With apologies from Canada – Congratulations Palestine.
Once again Canada has assumed its sycophantic role of supporting the U.S. and Israel in their determination to ethnically cleanse the Palestinian territories. The reality of the vote for Palestinian participation in the UN is more realistically 138 yes to 2 no: the Pacific Island countries and Panama are essentially colonial protectorates of the U.S. even though they are “independent”: Canada is a well known supporter of the U.S. acting as an independent 51st state of the union; that leaves the Czech Republic as the only European country to support the vote.
Negotiations, negotiations, negotiations….
Given the nature of events reported in the regular media, this work is a timely and informative history about the U.S. – Pakistani relationship. It is written by Bruce Riedel, one of the players involved in the ongoing negotiations between the two countries as they balance the various needs and wants of an off balance nuclear armed Muslim country with the needs and wants of a country protecting the world from the terror of Islamic jihadis.
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I have found that his numerous explications, assessments, debates, arguments, show he is not tied down with narrow assumptions, based on speculation, nor is he befuddled with personal or national prejudices. He bases his thoughts on reality….on well grounded experience and a balanced good judgment, a rather rare quality in many elites. Hopefully Washington will pay attention to his sage words. The writer makes sense. But sense is not what Washington is famous for. For those interested in the inner workings and thoughts of the policy movers and certain world shakers, as it concerns the future of Egypt, or any place in the world, see Foreign Affairs.
When late Palestinian President Yasser Arafat read the Declaration of the Palestinian Independence just over 22 years ago, Palestinians everywhere were enthralled. They held onto his every word during the Palestinian National Council (PNC) session in Algeria on November 15, 1988. The council members incessantly applauded and chanted in the name of Palestine, freedom, the people and much more.
The title from this issue of Foreign Affairs struck me as rather odd, in particular the subtitle “New Challenges Call for New Policies. Are the U.S. and Israel Ready to Change Course?” (September/October 2010) The U.S. has been trying to remake the Middle East for quite some decades now as it gradually took over the role of the British and French as the local imperial power.
There’s got to be a place hotter than Hell for these Israeli terrorists and cold blooded “accident” prone murderers. What makes these abominations, these terrible travesties and grotesque injustices possible, is the support and succor the terrorist Israeli government and all its paid goons and religious zealots receive from the U.S. government, in the name of its mainly clueless taxpayers. In like way, the Israeli terrorists and murderers get all the moral and financial support from that faction of the U.S. population that calls itself Israel supporting “Christians.”
These so-called “Christians” look the other way as some of the worst injustices are committed against another population. In order to justify their misanthropy of the long established and true Semites, they dehumanize this wretched (Palestinian) population, reducing them beneath the status of beast. Only in a very cynical and sinister world, so filled with injustice and pain, can such a people be regarded as Christian. Sort of like Obama is treated as some sort of messiah or savior of mankind, ya know? If you are one of those phoney “Christians,” receiving my heartfelt condemnation and antipathy, do not bother sending me out of context verses from the Bible justifying your Hellishly disgusting excuses for the mayhem against, and the long running spilt blood of, the long displaced from their land Palestinians, many of whom are Christians themselves–and all who continue to be blockaded from even life giving necessities as you and the world looks the other way. There is a special place in Hell for those who pretend to be Christians but are NOT. See the Gospel of Jeremiah and just about the whole book. AC
June 12, 2009 – Although the United States stopped calling the Israeli settlements in the West Bank “illegal” in 1981, they clearly are illegal. The rest of the international community agrees. For reasons which seem self-evident to anyone who travels the West Bank and talks to the residents, the growth of settlements and the actions of settlers are seen by Palestinians and other Arabs as the principal obstacle to peace. What we saw in the Holy Basin, in Ma’ale Adumim, in the E-1 area, and in Hebron, certainly confirms that judgment.
Article 49 (sixth paragraph) of Geneva Convention (IV) states: “The Occupying Power shall not deport or transfer parts of its own civilian population into the territory it occupies.” Israel has historically made various arguments to evade application of this prohibition to the settlements in the West Bank. Among them are: that although Israel ratified the Convention it did not adopt legislation to enforce it, so no case can be brought; that Israel is not an occupying power, because there is no state to which it can “return” the territory; that Jews should have the right to live anywhere, making arguments against settlers racist; and that, since final status issues include drawing borders, the future of the settlements is a subject of negotiation. These arguments are all fallacious.
January 21, 2009 - On a chilly January morning, three of us drove beneath a cloud-strewn sky through forests, fields, and ancient terraces, making our way from Jerusalem to Israel’s southern region where thousands of people live within range of Hamas’s rockets. As we approached our destination, I noticed another cloud, a towering column of black smoke on the horizon, billowing from northern Gaza, where a battle was raging.
In 2004, the Israeli army began building a dummy Arab city in the Negev desert. It’s the size of a real city, with streets (all of them given names), mosques, public buildings and cars. Built at a cost of $45 million, this phantom city became a dummy Gaza in the winter of 2006, after Hizbullah fought Israel to a draw in the north, so that the IDF could prepare to fight a ‘better war’ against Hamas in the south.
When the Israeli Chief of General Staff Dan Halutz visited the site after the Lebanon war, he told the press that soldiers ‘were preparing for the scenario that will unfold in the dense neighbourhood of Gaza City’.
January 10, 2009 - Ironically, it was in Palestine, 20 years ago, that I concluded that there is no God. For how could a God, who claims to love all and treat all with impartiality, allow such horrors like those in Palestine to happen?
This unbelief grew stronger with each curfew, with each strike that mourned the death of yet one more martyr, with a decapitation induced by gunfire in the main square on a sunny Ramallah afternoon so many years ago. But it was cemented the day I had to tell one of my fifth grade students that his brother had just been taken away by the Israeli army. His expression, his body going limp, the shuddering of his shoulders as he wept with his classmates…that’s what finally did it.
Ask a group of Christians why they support Israel’s efforts against the Palestinians and you’ll probably hear back that Jews hold the deed to the dirt. God gave it to them.
This can be quickly verified by checking the Old Testament: “This is the land of which I swore to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, ‘I will give it to your offspring’” (Deut. 34:4). Numerous passages in Genesis and Exodus speak to the same thing. But this is not the whole story.
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