Dec 08

According to Oxford PPE graduate Theresa May Islamic State present the gravest threat this country has ever faced. Of course May is not up on her history but the sheer stupidity of her comments when cracking down on bad driving would save more lives is noteworthy. However next to Philip Hammond, Cameron, Obama and “the gimp” John Kerry she’s a fucking genius. Their policies of stoking war in Syria and Ukraine backfired. Now they have a carnivorous Russia playing with a Fascist Kiev. In Syria the Assad regime may be about to topple but now they do not want it to so swapped sides. Enter the dragons Israel and Turkey our supposed allies and recently not friendly to each other but both fervent backers of Islamic State against their enemies – Kurds in Turkey’s case and Hezbollah/Iran in Israel’s case.

UK/US policy is now beyond mockery or caricature as its supposed allies piss on it from a great height. To cap it all off the UK Govt is to build a military base in Bahrain so it can support that country’s refusal to democratise, austerity schusterity. Again the sidebar is these people have some of the highest educational qualifications out there and they’re all either morons or unaware of the own ignorance.

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Jun 04

With different emphasis I made a lot of the points that the US VP made. I am not going to get conspiratorial about why the VP makes the pro Israeli comments and “Miss Obama regrets…..” the loss of life for the umpteenth time.

However it is surely beyond disingenuous to say that people can hand reconstruction cargo to Israel and they will hand it over. They do not. They impose a slow schedule of inspection and will not allow much needed building materials through. So why lie? Why show contempt for people? You’d have to ask honest Joe. Indeed the President clearly has no authority over his own Veep as he has been mildly critical of the Israeli blockade for precisely that reason.

At least Biden’s had kids actually fight in this war. He was the one who said the surge in Afghanistan was BS. That building a first world democracy in Afghanistan was a dying fantasy. So why lie now?

The rest of Biden’s points are fair enough. After all if I have a beef with Israel or the UK/USA forces it’s the trigger happiness they use. Under almost no mortal threat they kill lots of people. In many ways for Cameron, Blair, Biden or Obama to condemn Israel for killing too many people would be hypocrisy beyond even my limits of tolerance.

Narrow way Joe’s other view of an investigation by the Israelis as more than a waste of money that would change no one’s mind was pure cretin speak. Does he think the average voter is that stupid or is he?

Biden was right in absolute terms what is the big deal here by recent UK/US standards a small death toll and again far more justified than a misplaced air strike in a 3rd party like Pakistan. Some justification for intercepting the ships. Some justification for the blockade. Some genuine in your faceness by the Flotilla. Some genuine violence by the flotilla to fight off ‘insurgent’ Israeli troops. Some genuine issues with organised criminal gangs in Gaza**.  All I can say again is a competent armed forces or one who cared for human life could have avoided at least 9 deaths – the fact the dead were all Turkish again says that they were careful.

For me it is this that grates. Why does he [Biden] need to lie through his teeth then? Is he exploiting that the US media keeps people separated from what the rest of the world thinks. If he says a load of lies the lobbies and parts of the Democrats coalition will be sated. If he says it then the rest of the world will not notice. Obama can regret his face off and then show another face to “Bibi”?

Maybe as with gerrymandering candidates the Democrats would learn to have the debate and not try to be all things to all people. One liners and rhetoric only work beyond elections if they have a consistent message to all people and some original thought before them.

I’d love to know if Netanyahu/Israel genuinely wants a Palestinian state or states around Israel or whether even if they were peaceful for 20 years he’d still want to cleanse the West Bank. It’s pretty clear Israel is not going back to ancient borders, right? It’s the lies and compromises that mean people say one thing and act another way and that causes more conflict than the truth. People work to an agenda no one wants – see Oslo or the laughable Road Map To Peace.

** OK I have to say sane humans working to the stated agenda of Israel and USA would not be here and they would not be here with a lot less dead people on all sides. Sometimes the logic of what Israel does is this it wants the current position a sort of status quo that suits it, amazingly. After all I doubt its death toll from these rockets comes close to even road kill for a small period of time – just as our expenditure in Afghanistan cannot be justified by a few deaths from terrorism given we could clean hospitals or better train doctors to save more. The appearance of the policy is that the leaders of Israel have a symbiotic relationship with the leaders of Hamas and Hezbollah who keep benefiting from Israeli actions. I don’t believe this but it is a more logical position than that stated by Israel and apologists like Biden.

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Jun 01

People like to credit the Israelis with being very efficient whether it’s the Mossad or their armed forces or their airforce. Certainly relative to who they faced in the past in Egypt and Syria they may well be. However I think this is a position based ironically on racism and the supposition that Israeli = Jew.

