textile factory, long after the world knew the nukes were actually made and stored there.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Genocide and a Meeting With Terror

Carter wants US talks with Hamas

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080414/ap_on_re_mi_ea/israel_carter

The Fox News headline, not surprisingly, is “Meeting with Terror”. They are always so over the top like an overly dramatic teenage girl. Their take on events is always entertaining. They never disappoint, there. Hope no one takes them seriously, though. It’s entertainment, not news, folks. Like the Daily Show, but different.

Anyway, our government should take a lesson from Carter. Meet with ALL involved. Hamas was elected in the democratic elections that the US and Israel demanded for peace talks to progress. When the results didn’t shake out like the US wanted, they took steps that got Gaza where it is today-in humanitarian crisis.

I was kind of disappointed that it sounds like a main goal of talks with Hamas is to get the Israeli prisoner released, not to do much else. Maybe that’s the reporting. I don’t know. Maybe Carter’s backing away from his position. Trying to make it less about Hamas and more about Israel.

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More public calls for Palestinian genocide….and silence.

Genocide announced
http://weekly.ahram.org.eg/2008/892/re72.htm

This is a must read. It’s about those racist rabbis calling for genocide of Palestinians. It also references Avigdor Lieberman. On both, I am surprised that our government has not addressed the messages. Or am I?

It doesn’t seem like there is any public outcry or call to dissociate from these rabbis or the call to kill Palestinians. After 9/11 and throughout the war on terror, Arabs have denounced terrorism on TV, in mosques, in newspapers, etc. There is a deafening silence here, though.

There is no attention being drawn to the fact that there is no public outcry against such racist calls to action, unlike when an Arab extremist proclaims such things. Instead, in this case, people ask where is the denunciation of terror by Arabs when it is all around in all media forms.

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Manifest Destiny?
http://zope.gush-shalom.org/home/en/channels/avnery/1208037443/
Uri Avnery
12.4.08


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Wednesday, April 9, 2008

A first-hand report on current conditions in the "Holy Land" from Ed Abington, a former U.S. Consul-General in Jerusalem, for those unable to believe Palestinians themselves.

This is an excellent account of the situation in the Palestinian territories. I'm not sure of it's source, exactly, though. This is a blog. I saw "salon" in brackets, but couldn't find it there.

Monday, April 7, 2008

alternate universe- planet Bush

Again, I'm late in commenting on "current" affairs. I would make such a bad reporter. My "news" would always be a month old.

Anyway, I just had a few things to note about Cheney and Rice's visit to the Middle East a few weeks ago.

Settlement Plans Eclipse Rice Talks

Surprise, Surprise. Israel's building more settlements. What happens? Virtually nothing. They flout international law, the roadmap, and other agreements as well as our stated position on the matter and we still have this special love for them. Not so for the Palestinians. It is just the opposite there. Whatever strides they make toward peace and democracy are dismissed because a small fraction of the population exists and has radical beliefs.

Rice still dares to say that we are on track for peace in 2009. Whaaa? Did she visit the same region I know as the Middle East? She definitely took a page from Bush's playbook. It is either super optimistic (bordering on delusional) or delusional to say such a thing. You can change your attitude by this method. Smile and you'll be happier. I buy it. I've done it. It just won't work with world events, though. Sorry, Condi. Even if you say we're on track, we won't be until some things change. The US position being one of them.

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Hamas 'wrecking Mid-East peace'

If you thought Rice was delusional, this guy's unbelievable. Cheney. Why would we believe anything he says. He was the guy who stuck to his guns about the 9/11 -Al Qaeda link long after that myth had been debunked (on 60 minutes I think).

At least we know Condi is trying. She at least mentions the fact that Israel is building settlements in violation of international law and the US position and that this may pose problems for peace. Cheney just parrots whatever the Israeli spokesperson says, regardless of how ridiculous it sounds in light of facts. He toes the party line- and it's not even an American party! Sometimes I wonder if he's a US government official or Israeli. You really can't tell most of the time. Israel's interests seem to trump American ones for him. Invade Iraq? Done.

Thursday, April 3, 2008

non-violence

Click here for a quick primer on the Palestinian struggle.

I was listening to a piece on Tibet and the recent unrest or potential unrest there. It seems they have employed nonviolence in their struggle for years. Many people say, including US government officials, that if only the Palestinians would renounce or end all violence, then Israel would ever so graciously let them move about freely and maybe even have their own country on a tiny sliver of land in the region. Dare to dream. That just wouldn't happen. If there's no violence, the conflict would get less publicity than it gets now and Israel would feel free to grab more land and collectively punish in silence. Well, the nonviolent approach hasn't worked so well for Tibetans. They are still in a struggle with China and some want to reconsider the nonviolent approach. I have always said the Palestinian struggle is not a matter of terrorists vs democracy or Muslim vs Jew; it is a political struggle that needs a political solution which is occasionally hijacked by fanatics, unfortunately for the Palestinians. Any attempt to call it anything different is an attempt to put off discussing actual solutions: statehood, one state vs two, boundaries, and so called "final status issues".

I'm not advocating violence. I'm saying that political struggles need political solutions. You can't wait on all parties to stop the violence or make up reasons for the violence. While that's great for the population in a sense, it is not a solution. If the US would abandon the "smoke 'em out of their holes", "I'm not talking to terrorists (or people I deem terrorists or people who look at me funny or those who had WMD 10 years ago)" bit, we might be able to be an effective mediator. Maybe those things will die with Bush's presidency. No more cowboy "diplomacy"!!