By Debbie Menon
Just taking a look at the morning headlines from ICH (information Clearing House) it is apparent that there is plenty of "news" happening in the world this morning and people are out and about and talking about it.
But, it is all in the "Alternative Media!"
Most of it critical of Israel, the US, the UN, and other countries that either support or take a passive attitude toward what the rest of the "legitimate" media describe in general terms as Israel's "right to defend itself against terrorism."
It is all hype, politics and make-believe, anyway. Only the bullet holes, body parts, and the dead babies are real.
How many must they kill before....?
How many times must we ask....?
How many times must we repeat....?
Alice chased a rabbit down a hole, to find Reality!
Robert Fisk lays it on the line...
Lie, Civilians Die, and Lessons of History are Ignored
By Robert Fisk
The Bush administration, not to mention the pusillanimous reaction of Gordon Brown, reaffirm for Arabs what they have known for decades: however they struggle against their antagonists, the West will take Israel's side. As usual, the bloodbath was the fault of the Arabs - who, as we all know, only understand force. Continue
If Israel's objectives are as stated, it is an obvious conclusion that they are destined to failure. They have never worked elsewhere for anyone else, or at any other time in history and, they have been failing for Israel for sixty years now.
May We No
Longer Be Silent
By Paul Craig Roberts
"How many people do you have to kill before you qualify to be described as a mass murderer and a war criminal?" Pinter's question can also be asked of Israel. Israel has been in violation of international law since 1967, protected by the United States' veto of UN Resolutions condemning Israel for its violent, inhumane, barbaric, and illegal acts. Continue
No Such Thing as an Independent Israel
By Jihan Hafiz
I don't think there is such a thing as an independent Israel doing anything, because I think no matter what they do its our money, its our weapons, and their not going to do it without us approving it and if they get into trouble we're going to bail them out, so there is no separation between the two. Continue
(and the birth of SGS - STOP GAZA SLAUGHTER)
By Yvonne Ridley
THE murderous military campaign which has been unleashed by Israel has provoked people across the world to demonstrate, rally and protest in their hundreds of thousands. Continue
Losing Tolerance For Indifferent Leaders
By Roshan Muhammed Salih
When people feel there is no justice in the world and no legitimate outlet for their justified frustration, things tend to boil over. And that's what happened at a huge anti-Israel, pro-Hamas demonstration in the Yemeni capital of Sana'a. Continue
to Israeli occupation - a right?
Palestinians are a people under occupation who has the right to self-determination under the UN Charter.
The use of force as part of resisting occupation in the Palestinian case is therefore derived from the international legitimacy to recourse to armed struggle in order to obtain the right to self-determination. Continue
Blocks UN Anti-Israel Resolution
By Press TV
Washington once again used its veto powers on Sunday to block a resolution calling for an end to the massive ongoing Israeli attacks against the Gaza Strip. Continue
Israeli foreign minister Tzipi Livni ordered the Ministry to "take emergency measures to open an aggressive and diplomatic international public relations campaign," according to Haaretz. In other words, Israel will spin its wanton aggression into justifiable self-defense and get dominant mainstream media help to sell it, writes Stephen Lendman at Global Research, ca.
On December 27, The New York Times took the lead. It reported that "Israeli air strikes hit Hamas security facilities in Gaza on Saturday in a crushing response to the group's rocket fire. Israeli military officials called the attack an effort to force Hamas to end its rocket barrages into southern Israel. Thousands of Israelis hurried into bomb shelters amid the hail of rockets," making it seem like Israel resembled London during the blitz, when, in fact, Hamas attacks are mere pin pricks and only respond to first-strike Israeli attacks writes Lendman. After many months of siege compounded by ongoing attacks, Gaza is gravely affected, and so is the West Bank. Under the Fatah government, no rockets are launched, yet Israel maintains a violent occupation, continues to seize Palestinian land, expand its illegal settlements, and lets its residents terrorize Palestinians with impunity, even in cases of wanton killings and destruction of property." Hamas was democratically elected. It's the legitimate Palestinian government. It's falsely called a terrorist organization, and it has every right to resist an illegal occupation under international law. It observed a unilateral ceasefire for months and extended peace overtures numerous times in the past. Israel spurned them by dividing Gaza and the West Bank, co-opting Mamoud Abbas, inciting Fatah against Hamas, isolating Gaza, and pursuing a policy of aggression, killings, targeted assassinations, mass incarcerations, and torture with full support from Washington.
I do not know what Israel expects to accomplish by bombing, attacking, or even by invading Gaza.
They cannot kill them all (or can they?), and unless they do, their outrageous killing and brutality against humanity is going to leave such hot smoldering hatred and blood debt behind, that guerilla warfare, rocket bombing, suicide bombing and sniping will be a threat against all Israelis for as long as a single one lives on Palestinian land.
Pinter was Jewish, a critic of Israel's illegal occupation, and its brutality inflicted on Gazans. He was one of 105 prominent Jewish signers of an April 2008 "We're not celebrating Israel's Anniversary" petition. Its last paragraph read:
"We cannot celebrate the birthday of a state founded on terrorism, massacres and the dispossession of another people from their land. We cannot celebrate the birthday of a state that even now engages in ethnic cleansing, that violates international law, that is inflicting a monstrous collective punishment on (Gaza) civilians and that continues to deny to Palestinians their human rights and national aspirations."
This kind of action is not a path to peace. It is just a recipe, and a guarantee for everlasting warfare, and yet more revenge.
Palestinians will never have military or armed force to compare or compete with the Israelis in pitched battle. But, a guerilla needs but one weapon, one man, and one bullet to kill one enemy.
It is difficult to believe that Israel's leadership is so disconnected from reality that they do not understand this!
So... what is their actual agenda? Dare anyone ask? Or suggest?
It is so obvious, and I just cannot fathom why anyone would be so stupid or blind to deliberately follow such a policy. Unless they want everlasting warfare! As Israel has maneuvered America into fighting its wars in the rest of the Middle East, so has it maneuvered or bought Abbas into fighting its battles in Palestine.
I have long said that when the absurd and the outrageous happens in such a big way, to everyone's disadvantage and cost, one of the best ways to identify who did it is to look to see who benefits the most.
Guess who the beneficiary is!
The cupidity of man is understandable, that is the way some are... but the sheer stupidity of some who think they are invisible or can get away with blatant daylight theft, that no one will notice, is remarkable.
For example, Bernie Madoff may have had great vision, in scope. But he, too, was incapable of seeing past the large pile of money. Just how much can you steal for how long, before someone notices?
In such cases it is not a question of how much, but simply when! Stupid!
Just like Insane Israeli leadership, and Arab leaders lassitude.
About the author: Debbie Menon is an independent writer based in Dubai. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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