Racism is really an expression of inferiority so most stereotypes try to juxtapose dark skinned people with athleticism not intelligence. Thus thinking sportsmen like Ledley King and Orlando Hudson are assumed to have the quality of speed they do not. Jewish people with conspiracy, usury and an association with getting on in life not on merit.

Israel uses excessive force is to me beyond question – no more than the USA. Its forces seem to act in the nastiest way fueling their hardest enemies and quieting moderate voices in those communities which seems self defeating long term. I suspect this is partly encouraged by the weak and venal politicians that sit at their head – people like Shimon Peres who is laughably called a man of peace and Benjamin Netanyahu. Almost all seem tainted by financial corruption in a way that would have them thrown out by a less frightened electorate. Yet these mercenary weaklings clearly do reflect a large strata of society as they and their ilk keep getting re-elected.

In the Lebanon  they terrorised the whole of a country that is at best a loose confederation. Victimising all for the actions of an uncontrollable sect. They destroyed vast amounts of infrastructure and did little damage to their alleged targets – indeed Hezbollah claimed a great victory and were strengthened whilst their local rivals put down. You could argue the policy was a success in keeping a Lebanon divided and broken for the forseeable future but economic progress there hardly made them more dangerous long term to Israel.

In Dubai to kill one eminently replaceable man they exposed 26 operatives and failed to make it look like a death from natural causes. Incompetence on a vast scale combined with the over kill – they should have just shot him it would have been easier. They also took for granted that the British and Germans etc would cry a few crocodile tears about fake passports and move on – correct on that one.

In Gaza last year why attack the UN? I guess why target the UN and Red Cross in Lebanon? I’d like to put it down to either incompetence or paranoia not blood lust as the starting point. The scale of the damage again bore no relation to what could possibly have been the scope of any mission bar to destroy and hamper as many people and lives as it could. Hamas was unaffected and now has relatively even more power in the region. Again they hit everyone bar their enemies from what one can tell from a distance.

Thus to intercept some ships with people who would be hostile to them they went in and at the first sign of trouble shot to kill – the ratio of wounded to dead makes any other suggestion hard to take. Even the British military after Bloody Sunday could turn up to a riot situation and only kill by means of Rubber Bullets. Again why such an over reaction? Why such contempt for human life? Why such poor planning if you did not mean to kill going in? Incompetence? Blood lust? Again they may not like these people but they were not their enemy. It is not beyond a half competent armed forces, one would like to think Israel sent their best, to take a ship of ‘activists’ –  civilians with no fighting experience – activists is like the insurgent label the US uses after butchering civilians.

As said yesterday the Israelis do have security concerns and whilst from our perspective they seem to take a sledge hammer to their house to kill a fly I think this stems from insecurity. Not wanting to appear weak in any way and a smattering of incompetence.  The only people who have been helped by their actions over the last 4 or 5 years are Hamas and Hezbollah.

Nonetheless I guess what did these civilians think Israel would do? Respond minimally? Avoid bloodshed as a first resort to any sort of resistance? Even I expected this. One should not make play of the International Waters rider for 2 reasons: we know where these ships were going: we know International Law is a load of shit anyway which is what the powerful pull on the weak but are never subject to. This is an atrocity but as I said we get monthly reminders of the UK’s depravity even if much of it is mostly carried out by our allies with our full support. To me this is in a legalistic way not necessarily murder albeit they probably did not have to shoot more than one person or indeed anyone lethally to put down these protesters.

I can’t say that Israel is not acting to some degree in its short term interests and it clearly views any attempt at compassion, understanding and thought as a sign of weakness. There are anti Semites out there but most people who detest Israel do so for its lack of humanity not the prevailing religion within whatever borders you like to acknowledge. After all some of the soldiers could easily have been Druze who make up 9% of the population and do serve (not sure if there is any restriction on where they serve mind).

Israel puts me in mind of the Monty Python sketch where Cleese gives a guy a Banana and says “Attack me with that banana” and when he does Cleese shoots him.  It acts provocatively to the Palestinians and their supporters and then shoots them.

And finally I just do not see what strategic aims showing you can be inhuman to an enemy that is grateful for that shows. Hamas, al Queda, Hezbollah and every loony fringe in the Islamic world must welcome the continued overkill from the USA/UK and Israel. At least Israel’s positions and actions have some root in genuine fear.

BTW I am assured that Israel will be cleared of all wrong doing in its upcoming internal inquiry however some procedures may change slightly.

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